Petition Summary and Background:
The Buckley family, who live at the junction of Jerseyville Road West and Sunnyridge Road (the old Jerseyville General Store) have been given notice that their home is in violation of current city zoning by-laws. The Buckleys have been discussing with the City of Hamilton zoning by-laws and building codes.The city maintains that residential use of the upstairs apartment is not permitted.
However, important facts include:
- The Buckley Family has been living in the upstairs apartment for the past 12 years.
- Records that go back as far as 1980 show that residential taxes have been collected annually for the apartment.
- Confidential official memos obtained under the Freedom of Information Act dated from 1996 (prior to amalgamation) and sent to (then) Ancaster Mayor Robert Wade indicate that " Regional Assessment and the Town of Ancaster have always recognized the existence of the apartment." (on the second floor of 2633 Jerseyville Road West).
There is an immediate risk that the family could be evicted. We, as a community are petitioning our Mayor Bob Bratina and City Council to rescind this order, thus allowing the family to remain in their home. We find the actions of city officials towards this family unacceptable and wish to show our support for this community minded family.
Action Petitioned For:
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Mayor and City Council to act now to acknowledge the historic use of the property at 2633 Jerseyville Road West as a general and dry goods store with an owner's residence dating back to at least 1905 and to continue to allow the use of the second floor as a residence, thus preventing further action which may require the family to vacate their home.