Com­mit­tee of Ad­just­ments agenda

The Hamilton Spectator - - Comment -


I would like to thank who­ever took it upon them­selves to ad­ver­tise the agenda for the up­com­ing Nov. 15 Com­mit­tee of Ad­just­ment meet­ing in a re­cent Spec.

This nor­mally in­vis­i­ble com­mit­tee, which an­nu­ally makes de­ci­sions on hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars of con­struc­tion projects in the city, al­lows prop­erty own­ers to present their ren­o­va­tion plans to their neigh­bours and pro­vides a civil fo­rum for con­flicts to be re­solved as de­ci­sions are made to make il­le­gal ren­o­va­tions pos­si­ble.

It may also be time for this com­mit­tee to go through a process of re­newal as decade-long serv­ing mem­bers are given a break. Maybe now mem­bers can be ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in work­shops of­fered by the On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mit­tee of Ad­just­ments. Most im­por­tantly, it may be time for this com­mit­tee to pre­vent sit­u­a­tions like we have to­day, where the ac­tual ad­di­tion be­ing con­structed was never seen by ei­ther the neigh­bours or COA. Brian S Henry, Hamil­ton

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