Comment 48269

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 26, 2010 at 23:03:26

The issue here isn't just the Pearl Company.

This kind of zoning lunacy is imposed right across the city. Imposing high costs on any building use that doesn't fit the narrow confines of city planners' vision for the area is like throwing a wet blanket on unconventional and creative building uses. It means that 90% or more of Hamiltonians are priced out of the market, and can't even consider something like a store-front or warehouse the size of the average Ancaster garage.

Every step in this process is set up to benefit City Hall bureaucrats, legal professionals and big development firms. Claiming that "zoning laws exist to protect neighbours" is hogwash. There's no binding community consultation here. Just an endlessly expensive and complicated review process.

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