Mark your calendars – Joing the Durand Park Spring Clean-Up (Saturday April 26th)
Spring has finally sprung! After a very long winter it is time to finally get outside and enjoy our park. On Saturday, April 26th we’ll be hosting our first community clean-up event of 2014 from 10am to noon. Judging by past years, this event will be lots of fun. We will be helping to beautify our park for the summer and having a great time with our neighbours. Come on out even for just a half hour and help us clean out the garbage leftover from winter. Bring the kids too! There will be opportunities for everyone to help. Treats will be provided as well as gloves and bags.
Last April’s clean up was a huge success. It was great to see such a huge crowd of people come out to lend-a-hand and help beautify our community. We had over 40 volunteers!
Let’s see if we can do even better this year!
New Horizon Homes – 85 Robinson Street and 220 Park Street South (City Square)
Subject lands are subject to a REZONING APPLICATION (ZAC – 13 – 004) . The Staff report will be brought before the Planning Committee on May 6th, 2014. The proposed development will be connected to the building by a common lobby, and it includes 105 dwelling units, 119 parking spaces (at grade and underground), as well as, associated landscaping.
Please have your delegation request form to Vanessa Robicheau by Friday, May 2nd for it to be on the agenda for May 6th Planning meeting. If you can have it in sooner, that would be very helpful. Make sure you are clear that you want to be a delegate for that day!
Vanessa Robicheau, BA, MPA
James Street Baptist – One Small Victory for Hamilton’s Built Heritage
The Durand Neighbourhood Association over the past month has presented its concerns with both the process that the City of Hamilton has adopted since 2005 called “delegated authority” and a call to stop the partial demolition of James Street Baptist Church. We were a delegation at the Planning Committee (March 18th, 2014), and the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee (March, 20th) These delegations led staff and councillors to convene a special meeting to discuss our concerns. At that meeting, the decision was made that the Staff Report PED05096(a) City Wide and Bylaw No 05-364 and amended Bylaw No. 07-322 was indeed outdated and needed to be reviewed . Up until this time, the DNA had not seen the accompanying Staff Report that led to the 2005 and 2007 amended Bylaw regarding “delegated authority”.
After reviewing carefully the Staff Report, the DNA determined that there was indeed a very critical piece in the report that should not have allowed “delegated authority”. This led to our final letter to the City on April 12, 2014 and a second delegation to Municipal Heritage Committee, Thursday April 17th 2014. The message was loud and clear. The Staff Report and the resulting Bylaw must be reviewed and revisited and revised . The DNA must be congratulated for their tenacity. One small victory for our Built Heritage but so much more to do to ensure that we conserve our Built Heritage.
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