- Restraining speculators
Apr 21, 2014
What role did backroom lobbying play in unnecessary city purchases of airport lands or in the subsequent urban boundary expansion for the aerotropolis or in the OMB Elfrida appeal which promises to provide windfall profits to speculators? Would Hamilton’s proposed lobbyist registry help to limit improper influences on politicians and city staff?
- News Briefs
Apr 15, 2014
1. Airport finances remain secret
2. Line 9 lawsuit
3. Environmental Summit
4. Response to fracking resolution
- Spending wasted at stagnant airport
Apr 14, 2014
Local taxpayers have spent over $10 million buying land at inflated prices for an airport runway extension that may never be built. After pushing the city repeatedly to make the land purchases, Tradeport now says it has no timetable for the addition, and won’t move ahead unless it receives federal monies that appear unlikely to be provided to a facility whose passenger and cargo volumes are stagnant or declining.
- Increasing development discounts
Apr 04, 2014
More financial incentives for growth are being advocated by city staff who believe that already steeply-discounted development fees are not enough to boost Hamilton’s competitiveness, and who contend additional concessions should be made to attract large corporations. On the residential side, fees for new homes are set to climb 27 percent as the city completes the five-year update of its development charges bylaw.
- City versus province
Apr 03, 2014
The city will spend $1 million on studies for a future urban boundary expansion that’s opposed by the province and is currently before the Ontario Municipal Board. It’s another major issue where council has placed itself in direct opposition to provincial policies, with at least one instance leading a cabinet minister to describe the city’s position as “ridiculous”.
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