Draft Commercial and Mixed Use Zones

Lands not addressed as part of the Draft CMU Zoning

Draft Commercial/Mixed Use (CMU) Zones, Parking (U3) Zone and other Regulations - September 2016

Local Commercial (C1) Zone

Located primarily within the interior of residential neighbourhoods, where permitted uses include residential, small scale retail, office, studio, and restaurants, “mom and pop” shops, barber shops, and cafés. These commercial establishments are intended to meet the daily needs of local residents.  Buildings are generally small and resemble surrounding residential buildings with a maximum height of 11 metres, or approximately three-storeys. 

Local Commercial (C2) Zone

Located primarily within the interior of residential neighbourhoods along collector roads and arterial roads. Permitted uses in this zone include residential, retail, commercial school, day nursery, medical clinic, office, studio, and restaurants, and veterinary clinics.  These commercial establishments are intended to meet the daily needs of local residents.  Building types generally include “main-street” buildings, small convenience store, and stand alone commercial buildings.

Local Commercial (C3) Zone

Located primarily along collector roads and arterial roads and meets the daily and weekly needs of the surrounding community. Permitted uses in this zone include residential, community garden, retail, commercial school, day nursery, medical clinic, office, studio, restaurants, veterinary clinics, gas bars, and motor vehicle service stations.  Building types include commercial plazas, strip plazas, and stand-alone commercial buildings with a maximum height of 14 metres.

District Commercial (C4) Zone

Located along arterial roads, this zone is intended to meet the daily and weekly needs of the surrounding community and region. Permitted uses in this zone include residential,  catering service, commercial recreation, conference or convention centre, place of assembly, retail, commercial school, day nursery, medical clinic, office, studio, restaurants, veterinary clinics, gas bars, and motor vehicle service stations. Building types include commercial plazas, stand-alone commercial buildings, and buildings with commercial and residential uses.

Mixed Use Medium Density (C5) Zone

Located along arterial roads, this zone encourages a mix of commercial and residential uses while meeting the daily and weekly needs of the surrounding community and regional market.  Permitted uses include residential, catering service, banks, conference centre, place of assembly, retail, commercial school, day nursery, medical clinic, office, studio, and restaurants, veterinary clinics, gas bars, and motor vehicle service stations.  Buildings can either be a mixed-use or single-use buildings of up to 22 metres, or six-storeys in height.

Mixed Use Medium Density - Pedestrian Predominant (C5a) Zone

Located along arterial roads, this zone encourages a mix of commercial and residential uses with an emphasis on the pedestrian realm through building design.  Permitted uses include residential, commercial school, day nursery, banks, hotel, medical clinic, office, place of worship, restaurant, retail, and urban farmer’s market.  Motor vehicle related uses such as gas bars and motor vehicle service stations are prohibited.  Built form consists of buildings with only commercial uses at-grade and residential and commercial uses on the upper floors.  Maximum building height is 22 m, or six-storeys. 

Mixed Use High Density (C6) Zone

Located in major shopping areas such as Limeridge Mall and the Centre on Barton, this zone permits a variety of commercial uses, in addition to residential uses intended to serve the regional market.  Building types include large scale shopping malls, and mixed use or single use buildings of up to 22 metres, or six-storeys in height.

Arterial Commercial (C7) Zone

This zone is primarily a non-retail commercial area located along arterial roads and is intended to serve the weekly and occasional needs of the travelling public. The zone permits auto-oriented commercial uses requiring ample parking, such as automobile dealerships, as well as other land extensive uses, such as building supply stores, conference or convention centres, commercial recreation, and warehousing.

Parking (U3) Zone

This zone is for parking purposes such as a municipal parking lot or a private parking lot either as a surface lot or structured parking. No other uses are permitted in this zone other than for the purposes of parking of motor vehicles.

Draft CMU Mapping - September 2016

Step 1: Use the Draft Zoning grid (PDF, 2 MB) to identify your location in Wards 5 to 13 and 15. This grid is broken down into 4 smaller index maps or squares. Each index map is then made up of multiple individual proposed zoning maps for a certain geographic area. Locate the map number that contains your property of interest. This map will show the properties and the proposed zones on your property as well as surrounding properties.

Step 2: If you want to know more about the uses that are permitted within your zone and any associated regulations, refer to the draft zone policies.


Draft Commercial/Mixed Use (CMU) Zones, Parking (U3) Zone and other Regulations - May 2016

Step 1: Use the Draft Zoning grid (PDF, 13 MB) to identify your location in Wards 1, 2 , 3 or 4. This grid is broken down into 7 smaller index maps or squares:

Step 2: Each index map represents up to 9 proposed zoning maps for a certain geographic area. Locate the map number that contains your property of interest. This map will show the properties and the proposed zones on your property as well as surrounding properties.

Step 3: If you want to know more about the uses that are permitted within your zone and any associated regulations, refer to the draft zone policies.

Contact us

Tim Lee
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1249
Email: cmuzoning@hamilton.ca