Following a resolution passed in October requesting the Town submit comments to the Province regarding the reversal of the Greenbelt changes, a Staff Report for the consideration of Council on Monday was published today. The report urges Council to request that the Province NOT to reverse the Greenbelt changes in Grimsby (502 Winston and Cline Road) and leave those parcels out for development.Continue reading
While most of the posts here on the Greenbelt flip-flop and its relation to Grimsby have focused on the waterfront lands at 502 Winston Road, not much has been said about the former Greenbelt properties between Oakes Road North/Kelson North and Main Street West/CN rail tracks. That is until now.
Global News has taken a detailed look at some of the lands there. Parts of the lands in question are owned or controlled by an employee (executive assistant) of LiUNA, a large Ford-friendly construction union that has local offices on Hunter Road in Grimsby.Continue reading
Well, it’s been about 10 months since the last look at the waterfront Greenbelt land and future development of 502 Winston Road. Needless to say, quite a bit has transpired since. The conclusion in that December 2022 post was that an Auditor General’s report, IC investigation and/or more formal investigative process (RCMP) was needed over the whole Greenbelt process. That suggestion has now come to bear fruit.Continue reading
The Province listened to Ontarians and promised to return and reverse all the removals and re-designations they made to the Greenbelt. That includes two parcels at 502 Winston Road and lands at Cline Road in Grimsby. However for Council, it seems the money-carrot attached to these developments may be too much to resist.Continue reading
With Bill 23 now passed by the Ford Government and having received Royal Assent, the proposed Greenbelt changes have now come into focus. This has spurred calls for the Premier to resign, an MPP launching a complaint to Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner and many calling for a criminal investigation due to the issue not passing the “sniff test”. With media linking possible names and political donations to the PC party, it seemed timely to return to our own local Greenbelt parcel of controversy, 502 Winston Road.Continue reading
We are back and picking up where we left-off in August on the proposed agricultural “re-designation” of the Greenbelt waterfront property at 502 Winston Road. While there was intent to follow-up with another post shortly after the “open-house” meeting in September, we listened to an inside voice that said just wait.
Apparently this was a wise move, as “Dozer” Doug Ford’s government is now attempting to intervene in what should be a municipal/regional application process with its plan to pave over large sections of the existing Greenbelt to have “More Homes Built Faster”. The waterfront Greenbelt lands at 502 Winston Road are part of that controversial proposal.Continue reading
Our next post was meant to highlight the environmental aspects of Bill 23 “More Homes Built Faster Act“, but it appears Doug Ford and his Progressive “Conservatives” managed to one-up themselves today by proposing to remove or re-designate 7,400 acres from the Greenbelt. Among the proposed areas up for grabs in Grimsby is the 502 Winston Road lakefront property and a large block near Main Street West.Continue reading
The deadline of September 23, 2022 @ 12PM is drawing near if you want to speak or make comment at the Town’s Zoom-only “open house” meeting for the lands known as 502 Winston Road (aka “321 Hunter Road”) scheduled for September 26, 2022. The meeting will focus on the applicant’s request to have the Official Plan amended to re-designate the land, which is in the Greenbelt, from “Specialty Crop Area – Tender Fruit and Grape Lands” to just “Rural”.Continue reading
After developer LJM was granted 11 storeys by the OLT in Hamilton after having agreed to 6 storeys with the city, that rather precedent-setting decision did not go unnoticed by other developers and their various consultant groups. It now seems that New Horizon Development Group (NHDG) is attempting a similar feat with their trio of skyscrapers in Stoney Creek.Continue reading
The Town recently published notice of an “open house” meeting for the lands known as 502 Winston Road (aka “321 Hunter Road”). The meeting will focus on the applicant’s request to have the Official Plan amended to re-designate the land, which is in the Green Belt, from ” Specialty Crop Area – Tender Fruit and Grape Lands” to just “Rural”.Continue reading