Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan Study
The City of Hamiton's Official Plan identifies the central Waterdown area as a Community Node. Community Nodes are areas with an important concentration of services, shops, residential uses, and other facilities which serve as a focal point for the surrounding community. They are intended to have a mix of uses that allow for access to housing, employment, services, and recreation in close proximity to each other and transit.
The overall population of Waterdown has been growing significantly and further growth is expected in the future. This growth will have an impact on the form and function of the Waterdown Community Node, bringing with it opportunities and challenges. Changes to the area’s transportation system, such as the planned east-west road to the north of the core, new bike lanes along major streets, and other proposed road connections, will also have impacts. In addition, there is a need to protect the heritage characteristics of the historical downtown, to provide more detailed design guidance for new development and to address concerns related to traffic and access in the area. A Secondary Plan is an important tool that can be used to help guide change.
The purpose of the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan Study is to create a clear vision for how the area should evolve in the future, and to establish policies to implement that vision. This will help manage change and redevelopment by providing direction on the desired mix of uses, height, density, built form, and urban design within the area.
- April 13, 2022: City Council passed By-law No. 22-070 adopting Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No.165 to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and By-law No. 22-071 and By-law No. 22-072 approving Zoning By-law Amendments to By-law No. 05-200 and By-law No. 90-145-Z. Notice of Passing. Key Map
- March 22, 2022: Virtual Public Meeting of the City of Hamilton’s Planning Committee
- December 2021: Zoning Review Completed
- August 2021: Phase 3 of Project Completed
- May 20, 2021: Interim Control By-law Lapses
- November 2020: Phase 2 of project completed
- May 20, 2020: Interim Control By-law enacted
- December 2019: Phase 1 of project completed
- September 4, 2018: Background Report submitted to Planning Committee