Comment 85504

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:52:59

We went through a similar drawn out process when we investigated opening a hostel in Hamilton 6 years ago.

We were told that we had to wait because of a pending zoning bylaw rewrite. They were not accepting applications for bed and breakfasts or rooming homes until the rewrite was completed(hostels don't exist in current zoning laws).

We waited a couple of months, and got the same answer. A few months more - same answer. In the end, after almost two years of researching and being told "just wait", we gave up.

As far as I can tell, there is still no process in place. The owners of HGH had to take the unofficial advice of staffers to "just do it" and deal with the fallout later, because there's no possible way to do it correctly.

In the end, I opened a bike shop because you don't need permission from the city to do that. I opened a month after making the decision.

Just another of multitudes of examples of what's holding us back.

Comment edited by seancb on 2013-01-25 11:08:07

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