As you know, the Waterdown community has been under siege with development for many years resulting in excessive traffic congestion and overdevelopment. At this link, you will find a motion I put forward at Council that was passed this week for an Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) to protect our Waterdown core area of Ward 15 Waterdown/Flamborough: https://bit.ly/2ZmbiVv. To read the ICBL, please click on these links: https://bit.ly/3g72YPn, https://bit.ly/2TnzVgY
This motion will protect the Waterdown core area from further development, within the core boundary of the Secondary Plan, until it is complete and approved by Council. It will give residents the opportunity for input, and staff the time needed to complete the studies necessary for heritage inventory protection and a transportation master plan as all three are being done at the same time. This motion does not affect any approved development site plan applications which will move forward as planned.
Staff are currently in the process of conducting a Secondary Plan for the core area of Waterdown which contains the Mill Street Heritage District, a highly sensitive heritage corridor. The ICBL will only affect the properties within the boundary of the Secondary Plan. As part of the Secondary Plan, staff are also conducting a Transportation Master Plan, a Heritage Built Inventory plan and developing new Zones and Regulations for the core residential areas.Waterdown has not had a secondary plan since before 1990’s when it was the former Town of Flamborough. There is an increased sense of urgency of residents especially concerning older properties in the core area.
This past fall, the first public meeting was held to allow residents input into what type of development they want to see in the downtown Waterdown core area. Over 200 residents attended. We are now ready for the second public meeting to present a draft plan, however the COVID-19 lockdown has delayed the public feedback portion of the plan.
For more information on the Waterdown Secondary Plan, please click here: https://bit.ly/36hoXPa
Councillor Judi Partridge