The Hamilton Fire Department responded shortly after 3:45pm Saturday afternoon for a single vehicle fire on Hughson Street North. Our Joey Coleman happened to be at Dr. Disc for Record Store Day when the fire began and captured these photos.
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Antiquated Bylaws And In-Fill Housing
Hamilton's outdated zoning bylaws create some absurd situations, bylaws written as far back as the 1950s remain in effect for parts of the "new" City of Hamilton. (The "new" City of Hamilton is now 18 years old)
In Downtown Hamilton, a mix of old zoning regulations exist, combined with a 2005 Secondary Plan that was implemented at a time of economic downturn, it is costly and unpredictable to develop. Today, Planning Committee approved (pending Council ratification) the new Downtown Secondary Plan which will implement permissive zoning, clear height limits, and guidelines for design. While this will address Downtown planning, outdated bylaws will continue to reign elsewhere in Hamilton. A great example of this problem is the City opposing the building of an additional bachelor and additional one bedroom unit in a existing apartment building at 2 Grant Blvd.
A discussion on Hamilton’s proposed Downtown Secondary Plan featuring a presentation overview of the Plan from City of Hamilton General Manager of Planning and Economic Development Jason Thorne, followed by a Question and Answer with City of Hamilton Director of Planning and Chief Planner Steve Robichaud joining Thorne to answer audience questions.