The long-running zoning dispute between the Pearl Company and the city of Hamilton has ended. The two sides met in a Hamilton Court last month at which time a guilty plea was entered on a single zoning violation charge, and a number of other charges were withdrawn. Sentence on the token charge was suspended. The decision clears the way for the Pearl Company to continue its operation as an arts hub in the Landsdale neighbourhood. Under the city’s new official plan, yet to be enacted, the current Pearl Company use is legal. The charges were laid under an old zoning bylaw.
“It’s always been my hope that this issue would come to an amicable resolution,” said Ward Three Councillor Matthew Green. “Adaptive re-uses like the Pearl Company add tremendous cultural value to the neighbourhood.”