Hamilton Politicians Urge Province to Rescind Ministerial Zoning Order for Century Manor Lands – Hamilton | The Canadian News

The city council wants to regain control over the future development of the land of the former Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital near the top of West Mountain.

The council approved a motion Wednesday, presented by Ward 8 Coun. John-Paul Danko, calling on the provincial government to overturn a ministerial zoning order for the 12.5-hectare property, which includes Century Manor.

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“The ministerial zoning order on the grounds of the former psychiatric hospital was not requested by this municipality,” emphasizes Danko. “It is not necessary, it is not wanted.”

“At the very least,” Danko adds, “we are requesting that the province commit to meaningful consultations with our community.”

The City of Hamilton has identified the site for future development related to educational and healthcare uses, but the provincial rezoning, announced to the surprise of city officials in August 2020, expands the potential uses to include various forms of residential development.

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In 2018, the progressive Conservative government rejected a tripartite agreement involving the city, the province, and Mohawk College that involved Ontario selling the land of the former mental hospital to the university.

The deal was originally announced by the former liberal Wynne government, which planned to use $ 9.5 million in proceeds from the sale to build affordable housing as part of a tower development on a city property on York Boulevard between Queen and Bay streets. .

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