City Posts AEGD Secondary Plan

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 29, 2010

The city has posted the AEGD Secondary Plan Report (PDF link) on the Airport Employment Growth District website reports section. This is the plan that Council will vote on in September, after city staff hold three public information centres, on July 15, August 3 and September 8.

This report specifies the area and land use designations of the proposed AEGD.

AEGD Land Use Designations
AEGD Land Use Designations

The dark purply-blue area south of the airport (below it on the picture) is dedicated for airport-related businesses: catering services, restaurants, car rental, convention centres and so on.

The dark pink area just north of the airport (right above it on the picture) is dedicated for airside industrial uses: freight-forwarders, couriers, fuel depots, on-site custom brokers. Warehousing, distribution and light industry will be allowed there as well but companies need to demonstrate a requirement to locate here.

The medium pink area north of the airport is dedicated for prestige business uses: building and lumber supply, motor vehicle sales and service, convention centres, couriers, equipment and machinery sales and service, hotels, administrative offices, laboratories, union halls, manufacturing, offices, private power generation, repair services, research and development, surveying and planning, trade schools, skilled trade shops, transport terminals, transportation depots, and warehouses. Yes, according to the city, warehousing and transportation qualify as "prestige business".

The three light pink areas encircled by the prestige business area are dedicated for light industrial uses: animal shelters, building and lumber supply, contractors, motor vehicle sales and service, couriers, dry cleaners, equipment and machinery sales and rentals, administrative offices, laboratories, landscaping contractors, manufacturing, offices, private power generation, repair services, research and development, surveying and planning, trade schools, skilled trade shops, warehousing, waste processing, and waste transfer.

The main difference between the "prestige business" and "light industrial" areas is that the "prestige business" areas "will be subject to high quality urban design and sustainable development standards". Maybe the warehouses will have to have pedestrian-friendly steetwalls, or something.

The grey line along Twenty Road is designated a utility corridor, providing water and wastewater facilities, storm water management, pipelines, electrical transmission lines and transformers, and recreational paths.

The dark purple circles are "employment supportive centres", in which walking, cycling and transit are to be given priority over driving and no parking, drive-thrus or stacking lanes are to be permitted between the sidewalks and the buildings. In addition to the "prestige business" uses, these areas may contain convenience stores, health and recreational facilities, banks, restaurants, and gas stations with car washes.

Finally, the dark green blobs are "natural open space".

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 Kiely (registered) | Posted June 29, 2010 at 16:34:33

This is nuckin futs. We can't find businesses to fill the space we have now and we're going to build hundreds of hectares more space and all the required infrastructure for businesses that do not exist???

Who even wants this?

Do the people who live by the airport want this?

Current businesses?

Have businesses been calling and saying "If you only had hundreds of hectares of unnecessary development by that half-ass airport of yours we'd move to Hamilton in a heartbeat"?

I really just don't get this... unless of course I put my thick as Coke bottle cynicism glasses on.

Can anyone help clue me in???

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted June 29, 2010 at 22:39:04

The home builders want this.

As has been mentioned in another thread, they're banking on this being a wedge that gets them more prime building land to drop more chipboard McMansions onto. Think what happens when the city fails to sell some of this land, what's plan B gonnna be? "well, we already spent the money to service it, I guess we'll let the builders have it."

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By Kiely (registered) | Posted June 30, 2010 at 14:30:49

The home builders want this. - Pxtl

Ya, that's what I see with my cynicism glasses on.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted October 15, 2010 at 10:05:40

who owns the land now?

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By Aberdeen airport Parking (anonymous) | Posted November 30, 2010 at 02:53:44

Nice blog for all blog readers,here i mention some important information about Aberdeen airport Parking.

Chris Fryer

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