Burlington Executive Airport

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Burlington Executive Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Vince Rossi
Location Burlington, Ontario
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 603 ft / 184 m
Coordinates 43°26′29″N 079°51′01″W / 43.44139°N 79.85028°W / 43.44139; -79.85028Coordinates: 43°26′29″N 079°51′01″W / 43.44139°N 79.85028°W / 43.44139; -79.85028
Website www.burlingtonairpark.com
Map
CZBA is located in Ontario
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CZBA
Location in Ontario
CZBA is located in Canada
CZBA
CZBA
CZBA (Canada)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 3,950 1,204 Asphalt
09/27 2,464 751 Asphalt

Burlington Executive Airport (ICAO: CZBA), is a small, privately operated general aviation registered aerodrome in rural Burlington, Ontario west of Toronto. The possible closure of Buttonville Municipal Airport is expected to lead to an increase in traffic.[2]

History[edit]

The airport was founded by Victor and Gwen Kovachik in 1962. The western suburbs of Toronto grew up around it, and it is now a popular airport for Toronto-area pilots and has become a thriving airport. The airport was purchased by Vince Rossi in 2006.[3]

Technical information[edit]

  • Magnetic variation: 10° west
  • Communications: Unicom/ATF: Burlington Unicom/Traffic, 123.5 MHz
  • Burlington's main runway - 14/32 - which is 3,950 ft × 100 ft (1,204 m × 30 m)
  • Right-hand circuits runway 32, 27

Controversy[edit]

Residents neighbouring the airport property have raised a number of concerns about substantial amounts of fill being moved onto the site. Airport officials have indicated that the work they are doing is to raise and level a large portion of the site for expansion of the airport.

The City of Burlington has taken the position that the city's site alteration bylaw is applicable and must be complied with. As a result, the City of Burlington issued an Order to Comply related to the city's Site Alteration Bylaw 6-2003 on 3 May 2013.[4]

In May 2014, the Burlington Airpark filed a $100,000 claim for libel against Pepper Parr, Vanessa Warren, and Monte Dennis, seeking damages for comments made in relation to the Airpark's fill operation. Pepper Parr is the president of the online newspaper the Burlington Gazette.[5] Vanessa Warren is the former Chair of the Rural Burlington Greenbelt Coalition (RBGC)[6] and was a candidate for Municipal and Regional Council in 2014. Monte Dennis is the current Co-Chair of the RBGC and member of Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment (COPE)[6] and Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE)[7] Warren and Dennis have characterized this claim as a SLAPP - strategic lawsuit against public participation.[6]

In September 2014 Burlington City Council approved[8] an update to its Site Alteration By-Law. By-Law 64-2014[9] replaced the earlier By-Law 6-2003 which was established to protect and conserve topsoil and for prohibiting the alteration of property within the City of Burlington. According to the staff report E-10-14,[10] the updated By-Law would provide the City with better regulatory abilities, particularly for large scale site alteration operations. There were also changes to the fee structure to provide more appropriate cost recoveries for the administrative and inspection duties of staff.

In April 2015 Burlington City Council gave staff authority to take Burlington Airpark Inc. back to court over failure to comply with the municipal bylaw.[11] On 21 May 2015, the Ontario Court of Justice heard a motion from Burlington Airpark Inc. to remove paragraphs from a City of Burlington affidavit supporting the city's application. Burlington Airpark Inc. argued these paragraphs contain an improper reference to "without prejudice" discussions between the city and the Airpark. The Ontario Court of Justice granted the motion to remove the paragraphs from the affidavit and awarded Burlington Airpark Inc. $3,500 in costs to be paid by the city. The court date to hear the city's application regarding Burlington Airpark Inc. was rescheduled from 28 May 2015, to 10 November 2015, before a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.[12]

In October 2015, the Ontario government passed Bill 52,[13] the Protection of Public Participation Act 2015, which aims to allow the public to participate more freely in public discussions without fear of retribution by giving them a better way to defend themselves against strategic lawsuits.[14] The act is not retroactive to claims filed prior to it going into effect.

In December 2015 Rural Burlington Greenbelt Coalition launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Warren and Dennis pay their legal costs with a goal of $100,000. As of October 2016 the campaign had raised just over $8000.[15]

On 30 June 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled in favour of the City of Burlington's application to compel Burlington Airpark Inc. to submit an application for a site alteration permit to comply with site alteration bylaw 64-2014. With the court ruling, Burlington Airpark Inc is now required to file an application for a site alteration permit for the fill deposited between 2008-2013.[16] The owners of the airpark filed an appeal almost immediately disputing the applicability of the bylaw;[17] a court date to hear the latest appeal has been set for March 28, 2017 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.[18]

On November 8, 2016 the City of Burlington announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered Burlington Airpark Inc. to pay City of Burlington court costs in the amount of $118,327.53.[19]

On May 24, 2017 it was reported [20] that the Airpark had won the right to appeal the previous ruling. In a written decision,[21] Justice Robert J. Sharpe said he recognizes the importance of enforcing standards designed to protect the public from environmental harm, but noted the task in the appeal was limited to determining if the city's 2014 bylaw applied. Justice Sharpe states he saw no language in the city's 2014 bylaw to suggest it was meant to operate retroactively. In a Press Release[22] the City of Burlington indicated it was disappointed with the Court's decision and that it would continue to use its regulatory authority to require a site alteration permit for any new fill proposed to be deposited at the Airpark site.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Halton airport could benefit from Buttonville closure" Inside Halton. 4 June 2010
  3. ^ New Owners, New Beginnings, Lots Planned!!!
  4. ^ Burlington Executive Airport
  5. ^ Burlington Gazette About Us
  6. ^ a b c Rural Burlington Greenbelt Coalition (RBGC)
  7. ^ Board of Directors 2012-2013
  8. ^ Burlington City Council Meeting Minutes September 22nd 2014
  9. ^ By-Law 64-2014
  10. ^ Staff Report E-10-14, Development & Infrastructure Committee, September 8th 2014
  11. ^ City, Burlington Airpark going back to court over bylaw breach
  12. ^ Update on the City of Burlington’s application to legally enforce the site alteration bylaw against Burlington Airpark Inc.
  13. ^ Bill 52 An Act to amend the Courts of Justice Act, the Libel and Slander Act and the Statutory Powers Procedure Act in order to protect expression on matters of public interest
  14. ^ Ontario Passes Law to Protect Freedom of Expression
  15. ^ SLAPP Suit Legal Defense Fund
  16. ^ Ontario Superior Court rules in favour of City of Burlington: Burlington Airpark Inc. ordered to comply with site alteration bylaw 64-2014
  17. ^ Airpark appeals site alteration decision to the Ontario Court of Appeal
  18. ^ Burlington Airpark appeal of fill case judgment to be heard in March 2017
  19. ^ Ontario Superior Court orders Burlington Airpark Inc. to pay city $118,000
  20. ^ Burlington airpark wins right to appeal permit ruling, Hamilton Spectator May 24, 2017
  21. ^ Ontario Courts - Burlington (City) v. Burlington Airpark Inc
  22. ^ Press Release - City of Burlington disappointed with Ontario Court of Appeal Airpark decision

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