By Natalie Paddon, Hamilton Spectator
A home being built on St. Margaret Drive in September 2016. City councillors backed a staff report presented at Tuesday’s planning committee meeting recommending limiting the growth of out-of-character “monster homes” in older Ancaster neighbourhoods. – Scott Gardner , Hamilton Spectator file photo
City councillors backed a staff report proposing to limit lot coverage and cap buildings to two storeys in older areas of Ancaster to help cope with the growth of out-of-character “monster homes” in these neighbourhoods.
But Ward 12 Coun. Lloyd Ferguson said the changes need to go slightly further.
A staff report presented at Tuesday’s planning committee meeting recommended a pilot project that includes new zoning regulations to address lot coverage, as well as setbacks and building height for new homes and additions, to help guarantee appropriate redevelopment in the area.
Ferguson noted these changes have been a long time coming and are generally supported, including by area residents who showed up at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I think we’ve reached a good compromise on this,” he said, noting he does not want to make it prohibitive for people looking to build their dream homes.
But he believes the proposed changes should also require single-family dwellings to be subject to a “mini site plan” control to address drainage patterns, elevation and tree preservation.
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge put forward a motion to address this on Ferguson’s behalf, as he is not part of the committee.
Staff plan to bring forward a second report and a draft bylaw to the April 17 planning committee meeting.