It could take over a year for the City of Hamilton to finally upgrade Springbrook Avenue to an urban roadway, say city officials.
There are still a number of stumbling blocks to make that happen, including getting the area’s main housing developers to agree to the city’s plan.
“This has been dragging on for too long,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson.
The Aug.13 planning committee agreed to a zoning amendment from Scarlet Homes that would allow the construction of two residential units on 331 and 333 Springbrook Ave. But the designation was put on hold subject to the roadway being upgraded from its rural designation.
Tony Sergi, the city’s growth management senior director, said a meeting has been scheduled later this month with representatives of the main residential developers in the area, including Scarlet Homes, Landmart and Di Silvestro, to see if an agreement can be reach to allow the roadway to be urbanized.
The city plans to begin at least the first phase of the urbanization of the road, which would mean storm and sanitary sewers, curbs and gutters from Stonehenge Drive to Rymal Road, said Sergi. One of the pressing issues is Springbrook is becoming surrounded by a growing number of residential developments.
Ferguson said homeowners are becoming frustrated with the city’s lack of action. He said residents, who had to install septic systems, were promised years ago that the area would have sewers installed so they could hook up to the city system.
Sergi couldn’t guarantee any work would begin this fall. He said even if an agreement is reached, it is too late this year to begin the construction. In addition, there are issue with the utilities. Hydro and cable lines still need to be installed along the roadway, he said.
Ferguson remains skeptical city officials can get the developers to come to some sort of agreement. He pointed out the developers are in competition with each other and are trying to get the best deal themselves.
He said he was frustrated that the city couldn’t simply begin the construction without an agreement from the developers.
“We are not doing what we said we would be doing (for residents), said Ferguson.