Planning Policies & Guidelines
Storm Drainage Policy
The City of Hamilton's Storm Water Drainage Policy is used in the planning and design process within the municipality for:
- land development
- land redevelopment
- storm drainage infrastructure
The goals of the Storm Drainage Policy are to:
- Provide present and future residents of the City of Hamilton with good engineering design that provides a high quality living environment that protects and enhances natural features and minimizes pollution of water, air, and land resources.
- Minimize risk to life and property from flooding and erosion.
- Encourage the use of stormwater as a resource such that it maintains and/or enhances:
- In-stream Water Quality
- Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat
- Hydrogeologic Function such as baseflow, groundwater quality
- Natural Channel Forming Processes (stream morphology)
- Terrestrial Linkages and Habitat
- Mitigate negative impacts to water resources, which would affect other riparian interests and users.
- Provide direction for designs of stormwater infrastructure which are easily and effectively maintainable by Public Works.
- Establish criteria for acceptable service levels for the hydraulic capacity of both the minor and major drainage systems to provide reasonable levels of service for the connected property owners.
July 10, 2022