Kevin Werner, News staff
Hamilton’s planning committee approved last week an eight-unit condominium development on Wilson Street in Ancaster.
Members of the committee, including Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, backed the rezoning request from Garth Trails Ltd. that will see the residential project completed on vacant land at 143 and 153 Wilson Street West.
Politicians were scheduled to vote on the recommendation at their Sept. 14 council meeting.
The units will back onto Wilson Street, and have access onto a proposed private condominium road. There will be no direct access from the proposed units to Wilson Street.
The property is adjacent to part of the Dundas Valley Environmentally Significant Area, but as the Hamilton Conservation Authority stated, the land is located south and outside of the ESA.
But the property does have a number of mature trees on it, including Silver Maple and Manitoba Maple, that are expected to be cut down to make way for the condos.
Staff stated a “balance between new development and the protection of existing vegetation must be satisfied.” They are asking that as part of the application approval, the developer submit a tree management plan, so that a “heavy emphasis” will be made to retain trees along the periphery of the site.
William Dobson, who lives in a nearby condominium unit, backed the project, saying it will improve property values for the entire area, add to the city’s tax revenue, and save trees.