Friday, September, 07, 2012 - 1:01:54 PM
McMurray could be next target for developmentBy Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
|November 2007 photo at site, by Randy Kay|
A quiet, tree-lined central Dundas road just south of Hatt Street could be the next area to face residential development pressure.
McMurray Street is already the subject of one planning application and is surrounded by unused sites with unclear futures.
While a few properties – including a closed car wash at 118 Hatt Street, and former Valley City Manufacturing sites surrounding the former car wash – are unused and potentially available for sale, a site just down the street at McMurray and Hope streets is the subject of a five-year old rezoning application.
Donald Plouffe of Burlington applied to the City of Hamilton in 2007 to rezone the property known as 36 McMurray St. to permit development of 17 townhouses. But the project has apparently stalled under a number of issues.
“The file is still technically open – with plans still available for review,” said city of Hamilton planning manager Edward John.” However, given the time that has lapsed I will be providing the applicant with formal notice that the file will be closed unless additional action is taken.”
The application originally caught the attention of former Dundas resident, avid cyclist and hiker and blogger Randy Kay. He mentioned the application and his concerns about its potential impact on the Spencer Creek trail. Kay also posted pictures of soil testing taking on the site. (see photo above)
He received clarification that the draft plans for 17 townhouses included a buffer around the creek that would ensure continuance of the trail in that section.
But Kay also wondered if the 30 metre buffer required by the Hamilton Conservation Authority around Coldwater creeks would apply to Spencer Creek at that location.
“Any development would have to be done with the best interest in protecting the health of the creek, and maintaining the existing Spencer Creek Trail connection,” Kay said. “A naturalized buffer zone between the development and the creek should at least meet the minimum requirements for the health of the creek, and preferably exceed the bare minimum.”