The Durand Neighbourhood Association since its early beginnings have played a very active role in engaging in City Wide Issues. Past members were involved in the creation and implementation for “Hamilton’s Central Area Plan”, the Downtown Secondary Plan, and the battle against the permissive zoning bylaws of the 70’s which created property speculation, demolition of historic buildings and removal of existing viable housing. Issues today include the draft Downtown Secondary Plan and Tall Buildings Study, Saving the Gore, the LRT and Heritage Review.
Heritage Review: In 2014, following the demolition of 4/5’s of James Street Baptist Church, heritage advocates including the Durand Neighbourhood Association requested changes to the existing processes regarding heritage permit applications, specifically the use of “designated authority” and heritage designation. The purpose was to review and make recommendations for improvement through stakeholder engagement and feedback. Please see the Stakeholder Workshop for all discussions here. Heritage Review.
This feedback will formulate staff’s final recommendations to Council and will be available for public comment in 2018.