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Character Project Report Update

As many Duranders will recall, we have been working on implementing a Character zoning overlay in the Durand neighbourhood.  We began the process a couple of years ago, and many of our residents helped last fall by filling out a survey and conducting street audits to inform the final report.  The final report is available for viewing here at (under “Report”).

On September 5, Janice Brown, with assistance from Yonatan Rozenszjan presented the report to the Planning Committee.  Councillor Jason Farr put forward a motion for staff to receive the study and report back on the possibility of including a zoning overlay.  The text of Janice’s remarks to the Planning Committee were as follows:

Good morning Planning Committee members.

My name is Janice Brown.  I am appearing on behalf of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.

Thank you very much for allowing us to appear on such short notice, and thank you Councillor Farr for facilitating our delegation.

I am here today to present to you an exhaustive and detailed planning study prepared by Civic Plan on the character of the Durand Neighbourhood. This has been two years in the making.  This process involved DNA Board Members and over 40 Duranders who volunteered their time to assist Civic Plan.

The Durand Neighbourhood Character Study’s purpose was to understand the neighbourhood context and make recommendations for future policy to help maintain neighbourhood character though periods of change.

This is an important study that was financed by our association along with the gracious support of the city through the Ward 2 Area Rating Fund.  It was at the suggestion of planning staff that we research data based on the experience from the City of Ottawa.

The key recommendations in the report are on pages 78- 79. Specific mention is to recommendation number 2, which refers to the implementation of a Zoning Overlay Pilot Project using a Streetscape Character Analysis that could assist in maintaining Durand’s neighbourhood character. We believe it is important for the city and for Durand to actually explore how we can protect the character of an established downtown neighbourhood. This is not a new approach. Ottawa has a similar system which has been approved by the OMB. We believe that Hamilton will benefit by exploring how the experience in Ottawa can apply to Hamilton.

We therefore ask that you receive this report and refer it to staff for further study and action.

Janice’s work on this file is much appreciated.  Appearing before a city committee is not always straight-forward because delegates have to ensure attendance at the meeting no matter how long it takes.  In this case, Janice attended City Hall at 9:30 a.m. to be called to address the Committee at 1:45 p.m.!

Also, a sincere thank you to all Duranders who came out to support this very important delegation.

The motion put forward by Councillor Farr was worded as follows:

MOTION – Character Study

 The presentation by the Durand Neighbourhood Association be received;

 The Durand Neighbourhood Character Study prepared for the Durand Neighbourhood Association be received and referred to Planning staff to review and inclusion as a resource associated with the pending Durand Neighbourhood Association Secondary Plan work plan; and

 That after consultation with the Ward Councillor on the results of Planning staff’s review of the study, if immediate changes to zoning by-law 6593 applicable to the Durand Neighbourhood are warranted to create a zoning overlay to maintain neighbourhood character, then Planning staff be directed and authorized to schedule a Public Meeting of the Planning Committee ‎no later than Q1/2018 to consider proposed zoning by-law changes.

The good news is today Council ratified the decision of the Planning Committee to receive the study.  We are on our way!  It’s a long process, but we are hoping the principles of Character zoning (i.e. “the street gives you your rules”) will assist in maintaining the character of our historic neighbourhood.

Stay tuned.

Welcome back!

Hi Duranders,

It’s the start of another school year, fall is in the air (did we even have a summer?) and there are many updates about our beautiful neighbourhood.  Read on for the latest:

Character Project

The DNA has received the final report from Civic Plan and it came with a number of recommendations.  The report will be posted to this website soon  –  The report is quite extensive and includes results of resident engagement.  We have a lot of work to do and it begins with a delegation to the Planning Committee to request staff review the report and study the feasibility of applying an overlay to zoning in Durand.  We would like to be the pilot neighbourhood for this overlay, as many other areas in Hamilton have similar concerns about losing the character of neighbourhoods they love.  Janice Brown will delegate on Tuesday, September 5 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.  If you can attend the committee meeting, please do so — all support is most welcome.

Movie Night/Canada 150

We have a special movie night planned for SEPTEMBER 16 at Durand Park.  Partnering with us this year is Pharmasave from James Street South.  Festivities begin at 5:30 with Reardon’s Food Truck.  The movie this year is Moana  See poster below for details.

movie night


Please join us for our AGM on October 26 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian.  Doors open at 6:30, meeting begins at 7 p.m.  Come out, meet your neighbours, board members, Councillor Jason Farr, and Crime Manager Jennifer McFeggan.  We will have an update presentation about St. Mark’s by Anna Bradford.

Television City

As many of you have probably noticed, Brad Lamb is going ahead with advertising and promoting sales for the proposed condo development at the CHCH site on Caroline at Hunter.  The site is not zoned for the height or number of units he is proposing, so we are a little puzzled about how sales for an unapproved condominium project are going ahead.   We are seeking answers from our Councillor and city staff.  In the meantime, here is the link to the website for “Television City”  Units are priced high and only larger units of one-bedroom + are eligible to purchase a separate parking space (+$40,000 on top of unit cost).  Stay tuned for more details on this project in the months ahead.  Good design is critical for this site, and it is up to us to demand standards that respect Durand’s character (see above).


Rental legislation in Ontario has changed to improve rights for tenants and hopefully slow the trend of turning residences into short-term rentals (e.g. AirBNB).  This article in the Globe and Mail gives a good summary of the new rules.

New eviction rules in effect today to protect Ontario tenants


Mark your calendar for October 28 — all the spooky fun details will be available soon.

Trillium Award Winners

We are lucky to have such beautiful gardens here in the Durand Neighbourhood.  And our hard-working gardeners deserve the recognition they receive from the Trillium group.  A few of our Trillium award winners in Durand are:  Linda Miocinovich, Denis Olivier & Jessica Hume, Carolyn and Chris O’Donnell.  Thank you for all of your hard work!  You help make our neighbourhood special.

Charity Barbecue on James Street South – August 15

pharmasave barbecue

Splash Pad Woes

As many of you are aware, our brand new splash pad — installed 2016 — is not working.  This is not how we would choose to spend the first really hot and humid week of the summer, but here we are.

We are hoping for a quick repair Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.  If all goes well, the splash pad will be operational.  If not, a major repair may be needed (including the nightmare of all plumbing repairs:  digging up the pipes).  Let’s all keep our fingers crossed the easier solution will work.

We will hear the happy sounds of children playing in the splash pad again soon!

Garage Sales to the Power of Three!

Time to put on your bargain-hunting shoes or get rid of the extra stuff taking up space in your closets.  Find garage sale listings at:

There is still time to list your garage sale!  Our friend in Stinson, Dave Michel, is organizing the listings, so reach out to him for help to list your garage sale.  Details in the poster below.  Good luck and good hunting!