Council Approves Clark’s Motion for Second Opinion on Urban Boundary Question

During recent delegations regarding the City’s Land Needs Assessment and Municipal Comprehensive review, some delegates questioned the interpretations of provincial policies by the City’s Consultant, Consultant Antony Lorius. The Lorius report helped inform the staff position and will ultimately guide the city council on the crucial urban boundary expansion decision.

Accordingly, Councillor Clark move a motion directing staff to retain an independent third party land economist with land use planning experiences to peer review the “City of Hamilton Land Needs Assessment to 2051 – Technical Working Paper” and the “Residential Intensification Market Demand Study”

“It’s not unusual to ask for additional independent opinions on such important issues,” the upper Stoney Creek Councillor said. “I think that given the magnitude of this decision, a peer review is most appropriate.”

MOTION:

WHEREAS the City commissioned land economist Antony Lorius Consulting to undertake the technical analysis for the land needs assessment for the City’s GRIDS2 initiative;

WHEREAS the results of that analysis were presented to Council on March 31, 2021 in the report “City of Hamilton Land Needs Assessment to 2051 – Technical Working Paper” and “Residential Intensification Market Demand Study” as part of Report PED17010(i); and

WHEREAS Council will be considering the land needs assessment and recommended GRIDS2 growth scenario at a Special GIC meeting on October 25, 2021

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

(a) That staff be directed to retain a consultant with the appropriate expertise in land economics and planning to undertake a review of the approach and methodology utilized for the “City of Hamilton Land Needs Assessment to 2051 – Technical Working Paper” and “Residential Intensification Market Demand Study” to confirm that the approach and methodology meets the requirements of all applicable provincial policies and is an appropriate application of all applicable provincial policies with respect to determining the city’s land needs to 2051

(b) That the consultant prepare a memorandum summarizing their findings and that staff include this memorandum as part of the GRIDS2 report back at the Special GIC meeting on October 25, 2021

(c) That the cost for completing the review be charged to the Economic Development Investment Fund Reserve 112221

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