Hamilton councillors provide initial approval for a 46-unit development on Highland Road in Stoney Creek


A proposal to construct 46 townhouse units on Highland Road West in upper Stoney Creek has been approved by the city’s planning committee.

The plan will involve building an access route to Highland Road after the 1.09-hectare parcel of land became landlocked by other nearby residential developments, preventing other access options.

Previously, the proposal at 56 Highland Rd. W. by the developer, New Hamilton Development Corporation, had planned to have access to the lands northwest, formerly known as 198 First Rd. W. But that idea was blocked and, in 2018, it was determined residents will have access to Highland Road from a private condominium road.

Brian Hollingworth, director of transportation planning, told the committee Nov. 17, the access to Highland Road “can function adequately” based on the number of units being proposed.

The developer also wanted to delay the grading and servicing until the proposal was at the site plan stage, said Peter De Iulio, of Metropolitan Consulting Inc., on behalf of the owner.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark, who represents the area, said asking developers to conduct geotechnical studies has become an “almost standard request” because of the karst environmental landscape throughout the area.

The land in the area involves unstable bedrock and karst features, said planning staff.

“We are not reluctant to do (the studies),” said De Iulio, a former Hamilton planner. “It is only the timing.”

Bore holes have been drilled into the land to determine the depth of the bedrock, said De Iulio, but “until you get in there and actually dig for the servicing you actually don’t know it’s there.”

City staff said the “bedrock condition” should be monitored for karst features, but it is “not anticipated” that the townhouse foundations will meet any bedrock.