Hamilton's North End is once again the focus of mammoth City action, this time without stopping to talk to the people who live beside the harbour. Starting with Urban Renewal in the 1950's, the City consistently finds it irresistable to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars continuing with grandiouse wishful plans after grandiose wishful plans every decade to "develop the waterfront".
This month's problem is that the City has backtracked on its original agreement with the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood worked in partnership with the City in 2002 and 2003. That partnership resulted in a consensus planning document providing for balanced use of the West Harbour, commonly known as Setting Sail.
In the last three months, City Council, with the concurrence of our councillor Jason Farr, steamrollered huge changes to the plans for our neighbourhood through Council without so much as a word to the City's neighbourhood resident former planning partners and most of the major stakeholders.
If you would like to be in the knowledge loop as North End Neighbours, the official neighbourhood association for the neighbourhood, gears up to take the City on one more time, send me an email and get on the email list and watch the show, or even better participate in it: hturkstra (at) fastmail.fm
Protecting a Child and Family Friendly neighbourhood against a municipality that is acting as both developer and regulator of lands in the neighbourhood is always going to be tough. The conflict of interest is transparent and serious.