Hamilton City Hall Credit: Joey Coleman / The Public Record

Full Video of the meeting available on The Public Record’s YouTube page.

It was affordable housing day at Council’s Planning Committee as they approved two affordable housing projects – the proposed new Ottawa Street YWCA which will include affordable housing, and Indwell’s James Street North development.
Council also approved a new residence for individuals with brain injuries in Upper Stoney Creek, a new sub-division in Ancaster, housekeeping zoning amendments for two farms in Flamborough, and a severance on Howard Blvd in Flamborough.
At the end of the meeting, the City’s lead planning lawyer provided a comprehensive presentation on the Province’s new planning regiment. The new regiment will see the elimination of the Ontario Municipal Board, the creation of a new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, a Local Planning Appeal Support Centre, major changes to the Planning Act, and new powers for the Province to enforce intensification around GO and higher order (LRT) stations.
The Public Record has three separate stories with depth, and the summary of other items below:

  • Council Approves 45-unit Indwell Affordable Housing Development on James Street North – Indwell received approval for a four storey building with 45 units at 500 – 512 James Street North. Indwell is partnering with Hughson Street Baptist Church, which owns the property and will be housed in the first floor and basement.
  • Council Approves New YWCA on Ottawa Street that includes 50 Affordable Housing Units Hamilton City Council’s Planning Committee gave its approval Tuesday for YWCA’s plan to construct a new six-storey mixed use building with 50 affordable housing units to replace their present Ottawa Street location at 52 – 64 Ottawa Street North.
  • Hamilton Council Planning Committee Approves New Community for 42 Residents with Brain Injuries in Upper Stoney Creek – Ward 9 Councillor Doug Conley led Council in approving CONNECT communities application to build a six-unit 42-bed residential care facility for persons with brain injuries or recovering from stroke. The facility will be built at 26 Upper Mount Albion Road, intersection of Rymal Road, in Upper Stoney Creek.
  • 1169 Garner Road East, Ancaster – Council approved the development application for this site near to and across Gardner Road from the Hamilton and District Christian High School. The developer plans to build 38 townhouse units, and 54 maisonette units.
  • 49 Inksetter, Flamborough, 1226 Sodom Road, Flamborough – Both of this applications were zoning amendments to allow the severance and consolidation of farming properties.
  • 21 Howard Blvd, Flamborough – Councillors approved the severance of this larger lot to allow for the demolition of the existing home, and the building of two detached single-family homes.The application was presented to Committee of Adjustment in November 2015, and tabled until a Zoning Amendment bylaw was approved to allow the smaller lot sizes. This is the zoning bylaw. There was no opposition entered at CoA.