The Hamilton Spectator published an interesting and important opinion piece from the Beasley Neighbourhood Association (BNA) regarding the proposed new Downtown Secondary Plan (DSP) for Hamilton. You can read it here:

https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/8122667-beasley-neighbours-back-development-but-not-at-any-price/

The Durand Neighbourhood Association shares many of these same views on the new DSP. You can read our submission to the city here:

http://www.durandna.com/wp-content/uploads/DNA-Downtown-Secondary-Plan-Comments.docx.pdf

You can also take a look at the proposed changes on a map of the downtown area. The blue areas are where the city is proposing to allow 30 storeys for buildings. You can view the map here:

http://www.durandna.com/wp-content/uploads/downtownhamilton-draft-mapb-6-1-2-maximumbuildingheights-oct2017.pdf

Some of these areas in the downtown are very suitable for this type of growth, while others are definitely not. The changes to the DSP could also have a major effect on heritage properties and properties with heritage value that have been rezoned to 30 storeys. And that is the crux of our submission to the city: we want responsible and appropriate development and protection for our built heritage in our neighbourhood and across the downtown core.

If you have not already, please let your councillor know what you think of the proposed changes to the DSP.