Central Neighbourhood Association – End of Year Round-Up
Hello neighbours and friends
We are certainly continuing to see lots of change in our neighbourhood and in Hamilton in general. Your board has endeavored to keep up to date with developments and to consider best responses and approaches based on feedback from you and what we feel are in the best interests of Central Neighbourhood and the wider city.
These changes will continue and undoubtedly increase as the more and new families move into the area. As a board, we would like to see a greater focus in certain areas and are considering establishing a number of sub-committees around key areas of concern to Central.
Sub-committees being considered are;
- Culture & Heritage
- New developments
- Transportation & Pedestrians
This can only happen if we have more volunteers getting involved, on both the board and in specific initiatives. If these subjects, others or general board involvement are something that would be of interest to you please complete the contact form on this website with your name, email address, and telephone number. We will be looking to include you in a general planning and information meeting early in 2017.
In the meantime here are updates happening now and from the last year;
Hess Street School
The threatened closure of this important elementary school in Central cannot be allowed to happen. We have joined with Jamesville Hub and several other organizations to gather a united front and strategy.
Central’s MPP Andrea Horvath sent a strong opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator for keeping the school open – read it here http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7007916-hess-closure-a-symptom-of-failed-liberal-policies/
CNA position is to support that all community schools and in particular Hess Street School are important to the neighbourhood.
CNA to publicize and attend the next public meeting held on January 11th 2017 at Sir John A MacDonald
Don’t Close Hess Street School Facebook page. Also link to the school review timeline.
SPRC through Jamesville Hub will have funds available to provide language translation for parents.
Sir John A MacDonald High School / CasiNO!
The high school looks set to remain open for at least another year maybe longer. We have expressed an interest in the past to Councillor Jason Farr that if closed wishing to see this become a community focused centre.
We also continue to monitor the potential development of the Casino, an issue that never seems to fully go away and have requested Councillor Farr and the local school board trustee to provide updates or any news
The proposed closing of Hess street School has uncovered disturbing document relating to the redevelopment of the Sir John A site to be an entertainment/hospitality complex.
West Harbour Development
Although not located in Central this development will have an impact on us so we encourage anyone interested to get involved in the public meetings and conversations. Hamilton residents have the opportunity to shape the future of the West Harbour community by participating in community engagement events such as:
- monthly West Harbour Community Conversations
- Conversation Couch sessions at local events
- public meetings and presentations
Community engagement opportunities are free to attend and everyone is able to participate.
Full details of upcoming meetings and notes from all past meetings can be found on the city website at https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/priority-projects/community-engagement-waterfront.
The main focus of West Harbour development has been pier 7/8 and there is little updated news regarding Barton Tiffany. CNA supports the inclusion of family units within these and others types of developments.
Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre
The board recently met with a representative requesting our support in having a new building for the Community Health Centre possibly built within our neighbourhood. The group is searching in a number of downtown neighbourhoods for a suitable site.
The work of Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre brings great benefits to the community part of their mission and mandate is to serve the community and work towards improving the well-being of the community with regards to all of the social determinants of health.
Plan Local – Ward 2
The PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets Final Report provides details on the entire process, including public engagement, shortlisting, vote results, and other elements. Councillor Jason Farr used this report to inform his final decision on the projects to be completed using the ward’s Area Rating funding.
To download a pdf of the report go here http://planlocal.ca/ward2/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PlanLocal-Ward-2-2016-Final-Report.pdf
Central has three projects listed. For the full list of projects to be funded under the 2016 PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets campaign, go here http://www.jasonfarr.com/pbw2/planlocal-safe-streets
Non-Plan Local Safe Streets Initiatives
Wider corner poles will be placed on corners of Bay St North with both Shaeffe and Colbourne to slow traffic turning off of Bay.
Speed bumps to be placed on Park St N between Shaeffe and Mulberry, Colbourne east of Bay, two on Hess North and one or two on Murray St.
Bike lane on Bay St from Aberdeen to Waterfront is half complete, 2nd half awaiting municipal/council approval.
At the Central AGM Jason Farr discussed the option of the whole of Central having 40 kmh limits on all non major streets throughout the neighbourhood and this was endorsed by the majority at the meeting.
Recently Cllr. Farr has advised that Park St is slated for conversion to 2 way traffic in Spring 2017.
Jason Farr – Local Councillor
Jason puts out a monthly e-newsletter regarding many news, updates and events throughout Ward 2, to subscribe go here http://www.jasonfarr.com/contact/subcribe
NAS Report Submitted to Council
The Neighbourhood Action Strategy Annual Report was presented to Council on Nov 16th
This is to drum up support from Council for the continued work of the NAS. That includes, neighbourhood planning, small grants, your community developer and funding that the NAS has.
Bayfront Park Beach Survey Results
Over 400 people completed the Bayfront Park beach survey to share their feelings about the beach and to let us know how they would like to use the area in the future. The results of the Bayfront Beach Survey are available here
Over the upcoming months, the project team will continue to research alternatives for improvements at the beach. The results of this survey will be used to help determine the community’s preferred alternative for the future of the beach and build community support for the project. The public will have additional opportunities to review the alternatives and provide feedback in the future.
Pier 7 & 8 Development
Land Solicitation Process Staff Report
The staff report prepared for the November 2 meeting of GIC, titled West Harbour Real Estate Solicitation Process for Pier 8 Lands (PED14002(c)), is now available online. Access the meeting agenda here http://hamilton.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1032&%3Bamp%3Bdoctype=AGENDA
The report included recommendations by staff about how the sale of the Pier 8 lands should be set up to attract high-quality proposals from potential developers. Staff recommend that:
the process involve three steps: Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Proposals (RFP) and Transaction Negotiation;
- staff be authorized to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), retain a Fairness Monitor to oversee the process, and establish an Evaluation Commmittee with the end goal of selecting several developers to comprise a Shortlist;
- all nine blocks on Pier 8 be offered through one solicitation process rather than be sold block by block;
- the final details of the process, such as the RFP process and RFP evaluation criteria for judging developer proposals including definitions and respective weightings, be presented to GIC by April 19, 2017;
- RFP evaluation criteria should include: Environmental Sustainability, Housing Affordability, Design Excellence and Price Discovery; and,
- the evaluation criteria will ensure a diversity of market rate housing options on Pier 8, that may include a defined target of not less than 5% of affordable home-ownership units.
Hamilton Port Authority
The Hamilton Port Authority is currently undertaking a review and update of its Land Use Plan, the policy document that the Port uses to guide development on Port lands. The project webpage is located at www.hamiltonport.ca/landuseplan and it includes a link to an online survey.
As a member of a local community group, they are very interested in your perspective and feedback as part of this process.
The Central board stressed an interest and request in moving the CN shunting yards at Stuart to the Stelco area.
Ward Boundaries Review
The board agreed to publicize the petition for a ward boundary review. The general issues committee of council deliberated on the two consultant recommendations late last month and decided to give individual councillors until November 30 to suggest “alternative ward boundary model options” to the consultants. The guiding principles for the boundary review were set by city council resolution, and each councillor was also interviewed by the consultants before public consultation began.
This is just the latest in years of delay dating back to 2004. That plus concerns about councillors’ drawing their boundaries to their own benefit have spurred a citizen petition that will force a decision. If council fails to act, the petition will allow an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board which will decide on the new ward boundaries.
The petition requires hard copy signatures and those signing must be on the voters list and still at the same address as they were at the last municipal election in 2014. Completed copies of the petition can be delivered to Mixed Media (154 James North at Cannon Street).
Condo Developments in Central
Cllr. Farr has been diligent in bringing proposed developments to the attention of Central board and arranging meetings between the board and developers to enable feedback and local input to be given.
The following developments have involved CNA input and plans have been submitted to and/or approved by council;
- Robbinex – corner of Stuart and MacNab
- Store Fixtures building – corner King and Caroline
- Anglican Church – corner of King & Queen
- Community Living – corner of York and Caroline
Friends of Gore Park
The Board has been approached this week regarding support for the Friends of Gore park initiative to save the buildings on King St East. We are currently reviewing this request.
Your board will endeavor to continue to represent you and keep you informed and updated throughout 2017.
Wishing all neighbours, families, and friends the greetings of the season and safe and happy holidays
Central Neighbourhood Association – December 2016