On January 14, RAHB representatives attended the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee Meeting where recommendations from the Interim Control By-Law (ICBL) land use study were presented to the Burlington City Council. .
Discussions about the recommendations will continue at a Special Council meeting on January 30 at 9:30 a.m., and a decision will be made on the staff recommendations that same day.
The Interim Control By-Law is still scheduled to be lifted on March 5. It was, not as of yet, extended another year.
The proposed recommendations fall into four categories:
- Policy Framework
- Functional Policies
- Land Use Policies (Urban Planning Areas)
New policy language has been proposed that describes major transit station areas as a component of the City’s Urban Planning Area.
Additional policy language will be added to:
- Include pedestrians and cyclists as active transportation
- Include the term “Major Transit Station Areas” (MTSA)
- Include the incorporation of transit-supportive development
- Include the role of transit in the overall urban form
- Include the importance of more compact forms of development along transit and transportation corridors to support complete communities
- Include subsections that strengthen the concept of transit-supportive developments in the Official Plan by recognizing the role of MTSA
Land Use Policies – Urban Planning Areas
Mixed Use Corridors – General
Additional policy language has been proposed to establish the role of the Region of Halton’s Municipal Comprehensive Review, which will delineate the major transit station area boundaries and identify minimum density targets.
Mixed Use Corridors – Commercial Corridors
Additional policy language has been proposed to remove reference to time-frame of development and acknowledge the redevelopment of the mixed-use commercial corridors.
Downtown Mixed-Use Centre
Minor policy edits to include a reference to the Regional Official Plan and update the reference to the Urban Growth Centre.
Role and Function of a Major Transit Station Area – Go Stations vs. John Street Bus Terminal
Include language to support transit-supportive development that corresponds to MTSA typology:
- Burlington and Appleby Go Stations – higher order transit units
- Aldershot Go Station – higher order, but not priority transit unit
- John Street Bus Terminal – not higher order or priority transit unit
It is anticipated that the majority of growth within the City’s four MTSAs will occur in the three MTSAs located along higher order transit routes and with planned frequent transit service by way of regional express rail (i.e., the city bus).
These proposed policies will help guide development applications by requiring that the highest density and tallest buildings be concentrated closest to the GO Stations.
The following definitions have been proposed to be updated or added to the Official Plan in order to align with provincial plans and policies, such as A Place to Grow, 2019, and to assist in the interpretation of the proposed Official Plan policies:
- Active Transportation
- Compact Built Form
- Complete Communities
- Complete Street
- Frequent Transit
- Higher Order Transit
- Major Transit Station Area
- Major Trip Generator
- Mid-rise Building
- Public Service Facilities
- Tall Building Transit-Supportive or Transit-Supportive Land Use
- Urban Design Brief
A report proposing to amend the accessory suite by-law in Hamilton temporarily for wards 1, 8 and 14 is going before the Planning Committee on December 3. You can find the plan within the agenda on page 179 here: https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=210060.
RAHB will be presenting a delegation at this Planning Committee meeting, and will keep members informed of any outcomes.
On October 30, at the General Issue Committee Meeting where the budget was being discussed, Mayor Fred Eisenberger brought up the possibility of implementing a Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) in Hamilton. Discussion was had both against and in favour of the MLTT. Mike Zegarac, General Manager of Finance & Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton, informed the councillors that they cannot simply implement such a tax or revenue generating measure – they would first need to approach the provincial government to gain approval for such a tax collection.
As you may know, the provincial government under Doug Ford rejected York Region’s plan to implement a MLTT this time last year – essentially setting precedent in the matter.
A vote was held at the meeting to inquire with the province about a possible MLTT. The exact wording of the motion was:
“We direct our staff to ask the province if the revenue tools that Toronto was given are available to other municipalities, including Hamilton.”
This motion was voted down 7 to 6 votes. Below are the councillors who voted in favour and against the motion.
|Voted in Favour of Investigating the MLTT
|Mayor Fred Eisenberger
||Ward 2 – Jason Farr
|Ward 1 – Maureen Wilson
||Ward 5 – Chad Collins
|Ward 2 – Nrinder Nann
||Ward 6 – Tom Jackson
|Ward 4 – Sam Merulla
||Ward 7 – Esther Pauls
|Ward 8 – John-Paul Danko
||Ward 9 – Brad Clark
|Ward Ward 11 – Brenda Johnson
||Ward 10 – Maria Pearson
||Ward 13 – Arlene VanderBeek
RAHB will continue to monitor this issue, and will advocate against such a measure should the discussion at City Hall move forward. We would also work with our partners at OREA and the provincial government for support, as well as the public – as we know, this is not a popular issue with Hamiltonians.
If you have any questions, please contact Wendy in the RAHB office at email@example.com.