An effort is underway to increase waste diversion in high-rise buildings and other multi-residential buildings in Hamilton.
The updated design guidelines for the developments have received preliminary approval from the city’s public works committee and will include a three-chute system for garbage, organics and recyclables, as well as designed storage areas. to handle loose items and eight days of waste.
Developments already under approval will be exempt from the new design guidelines, which will also require turnaround areas for waste collection vehicles, and a building’s eligibility for private waste collection will be decided by the city. , not by the developer.
City council has yet to give final approval to the changes when it meets next week.
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“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson said.
He said the city is blocked at 50 percent from landfill waste diversion, “and city staff regularly tell us that the owner of a single-family home does a great job. Multi-residential is the problem.
Ferguson said he was disappointed that some developments underway in the city center were exempt from the new guidelines.
“It’s a terrible shame,” said Ferguson, “to miss the opportunity to increase our rate of hijacking on these multiple new towers that are going up in the city, which have been the subject of a rezoning but did not get site plan approvals. “
“Right now I think we have 70-75 rezoning projects going on, all of those would grandfather,” said Steve Robichaud, Hamilton Chief Planner.
Robichaud said he hopes many of these architects will meet the new guidelines, even if they are exempt from them, “because clients and clients are looking for the long-term durability and operating costs of these buildings and their operation “.
He adds that the city will use “a little moral persuasion and encouragement.”
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Representatives from the planning industry appeared before the committee, arguing that the new design guidelines will result in fewer units in multi-residential buildings.
“The city is forcing a choice with these policies,” said Mike Collins-Williams, executive director of the West End Home Builder’s Association. He said the choice is between prioritizing scaling up or waste management opportunities.
Robichaud dismisses this concern, telling councilors that the objectives can be balanced “with a little creativity and innovation in terms of the layout of the units”.
Ward 14 Council. Terry Whitehead said, “I’m not here to generate more profit for the developers.
“I’m here to make sure we have a vision and principles that we follow,” said Whitehead, “because we know the carbon footprint is important to us.”
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