This week had huge news in Hamilton. Local area MPP Donna Skelly earned some local headlines, by saying that #Hamilton city council made the wrong call in not expanding its urban boundary earlier this year. And the PC government tabled legislation based on the Housing Task Force report, and this gives a lot of power to developers, restricting municipalities in how they respond to proposals, and puts it all basically on the Ontario Land Tribunal to sort it out.
We are joined by John Taylor, Mayor of Newmarket, who as part of the Small Urban GTHA Mayors group has been at the forefront of opposition to the dramatic recommendations contained in the Provinces Housing Affordability Task Force recommendations. We dive into the recommendations and ask what they would mean for 905 region cities and towns.
We discuss the recent report by the Hamilton Integrity Commissioner on Councillor Terry Whitehead’s conduct. Spoiler alert…it’s not a favourable one.
And Stop Sprawl HamONT, who we spoke to a few week ago, have released a map showing just how much land there is wiithin Hamilton’s urban boundary.
Stop Sprawl Ham ONT is fighting to stop the proposed urban expansion of Hamilton onto farmland and to direct the focus to intensification in the downtown core. One of the founders of this group is Nancy Hurst. Nancy helped to found Stop Sprawl HamONT in January 2020. The campaign has gathered over 5000 supporters and peppered the city with anti-sprawl lawn signs. She joins us to discuss the campaign and how we should be thinking of our cities in the 905.
Joel and Roland welcome back Shannon Gillies to discuss some of the problems with how debates on urban planning and intensification are discussed, how inevitable public resistance to change is handled, and how it can prevent us approaching the more complex discussions that need to happen if we are to design the best possible cities for our future. Then we look at the recent revelations with regard to Brampton’s CAO, whose problematic career in Niagara has followed him to Brampton in what many would suggest is an entirely predictable manner.
Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council’s webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT – why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert – probably not.