Urban Design – City of Burlington


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.

Panel members (2022-2024)
The Urban Design Advisory Committee is made up of multidisciplinary design-focused professionals, including architects, landscape architects, urban planners and urban designers.
  • Jessica Hawes (Chair)
  • Matt Reid (Vice President)
  • Alex Taranu
  • Nigel Tai
  • LeAnn Seely
  • Jackie Vander Velde
  • mike flint
  • David de Groot
Calendar of meetings 2022
Date of the meeting Submission deadline

January 20, 2022

December 23, 2021

February 17, 2022

January 20, 2022

March 17, 2022

February 17, 2022

April 21, 2022

March 24, 2022

May 19, 2022

April 21, 2022

June 16, 2022

May 19, 2022

July 21, 2022

June 23, 2022

August 18, 2022

July 22, 2022

September 15, 2022

August 18, 2022

October 20, 2022

September 22, 2022

November 17, 2022

October 20, 2022

December 15, 2022

November 17, 2022

Meeting time
The panel meets monthly during normal business hours, typically from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Meeting day – Presentation of the candidate
The applicant or the design team has 15 minutes to present the proposal to the members of the jury. The purpose of the presentation is to give the applicant the opportunity to explain the design intent and rationale for the project, including how the proposal responds to the surrounding context, how it meets applicable design guidelines urban and contributes to the excellence of urban design.

The presentation can be prepared as a PowerPoint presentation or PDF format.


The presentation must be submitted at least one week before the meeting and cannot contain material that was not included in the submission package.

There is currently no charge for this program.

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. All documents must be submitted in an electronic PDF format, in 11″ x 17″ format, consolidated into a single file. Please send all documents in a single PDF file to [email protected] Bidding documents include:

Note: A maximum of two projects are scheduled for meetings and scheduling is based on:

  • first come first served and
  • completeness of submission.

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.

The application file is prepared by the candidate and must include the following elements:

Submission The description

Project summary

Project description ; address/location; photos of the neighborhood context

Urban design brief

Analyze and demonstrate how the proposed development meets the urban design objectives and policies of the Official Plan and any relevant approved urban design guidelines. Description of the overall architectural expression; establish a relationship with the streetscape and adjacent properties; pedestrian, cycle and public transport links; durable building elements; other urban design features that ensure design excellence.

Conceptual site plan

All features of the site; building outline above and below ground level

Conceptual landscape plan

All landscape features of the site; streetscape details

Conceptual architectural elevations

Drawn in color; clearly labeled coating materials

Renderings of the proposed building in the surrounding context

Drawn in color; provide multiple viewpoints

shadow study

A parallel study may be required in accordance with the parallel study guidelines and terms of reference.


Contact information

Silvia Laban
Urban Designer, Urban Design Advisory Committee Coordinator
Community Planning Service
426 Brant Street
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6

Phone: 905-335-7600 ext. 7186


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