Pleasant View Ratepayers challenge proposed development at OMB

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

The Pleasant View Ratepayers Association will challenge the proposed 760-unit development near York and Valley Road in Dundas at the Ontario Municipal Board.

This is the second time the Pleasant View lands have been before the Ontario Municipal Board. In 1995, after a six-week hearing, the OMB ruled development be limited to one dwelling per 25 acres. The upcoming hearing is about the new City of Hamilton Official Plan, which includes the Pleasant View area.

Residents are astounded the area is back before the OMB.

“I can’t believe they are at this again,” said Peter Hurrell. “The first OMB hearing was quite long and expensive. We had numerous fundraising activities to pay all the expenses and here we are again.”

One of the frustrations, according to Don Charlong, president of the ratepayers group, is the fact very few area residents are aware of these proceedings.

“We had understood that residents within 180 metres of the subject lands would be given notice of the hearing,” Charlong said. “But as it turns out that is not the case because these proceedings will cover the entire rural official plan.”

The next pre-hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2 and 3 in Hamilton. The pre-hearing covers all the appeals relating to the new City of Hamilton rural official plan. One of these appeals is the Pleasant View lands development proposal.

Anyone interested in speaking before the board can send a letter to Leesa Kwong, planner at the OMB, and request status. Residents can attend the hearing on Dec. 1 or send a representative with a letter indicating they would like to request status.

A proposal for 760 units near York and Valley Road is currently in limbo as city planning staff will not make a decision on official plan and zoning bylaw ammendment applications, and the province of Ontario has not yet responded to an application to amend the Parkway Belt West Plan. The community and Hamilton’s city council have already expressed opposition to the proposal.

Pleasant View Ratepayers challenge proposed development at OMB

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

The Pleasant View Ratepayers Association will challenge the proposed 760-unit development near York and Valley Road in Dundas at the Ontario Municipal Board.

This is the second time the Pleasant View lands have been before the Ontario Municipal Board. In 1995, after a six-week hearing, the OMB ruled development be limited to one dwelling per 25 acres. The upcoming hearing is about the new City of Hamilton Official Plan, which includes the Pleasant View area.

Residents are astounded the area is back before the OMB.

“I can’t believe they are at this again,” said Peter Hurrell. “The first OMB hearing was quite long and expensive. We had numerous fundraising activities to pay all the expenses and here we are again.”

One of the frustrations, according to Don Charlong, president of the ratepayers group, is the fact very few area residents are aware of these proceedings.

“We had understood that residents within 180 metres of the subject lands would be given notice of the hearing,” Charlong said. “But as it turns out that is not the case because these proceedings will cover the entire rural official plan.”

The next pre-hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2 and 3 in Hamilton. The pre-hearing covers all the appeals relating to the new City of Hamilton rural official plan. One of these appeals is the Pleasant View lands development proposal.

Anyone interested in speaking before the board can send a letter to Leesa Kwong, planner at the OMB, and request status. Residents can attend the hearing on Dec. 1 or send a representative with a letter indicating they would like to request status.

A proposal for 760 units near York and Valley Road is currently in limbo as city planning staff will not make a decision on official plan and zoning bylaw ammendment applications, and the province of Ontario has not yet responded to an application to amend the Parkway Belt West Plan. The community and Hamilton’s city council have already expressed opposition to the proposal.

Pleasant View Ratepayers challenge proposed development at OMB

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

The Pleasant View Ratepayers Association will challenge the proposed 760-unit development near York and Valley Road in Dundas at the Ontario Municipal Board.

This is the second time the Pleasant View lands have been before the Ontario Municipal Board. In 1995, after a six-week hearing, the OMB ruled development be limited to one dwelling per 25 acres. The upcoming hearing is about the new City of Hamilton Official Plan, which includes the Pleasant View area.

Residents are astounded the area is back before the OMB.

“I can’t believe they are at this again,” said Peter Hurrell. “The first OMB hearing was quite long and expensive. We had numerous fundraising activities to pay all the expenses and here we are again.”

One of the frustrations, according to Don Charlong, president of the ratepayers group, is the fact very few area residents are aware of these proceedings.

“We had understood that residents within 180 metres of the subject lands would be given notice of the hearing,” Charlong said. “But as it turns out that is not the case because these proceedings will cover the entire rural official plan.”

The next pre-hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2 and 3 in Hamilton. The pre-hearing covers all the appeals relating to the new City of Hamilton rural official plan. One of these appeals is the Pleasant View lands development proposal.

Anyone interested in speaking before the board can send a letter to Leesa Kwong, planner at the OMB, and request status. Residents can attend the hearing on Dec. 1 or send a representative with a letter indicating they would like to request status.

A proposal for 760 units near York and Valley Road is currently in limbo as city planning staff will not make a decision on official plan and zoning bylaw ammendment applications, and the province of Ontario has not yet responded to an application to amend the Parkway Belt West Plan. The community and Hamilton’s city council have already expressed opposition to the proposal.