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Councillor defends Oceanic Dr. plan

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Stoney Creek councillor Maria Pearson says a revised residential development proposal on Oceanic Drive is the best one the neighbourhood will get.

“No variances are needed. It will create a buffer for the area,” said Pearson, who represents the area. “He could build a variety store or a retail outlet there.”

The 1,750-square-foot lot on Oceanic Drive, near Frances Avenue and Grays Road, has created a few sleepless nights for area homeowners for nearly a year. In May 2012, Jason Guja initially asked for a residential rezoning amendment to build a 10 townhouses on the property. The majority of about 50 residents opposed the idea, arguing it will add to area traffic and parking problems, depress property values and result in a loss of privacy.

After hearing the opposition, Guja reconsidered his proposal. Instead of townhouses, he is planning to build six residential homes, no higher than two storeys (11 meters). Pearson said the proposal doesn’t impact on surrounding environment and trees and shrub areas will be preserved.

The Hamilton Conversation Authority had no comment on the development.

“I give Jason credit. He helped the neighbourhood,” said Pearson. “He came back and re-looked at it. He could have built a variety store there.”

Previous zoning for the land had been light commercial. Politicians approved the residential rezoning amendment at their Feb. 13 council meeting.

“It meets all the planning requirements,” said Pearson. “I can’t justify more cost to oppose this development.”

Pearson said there will be a requirement to design the driveways to accommodate up to two vehicles to alleviate parking issues.

“I have to say nobody has called me about parking issues in the area,” she said, acknowledging that there have been some parking problems in the area near Confederation Park.

Residents in the neighbourhood on the north side of the Queen Elizabeth Way, have been feeling a bit shell-shocked with all of the proposed residential development that is  occurring.

Across the street from the Oceanic Drive area, there is a proposed residential development project being considered. And not too far away is the 1,000 residential Green Millen Shores development that has been under construction.

A few homeowners have already told Pearson they may appeal council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

 

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