Developers render of a proposed eight-storey midrise development at 1065 Paramount Drive in Upper Stoney Creek Credit: HANDOUT

The Ontario Land Tribunal has granted a City of Hamilton request to adjourn the planned March 26 case management conference for a non-decision appeal involving a proposed mid-rise development at 1065 Paramount Drive in Upper Stoney Creek.

City of Hamilton staff cannot access their electronic files due to a cybersecurity breach/failure that became known to the City on February 25.

The City of Hamilton is not publicly stating what the impacts on the City’s planning division are due to the ongoing cybersecurity crisis.

The OLT granted the City’s request for adjournment, including not setting a new date for the matter.

“The Parties are directed to reach out to the Tribunal once they have been able to coordinate and suggest a timeframe for rescheduling the Case Management Conference,” reads the OLT notice granting the adjournment.

The proposal at 1065 Paramount Drive is noteworthy for how contentious it has become.

In December, the developer filed a non-decision appeal to the OLT after learning the City’s planning staff would not recommend approval of the application to City Council.

“The applicant proposes the development of an eight storey, 181 unit multiple dwelling, 79, three and three and a half storey stacked townhouse dwellings, and 44, four storey stacked maisonette townhouse dwellings, for a total of 304 dwelling units, with 415 parking spaces with 225 of those being in one level of underground parking, 38 short term bicycle parking and 208 long term bicycle parking spaces along with two driveway accesses proposed off of Paramount Drive,” is the City staff summary of the project.

Council held a rare non-statutory hearing on February 6, after the appeal was filed, to hear public concerns and publicly instruct city planners and lawyers to vigorously oppose the developer at the OLT.

City staff stated they cannot support the proposal due to the following reasons:

  • Not enough mix of unit sizes, with no family (three-bedroom) units proposed;
  • Lack of landscaping and sustainable design features;
  • Shadow impacts upon the neighbouring elementary school;
  • Design of the buildings does not fit into the existing neighbourhood;
    • “The Albion neighbourhood has historically developed with a more suburban built form with greater building setbacks for the multiple dwellings that exist, for example at the corner of Mistywood Drive and Paramount Drive. The proposal is instead for a built form that is oriented closer to the street and the edges of the property with reduced building setbacks, as outlined on page 6 of this report.”

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