Study: Airport Lands Mostly Used for Warehousing and Logistics

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 06, 2008

Citizens at City Hall (CATCH), the citizens' group that attends council meetings and reads consultants' reports so you don't have to, reports that a detailed review (PDF) of proposed land use in the city's Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) estimates that over two thirds of the 7,800 acres (3,150 hectares) will be used for warehousing and trucking.

Not surprisingly, this will be low-density land use. That two-thirds will only provide 41 percent of the new jobs. The review reads:

It is anticipated that a large percentage share of the future employment growth in this area will be dominated by land extensive, low-density employment in the warehousing/transportation and wholesale trade sectors

The report notes further that industrial employment growth in the AEGD will be "minimal".

With great prospects like these, it's no wonder council is being asked to instruct the consultant to prepare the next step toward servicing the land.

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 wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By Flyboy (anonymous) | Posted June 07, 2008 at 10:05:34

Read Terry Cooke in today's Spec. He makes a compelling case for developing and servicing these lands....

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By mikelintro (anonymous) | Posted January 20, 2015 at 16:50:30

I have also noticed that there is a lot of land that is just a bunch of warehouses. I have lived next to an airport for a few years now, and have noticed that a lot of the airplanes never get removed from their storage. I wonder if there would be a better way to use all that space.

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