The Chamber’s Renew Hamilton Project continues to follow the progress of a design study meant to guide the planning and implementation of a new mobility hub centred around the James Street North GO train station currently under construction in Hamilton’s north end.
This municipally led study – a component of a broader design initiative in this historic area of Hamilton – is being carried out in partnership with consulting firm Brook McIlroy under the supervision of David Falletta, a planner with the City of Hamilton.
Key study objectives are to identify directions for development in the area (including recommended density and building heights) and inform decision making related to the public realm, including parks, streets, bike paths, etc. It’s expected that the study report will trigger changes to Hamilton’s Official Plan and key zoning bylaws that will in turn enable greater flexibility in land use going forward.
The study process includes significant community consultation that began in late 2013 and will continue through to the presentation of a report to City Council timed for June 2014.
An open house was held in April to provide a study update and gather additional stakeholder input. Approximately 75 people attended, including a sizable number of local residents, property owners and business operators. Downtown Councillor Jason Farr attended and interacted with the various discussion groups.
Attendees provided input on these presentation panels:
The open house provided an opportunity for consultant Anne McIlroy to reiterate key themes that have arisen through public consultations to date, including calls for:
Anne emphasized the need to manage change and growth through measured approaches that value and leverage the area’s unique assets. Key input that came out of the April open house included concerns related to gentrification, parking, building heights and the protection of existing businesses.
David Falletta closed the evening by thanking participants and inviting everyone to a final open house scheduled for late May/early June.
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