Going On At Clappison’s Corners?: Back when Flamborough still had its
own town council, a decision was made in 1998 to approve a re-zoning of
the lands on the southeast portion of the corner to allow a “big box”
development. Since that time, the only additional question to be
contemplated by Hamilton City Council was whether or not to allow a
request for a 125,000 square-foot food store component. A full “market
study” was undertaken along with a Peer Review to assess the need for
that component with the results coming down in favour of the proposed
supermarket. So, in the end, approval was granted by Hamilton City
Council based on those two reports. However, after the developer got
all the rezoning approvals in place, they have since come back with a
new proposal that would see the use of the site altered significantly.
In essence, they asking that the “big box” proponent, which would have
seen structures built at a minimum of 1,800 square-metres, be
eliminated and they are now asking for buildings of 275 square-metres,
roughly one-ninth of the former approved size. Obviously, since this is
significantly different than what was previously approved, our Planning
and Development staff will be treating this as a brand new application.
I’ll keep you posted on where this application is going.
are equally busy on the north-east side of Clappison’s Corner. Most
area residents know that a new development proposal has hit Hamilton
City Hall to develop the lands for various commercial uses. Some of the
desired uses would require a complete re-zoning of those lands but many
are allowed within the current zoning, which is Prestige Industrial.
The allowable uses under the current zoning range from hotels, place of
entertainments, place of recreations, clinic and business, professional
or administrative office (e.g. medical/dental/office), restaurants,
home improvement, furniture, appliance, lawn and garden, financial
institution and gas bars. Anything other than those uses will require a
re-zoning, complete with market research to support the change.
planning and development department has already sent a lengthy list of
concerns back to the developers with traffic concerns being at the top
of the list. All of these concerns have to be addressed before the
proposal goes anywhere. However, one thing is certain – Clappison’s
Corners is attracting a lot of attention from both out-of-town
builders, along with our own local developers.
CVA Reconsiderations Being Sent Now: I have already seen a number of
constituents pop by my Constituents’ Days at Flamborough Town Hall on
Thursday afternoons with their new Current Value Assessments (CVAs). So
far, we had processed over 100 Requests for Reconsiderations since the
new CVAs arrived in November and already some have come back from the
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) with positive results
that have dropped their property values to a more reasonable number.
But remember, you have to send in your request if you want MPAC to
reconsider. I am available at Flamborough Town Hall every Thursday from
1 to 4 p.m. and after we process your request, we fax it directly to
MPAC. No appointments are necessary – just drop in and we will get your
If you want to contact me through the week
regarding other constituency concerns, I am available at 905-546-2713.
I am also available through my City Hall e-mail address which is:
firstname.lastname@example.org My assistant, Don, is also available at
905-546-3944 or at: email@example.com. I hope everyone had a great
Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in 2004.