The focus for this discussion was "Future Development in Dundas: How can we help to shape it?"
We have some guest experts lined up to give us a basic framework:
George Sweetman described the Hierarchy of Ontario's land use planning system - click here for diagram.
Allison Maxted presented "Approaches to Intensification in Historic Communities" - click here to see presentation.
We then broke into working subgroups to discuss these questions:
** Where is development going to occur?
** What will it look like? What are the pros and cons of intensification?
** How do we attract development that contributes to a liveable Dundas?
The Valley town has seen many significant changes in the past decade, including the completion of the District Lofts and Amica, revitalization of Dundas Central School playground, creation of Matilda Park and Creekside Parkette, renovations at the Driving Park, Dundas Museum, the old post office and DVSA, and the closing and demolition of Parkside High School. Other projects have been drawn out, including 24 Brock Street, 71 Main Street, Dairy Queen and Tammy's Restaurant.
Dundas Works is hosting the fourth in a series of public roundtables on Tuesday, February 13 from 7-9 pm at the Dundas Museum. The focus for this discussion will be "Future Development in Dundas: How can we help to shape it?"
"We are very excited to have guest experts and presenters on hand to provide a basic understanding of the development process and facilitate our smaller group discussions," said Michelle Chin, one of the founding members. "Given that the OMB defers to the provincial policies for intensification in Dundas, the community needs to be involved at the planning stages. We hope to share our ideas with the City and make a meaningful, informed contribution to the Secondary Plan for Dundas."
"We want to be proactively for something, rather than fighting against something in the 11th hour," she added. "To do that, we need to define what is important to us and what we'd like to see in our built world. We must think about best locations for intensification and create our community vision for smart growth. The trick is how to work with planners and developers to attract projects that preserve the character of the town and contribute to the livable Dundas that we love." For more information, visit www.dundasworks.com
Photo: Parkside High School was closed in 2014 and demolished in 2017. Preliminary plans for a cemetery are underway. Source: Hamilton Community News file photo