'Mid-pen battle: Neighbours are worlds apart' (June 2).
letter writer incorrectly states the position taken by Hamilton
city council on the environmental-assessment process for the proposed
exchanged by the city and the MTO clearly highlight that the city
has not been in full support of the approach taken by the ministry.
because of our joint peer review with the city of Burlington, the
needs-assessment document for the mid-peninsula corridor was vastly
improved, to the point where Hamilton council could strongly support
the need for the corridor to address congestion, economic growth,
and the long-term land-use framework for the city of Hamilton.
record also shows that the city has expressed great concern over
the environmental, socio-economic and public consultation processes
and documents produced by the MTO, not to mention the incredibly
tight timeframes for review. These concerns are significant enough
that Hamilton council authorized and directed staff to request mediation
under the Environmental Assessment Act, should the concerns not
is not "full endorsement of a weak assessment process," as suggested
by the letter writer. Rather, it is the expectation that the issues
must be addressed through a proper environmental assessment of the
mid-peninsula corridor is a complex project, crossing many boundaries,
with competing interests and, most significantly, affecting communities
and residents. The environmental assessment must deal with all of
these issues (and more). This is the expectation that has been consistently
communicated to the ministry by the city of Hamilton.
Mary Lou Tanner, manager,
planning and management,
works department, City of Hamilton.