Dundas land acquisition links Cootes to Escarpment

News Dec 22, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Acquisition of two significant pieces of Pleasant View land totaling more than 96 acres finally links Cootes Paradise to the Niagara Escarpment and goes a long way towards realizing the vision of a protected Eco Park.

The purchases from a local housing developer closed on December 3, and begin to link protected areas within the area planned for the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park.

One piece of property provides a 42.2-acre link between Borer’s Creek Conservation Area and the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary – two sections of the Eco Park previously separated by this once private land.

It also connects Hamilton Conservation Authority’s York Road Acreage to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Berry Tract – completing the first link between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment.

“This has been a major goal for us all along,” said Mark Runciman of the RBG. “There is now a continuous corridor of protected land.”

The other property brings the Eco Park into a whole new area of Pleasant View, with more than 56 acres in the centre of the protected area on the east side of Old Guelph Road.

The purchase of the two properties also strikes the latest significant blow to efforts to further develop Pleasant View.

In July 2010, Bella Court Development Inc was one a group of Pleasant View property owners who applied for amendments to permit a 760-unit residential development on property now in public hands. The application was rejected five years ago, and the owners were further disappointed to hear the land would be added to the Niagara Escarpment Area, further limiting development.

“If indeed it appears the province wishes to now remove development rights that we were aware of when we bought the property and have determined that there is overwhelming public interest in our lands, we would fully expect this interest be reflected in a commitment from the government toward purchase,” Joe Mattiaci of Bella Court Development said in July 2010.

Nearly five and half years later, four different agencies in support of the Eco Park vision have teamed up to buy the properties from Bella Court.

Hamilton Conservation Authority, Royal Botanical Gardens and Conservation Halton paid $850,000 for the 42.2 acres on York Road, just across Valley Road from the Borer’s Dog Park. So far $813,000 has been raised towards the purchase. The RBG took a lead role in the purchase of the site.

Conservation Halton took the lead role in the $857,520 purchase of 54.15 acres south of York Road and east of Old Guelph Road, behind the Sisters of St. Joseph convent. The large piece of land is the start of a protected link between a northern line and southern line of Eco Park property owned by members of the Cootes to Escarpment partnership.

According to a press release announcing the acquisition, Hamilton Community Foundation brought forward donors to help acquire the Old Guelph Road property, and provide a loan “which enabled the simultaneous purchase of both pieces of land.”

Two other pieces of land, at 711 and 715 York Rd. remained listed for sale. The seller offered a combined asking price of  $629,900 for the two lots, totaling approximately 10 acres.

“Build your dream home,” the listing states.

Despite the sales claim, 711 and 715 York cannot be developed under current regulations, according to Niagara Escarpment Commission manager Ken Whitbread.

“These lots, since they are less than 10 hectares in size, are not developable,” Whitbread said. “To build a new home or establish another new use on the properties would require an amendment to the NEP and most likely modifications to municipal planning documents.”

The only current uses permitted on the two properties are non-intensive conservation activities including forest, fisheries and wildlife management.

Dundas land acquisition links Cootes to Escarpment

Housing developer gets more than $1.7-million for nearly 100 acres

News Dec 22, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Acquisition of two significant pieces of Pleasant View land totaling more than 96 acres finally links Cootes Paradise to the Niagara Escarpment and goes a long way towards realizing the vision of a protected Eco Park.

The purchases from a local housing developer closed on December 3, and begin to link protected areas within the area planned for the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park.

One piece of property provides a 42.2-acre link between Borer’s Creek Conservation Area and the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary – two sections of the Eco Park previously separated by this once private land.

It also connects Hamilton Conservation Authority’s York Road Acreage to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Berry Tract – completing the first link between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment.

“This has been a major goal for us all along,” said Mark Runciman of the RBG. “There is now a continuous corridor of protected land.”

The other property brings the Eco Park into a whole new area of Pleasant View, with more than 56 acres in the centre of the protected area on the east side of Old Guelph Road.

The purchase of the two properties also strikes the latest significant blow to efforts to further develop Pleasant View.

In July 2010, Bella Court Development Inc was one a group of Pleasant View property owners who applied for amendments to permit a 760-unit residential development on property now in public hands. The application was rejected five years ago, and the owners were further disappointed to hear the land would be added to the Niagara Escarpment Area, further limiting development.

“If indeed it appears the province wishes to now remove development rights that we were aware of when we bought the property and have determined that there is overwhelming public interest in our lands, we would fully expect this interest be reflected in a commitment from the government toward purchase,” Joe Mattiaci of Bella Court Development said in July 2010.

Nearly five and half years later, four different agencies in support of the Eco Park vision have teamed up to buy the properties from Bella Court.

Hamilton Conservation Authority, Royal Botanical Gardens and Conservation Halton paid $850,000 for the 42.2 acres on York Road, just across Valley Road from the Borer’s Dog Park. So far $813,000 has been raised towards the purchase. The RBG took a lead role in the purchase of the site.

Conservation Halton took the lead role in the $857,520 purchase of 54.15 acres south of York Road and east of Old Guelph Road, behind the Sisters of St. Joseph convent. The large piece of land is the start of a protected link between a northern line and southern line of Eco Park property owned by members of the Cootes to Escarpment partnership.

According to a press release announcing the acquisition, Hamilton Community Foundation brought forward donors to help acquire the Old Guelph Road property, and provide a loan “which enabled the simultaneous purchase of both pieces of land.”

Two other pieces of land, at 711 and 715 York Rd. remained listed for sale. The seller offered a combined asking price of  $629,900 for the two lots, totaling approximately 10 acres.

“Build your dream home,” the listing states.

Despite the sales claim, 711 and 715 York cannot be developed under current regulations, according to Niagara Escarpment Commission manager Ken Whitbread.

“These lots, since they are less than 10 hectares in size, are not developable,” Whitbread said. “To build a new home or establish another new use on the properties would require an amendment to the NEP and most likely modifications to municipal planning documents.”

The only current uses permitted on the two properties are non-intensive conservation activities including forest, fisheries and wildlife management.

Dundas land acquisition links Cootes to Escarpment

Housing developer gets more than $1.7-million for nearly 100 acres

News Dec 22, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Acquisition of two significant pieces of Pleasant View land totaling more than 96 acres finally links Cootes Paradise to the Niagara Escarpment and goes a long way towards realizing the vision of a protected Eco Park.

The purchases from a local housing developer closed on December 3, and begin to link protected areas within the area planned for the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park.

One piece of property provides a 42.2-acre link between Borer’s Creek Conservation Area and the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary – two sections of the Eco Park previously separated by this once private land.

It also connects Hamilton Conservation Authority’s York Road Acreage to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Berry Tract – completing the first link between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment.

“This has been a major goal for us all along,” said Mark Runciman of the RBG. “There is now a continuous corridor of protected land.”

The other property brings the Eco Park into a whole new area of Pleasant View, with more than 56 acres in the centre of the protected area on the east side of Old Guelph Road.

The purchase of the two properties also strikes the latest significant blow to efforts to further develop Pleasant View.

In July 2010, Bella Court Development Inc was one a group of Pleasant View property owners who applied for amendments to permit a 760-unit residential development on property now in public hands. The application was rejected five years ago, and the owners were further disappointed to hear the land would be added to the Niagara Escarpment Area, further limiting development.

“If indeed it appears the province wishes to now remove development rights that we were aware of when we bought the property and have determined that there is overwhelming public interest in our lands, we would fully expect this interest be reflected in a commitment from the government toward purchase,” Joe Mattiaci of Bella Court Development said in July 2010.

Nearly five and half years later, four different agencies in support of the Eco Park vision have teamed up to buy the properties from Bella Court.

Hamilton Conservation Authority, Royal Botanical Gardens and Conservation Halton paid $850,000 for the 42.2 acres on York Road, just across Valley Road from the Borer’s Dog Park. So far $813,000 has been raised towards the purchase. The RBG took a lead role in the purchase of the site.

Conservation Halton took the lead role in the $857,520 purchase of 54.15 acres south of York Road and east of Old Guelph Road, behind the Sisters of St. Joseph convent. The large piece of land is the start of a protected link between a northern line and southern line of Eco Park property owned by members of the Cootes to Escarpment partnership.

According to a press release announcing the acquisition, Hamilton Community Foundation brought forward donors to help acquire the Old Guelph Road property, and provide a loan “which enabled the simultaneous purchase of both pieces of land.”

Two other pieces of land, at 711 and 715 York Rd. remained listed for sale. The seller offered a combined asking price of  $629,900 for the two lots, totaling approximately 10 acres.

“Build your dream home,” the listing states.

Despite the sales claim, 711 and 715 York cannot be developed under current regulations, according to Niagara Escarpment Commission manager Ken Whitbread.

“These lots, since they are less than 10 hectares in size, are not developable,” Whitbread said. “To build a new home or establish another new use on the properties would require an amendment to the NEP and most likely modifications to municipal planning documents.”

The only current uses permitted on the two properties are non-intensive conservation activities including forest, fisheries and wildlife management.