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

Editors Update, March 12 2024:
The hearing has been postponed.
More info here: OLT Delays 1065 Paramount Drive Hearing due to City of Hamilton Cybersecurity Problems.

The Ontario Land Tribunal will hold a video case management conference on March 26, 2024, to determine who will have standing and set hearing dates in the non-decision appeal by the owners of 1065 Paramount Drive in Upper Stoney Creek.

The developer decided to bypass Hamilton City Council and file a non-decision appeal after they learned City staff would not recommend approval of a zoning bylaw and official plan amendment application.

“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.

Issues of Disagreement

City staff state 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.”

At its February 14 ratification meeting, City Council unanimously directed staff to oppose the applicant at the Ontario Land Tribunal. Dozens of nearby residents registered their opposition to Council.

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Published: March 8, 2024
Last edited: March 12, 2024
Author: Joey Coleman
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