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.
The property is presently designated to be zoned Mixed Use Medium (C5) with a height limit of 22 metre, but close to a GO Station, and on a major arterial road. There are existing 14 and 21 storey buildings across the street from the property.
Keesmaat is looking for her first project, the City is looking for a partner, $9.51-million is already on the table – plus the value of the land – as the municipal contribution, planning approvals are effectively guaranteed, the City already has policies in place to waive application and development charge fees.
Lime Ridge Mall owner Cadillac Fairview wants to create a restaurant district as part of their redevelopment of the former Sears store that anchored the north side of Hamilton’s largest indoor shopping centre.
McMaster’s appeal is one of over a dozen in Hamilton by development applicants seeking to protect their interests under the more developer friendly OMB rules rather than risk having to appeal under the new LPAT rules.