Despite Interim City Manager Mike Zegarac instructing all City departments, boards, and agencies to bring in budgets under the rate of inflation, the Library Board votes to maintain present service levels instead of implementing cuts.
Buying the 98 James Street South property out of bankruptcy was costly on a per-hectare basis; the only reason the heightened cost is a good business case is the new owners inherited the planning approvals and development planning work which the previous owner completed.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants Hamilton to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games, but if Calgary hosts an Olympics in 2026, it’s unlikely the feds will spend hundreds of millions on games within five years of each other.
Brad Lamb’s hope of building the tallest building in Hamilton at 163 Jackson Street West will be decided by LPAT in mid-2019, that’s if Lamb and the City don’t reach a deal to allow Lamb to build on Jackson West, or the tallest building elsewhere in Downtown Hamilton.
The backlog at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal – formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Board – means that Sonoma Homes planned mid-rise development could be waiting until 2021 to get into the ground, unless Sonoma can reach a deal with City Council during the interim.
Without the City prepared to file an issues list, or declare if it intents to oppose Medallion’s proposal for a 20-storey residential building at 195 Wellington Street South, the LPAT scheduled another pre-hearing date for April 15, 2019 at 10am to give the City time to prepare its submissions.