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Evolution not Revolution

Why does Zoning equate to Character?

A – Because so far in this precinct’s long and slowly evolved history, our single family detached ZONING has kept the scale, land use and pace of building within check; to that of single family homes built or renovated by residents one at a time with the intent to live amongst their neighbours with respect for each other. Zoning has ensured an EVOLUTION over a REVOLUTION.

It’s within this principal we’ve come to this outcome.  We’ve achieved a beautiful, unique, eclectic and highly charactered place to live.

Save your zoning, and keep your character.

'One Response to “Evolution not Revolution”'
  1. Marcus says:

    Zoning truly does equal character. In the end, architectural features or any other æsthetic quality does not ultimately define character in a residential neighbourhood. The POPULATION DENSITY defines, first & foremost, the character and quality-of-life in any neighbourhood. Zoning dictates dwelling types & sizes, which dictates the population density. Change the zoning—or change the population density—and you simply change (destroy) the character, there is never a compromise. The detached family homes of Burlington is what makes it a top-rated mid-size city, for countless years. I do not live in this neighbourhood but I am vehemently against the forced incremental transformation of a city like Burlington. Sustainability begins with sustainable populations… and saving your zoning.

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Update – Jan 25, 2016
Public Meeting: January 25 on proposed redevelopment of 546 Burlington at Caroline Street Date: January 25, 6:30pm Room 247 2nd Floor ------ Resident's of St. Luke's Precinct, please support your neighbourhood by attending this meeting and voice your opinion about this proposed project that threatens to shrink house side yards, back yards and setbacks in order to fit 3 houses on a current single home lot. This is a precedent setting set of amendments for the St. Luke's Precinct. Hang on to reasonable amendments and use of your by-laws and protect your hood.
Update – Oct 20, 2014

Public meeting Nov 13 on proposed redevelopment of Locust/Elgin
Date: Nov 13, 7pm, Rm 305, City Hall
Residents of St. Luke's Precinct, please attend this meeting and voice your opinion on this development that so far proposes to require zoning changes. Zone changes anywhere within the precinct will cause a precedent of further zone change as stated by planning. Hang on to your zoning and protect your hood.

Stay tuned for more info.

Update – Sept 26, 2014

A neighbour of the St. Luke's Precinct has informed us that surveyors have been measuring the Dalewood Apartments property at 1367 Elgin Street.

Part or all if this property is owned by Maurice Desrochers development group / Executive Furnished Rentals. Desrochers has previously indicated a desire to rezone this property for 8 story condominiums.

A site rezone of this nature would mean a precedent rezone for the whole precinct.

Stay tuned for more information.

Update – Sept 12, 2014
510 Hager Avenue / New Home Build — Late summer, the city received the site plan application/plans for the second Mattwood house on Hager Ave. This is the lot(s) originally proposed as townhomes/semis by Mattwood but the Neighbours of St. Luke's expressed discomfort for the zone change and appealed to the builder to do single detached builds.
Update – June 4, 2014

Confirmation from the city is that the developer is intending on building 2 detached single family homes. They have begun the first on the south most lot but have yet to propose a plan for the 2nd. This first house will conform to the current zoning and needs only minor variance approval.