Sprawl

Winona Blob Off Limits to Development

By Ryan McGreal
Published July 19, 2007

Good news from yesterday's Hamilton Spectator: Nicole MacIntyre reports that a joint ruling by the Ontario Municipal Board and the Ministry of Natural Resources has declared the "Winona Blob" outside the urban boundary and off limits to development.

The 3.8 hectare (9.3 acre) parcel of land near Winona Road and Highway 8 has been in dispute for a decade, as De Santis-owned Hamilton General Homes has been trying to build 17 new houses and local residents trying to preserve the green space have opposed the plan.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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