March Meeting Minutes
NENa Zoom Meeting. March 2nd 2022, 7:00 PM
Andrew Robinson (President) opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.
Environmental Committee Update - Jon Davy
Maybe a neighbourhood clean up of garbage once the snow melts.
Jamesville - The exterior trees have not been removed yet so maybe there is a chance they will stay. Jon was going to email the developer.
Planning/Traffic Committee Update - Herman Turkstra
NENa is having a very good impact as a group on the development process.
Pier 8 - The city of Hamilton hosted a public meeting to discuss the 45 storey building on February 15th
There seemed to be a lack of knowledge from some north end residents why NENa would support the building
There was an idea to reach out to the people on Guise that had a petition against the tall building to give them some information. If anyone knew people personally that would be a good way to introduce the idea.
Essentially a 45 storey building will reduce density as well as increase the number of 2 and 3 bedroom units which would appeal more to families.
The total number of units will remain the same. Slightly more than 1600 units.
There was discussion about incorporating proper wording to relieve concerns about a 45 storey building being a “Slippery Slope” to more tall buildings.
If we want the Pier 8 development to be more family friendly then there needs to be more family friends amenities such as a playroom for children in the condo building and other amenities around it such as a daycare and library.
How binding are the terms of settlement with the developer? The terms are in the decision of the Land Tribunal and the settlement will definitely be enforced.
The city of Hamilton sent the Planning committee a Cease and Desist order for putting signs on public property. The planning committee sent a letter back saying they have the right to a gentle peaceful protest. The city representatives will take it to council.
There was an idea of car wraps for vans in support of Sunset Garden put forth.
It was brought up that the money from the sale of Sunset Garden will be used for subsidized housing.
It was then pointed out that other parks in the city could be sold for subsidized housing and that no affordable housing will go on Sunset Garden.
Financial Update - Curtis Biehler
No update. We are waiting for the Grant money to be mailed to us.
Community Engagement Update.
If anyone has an update contact Sarah Gillman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert - No Library update.
Happy Ash Wednesday
March 13th daylight savings
March 11th Gage Park Bulb festival
Presto cards for kids to get free public transportation
Shawn Selway, a long time stalwart or NENa and friend to many people passed away.
Condolences to Sheri and her entire family on their loss.
Dog Park - Survey of where it should go on the city website.
Next Meeting Wed. April 6th/2022 at 6:30 PM.