Art in Victoria Park – Frankie Venom

Art in Victoria Park – Frankie Venom

Councillor McHattie and city staff met with the Strathcona Community Council on November 19, 2013 to present the project and the proposed theme. Please select the link below to review a short report which outlines the project and the discussion from that meeting. The Community Council and the City is interested in your comments. Please feel free to contact Ken Coit (see contact information below) on or before January 31, 2014 to share any comments you have about this project. Download Victoria Park Public Art Competition – Strathcona Community Council Report (PDF) Contact Information: Ken Coit Art In Public Places Coordinator Creative Industries Tourism and Culture Division Planning and Economic Development Department City of Hamilton 28 James Street North, 2nd floor p 905 546 2424 x6281...
October Planning Committee

October Planning Committee

The city’s Planning Committee met on Tuesday, October 1 to review the Strathcona Secondary Plan and to finalize the draft that was presented by representatives from the city’s Planning Department.  In mid-September, our council executive met with staff from the Planning Department, as well as with Councilor McHattie, so that we could have a clear idea of what the final version of the plan would look like before the finalization of the plan. York Blvd. issues Members of our executive were not impressed with a high amount of Medium Density Residential re-zoning of single use family homes along the south section of York Blvd.  The issue with the re-zoning would have been developers could potentially buy out several homes, and develop high rise buildings as large as ten stories high.  We were advised that we could have a member of the council speak on behalf of the executive (and the neighbourhood).  Fortunately, Jason Leach, who has communicated his frustration with the York Blvd. intensification twice with articles on Raise the Hammer, volunteered to put together a presentation and presented our vision of a neighbourhood that maintains the family friendly, character homes that would have been at risk.  You can review the presentation he gave. The good news   Strathcona Secondary Plan passes without density near York Blvd, or changes to King or Main Streets. — Joey Coleman (@JoeyColeman) October 1, 2013   As reported by local journalist Joey Coleman, who was live on location during the Planning Committee meeting, the plan has passed without the Medium Density zoning.  As soon as the city releases what the plan will look like without...
Secondary Plan News

Secondary Plan News

Why a Secondary Plan is important First we’ll recap regarding the importance of the secondary planning process. The secondary plan will set the direction and some provide details (building heights, design considerations) of development in the Strathcona neighbourhood for roughly the next 20 years. Once City Council approves the plan, developers need to follow it (or apply for an amendment). This can be a good thing…or a bad thing, depending on the kinds of permissive and restrictive uses the plan contains. Meeting with the city Members of our executive met with Councillor McHattie and members of the city’s Planning department on Tuesday, Sept. 17.  This was an opportunity for city planners involved in the development of the plan to explain the rationale behind permitting 19 houses on Strathcona and Inchbury at York Blvd to be marked for high density residential development. That means if a developer could get the homeowners to sell, they could be demolished and a 10+ storey building could be built at the end of those streets. You can check out the plan as it stands right now here: http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/0A1BCB5C-4D4C-4A32-9465-8DE95DDE9748/0/STRATHOPAUHOPAppendixA.pdf The map on page 57 shows the proposed land designations. Planning staff perspective Planning staff say that they’ve included wording in the secondary plan that would make the development more palatable.  Some of the points  that have been referenced that could potentially be required in new developments include: “transition in height to adjacent residential uses”, “demonstrate that the height, scale and massing of the proposed multiple dwelling is compatible with the adjacent residential uses”, “require comprehensive development through lot assembly”, “promote compatibility with the adjacent residential...
Proposed changes to HSR Routes

Proposed changes to HSR Routes

Community meeting to review Routes 7-Locke & 8-York Monday, September 23, 7 pm Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl Street North In early 2012, Councillor McHattie started working with representatives from the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association and the Strathcona Community Council to look at creating a new Dundurn bus route. A new route is feasible due to additional transit funding which resulted from several years of work by Brian to free up Provincial Gas Tax funding for new bus service. Councillor McHattie and the HSR have been working with the “Dundurn Bus Routing” group, made up of citizens from Kirkendall and Strathcona. They were tasked with looking at the 6-Aberdeen, 7- Locke and 8-York routes.  It met several times to consider the current routes, current passenger counts and all the possible route options. The changes were initially scheduled to be implemented in September 2013.  Buses on the 8-York route were going to operate east and west on Florence Street between Dundurn Street and Strathcona Ave. and west on Florence Street between Strathcona Ave. and Locke St.  However, based on community feedback, there were factors (like existing parking on Florence) that weren’t fully taken into account. This community meeting is being held to explain the proposed changes to both the 7-Locke and 8-York routes and to get community...
Niagara to GTA Corridor

Niagara to GTA Corridor

The following is a public announcement from the office of Ward 1 Counslor Brian McHattie: Niagara to GTA Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study Phase 1 Final Transportation Development Strategy The public are invited to review the final multimodal Transportation Development Strategy (final Strategy) for the Niagara to GTA (NGTA) Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study.  Please see the attached Ontario Government Notice.  The Strategy is available for review on the NGTA website: http://www.niagara-gta.com, under the “Reports” tab.  You can also download the PDF document here.   Beginning September 5, 2013 the report will also be available at main branches of libraries and local and regional municipal offices within Niagara, Hamilton and Halton.  In Ward 1, copies are available at the Locke and Westdale Library Branches.   The final Strategy includes the following multimodal elements: Optimizing the existing transportation network. Supporting transit initiatives that are consistent with the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan and the GO Transit 2020 Strategic Plan, as well as recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the non-roadway modes of transportation. Several highway widening and new highway corridor recommendations, including: Hamilton and Halton: Widening of key highway facilities by two or more lanes to address medium term transportation needs.  In addition, a future study is recommended to identify a longer-term transportation strategy. Hamilton to Niagara: Widening of the QEW to eight lanes (including HOV lanes), and continuing to monitor traffic volumes on the QEW to determine capacity requirements beyond 2031. Niagara: New highway corridor connecting Highway 406 south of Welland to the QEW near Fort Erie.   The final Strategy will be available for a...