Save Our Green Space

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Dear Burlington Mayor Meed Ward, Councillors, City officials, Premier, Ministers & MPPs

Reference:
Millcroft Greens’ proposal to redesign the existing Millcroft Golf Course and introduce select parcels of residential development

I write in connection with the subject proposal. This development has the potential to disrupt ecosystems and wildlife, reduce green space, overburden infrastructure, lead to the rezoning of existing school districts, significantly decrease existing property values, increase traffic, and alter the character of one of Burlington’s most iconic neighbourhoods. I wholeheartedly and vehemently object to the proposed development.

The Millcroft neighbourhood is unique in that, rather than including a golf course as a feature, it was built around the golf course as THE feature - the epicenter; the heart of the community. Millcroft is synonymous with the golf course. The street names feature famous golfers and allusions to green space - several including the words “field” or “park.” Moreover, the golf course is home to many species of wildlife. It is not unusual to find turtles emerging from the pond located on the 6th hole, families of ducks waddling along the footpaths, swans swimming in the ponds, and fox darting through the trees. Millcroft’s signature feature - the golf course - provides green space and a wildlife haven in the predominantly concrete-laden north Burlington. I urge you to be mindful of all of the numerous detrimental effects that accompany the proposed development, but most notably disrupting ecosystems and wildlife, reducing green space, and defiling the character of the neighbourhood I chose to call home. Our City’s green spaces are in dire need of protection. Once we develop green space, we can never go back.

I have reviewed the City’s Official Plan, in conjunction with the golf course’s current zoning of O1 (Open Space), with most sections designated as part of the Natural Heritage System. Section 2.3.5 of the Official Plan states that: “Lands identified as Natural Heritage System, Major Parks, and Open Space, include the City’s Natural Heritage System and lands designated for Major Parks and Open Space. Together they are essential components of a healthy and sustainable urban area and are intended to be protected in accordance with the policies of this Plan.” This is in line with the City’s January Private Tree By-law, which has an objective “to protect, prohibit and regulate the injury or destruction of trees and encourage the preservation and planting of trees within the Urban Planning Area Boundary of the municipality.” The first phase of the proposed development eliminates a staggering 411 mature trees from an area designated as part of the Natural Heritage System. In an era where citizens are begging governments to take decisive, urgent, and exhaustive action in the global climate crisis, the thought of destroying an established, mature ecosystem and displacing or destroying precious wildlife is unfathomable. I trust that you are of the same mindset, given that the City Council unanimously passed a motion to declare a climate emergency just last April. This proposed development exacerbates an already dire circumstance.

Recently, the community meeting with the developer and the City was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A digital meeting was proposed in place of an in-person gathering. A digital format does not allow for meaningful public consultation. It removes the ability for citizens to engage in a productive dialogue. Although we can send questions in advance, doing so gives the developer the upper hand by allowing them to script calculated answers and precluding the opportunity for follow-up questions, should the response be lacking in some material way. If the purpose of this meeting is consultation with the residents, the means to spread the message must be interactive. It must also be accessible. With many original owners living in this neighbourhood that was built over 30 years ago, streaming precludes those less tech-savvy among us from access to information. I understand that the City has protocols to follow, deadlines to satisfy, and is in an impossible predicament with this state of emergency. Despite this, I urge you to ensure that regardless of the way in which this meeting proceeds, all members of the Millcroft community have a meaningful, interactive, accessible opportunity to have our voices heard on an issue that impacts us so deeply.

Burlington was recently voted Canada’s best place to live. I believe the Millcroft neighbourhood epitomizes this honourable accolade. I zealously oppose any change to the golf course’s current zoning as O1 (Open Space) and implore you to protect the green space that defines our beloved community.

With hope,
Burlington resident

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This petition will be presented to Burlington’s Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Councillors, Premier, Ministers & MPPs and the City officials, to show we oppose the development of residential properties on Millcroft Golf Course.

Millcroft Greens’ proposal to redesign the existing Millcroft golf course and introduce select parcels of residential development

M.A.D.’s mission is to preserve the integrity of the existing Millcroft golf course and retain its original and current zoning of “Zone 01 – Open Space.” Our mission was created in response to Millcroft Greens’ development proposal to place residential development on the Millcroft golf course.

The Millcroft golf course supports an established natural ecosystem, provides much-needed green space in north Burlington, is critical to flood water control, and is the heart of the community. It is in all Burlington residents’ best interests to preserve this invaluable parcel of green space.

If you object to any rezoning of Burlington’s “Zone 01 – Open Space” for residential development (including the Millcroft golf course), please sign above.

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