MCR/GRIDS2 Resident Survey in Mail Now

One of the largest direct mail public consultations is now underway.

On March 31, 2021, Hamilton City Council supported Councillor Brad Clark’s motion directing staff to conduct a city-wide direct mail survey seeking resident’s opinions about the future growth plans for the city.

The surveys, as seen here, are being delivered this week to every household through Canada Post unaddressed admail. Residents can learn more about the issues at https://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/official-plan-zoning-by-law/grids-2mcr-urban-growth-survey . Check your mailboxes.

Please take the time to complete the postage paid survey and drop it in the mail or you can email your comments directly to grids2-mcr@hamilton.ca.

The deadline for response is July 23, 2021.

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

https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2021/06/24/hamilton-urban-boundary.html

Direction to Draft MOU Inches LRT Forward

In the last election, I promised the residents of Ward 9 that I would oppose LRT. More recently and in preparation for the vote directing staff to draft a revised Memorandum of Understanding MOU with Metrolinx, I spent two weeks canvassing approximately 1,000 homes on random urban streets in Ward 9.

My recent canvassing revealed that 6-7 out of 10 homes indicating that they were still opposed with 30% supporting LRT because of the new funding. While I was pushed by some proponents to ignore the democratic will of my residents, I chose to represent them. Accordingly, I objected to the LRT and voted to oppose the directions to staff.

That being said, Council ratified the direction on a 9-6 vote. At this point, the democratic will of council to support LRT will move forward.

While I reserve the right to ask pointed and appropriate questions, I will not obstruct the will of council. I have always believed that once the City Council makes a decision on any item regardless of my position, it is the responsibility or obligations of Councillors to see that decision through to success.

Mud Street Lane Restrictions on Stoney Creek Mountain

Councillor Brad Clark is urging drivers to be patient and careful as they navigate the construction zone on Mud Street. “Unbelievably, we are seeing some impatient drivers crossing the centre lane to pass vehicles, putting themselves, other vehicles and pedestrians at risk. Please follow the traffic signs, stay in your lane and SLOW DOWN.”

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

Mud Street West near Valley Park Recreation Centre will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The four-lane street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Paramount Drive and Isaac Brock Drive for about six months. Construction will include bridge repairs, new bridge railings, road resurfacing and new sidewalks.

The city also said the multi-use path under the bridge at Felker’s Creek that leads into Valley Park will be closed and trail users are advised to take an alternate route.

Mud Street West lane restrictions

Reduced to one lane in each direction May to October, 2021. Mud Street West between Paramount and Isaac Brock drives on Hamilton Mountain.


Drivers and HSR passengers on route 43 should allow extra time to travel through the area as delays are expected.

https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2021/05/09/mud-street-lane-restrictions-on-hamilton-mountain-to-start-monday.html