OMB approves 79 unit townhouse at Connon's former Waterdown site

News Sep 15, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A proposed 79-unit townhouse development at the former Connon Nurseries property in Waterdown has received the go-ahead from the Ontario Municipal Board.

Mikmada Development Group appealed the City of Hamilton’s failure to make a decision to rezone the property located at 383 Dundas St. East to the OMB.

The hearing was held from May 23 to June 2 at the Dundas Town Hall.

In her decision, released Aug. 14, chairperson Sharyn Vincent found that the proposed development was consistent with the provincial policy statement and conforms with the growth plan and intensification policies of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan.

Vincent also said that the proposed development provides a mix of unit types, with a gentle transition in height and intensity across the site from south to north.

While she said a less dense development could be realized on the site and still constitute intensification, she was not persuaded to reduce heights or increase setbacks.

The plan includes three-storey “street townhouses,” back to back townhouses and stacked townhouses.

While the agreeing that the townhouses of the proposed development will not be the same as the surrounding detached homes, Vincent’s decision said the board was “not persuaded that the proposed built form cannot harmoniously co-exist with he existing one- and two-storey detached dwellings in the established neighbourhood.”

Earlier this summer, several Waterdown residents voiced their concerns to about the impact the proposed development would have on the area – specifically on traffic along the Dundas Street corridor.

Cindy Mayor, Jim Duschl, Nathan Tidridge and Michael Hawkrigg spoke about the traffic congestion in the area and their fears that the project would exacerbate the issue.

While agreeing that the historic buildings in the downtown core create a traffic pinch point, the decision said the existing demands on Dundas Street are real, but unrelated to the proposal. The decision said the board heard evidence that the issue will be addressed by the completion of the Waterdown Bypass “projected to provide alternative, preferred routing for approximately 400 vehicles currently using Dundas Street in the afternoon, westbound peak.”

As a result, the decision said, the redistribution of traffic will reduce volumes by half and the board “heard no compelling evidence that the proposed development would create any traffic issue.”


OMB approves 79 unit townhouse at Connon's former Waterdown site

News Sep 15, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A proposed 79-unit townhouse development at the former Connon Nurseries property in Waterdown has received the go-ahead from the Ontario Municipal Board.

Mikmada Development Group appealed the City of Hamilton’s failure to make a decision to rezone the property located at 383 Dundas St. East to the OMB.

The hearing was held from May 23 to June 2 at the Dundas Town Hall.

In her decision, released Aug. 14, chairperson Sharyn Vincent found that the proposed development was consistent with the provincial policy statement and conforms with the growth plan and intensification policies of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan.

Vincent also said that the proposed development provides a mix of unit types, with a gentle transition in height and intensity across the site from south to north.

While she said a less dense development could be realized on the site and still constitute intensification, she was not persuaded to reduce heights or increase setbacks.

The plan includes three-storey “street townhouses,” back to back townhouses and stacked townhouses.

While the agreeing that the townhouses of the proposed development will not be the same as the surrounding detached homes, Vincent’s decision said the board was “not persuaded that the proposed built form cannot harmoniously co-exist with he existing one- and two-storey detached dwellings in the established neighbourhood.”

Earlier this summer, several Waterdown residents voiced their concerns to about the impact the proposed development would have on the area – specifically on traffic along the Dundas Street corridor.

Cindy Mayor, Jim Duschl, Nathan Tidridge and Michael Hawkrigg spoke about the traffic congestion in the area and their fears that the project would exacerbate the issue.

While agreeing that the historic buildings in the downtown core create a traffic pinch point, the decision said the existing demands on Dundas Street are real, but unrelated to the proposal. The decision said the board heard evidence that the issue will be addressed by the completion of the Waterdown Bypass “projected to provide alternative, preferred routing for approximately 400 vehicles currently using Dundas Street in the afternoon, westbound peak.”

As a result, the decision said, the redistribution of traffic will reduce volumes by half and the board “heard no compelling evidence that the proposed development would create any traffic issue.”


OMB approves 79 unit townhouse at Connon's former Waterdown site

News Sep 15, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A proposed 79-unit townhouse development at the former Connon Nurseries property in Waterdown has received the go-ahead from the Ontario Municipal Board.

Mikmada Development Group appealed the City of Hamilton’s failure to make a decision to rezone the property located at 383 Dundas St. East to the OMB.

The hearing was held from May 23 to June 2 at the Dundas Town Hall.

In her decision, released Aug. 14, chairperson Sharyn Vincent found that the proposed development was consistent with the provincial policy statement and conforms with the growth plan and intensification policies of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan.

Vincent also said that the proposed development provides a mix of unit types, with a gentle transition in height and intensity across the site from south to north.

While she said a less dense development could be realized on the site and still constitute intensification, she was not persuaded to reduce heights or increase setbacks.

The plan includes three-storey “street townhouses,” back to back townhouses and stacked townhouses.

While the agreeing that the townhouses of the proposed development will not be the same as the surrounding detached homes, Vincent’s decision said the board was “not persuaded that the proposed built form cannot harmoniously co-exist with he existing one- and two-storey detached dwellings in the established neighbourhood.”

Earlier this summer, several Waterdown residents voiced their concerns to about the impact the proposed development would have on the area – specifically on traffic along the Dundas Street corridor.

Cindy Mayor, Jim Duschl, Nathan Tidridge and Michael Hawkrigg spoke about the traffic congestion in the area and their fears that the project would exacerbate the issue.

While agreeing that the historic buildings in the downtown core create a traffic pinch point, the decision said the existing demands on Dundas Street are real, but unrelated to the proposal. The decision said the board heard evidence that the issue will be addressed by the completion of the Waterdown Bypass “projected to provide alternative, preferred routing for approximately 400 vehicles currently using Dundas Street in the afternoon, westbound peak.”

As a result, the decision said, the redistribution of traffic will reduce volumes by half and the board “heard no compelling evidence that the proposed development would create any traffic issue.”