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Burlington Council Approves City-Wide Patio Program

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024 03:32 PM

Burlington, Ont.— Feb. 26, 2024 —Burlington City Council has approved a new permanent city-wide seasonal outdoor patio program starting this spring. Council also approved reestablishing fees for temporary patios on public lands. These fees were waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to help businesses recover.

The City’s patio guidelines are now available on the City’s website and the application forms will be available when City staff start accepting applications in early March. Applicants are encouraged to make sure they understand all the requirements and fees and can start to gather any information they need to apply. Owners planning to open their patio by April 15 are encouraged to submit their application by March 15.

Council also approved city-wide zoning amendments to encourage more dining on outdoor patios located on private property. These zoning changes allow business owners to open or expand a patio on private property quickly by:

  • Getting permission from the property owner,

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Mild weather means King Road closed for annual migration of the Jefferson salamander

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024 01:00 PM

Burlington, Ont.— Feb. 26, 2024— As temperatures rise, the annual migration of a local endangered species across King Road begins. The City will close a section of King Road to allow for Jefferson salamanders’ breeding migration. Starting on Tuesday, March 5, King Road, from North Service Road to Mountain Brow Road, will be closed so the salamanders can cross the road safely and find a mate. Local traffic for all properties between North Service Road and the escarpment will be maintained. King Road will reopen for through traffic on Tuesday, April 2, once the salamanders are expected to finish their annual crossing.

Since 2012, the City of Burlington has closed this section of road so the salamanders can cross safely. They are a nationally and provincially protected endangered species.

About the Jefferson salamander

In Canada, the Jefferson salamander is found in Southern Ontario in select areas of deciduous forest, mostly along the Niagara Escarpment.

Jefferson salamanders spend most of...

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Public input needed for the creation of a Festivals and Events Policy

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:00 AM

Festivals and events in Burlington are a source of civic pride, social connections, an arts and culture platform and can be an economic boost. To help ensure the best services and experiences for all, the City of Burlington is looking for public input in developing a Festivals and Events Policy for events on City property.

Residents are invited to complete an online survey at to share feedback on their satisfaction with events on City property and their wishes for future direction.

The purpose of the proposed Festivals and Event Policy is to provide a set of guidelines and criteria to assist with planning and managing events on City of Burlington property.

The survey is open now until March 5. Responses will be used to guide the discussion of criteria and components of a policy at the Committee of the Whole and City Council in April.

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Incoming City Manager Hassaan Basit

Hassaan Basit named next City Manager for the City of Burlington

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2024 10:00 AM

Burlington, Ont. – Feb. 16, 2024—Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, along with Burlington City Council, is pleased to announce Hassaan Basit will be joining the City of Burlington team as its next City Manager. Mr. Basit will begin his role on April 22, 2024. 

Hassaan Basit has a proven track record of transforming organizations to deliver results. As CEO of Conservation Halton, he built a high performing team with an outstanding culture, reduced permit times, improved processes, brought in performance metrics and turned around relationships with the development industry, experience which will all be essential to meeting our housing pledge of enabling 29,000 homes to be built by 2031.  

Additionally, he and his team are responsible for managing critical flood water infrastructure, approving development permits under the Conservation Authorities Act, carrying out environmental restoration and forest management, delivering programming to 1.5 million annual customers, and running parks, while focusing...

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City reminding residents it’s mating season for coyotes

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 02:00 PM

This week, the City is launching its coyote education campaign. This includes tips for residents on managing coyote sightings and encounters during mating season as well as coyote-related by-law updates.  Residents are welcome to participate in educational opportunities. Attend a free coyote awareness pop-up session in February and March or book a yard audit for your property to help coyote-proof your space and learn about coyote attractants.

Coyotes tend to be more visible during daylight hours at this time of year because they are looking for food and a mate. The City is sharing the following tips to educate residents on what to do if they encounter a coyote:

  • Stop and pick up small children and pets
  • Use hazing techniques - shout loudly and wave your arms high in the air
  • Back away slowly while remaining calm
  • Never run or turn your back on a coyote
  • Never offer food to a coyote

Hand and ground feeding wildlife on private or public property is prohibited by the City’s Animal Control By-law