Committee of Adjustment for September 18, 2014 - Files I'm Watching

Updated After Meeting

Hamilton’s Committee of Adjustment holds their regular bi-weekly meeting this Thursday to hear 21 minor variance requests.

After reviewing the agenda I’ve requested the full files on two hearings: 55 Tindale Court and 134 Catharine Street South at Augusta.

Staff sent me the detailed reports on the files

55 Tindale Court

This is the apartment building east of Quigley and Albright in East Hamilton’s Davis Creek community. Visually, the building is showing its age.

The owner of the building is looking to convert existing units in the high-rise building to create an additional five (5) units in addition to the existing 210 units.

Staff recommended the change, and the Committee of Adjustment approved

134 Catharine Street South

This property is zoned for “High Density Multiple Dwelling” in the Corktown neighbourhood, and is also municipally address as 86 Augusta.

Staff and the developer met this week. After some discussion, it appears there was a misunderstanding regarding the exact specifications for the development.

The developer is looking to build townhome-like condos. The building will be a mid-rise four storey that is keeping with the intent of the density in the official plan.

Staff have withdrawn their opposition to the project

The developer wishes to have rezoned, as a “minor variance” to create townhomes instead.

I’m awaiting the City staff report on the request. I expect staff will oppose as it will be under the density planned for the site, and a rezoning will require the City to increase density of development elsewhere to meet provincial density growth requirements.

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