The city of Burlington is growing rapidly. Where growth once meant new neighborhoods and housing estates, it now means intensifying key urban areas and building “up” rather than “out”. Applying these growth strategies around our downtown and Burlington GO Station will control sprawl, protect our rural areas and make better use of our land and existing infrastructure.

Urban Design Guidelines

Our Urban Design Guidelines will help guide our transition from a suburban to a more urban community. We have developed guidelines for certain types of buildings, land uses, streetscapes, streets and specific areas of the city. We use these guidelines to review and assess City development applications and projects.

Check out our current urban design guidelines:

  • Alton Central East
  • Alton West
  • Burloak Office Park
  • Design Guidelines for Detached Garages
  • Design guidelines for lighting
  • Design guidelines for mid-rise buildings
  • Design Guidelines for Tall Buildings
  • Downtown: Old Lakeshore Road area
  • Downtown Streetscape Guidelines
  • Downtown
  • Headon Community
  • Downtown Heritage Guidelines
  • Wind study at pedestrian level
  • shadow study
  • Guidelines for sustainable construction and development
  • Urban Design Advisory Committee

The Burlington Urban Design Advisory Committee provides objective, professional advice on urban design to Community Planning Department staff. They review all private development proposals for high and mid-rise buildings and are a resource for public development projects. Learn more about advisory committee roles and members.

Meetings and tender documents

During the pre-consultation stage of a development application, we may inform you that you must attend a meeting of the Urban Design Advisory Committee. If this is the case, you must submit a complete submission file by the submission deadline at the latest. Please send all documents in a single PDF file to [email protected] Bidding documents include:

  • Project summary
  • Urban design folder
  • Conceptual site plan
  • Conceptual landscape plan
  • Conceptual architectural elevations
  • Renderings of the proposed building in the surrounding context
  • shadow study

Each meeting can accommodate up to three projects from the design team. Each candidate or design team has 15 minutes to present their proposal to the members of the jury. You must submit the presentation at least one week before the meeting and it can only contain material included in the submission package.

Calendar of meetings 2022

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2022 submission deadlines

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