Revitalization

Ancaster Condo Development Shifts into Park

By Ryan McGreal
Published September 28, 2007

City council just put the brakes on a planned condo development at 125 Wilson St. W. in Ancster after the developer applied for a zoning variance to increase the number of units from 59 to 62.

The original 59 unit, 122 parking space layout was established at an Ontario Municipal Board meeting after residents filed a complaint to try and stop the intensification from going ahead, supported by Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson. The proposed change would replace three two-bedroom units with six one-bedroom units, because of higher demand for the smaller units.

Further, the development would only have 1.96 instead of two parking spaces per unit.

The city's committee of adjustment rejected the developer's proposal on the grounds that the change is "beyond that of a minor nature" compared to the OMB ruling.

The department of planning and economic development staff delivered their report on the proposal [PDF] to the planning and economic development committee. The committee was deadlocked on whether to support or reject the committee of adjustment's decision and ended up simply approving the staff recommendation [PDF] to receive the report.

When the matter went to full council on September 26, Council defeated the motion to receive the planning staff report and then voted almost unanimously (only Councillor Maria Pearson opposed it) to support the committee of adjustment decision and provide representation at the upcoming OMB hearing on November 14, 2007.

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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By peter (anonymous) | Posted September 28, 2007 at 18:10:35

122 parking spaces? it's besides the point but that's a shocking amount. god bless ancaster.

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