Official Plan & Zoning By-law

Rural Hamilton Official Plan

The Rural Hamilton Official Plan applies to the lands in the rural area of the City.

Adopted by Council: September 27, 2006  MMAH Approved: December 24, 2008  Effective Date: March 7, 2012

Rural Hamilton Official Plan Table of Contents (PDF, 102 KB)

Describes the context of the Plan, a vision for our community, city-wide designations and policies, rural designations and policies,  infrastructure and community service policies, as well as policies dealing with environmental issues such as water/air quality, noise and vibration, natural systems and implementation policies.


Parent Policies which contain policies and mapping for land uses on a rural wide basis; supporting policies on natural and cultural heritage, transportation, infrastructure and community services.

Chapter A - Introduction (PDF, 154 KB)
Chapter B - Communities (PDF, 290 KB)
Chapter C - City Wide Systems and Designations (PDF, 501 KB)
Chapter D - Rural Systems, Designations and Resources (PDF, 234 KB)
Chapter E -  Urban Systems and Designations (see the Urban Hamilton Official Plan)
Chapter F - Implementation (PDF, 399 KB)
Chapter G - Glossary (PDF, 217 KB)

Schedules to Plan

Schedule A - Provincial Plans (PDF, 6.65 MB)
Schedule B - Natural Heritage System (PDF, 11.33 MB)
Schedule B-1 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Life Science ANSI (PDF, 7.13 MB)
Schedule B-2 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Significant Woodlands (PDF, 8 MB)
Schedule B-3 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Alvar and Tallgrass Prairie (PDF, 7 MB)
Schedule B-4 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Key Hydrologic Features (PDF, 8 MB)
Schedule B-5 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Lakes and Littoral Zones (PDF, 7.34 MB)
Schedule B-6 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Environmentally Significant Areas (PDF, 7 MB)
Schedule B-7 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Local Natural Area Earth Science ANSI (PDF, 7 MB)
Schedule B-8 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Key Hydrologic Features Streams (PDF, 7.6 MB)
Schedule C - Rural Functional Road Classification (PDF, 957 KB)
Schedule C-1 - Future Right-of-Way Dedications (PDF, 95 KB)
Schedule D - Rural Land Use Designations (PDF, 20 MB)
Schedule E - Urban Structure (see the Urban Hamilton Official Plan
Schedule F - Airport Influence Area (PDF, 1.84 MB)
Schedule G - Source Protection Vulnerable Area (PDF, 561 KB)


Appendix A - Parks Classification of City-owned Parks outside of Rural Settlement Areas and Secondary Plan Areas (PDF, 1.87 MB)
Appendix C - Non-Renewable Resources - Under Appeal (PDF, 2.93 MB) 
Appendix C-1 - Non-Renewable Resources-Gas and Petroleum Wells (PDF, 1.86 MB)
Appendix D - Noise Exposure Forecast Contours and Primary Airport Zoning Regulations (PDF, 1.87 MB)
Appendix E - Former Municipal Landfill Sites (PDF, 874 KB)
Appendix F - Rural Cultural Heritage Resources (PDF, 476 KB)
Appendix F-1 - Rural Area Specific Cultural Heritage Resources (PDF, 417 KB)
Appendix F-2 - Rural Archaeological Potential (PDF, 2.99 MB)

Contains the Rural Settlement Area policies and mapping which provide detailed and community specific guidance for growth and change in smaller geographic areas of the City. They identify more detailed land uses, infrastructure requirements and other implementing actions appropriate for the community.

Volume 2 Table of Contents (PDF, 33 KB)


Rural Settlement Area Plans which are land use plans for 19 smaller geographic areas.

A.1.0 - General Policies (PDF, 88 KB)
A.2.0 - Ancaster Rural Settlement Area Plans (PDF, 64 KB)
A.3.0 - Flamborough Rural Settlement Area Plans (PDF, 204 KB)
A.4.0 - Glanbrook Rural Settlement Area Plans (PDF, 28 KB)
A.5.0 - Stoney Creek Rural Settlement Area Plans (PDF, 20 KB)

Rural Settlement Plan Area mapping

Map 1 - Alberton Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 54 KB)
Map 2 - Copetown Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 85 KB)
Map 3 - Jerseyville Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 48 KB)
Map 4 - Carlisle Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 125 KB)
Map 4a - Source Protection - Carlisle Vulnerable Areas (PDF, 108 KB)
Map 5 - Concession 5 East and Centre Road Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 45 KB)
Map 6 - Flamborough Centre Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 55 KB)
Map 7 - Freelton Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 84 KB)
Map 7a - Source Protection - Freelton Vulnerable Areas (PDF, 109 KB)
Map 8a - Greensville Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 187 KB)
Map 8b - Greensville Major Development Areas (PDF, 145 KB)
Map 8c - Source Protection - Greensville Vulnerable Areas (PDF, 120 KB)
Map 9 - Kirkwall Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 40 KB)
Map 10 - Lynden Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 61 KB)
Map 11 - Millgrove Rural Settle Area Plan (PDF, 57 KB)
Map 12 - Orkney Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 46 KB)
Map 13 - Rockton Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 57 KB)
Map 14 - Sheffield Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 46 KB)
Map 15 - Strabane Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 49 KB)
Map 16 - Troy Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 39 KB)
Map 17 - Westover Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 40 KB)
Map 18 - Woodburn Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 47 KB)
Map 19 - Tapleytown Rural Settlement Area Plan (PDF, 39 KB)

Contains special policy areas, the area and site specific policies which incorporate special conditions.

Special policy areas are geographic areas where either additional studies are required to determine ultimate land uses or where more detailed and specific policies are required. Site Specific Areas include site specific planning policies for defined properties.

Site specific policy areas provide detailed direction for individual properties or geographic areas of the City where more detailed direction for land use, infrastructure, transportation, environment, urban design or similar issues are required beyond the general framework provided by this Plan due to unique local circumstances not capable of being addressed by the parent Official Plan or Secondary Plans.

Volume 3 Table of Contents (PDF, 16 KB)


Special Policy Areas, area specific and site specific policies for certain properties or geographic area.

Chapter A - Special Policy Areas (PDF, 184 KB)
Chapter B - Rural Site Specific Areas (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Site Specific Area mapping

Map A - Special Policy Areas (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Appendix A - Site Specific Area Key Map (PDF, 1 MB)

Parent Plan Policies

Policy number as modified by MMAH or Approved by OMB

Section Page
Schedules B, B-2, B-4, B-5, B-6 and B-8 for lands located at the southwest corner of Concession Road 11 and Milburough Line  
Appendix C (Deferred and Appealed)  

Special Policy Areas, Area Specific & Site Specific Policies

Policy number as modified by MMAH or Approved by OMB

Section Page
Special Policy Area B A-1

Schedules and Appendices

Schedule or Appendix Page
Map A – Special Policy Areas, Special Policy Area B  

Contact us

For general RHOP questions, contact:

Delia McPhail
City Hall, 4th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6663
Email: [email protected]

Lauren Vraets
City Hall, 4th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2634
Email: [email protected]

For zoning information, contact:
Planning Division
City Hall, 5th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 x 2719
Email: [email protected]

For building permit information, contact:
Building Division
Phone: 905-546-2720
Email: [email protected]