Hi Duranders,

On March 23, New Horizon Development Group made another plea to the General Issues Committee to allow the expansion of the CIPA (Community Improvement Project Area) zone to include the development at the Thistle site (City Square).  The CIPA plan was put in place with boundaries to entice builders to invest in areas of the downtown that were desperate for greater residential density.  In order to ensure success of fledgling businesses downtown, greater population density is needed to kick-start economic activity.  Durand is already a very densely populated neighbourhood, and doesn’t require financial incentives (taxpayer-supported) — indeed, we are “built-out” meaning there is no developable land remaining.  So the DNA decided to make a delegation to the City in support of maintaining the existing boundaries.  Staff reporting on the issue agree with the Durand NA on maintaining the boundaries, so it is likely New Horizon will not be successful in their lobbying efforts.

The minutes for the March 23 GIC meeting are not yet available, but can be found at this link:  https://www.hamilton.ca/council-committee/council-committee-meetings/2016-city-council in a few days.

Now, onto the fun stuff.  There are many, many events coming to the Durand.  Following are dates and links (if available) for more information.

April 16 – Alleyway Clean-up!  Join your neighbours for a fun and satisfying few hours of spring cleaning.  Help to clear out winter clutter (litter) and keep our alleyways beautiful.  More information here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/133467620351734/

Sunday, May 1 – Bike for Mike — Ride a little or a lot to help raise money for bikes for kids!  This fun annual event is being held the first Sunday in May.  Get your biking muscles going for this great community event.  http://bikeformike.org/

Saturday, May 7 and Sunday May 8 are jam-packed with things to do in our neighbourhood and city.

Jane’s Walks will be held all weekend.  There is more information below, but keep checking back as more walk leaders are confirmed.  You may be interested in a walk led by our own Janice Brown in the Durand Neighbourhood and/or Kevin Love who plans a walk of an alleyway network that will expand your options for getting around.  http://janeswalk.org/canada/hamilton/

WHAT (?)  West Hamilton Artist Tour — This free annual event features fine artists living around the Locke Street area.  Held on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5, you will not want to miss this opportunity to view some fabulous local art and talk to the art creators at the same time.  http://www.westhamiltonartiststour.com/

Doors Open — Planned again for the weekend of May 7 and 8.  Find out more here:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Hamilton.aspx

Now, the event EVERYONE is waiting for is the Grand Durand Garden Tour.  Held only once every three years, this fabulous garden tour is planned for Saturday, June 18.  Better than ever, but still only $20 with an advance ticket, you will not want to miss seeing the spectacular gardens hiding behind the beautiful homes in our neighbourhood.  Don’t miss out.  Last time, tickets sold out.  Get yours online today:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/grand-durand-garden-tour-2016-tickets-21113518101