I get sick and tired of the bidness in this city. It's not the 1950s anymore, people! Regular people like us can read these 'consultant' reports for ourselves.
If you're going to continue to use pre-planned 'research' that 'independent' consultants are supposed to spit out, please just save us the tax money and lie to us for free.
What's next? Is a city consultant going to tell us that downtown Hamilton is 100 percent occupied and is commanding the second highest real estate values in the country after Toronto?
If only there was a way to get info like this to the masses who still rely on old media who are also part of the whole bidness scam themselves.
Here's the relevant section in the CATCH report:
[T]he Hemson study [into the size of the airport employment growth district] continues to argue that 10 percent of industrial areas will never be occupied and that amount should be added to land need calculations, and that another 20 percent needs to be added for roads and other services - both positions that have been challenged by provincial officials.
Other aspects of the Hemson calculations may be controversial in other ways. In the 2006 study, for example, the consulting company determined that the North Glanbrook industrial business park was more than 80 percent empty. In the most recent study, it claims the area is now more than half full even though no new development has occurred there in the interim.
The new study also reduces the amount of land that may be available for redevelopment in the older industrial areas along the harbour. Hemson says the Bayfront industrial area is "99% occupied" and the neighbouring East Hamilton area is "97% occupied".
"Contrary to popular perception, the city's industrial areas are nearly 100% occupied," says the report. "Only 21 net vacant hectares are available for development [there]."
Another business park described by Hemson as "99% occupied" is the west Hamilton industrial area that includes the new McMaster Innovation Park on Longwood Road. The new study also reduces the total area of the city's six greenfield business parks by over 230 hectares from the numbers Hemson used in 2006.
That's explained as: "A refinement of the boundaries of some employment areas to better reflect the land use designations in the approved and in-force local official plans, including the removal of lands planned exclusively for airport uses in the Airport Business Park, as well as lands approved for commercial uses in some of the city's business parks and industrial areas."
The latter appears to refer primarily to the June 2008 council decision to overrule their staff and convert four industrial properties to big box retail, including Wal-Mart centred developments on Centennial Parkway in east Hamilton and on Fifty Road in Winona.
The overall effect of the updated calculations is that a 40 percent decline in expected new jobs has only translated into a 27 percent drop in the proposed size of the first stage of the aerotropolis.
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