Driving Through the Future

By Jason Leach
Published January 08, 2008

To all local residents who attended various meetings during the Setting Sail Secondary Plan [PDF] process, let's have a quick recap.

Remember when we all heard that the overwhelming response from residents was to have a mixed-use streetscape developed along Barton St in the Ferguson Ave area?

Remember how the residents favoured streetfront retail with apartments above and no drive-thrus/big box?

Remember all the noises about "best practices" in terms of design and local neighbourhoods?

Remember the talk about rebuilding this stretch of Barton and helping to rejuvenate this historic neighbourhood in the West Harbour district?

Well, here is the fruit of your labour and all of your "valuable input" into this project.

Recommendation: That approval be given to Zoning Application ZAR-07-051, 1201159 Ontario Limited, owner, for a further modification to the "H-'H'/S-1569" (Community Shopping and Commercial etc. – Holding) District, Modified, to allow for drive through facilities, in addition to the existing range of permitted uses for the lands located at 186 Ferguson Avenue North and 201 Robert Street, Hamilton [emphasis added].

Happy Reading.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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By BE (anonymous) | Posted January 08, 2008 at 19:45:54

Auto-oriented commercial uses such as gas stations, auto repair garages, other drive-through services including but not limited to drive-through restaurants, or other uses normally classified as highway commercial will not be permitted in the following areas:
I) Properties that front or flank along James Street North, including the proposed James Street Pier;

II) Properties designated “Prime Retail Streets” on Barton Street and Pier 8;

III) The southwest corner of MacNab Street North and Stuart Street (land designated “Local Commercial”);
IV) The southwest corner of Bay and Barton Streets (land designated “Local Commercial”); and,
V) The southeast corner of Barton and Oxford Streets (land designated “Local Commercial”).
A. Further to policies in A. and A., this policy will clarify that no auto-oriented commercial uses such as gas stations, auto repair garages, other drive-through services, including but not limited to, drive-through restaurants or other uses normally classified as highway commercial, shall be permitted in

the area bounded by Wellington Street North on the east, Strachan Street East and West on the south and Hamilton Harbour on the west and north.”

Therefore, as the subject lands do not fall within the areas prohibited from containing “Drive-Through Facilities”, the application complies with the land use policies of the Setting Sail Secondary Plan for the West Harbour, as modified by the OMB.

As far as I can understand the Setting Sail Secondary Plan, they can build a drive thru at this location if only because they're just outside the Planning area and are not on a designated "Prime Retail Street".

I know you're upset but they seem to be following the planning rules as they were agreed to by all parties involved.

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By trey (registered) | Posted January 09, 2008 at 14:35:04

If they could build a drive-thru at this loction then why did they have to apply to rezone it to allow drive-thrus.

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By jason (registered) | Posted January 09, 2008 at 22:40:26

they weren't allowed to. Barton and the Wellington/Ferguson corridor ws to be mixed-use and built to the street. In fact, if you read the report going before city hall that I posted above it shows the current "allowed uses" for this property - drivethrus are not on the list. They are applying to have drive-thrus added to the list of "allowed uses".

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By Concerned Oberver (anonymous) | Posted January 11, 2008 at 22:29:36

Jason thanks for posting this.

Another example of bad planning. Hamilton will rarely turn down a bad development application.

Very sad. I bet the "big box" will get approved for the innovation park in some shape or form. Let's hope not.

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