Comment 122038

By shturkin (registered) | Posted October 19, 2017 at 17:51:12

Hello there,

I am and urban planning student at the University of Waterloo and recently came across your article whilst taking VIA rail home to Hamilton. Currently, I am working in the Planning Department at the City of Ottawa working in the Development Review Central branch. Within the past year, Development Review Central has started a pilot project whereby community associations attend all "formal" pre-consultations for applications subject to Public Consultation under the Provincial Planning Act (applications subject to Public Consultation include Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, and certain Site Plan Control applications). Having attended these "formal" pre-consultations, I can attest to the fact that having members of community associations present certainly aids in municipal transparency and a more democratic planning process. As someone born and bred in the North End of Hamilton, I think it is time for residents (from various wards) to demand that a similar project be started in Hamilton. Residents often times know more about an area than planners do, and this insight can prove to be invaluable. It's time for Hamilton to democratize the planning process. Because if one thing is certain, it's that "consultation" under the Planning Act is not at all sufficient. Should you like more information on the City of Ottawa's pilot project pertaining to development applications, respond to this comment and we can discuss via email. Sincerely,

Seana

Comment edited by shturkin on 2017-10-19 17:52:06

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