A draft Plan for the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands is now available and will be presented at a public open house on June 17, 2014. For more details on the open house, please see the event listing.
The draft plan (4.8 MB) can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
We welcome your comments and feedback. Please send them to:
Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System Coordinator
c/o Royal Botanical Gardens
PO Box 399
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3H8
Tel: 905-527-1158 ext. 225
In November 2013, draft Land Use Areas and management policies for the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands were presented at a public meeting. They are outlined in a document (2.5 MB PDF) which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
The Burlington Heights Inventory and Issues Report is available; click on the titles below to download:
The purpose of the plan for the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands is to develop a set of structured guidelines for the management of the area known as the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands. The plan will inform the protection, enhancement, and education of the important natural and historic features within the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands, one of the six core natural areas within the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System. It will apply to lands within Burlington Heights owned by the City of Burlington, City of Hamilton and Royal Botanical Gardens.
The significance of the area is categorized by natural heritage features, cultural heritage features, and transportation corridors. The lands contains a high concentration of natural heritage features that exist as an important habitat for many plant and animal species, including species that are provincially and federally considered rare, threatened, and/or of special concern. Historic significance is also abundant as evidenced by the existing 3 National Historic Sites, 5 provincial heritage plaques, and a number of local commemorations. The Plan recognizes that transportation corridors characterize the historic and current use of the site and aims to respect and improve historic transportation routes.
The overall vision for the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands is to create a space in which the significant natural and cultural resources of the site are protected, conserved, and appropriately managed.
Burlington Heights is the first of the Heritage Lands within the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System to undergo management planning, and will therefore serve as a pilot for cross-jurisdictional management planning in the other five Heritage Lands areas.
The Project Charter provides an overview of the content and process for developing the Plan for the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands area.
The Burlington Heights Heritage Lands comprises the lands directly east of Cootes Paradise, along both sides of York Boulevard as far as Dundurn Castle to the south and Plains Road West to the north (see map above).
The plan will address the following elements:
Development of the Burlington Heights plan is expected to be complete by Summer 2014. It involves the following phases:
The City of Burlington, the City of Hamilton, and Royal Botanical Gardens are the lead agencies in this project. Representatives from each of these organizations participate in the project Steering Committee, which is responsible for guiding Plandevelopment. The final plan will be submitted for approval by each of the three organizations.
Community and stakeholder engagement is an important aspect of plan development. Three public meetings will be held, in different phases of the project, to ensure that community members are kept well-informed and have opportunities to provide input and feedback on the plan as it is developed. The public meetings will be advertised in the Hamilton Spectator and Burlington Post, as well as on the Cootes to Escarpment Park System and partner websites, email lists and newsletters. Participants in the public meetings will be invited to join an email list, which will be used to disseminate notices of upcoming public meetings and project reports and updates.
Two public meetings have been held to date, both at the Coach House at Dundurn Castle. The first was held on June 25, 2013 and the second was held on November 26, 2013.
A third meeting is planned for June 17, 2014, also at the Coach House at Dundurn Castle. Meeting details are available on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System Events page.
An advisory group has been formed of interested individuals and representatives of organizations that will be affected by or have an interest in the Burlington Heights Heritage Lands Plan. The project Stakeholder Advisory Group will meet as needed to provide input and feedback during the different phases of management plan development. Their first meeting was held on June 25, 2013, a second meeting on November 26, 2013 and a third meeting on June 3, 2014.
Reports and updates on the project are provided on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System website and distributed via email to the public email list members and Stakeholder Advisory Committee members. Reports and updates are made to the City of Burlington, City of Hamilton and Royal Botanical Gardens by their respective Steering Committee members.
This project is funded through a grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Cootes to Escarpment Park System project partners make in-kind contributions to the project, in the form of staff time, data and other resources.
Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System
Tel: 905.527.1158 ext. 225