Environmental Impact Statements Guidelines
Changes to the Planning Act were recently made by the Province through Bill 13 and Bill 109. Phase 1 - Interim Draft Terms of References/Guidelines were approved by the Planning Committee on November 29, 2022. The interim draft guidelines will provide clarity for development applications as to City requirements and will be subject to additional public and stakeholder consultation with Phase 2 terms of references in Q2 2023 before finalization.
What is an Environmental Impact Statement?
An Environmental Impact Statement or EIS is a study completed by a qualified environmental professional (Biologist or Ecologist) that studies the habitat within and adjacent to the Core Area and assesses potential impacts that the proposed development may have on the feature and its functions. As part of this study, recommendations are made to avoid or minimize these impacts.
An Environmental Impact Statement will:
- Inventory and describe the existing Core Areas and the ecological functions of the site in the context of the surrounding landscape.
- Assess potential impacts that the proposed development may have on Core Areas and their functions.
- Provide recommendations on natural area boundaries, mitigation measures and design measures to accommodate or enhance existing natural features and their functions.
Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines
The City of Hamilton's Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines have been prepared to help those individuals, agencies and environmental consultants who will be involved with preparing Environmental Impact Statements in the City of Hamilton.
The purpose of the Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines is to:
- describe the purpose, and information requirements for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement