posted: April 18, 2012

Neighbourhood Meeting
May 1   7 pm

Bennetto Recreation Centre
Hughson Street North

This meeting was originally organized to discuss the issue of "Aerotropolis", a city-wide issue, and "Radial Separation", 300 metres between Residential Care Facilities, an issue affecting several neighbourhoods in Ward 2.

Since that time, another issue has surfaced directly affecting residents west of James Street.  Therefore, some of this meeting has been planned to discuss the future of the vacant land, currently zoned P1, Parkette at the corner of Bay and Strachan.

On March 20, Councillor Farr informed NEN in an email that a motion had been prepared to declare the  land on the north-east corner of Bay and Strachan surplus, and rezone it to allow low-density residential as identified in Setting Sail. This was the first time NEN had heard of this idea. In addition, this was too late to get it into The Breezes.

NEN thanked Jason for NOT putting the motion forward, agreeing that it needed discussing in the neighbourhood, and asked questions about it.  Jason attended the April 3 meeting to begin the discussion.

NEN asked Jason to NOT put the motion forward at the April 17 meeting of the Planning Committee.  By then, he had heard from several people in the neighbourhood.  On April 17, the motion was "withdrawn", until a later time; the word "months" was used. Jason indicated he wanted time to discuss the issue fully in the neighbourhood. In addition, Councillor Whitehead asked that a full report of the ratio of parks in our neighbourhood be taken on.

The North End is a dense neighbourhood already, although not the densest, and is steadily coping with change within the neighbourhood and at the Waterfront.

Setting Sail, the secondary plan which includes our neighbourhood, identified 3 main "areas of major change": The Waterfront, Barton-Tiffany, And Ferguson-Wellington corridor. Within those areas, NEN agreed to the development of new homes to bring families to the urban core of Hamilton. (page 33) 

Setting Sail also identified a number of planning principles for the area, including "Strenthen Existing Neighbourhoods", "Enhance Physical and Visual Connections", and Promote a Healthy Harbour etc.  
 (page 5).  Under Strengthen Neighbourhoods is viii "Augment existing parkland with additional publicly-accessible open spaces." Change, and new development, must be balanced with quality of life of the people who live here.  The character of the neighbourhood must be respected.

Below is the link to the Setting Sail Secondary Plan.

Sheri Selway