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OMB; OMG!

Owner files OMB appeal
Council rejects plan for storage facility near Olympic
Craig Campbell, Dundas Stars News Staff
Published on May 08, 2009

No mediation meetings or hearing dates have been scheduled in the Ontario Municipal Board appeal of city council’s decision to reject applications for a storage facillity development on King Street East.

Karen Kotzen of the OMB confirmed the appeal from property owner Doug Hammond, through the City of Hamilton, on April 23.

Councillors on the city’s planning committee and the full city council both unanimously rejected the application to construct four storage buildings on 201 King St. E. at Olympic Drive, within the Cootes Paradise environmentally significant area.

Councillors rejected a planning staff recommendation to support the rezoning and official plan ammendment applications because of concerns about the report’s accuracy and completeness, and extensive public opposition.

Submissions from some commenting agencies were not included or considere…

going bald is thrilling!

Tom Thomas, Special to the Hamilton Spectator Bald eagles 'fooling around' at CootesTheSpec.com - Local - Bald eagles 'fooling around' at Cootes Remote location of nest prevents check for eggs

Eric McGuinness
The Hamilton Spectator

(May 8, 2009) Birdwatchers want to know if bald eagles with a new nest in Cootes Paradise plan to raise a family this year or are just fooling around.With their nest hidden nine or 10 storeys up in a white pine tree on the north shore of the Cootes marsh, no one has been able to confirm if there are eggs or not."It seems they're just playing house," said Jody Allair, a Bird Studies Canada biologist in Port Rowan.That wouldn't be unusual, he said. "It might be a practice nest. It's common for a pair to give it a try, figure things out. Hopefully next year they will nest. If they're bonding and building a nest, that's all good. It looks great for next year."But Ancaster birder Mike Street, a member of the Ha…

Cootes Drive History

http://www.dundasstarnews.com/news/article/172863

Community apathetic over new Cootes Drive
Controversial road was result of now fading car culture

Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News Staff, Published on May 01, 2009


Dundasians of the mid-1930s were apathetic towards construction of Cootes Drive –as long they weren’t paying for it.

But according to research by former Valley Town resident and transportation activist Randy Kay, the Dundas Diversion project was not without controversy. Local merchants, property owners and town councillors worried about the new road’s route, connections and possible impact on local business.

As Mr. Kay explained to those in attendance at the season-ending Dundas Valley Historical Society meeting, one thing nobody questioned in 1936 or 1937 was destruction of valuable wetland as pavement carved through the Cootes Paradise ecosystem.

Mr. Kay dug into microfiche copies of the Dundas Star and Hamilton Spectator to trace the tale of the road that has raised problems its…