West Flamborough group home gets approval to rebuild

News Apr 14, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A Flamborough group home has a cleared a hurdle to reconstructing a building on its premises on the 6th Concession West, after receiving approval at the Committee of Adjustment April 7.

The six-person facility, which has operated at the 1966 6th Concession West property since 1999, was destroyed by a fire in January of 2015.

However, in order to rebuild, the organization’s representatives had to provide evidence that they had been operating a group home at the property continuously since they opened the building. Recent zoning changes within the City of Hamilton mean that a residential care facility is not permitted in the now P7 zoning.

“We needed to demonstrate that we had been operating in continuous use and we were able to do that,” said Patty Vlaar, the district executive director with Christian Horizons.

She noted the rebuild would not increase the capacity of the home. “We are needing to rebuild that home,” she said, noting the home will be built for a maximum of six residents. “We’ve been at six and we’re returning to six.”

She noted the rebuild will be a fully-accessible home for the residents – which will mean larger hallways, among other things. Vlaar said she was unsure if the building would include an elevator.

Vlaar added the organization is hoping to rebuild as soon as possible.

“With the good weather coming up, I’m hoping it’s very soon.”

She noted all of the residents who were in the home will have the option to return following the rebuild.

At the meeting, neighbours were concerned about the noise generated by the building and its residents, particularly in the evening hours.

Ovidiu Timotin, a 6th Concession West resident, said the sounds coming from the home are “loud and scary,” and often occur in the middle of the night. “It’s like it’s coming from a slaughterhouse,” he said. “We don’t know if we should call 9-1-1 or the police or something. It’s really frightening.”

Neighbours said the home doesn’t fit the neighbourhood, and suggested Christian Horizons could look for a more suitable location.

However, at the meeting, Vlaar said while they have looked at other locations, the organization needs to consider the needs of their residents.

“That’s their neighbourhood and where they’re comfortable, what they know,” she said. “It’s their community.”

Vlaar said Christian Horizons’ desire is always to be a good neighbour.“Our support is to people who require services and we want them, as well, to be living in communities where they belong,” she said. “So we want to be listening to neighbours when they have concerns and giving them an access to us as well where we can come to an understanding.”

The committee noted the issue they were dealing with was the continuous use of the property, which the building department has confirmed. As a result, the committee approved the application.

West Flamborough group home gets approval to rebuild

New Horizons facility destroyed by fire in January 2015

News Apr 14, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A Flamborough group home has a cleared a hurdle to reconstructing a building on its premises on the 6th Concession West, after receiving approval at the Committee of Adjustment April 7.

The six-person facility, which has operated at the 1966 6th Concession West property since 1999, was destroyed by a fire in January of 2015.

However, in order to rebuild, the organization’s representatives had to provide evidence that they had been operating a group home at the property continuously since they opened the building. Recent zoning changes within the City of Hamilton mean that a residential care facility is not permitted in the now P7 zoning.

“We needed to demonstrate that we had been operating in continuous use and we were able to do that,” said Patty Vlaar, the district executive director with Christian Horizons.

She noted the rebuild would not increase the capacity of the home. “We are needing to rebuild that home,” she said, noting the home will be built for a maximum of six residents. “We’ve been at six and we’re returning to six.”

She noted the rebuild will be a fully-accessible home for the residents – which will mean larger hallways, among other things. Vlaar said she was unsure if the building would include an elevator.

Vlaar added the organization is hoping to rebuild as soon as possible.

“With the good weather coming up, I’m hoping it’s very soon.”

She noted all of the residents who were in the home will have the option to return following the rebuild.

At the meeting, neighbours were concerned about the noise generated by the building and its residents, particularly in the evening hours.

Ovidiu Timotin, a 6th Concession West resident, said the sounds coming from the home are “loud and scary,” and often occur in the middle of the night. “It’s like it’s coming from a slaughterhouse,” he said. “We don’t know if we should call 9-1-1 or the police or something. It’s really frightening.”

Neighbours said the home doesn’t fit the neighbourhood, and suggested Christian Horizons could look for a more suitable location.

However, at the meeting, Vlaar said while they have looked at other locations, the organization needs to consider the needs of their residents.

“That’s their neighbourhood and where they’re comfortable, what they know,” she said. “It’s their community.”

Vlaar said Christian Horizons’ desire is always to be a good neighbour.“Our support is to people who require services and we want them, as well, to be living in communities where they belong,” she said. “So we want to be listening to neighbours when they have concerns and giving them an access to us as well where we can come to an understanding.”

The committee noted the issue they were dealing with was the continuous use of the property, which the building department has confirmed. As a result, the committee approved the application.

West Flamborough group home gets approval to rebuild

New Horizons facility destroyed by fire in January 2015

News Apr 14, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A Flamborough group home has a cleared a hurdle to reconstructing a building on its premises on the 6th Concession West, after receiving approval at the Committee of Adjustment April 7.

The six-person facility, which has operated at the 1966 6th Concession West property since 1999, was destroyed by a fire in January of 2015.

However, in order to rebuild, the organization’s representatives had to provide evidence that they had been operating a group home at the property continuously since they opened the building. Recent zoning changes within the City of Hamilton mean that a residential care facility is not permitted in the now P7 zoning.

“We needed to demonstrate that we had been operating in continuous use and we were able to do that,” said Patty Vlaar, the district executive director with Christian Horizons.

She noted the rebuild would not increase the capacity of the home. “We are needing to rebuild that home,” she said, noting the home will be built for a maximum of six residents. “We’ve been at six and we’re returning to six.”

She noted the rebuild will be a fully-accessible home for the residents – which will mean larger hallways, among other things. Vlaar said she was unsure if the building would include an elevator.

Vlaar added the organization is hoping to rebuild as soon as possible.

“With the good weather coming up, I’m hoping it’s very soon.”

She noted all of the residents who were in the home will have the option to return following the rebuild.

At the meeting, neighbours were concerned about the noise generated by the building and its residents, particularly in the evening hours.

Ovidiu Timotin, a 6th Concession West resident, said the sounds coming from the home are “loud and scary,” and often occur in the middle of the night. “It’s like it’s coming from a slaughterhouse,” he said. “We don’t know if we should call 9-1-1 or the police or something. It’s really frightening.”

Neighbours said the home doesn’t fit the neighbourhood, and suggested Christian Horizons could look for a more suitable location.

However, at the meeting, Vlaar said while they have looked at other locations, the organization needs to consider the needs of their residents.

“That’s their neighbourhood and where they’re comfortable, what they know,” she said. “It’s their community.”

Vlaar said Christian Horizons’ desire is always to be a good neighbour.“Our support is to people who require services and we want them, as well, to be living in communities where they belong,” she said. “So we want to be listening to neighbours when they have concerns and giving them an access to us as well where we can come to an understanding.”

The committee noted the issue they were dealing with was the continuous use of the property, which the building department has confirmed. As a result, the committee approved the application.