Urban Hamilton Official Plan

The Urban Hamilton Official Plan applies to the lands in the urban area of the City.

Adopted by Council: July 9, 2009 | MMAH Approved: March 16, 2011 | Effective Date: August 16, 2013 except for policies, schedules, maps and appendices that are still under appeal by the OMB.

The Official Plan is divided into three volumes:

Describes the context of the Plan, a vision for our community, citywide designations and policies, rural designations and policies, urban designations and policies, infrastructure and community service policies, as well as policies dealing with environmental issues (i.e. water/air quality, noise and vibration), natural systems and implementation policies.

Policies

Parent plan for land uses on an urban wide basis; supporting policies on natural and cultural heritage, transportation, infrastructure, community services.

Chapter A - Introduction (PDF, 312 KB)
Chapter B - Communities (PDF, 516 KB)
Chapter C - City Wide Systems and Designations (PDF, 623 KB)
Chapter D - Rural Systems, Designations and Resources (PDF, 18 KB) See the Rural Official Official Plan
Chapter E - Urban Systems and Designations (PDF, 560 KB)
Chapter F - Implementation (PDF, 448 KB)
Chapter G - Glossary (PDF, 226 KB)

Schedules

Schedule A - Provincial Plans (PDF, 1.12 MB)
Schedule B - Natural Heritage System (PDF, 1.15 MB)
Schedule B-1 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Life Science ANSI (PDF, 352 KB)
Schedule B-2 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Significant Woodlands (PDF, 1.42 MB)
Schedule B-3 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Alvar and Tallgrass Prairie (see the Rural Official Official Plan)
Schedule B-4 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Wetlands (PDF, 346 KB)
Schedule B-5 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Lakes and Littoral Zones (PDF, 560 KB)
Schedule B-6 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Environmentally Significant Areas (PDF, 332 KB)
Schedule B-7 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Earth Science ANSI (PDF, 354 KB)
Schedule B-8 - Detailed Natural Heritage Features Streams (PDF, 356 KB)
Schedule C - Functional Road Classification (PDF, 638 KB)
Schedule C-2 - Future Road Widenings (PDF, 172 KB)
Schedule D - Rural Land Use Designations (see the Rural Official Official Plan)
Schedule E - Urban Structure (PDF, 418 KB)
Schedule E-1 - Urban Land Use Designations (PDF, 862 KB)
Schedule F - Airport Influence Area (PDF, 566 KB)
Schedule G - Local Housing Market Zones (PDF, 525 KB)

Appendices

Appendix A - Parks Classification (outside of secondary plan areas) (PDF, 432 KB)
Appendix B - Major Transportation Facilities and Routes (PDF, 810 KB)
Appendix C - Non-Renewable Resources (read more about the Rural Official Official Plan)
Appendix D - Noise Exposure Forecast Contours and Primary Airport Zoning Regulations (PDF, 697 KB)
Appendix E - Contaminated sites (PDF, 497 KB)
Appendix F - Cultural Heritage Resources (PDF, 494 KB)
Appendix F-1 - Specific Cultural Heritage Resources (PDF, 438 KB)
Appendix F-2 - Specific Cultural Heritage Resources (PDF, 321 KB)
Appendix F-3 - Specific Cultural Heritage Resources (PDF, 178 KB)
Appendix F-4 - Archaeological Potential (PDF, 3.11 MB)
Appendix G - Boundaries Map (Built Boundary and Central Area Boundary) (PDF, 502 KB)

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

Policies

Secondary Plans which are more detailed land use plans for 25 smaller geographic areas.

Chapter A - Rural Settlement Area Plans (PDF, 132 KB) Read more about the Rural Official Official Plan
Chapter B - Secondary Plans (PDF, 119 KB)
Chapter B-2 - Ancaster Secondary Plans (PDF, 241 KB)
Chapter B-3 - No existing secondary plans for Dundas
Chapter B-4 - Flamborough Secondary Plans (PDF, 248 KB)
Chapter B-5 - Glanbrook Secondary Plans (PDF, 401 KB)
Chapter B-6 - Hamilton Secondary Plans (PDF, 828 KB)
Chapter B-7 - Stoney Creek Secondary Plans (PDF, 497 KB)
Chapter B-8 - Airport Employment Growth District Secondary Plan (PDF, 207 KB)

Secondary Plan Mapping

Ancaster
Dundas
  • No existing secondary plans
Flamborough
Glanbrook
Hamilton
Stoney Creek
Airport Employment Growth District

Appendices

Appendix A - Secondary Plan Index Map (PDF, 397 KB)
Appendix B - Secondary Plan Residential Density Chart (PDF, 104 KB)
Appendix C - Binbrook Village Secondary Plan (PDF, 92 KB)
Appendix D - Rymal Secondary Plan (PDF, 91 KB)

Contains the special policy areas, 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 and these lands are not contained within a Secondary Plan.

Area and 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.

Policies

Area specific and site specific policies for certain properties or geographic area.

Chapter A - Special Policy Areas  (read more about the Rural Official Official Plan)
Chapter B - Urban Area Specific Policies (PDF, 79 KB)
Chapter B - Ancaster (PDF, 22 KB)
Chapter B - Dundas (PDF, 55 KB)
Chapter B - Flamborough (PDF, 105 KB)
Chapter B - No current policies for Glanbrook
Chapter B - Hamilton (PDF, 58 KB)
Chapter B - Stoney Creek (PDF, 102 KB)
Chapter C - Urban Site Specific Policies (PDF, 562 KB)

Mapping

Map 1 - Area Specific Policies Key Map (PDF, 483 KB)
Map A-1 - Ancaster Area Specific Policies (PDF, KB)
Map A-2 - Ancaster Area Specific Policies (PDF, 137 KB)
Map D-1 - Dundas Area Specific Policies (PDF, 650 KB)
Map D-2 - Dundas Area Specific Policies (PDF, 433 KB)
Map F-1 - Flamborough Area Specific Policies (PDF, 408 KB)
Map F-2 - Flamborough Area Specific Policies (PDF, 802 KB)
Map H-1 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF, 66 KB)
Map H-2 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF, 333 KB)
Map H-3 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF, 108 KB)
Map H-4 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF, 152 KB)
Map H-5 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF, 77 KB)
Map H-6 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF, 499 KB)
Map H-7 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF,135 KB)
Map H-8 - Hamilton Area Specific Policies (PDF,72 KB)
Map SC-1 - Stoney Creek Area Specific Policies (PDF, 487 KB)
Map SC-2 - Stoney Creek Area Specific Policies (PDF, 612 KB)
Map SC-3 - Stoney Creek Area Specific Policies (PDF, 125 KB)
Map 2 - Site Specific Policies Key Map (PDF, 527 KB)

References to 313 Stone Church Road East includes lands bounded by Stone Church Road East, Upper Wellington Street, Lincoln Alexander Parkway and Upper Wentworth Street.

Parent Plan Policies

Policy number as modified by MMAH or Approved by OMB

Section Remaining under Appeal
Section A.1.0 - Hamilton’s Official Plan
  • A.1.3 (bullet 4)
  • A.1.6 (bullet 1)
Section A.2.0 - Strategic Directions
  • A.2.1
  • A.2.4
Section B.2.0 - Defining Our Communities
  • B.2.1
  • B.2.2
  • B.2.3
Section B.3.0 - Quality Of Life and Complete Communities
  • B.3.6.3.6
Section C.2.0 - Natural Heritage System
  • Entire section only as it applies to 305 Stone Church Road West and 313 Stone Church Road East
Section C.3.0 - General Land Use Provisions and Designations
  • C.3.2.1 a) as it applies 305 Stone Church Road West, 313 Stone Church Road East
Section F.1.0 - Planning Act Implementation Tools
  • F.1.1.0
  • F.1.4.7 as it applies 305 Stone Church Road West, 313 Stone Church Road East 

Section F.3.0 - Other Implementation Mechanisms 

  • F.3 (preamble)
Chapter G - Glossary
  • GRIDS
  • Municipally Initiated Comprehensive Review
  • Significant Woodland (as it applies to 305 Stone Church Road West and 313 Stone Church Road East)
  • Vegetation Protection Zone (as it applies 305 Stone Church Road West and 313 Stone Church Road East)
  • Woodlands (as it applies 305 Stone Church Road West and 313 Stone Church Road East)

 Schedules and Appendices

* The southern urban boundary that generally extends from Upper Centennial Parkway and Mud Street East in the east, following the hydro corridor and encompassing the Red Hill Business Park, the Mount Hope area, and the Airport Business Park, and following Twenty Road and Garner Road to Fiddlers Green Road in the west remains under appeal on all schedules and appendices of Volume 1 to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan except Schedule C-2.
 
Schedule or Appendix Remaining under Appeal as it applies to:
Schedule B – Natural Heritage System
  • 305 Stone Church Road West
  • 313 Stone Church Road East and lands bounded by Stone Church Road East, Upper Wellington Street, Lincoln M Alexander Parkway and Upper Wentworth Street.
Schedule B-2 – Detailed Natural Heritage Features Significant Woodlands
  • 305 Stone Church Road West
  • 313 Stone Church Road East and lands bounded by Stone Church Road East, Upper Wellington Street, Lincoln M Alexander Parkway and Upper Wentworth Street.

Schedule B-4 – Detailed Natural Heritage Features Key Hydrologic Feature

  • 305 Stone Church Road West

Schedule B-8– Detailed Natural Heritage Features Key Hydrologic Features Streams

  • 305 Stone Church Road West

Schedule E – Urban Structure

  • 17, 20, 22, 26, 28, 45, 58, and 60 Ewen Road, 5 Ofield Road, and 20 Rifle Range Road (AWW Lands)

Schedule E-1 – Urban Land Use Designations

  • 17, 20, 22 26, 28, 45, 58, and 60 Ewen Road, 5 Ofield Road, and 20 Rifle Range Road (AWW Lands)

Secondary Plans Policy & mapping

Policy number and maps as modified by MMAH or Approved by OMB

Section Remaining under Appeal

B.6.2 Ainslie Wood-Westdale Secondary Plan

The following policies and map as they apply to 17, 20, 22 26, 28, 45, 58 and 60 Ewen Road, 5 Ofield Road and 20 Rifle Range Road:
  • B.6.2.3 
  • B.6.2.4 (i) 
  • B.6.2.7
  • B.6.2.8
  • B.6.2.16.1 
  • B.6.2.16.4
  • B.6.2.16.5
  • Map B.6.2-1
Address Policies or Schedules Non-Decision Number
Setting Sail Secondary Plan
  • Volume 1 Schedules E
  • Volume 1 Schedules: E-1
  • Volume 2 Policies: Section B.6.5
  • Volume 2 Schedules: B.6.5-1 to B.6.5-6
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353 James Street North
  • Volume 1 Policies: B.2.0*, B.3.1.1, B.3.1.2 to B.3.1.4, B.3.1.5, B.3.2*, B.3.3*, B.3.5.3*, B.3.6*, B.3.7*, C.2.0*, C.3.2*, C.3.3*, C.4.5.8, C.4.5.15 to C.4.5.19, E.2.2.1, E.2.6*, E.2.7*, E.3.0*, E.5.0*, G
  • Volume 1 Schedules: E, E-1
  • Volume 2 Policies: B.6.5*
  • Volume 2 Schedules: B.6.5-1 *Entire Policy Section appealed (i.e B.6.5.1 to B.6.5.12.20)
117a
2012 Upper James Street
  • Volume 1 Schedules: E
  • Volume 1 Schedules: E-1
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Contact us

For general questions concerning the Urban Hamilton Official Plan, contact:

Joanne Hickey-Evans
City Hall, 4th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1282
Email: joanne.hickey-evans@hamilton.ca

Catherine Parsons
City Hall, 4th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2634
Email: catherine.parsons@hamilton.ca

For zoning or building permit information, contact:

Building Division
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Phone: 905-546-2720
Email: building@hamilton.ca