Official Plan & Zoning By-law

Land Needs Assessment

Draft Land Needs Assessment to 2051

The Draft Land Needs Assessment (LNA) for population and employment growth to the year 2051 has been completed. The findings of the Draft LNA will be presented to the General Issues Committee on December 14, 2020.

We want your feedback!

During the month of January 2021, Planning Staff are looking for your feedback about the findings of the draft Land Needs Assessment. 

Visit Engage Hamilton to learn more, complete a survey and view recordings of the Virtual Information Meetings

The Land Needs Assessment survey closes on January 29, 2021.

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What is a Land Needs Assessment?

A Land Needs Assessment (LNA) is a technical study that determines how much land is needed in the City to accommodate growth. The LNA must be completed based on a methodology developed by the Province and is a required part of the City’s Municipal Comprehensive Review process (MCR). 

There are two categories of lands considered through an LNA:

  • “Community” lands - areas for population, commercial and institutional growth
  • “Employment” lands - areas specifically for employment growth like business parks and industrial lands

The LNA identifies how much of the forecasted population and job growth can be accommodated within the City’s existing urban boundary through infill/intensification in the ‘Built Up Area’ and existing Designated Greenfield Area lands. If there is more growth forecasted than can be accommodated in the City’s existing urban boundary, then the LNA determines how much urban expansion area may be required. Where this expansion might take place is not considered through the LNA.

Map outlining different lands that make up a lands new assessement

Key findings of the draft LNA for the City of Hamilton

Community Area:

  • An urban boundary expansion is needed to accommodate population growth to 2051
  • To accommodate new population growth, the City must plan for a higher percentage of residential intensification than the Growth Plan minimum target of 50%
  • Four residential intensification scenarios are presented in the Land Needs Assessment. For each of the scenarios, view the PDF for a breakdown of the calculations:
    • 'Current Trends' (PDF, 627 KB) - 40% intensification, resulting in a required land need of 3,440 hectares. 
    • 'Growth Plan Minimum' (PDF, 627 KB) - 50% intensification, resulting in a required land need of 2,200 hectares
    • ‘Increased Targets’ (PDF, 626 KB) - 50% to 2031, 55% to 2041, 60% to 2051 - resulting in a required land need of 1,670 hectares
    • ‘Ambitious Density’ (PDF, 623 KB) - 50% to 2031, 60% to 2041, 70% to 2051 - resulting in a required land need of 1,340 hectares
  • Designated Greenfield Area density will depend on the ratio of residential unit types (singles, semis, rowhouses, apartments) and how densely they develop

The ‘Increased Targets’ and ‘Ambitious Density’ intensification scenarios can be accommodated within the current Whitebelt land supply.

'Increase Targets'

Scenario #1 - 55% average intensification

'Ambitious Density'

Scenario #2 - 60% average intensification

Employment Area:

Relationship between supply and demand for employment lands

Read the Reports

The reports to be presented at the December 14, 2020 General Issues Committee Include:

Comments & questions

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