Planning Committee for April 15, 2014 [Live @ 9:30am]

It’s Groundhog Day at Planning Committee as the Fruitland-Winona Secondary Plan will be debated again, in its entirety, for the third time. Will the third time be the charm?

Known as SCUBE (Stoney Creek Urban Boundary Expansion) for short, the Secondary Plan was passed June 4, 2013 after 9.5 hours of contentious and divisive debate. Four months later, the plan was tossed out in a bombshell announcement from City staff that the plan was invalidated by the approval of the new Urban Hamilton Official Plan.

A public meeting was held at Stoney Creek City Hall on November 19, 2013. After a full 9 hours of debate, Councillors tabled SCUBE to give the Ward Councillors time to attempt negotiation of changes to address community concerns. A public town hall was held in February 2014, and a motion brought forth to Council stating that expropriation will not be used for parkland in the SCUBE area.

Community opposition to SCUBE remains strong and over a dozen people are scheduled to speak to Planning Committee today.

Also on today’s agenda is a severance in old Waterdown at 24 McDonald Court, additions to the Binbrook Heights development for 154 new lots, and a rezoning of commercial at 1125, 1143, and 1185 Wilson Street (North side near Duff’s Corner), and City fees for Greenhouses and Farm buildings.