Hamiltonians need to know just what happened with the Pleasant View permit fiasco

Opinion Aug 19, 2019 by Gordon Cameron Dundas Star News

At this point we don’t know why the city issued a building permit for a home in the Pleasant View area of Dundas to be built on a lot that was deemed too small by the area’s zoning and planning rules.

Belatedly, the city realized its mistake, but not for three months and not until after the landowner had started building on the site.

So now the owner, who reportedly asked the city if he could build on the site prior to purchasing it, faces either a long legal battle or the possibility of losing all the money he put into his half-built home.

Regardless of the fact that the building permit should never have been issued in the first place, it’s hard not to feel for the guy. Ultimately, he’s on the hook for someone else’s error, someone whose job it is to know the rules and how they apply.

And that’s just not fair.

Ultimately, I’d imagine that the landowner and the city will come to some sort of financial settlement that, while it won’t allow the home to be finished, will at least compensate him for the money he spent on construction. No, it won’t give him back the time he spent on the project, nor will it pay for his dashed dreams, but paired with an apology, it may be the best possible outcome.

However, what he and the people of Hamilton are likely never to receive is a full report of how this happened in the first place. I’m sure the relevant departments already have investigations underway into the matter. They may even know the full truth, but because it likely involves the actions of a member of city staff, any findings that are made public will likely be heavily redacted for personnel reasons.

And that’s too bad.

I know we all make mistakes and I’m not out for blood. I don’t even want to embarrass the person responsible, but the public needs to get as complete a picture of what led to this embarrassing screw-up as possible.

City staff are trusted to administer all the laws, rules and regulations passed both by council and higher orders of government which they are charged to uphold. It’s their job to make sure the roads are safe, the buses run on time and that building permits aren’t issued by mistake.

However, when they don’t do their job it erodes the trust we have in their ability to make the city work, and by giving as full an account as possible would go a long way to restoring Hamiltonian’s trust in their government.

Gordon Cameron is the group managing editor for Hamilton Community News.

Hamiltonians need to know just what happened with the Pleasant View permit fiasco

It would help restore trust, says columnist Gordon Cameron

Opinion Aug 19, 2019 by Gordon Cameron Dundas Star News

At this point we don’t know why the city issued a building permit for a home in the Pleasant View area of Dundas to be built on a lot that was deemed too small by the area’s zoning and planning rules.

Belatedly, the city realized its mistake, but not for three months and not until after the landowner had started building on the site.

So now the owner, who reportedly asked the city if he could build on the site prior to purchasing it, faces either a long legal battle or the possibility of losing all the money he put into his half-built home.

Regardless of the fact that the building permit should never have been issued in the first place, it’s hard not to feel for the guy. Ultimately, he’s on the hook for someone else’s error, someone whose job it is to know the rules and how they apply.

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And that’s just not fair.

Ultimately, I’d imagine that the landowner and the city will come to some sort of financial settlement that, while it won’t allow the home to be finished, will at least compensate him for the money he spent on construction. No, it won’t give him back the time he spent on the project, nor will it pay for his dashed dreams, but paired with an apology, it may be the best possible outcome.

However, what he and the people of Hamilton are likely never to receive is a full report of how this happened in the first place. I’m sure the relevant departments already have investigations underway into the matter. They may even know the full truth, but because it likely involves the actions of a member of city staff, any findings that are made public will likely be heavily redacted for personnel reasons.

And that’s too bad.

I know we all make mistakes and I’m not out for blood. I don’t even want to embarrass the person responsible, but the public needs to get as complete a picture of what led to this embarrassing screw-up as possible.

City staff are trusted to administer all the laws, rules and regulations passed both by council and higher orders of government which they are charged to uphold. It’s their job to make sure the roads are safe, the buses run on time and that building permits aren’t issued by mistake.

However, when they don’t do their job it erodes the trust we have in their ability to make the city work, and by giving as full an account as possible would go a long way to restoring Hamiltonian’s trust in their government.

Gordon Cameron is the group managing editor for Hamilton Community News.

Hamiltonians need to know just what happened with the Pleasant View permit fiasco

It would help restore trust, says columnist Gordon Cameron

Opinion Aug 19, 2019 by Gordon Cameron Dundas Star News

At this point we don’t know why the city issued a building permit for a home in the Pleasant View area of Dundas to be built on a lot that was deemed too small by the area’s zoning and planning rules.

Belatedly, the city realized its mistake, but not for three months and not until after the landowner had started building on the site.

So now the owner, who reportedly asked the city if he could build on the site prior to purchasing it, faces either a long legal battle or the possibility of losing all the money he put into his half-built home.

Regardless of the fact that the building permit should never have been issued in the first place, it’s hard not to feel for the guy. Ultimately, he’s on the hook for someone else’s error, someone whose job it is to know the rules and how they apply.

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And that’s just not fair.

Ultimately, I’d imagine that the landowner and the city will come to some sort of financial settlement that, while it won’t allow the home to be finished, will at least compensate him for the money he spent on construction. No, it won’t give him back the time he spent on the project, nor will it pay for his dashed dreams, but paired with an apology, it may be the best possible outcome.

However, what he and the people of Hamilton are likely never to receive is a full report of how this happened in the first place. I’m sure the relevant departments already have investigations underway into the matter. They may even know the full truth, but because it likely involves the actions of a member of city staff, any findings that are made public will likely be heavily redacted for personnel reasons.

And that’s too bad.

I know we all make mistakes and I’m not out for blood. I don’t even want to embarrass the person responsible, but the public needs to get as complete a picture of what led to this embarrassing screw-up as possible.

City staff are trusted to administer all the laws, rules and regulations passed both by council and higher orders of government which they are charged to uphold. It’s their job to make sure the roads are safe, the buses run on time and that building permits aren’t issued by mistake.

However, when they don’t do their job it erodes the trust we have in their ability to make the city work, and by giving as full an account as possible would go a long way to restoring Hamiltonian’s trust in their government.

Gordon Cameron is the group managing editor for Hamilton Community News.