Downtown Hamilton

Notice of the Adoption and Approval of Official Plan Amendments for the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan

TAKE NOTICE THAT the City of Hamilton Council has passed By-law No. 18-112 adopting and approving Official Plan Amendment No. 102 to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and By-law 18-113 adopting and approving Official Plan Amendment No. 238 to the City of Hamilton Official Plan, on the 9th day of May, 2018, under Section 17(22) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, implementing the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT the public submissions received regarding this matter supported the approval of the Official Plan Amendments.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT any person or agency who objects to Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 102 or City of Hamilton Official Plan No. 238 may appeal the decision of Council to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, by filing with the Clerk of the City of Hamilton, not later than the 4th day of June, 2018 a certified cheque or money order in the amount of $300, payable to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario. A completed Notice of Appeal form setting out the specific part of the Official Plan Amendments to which the appeal applies and the reasons for the appeal of the Official Plan Amendments is required to be accompanied with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal fee.  Appeal forms are available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the Tribunal website www.elto.gov.on.ca/lpat.

If you have no objection to the By-Law, you do not need to take any action, and you do not need to send any cheque.

The proposed Official Plan Amendments are exempt from approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The decision by Council for the City of Hamilton on the proposed Official Plan Amendment is final if a notice of appeal is not received before or on the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only individuals, Corporations and Public Bodies may appeal an Official Plan Amendment to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A Notice of Appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group.  However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 102

By-law No. 18-112:

The purpose of this amendment is to delete the text of Section B.6.1 – Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan in its entirety and replace it with the new Section B.6.1 and to revise and update mapping within the Urban Hamilton Official Plan. The proposed amendment conforms to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan, implements the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement. 

The effect of this amendment to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan is to:

  • Revise policies and amend mapping
  • Update the Secondary Plan to permit uses that were not contemplated when the plan was approved in 2001;
  • Implement recommendations from the James Street North Mobility Hub Study;
  • Expand the boundaries of the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan to align with the boundaries of the Downtown Urban Growth Centre as set out by the Province; and,
  • Revise and correct section numbering and other typographical errors.

City of Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 238

By-law No. 18-113:

The purpose and effect of this amendment is to remove lands from the (Setting Sail) Secondary Plan in the City of Hamilton Official Plan so that they can be added into the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan in the Urban Hamilton Official Plan.

The complete documents are available for inspection during regular office hours. If you have any questions, call Ida Bedioui at 905-546-2424 ext. 4605.

The lands subject to Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 102 and City of Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 238 are also subject to the amendments to the City of Hamilton Zoning By-law No. 05-200 under By-law No. 18-114.

 

Passing of a Zoning By-law Amendment in the Matter of Amendments to Zoning By-law 05-200

TAKE NOTICE that the City of Hamilton Council passed Zoning By-law Nos. 18-114 on the 9th day of May, 2018 under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, to amend the City of Hamilton Zoning By-law No. 05-200 for the Downtown Zones and new Utility (U2) Zone.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT the public submissions received regarding this matter supported the approval of the Zoning By-law Amendment, with amendments.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT any person or agency who objects to Zoning By-law No. 18-114, may appeal the decision of Council to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, by filing with the City Clerk, not later than the 4th day of June, 2018 a certified cheque or money order in the amount of $300, payable to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario. A completed Notice of Appeal form setting out the reasons for the appeal of the Zoning By-law is required to be accompanied with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal fee.  Appeal forms are available on the Tribunal website www.elto.gov.on.ca/lpat.

If you have no objection to the By-Law, you do not need to take any action, and you do not need to send any cheque.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT the decision by Council on the Zoning By-law is final if a notice of appeal is not received before or on the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only Individuals, Corporations and Public Bodies may appeal a Zoning By-Law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A Notice of Appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group.  However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

City of Hamilton Zoning By-law No. 05-200

By-law 18-114:

The proposed Zoning By-law amendment will implement the new Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan:

  • Delete the Downtown Central Business District (D1) Zone, Downtown Prime Retail Streets (D2) Zone, and Downtown Residential (D5) Zone and replace with the Downtown Central Business District (D1) Zone, Downtown Mixed Use – Pedestrian Focus (D2) Zone, and Downtown Residential (D5) Zone respectively;
  • Delete the Downtown Local Commercial (D4) Zone;
  • Add a new Utility (U2) Zone;
  • Add associated regulations, definitions, amend parking standards, amend and add special exceptions and holding provisions related to the revised Downtown Zones;
  • Add lands into Zoning By-law 05-200 fronting onto James Street between the rail line and Cannon Street and between Hunter Street and Charlton Avenue; and,
  • Add lands into Zoning By-law 05-200 from Wellington Street and Victoria Avenue between Cannon Street and Hunter Street.

The complete By-law is available for inspection during regular office hours. If you have any questions, call Ida Bedioui at 905-546-2424 ext. 4605. Appeals should be submitted to: City Clerk, City of Hamilton, 71 Main Street West, 1st floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5.

The lands to which Zoning By-law No. 18-114 applies includes lands bounded by Queen Street, Cannon Street, Victoria Avenue, and Hunter Street and properties fronting onto James Street between the rail line and Cannon Street and between Hunter Street and Charlton Avenue.

 

The Downtown Secondary Plan, “Putting People First: The New Land Use Plan for Downtown Hamilton” was the first formal plan for the Downtown core, approved in 2001. The Secondary Plan contains the goals, actions, policies and implementation of the direction for Downtown Hamilton. 

Location: The Plan area is bounded by Cannon Street to the north, Wellington Street to the east, Hunter Street to the South and Queen Street to the west. It contains parts of four downtown neighbourhoods: Beasley, Central, Corktown and Durand.

Status: Public Open House was held on Feb. 13, 2017 to present the draft updated land use plan and zoning.

Map of the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan

Statutory Public Meeting of the Planning Committee - April 17, 2018

The Planning Committee held a Public Meeting under the Planning Act to consider changes to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan, City of Hamilton Official Plan and Zoning By-law 05-200 Downtown Zones to implement a new Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan.

Why? The Amendments will establish land use designations, heights, development forms, urban design policies, transportation policies, and development regulations and standards for the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan in order to guide development in the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan area.

Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan (Wards 2 and 3)

Note: There have been minor revisions to the documents before Planning Commitee. The revisions are summarized and highighted in this Summary of Revisions (PDF, 2 MB). Link to Planning Committee Agenda

Prefer to review in person? All documents are available for viewing at City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, 5th Floor.

 

Project Update - March 29, 2018: Proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan, Downtown Zones & Utility Zone, Tall Buildings Study & Guidelines

Following extensive consultation, additional revisions have been made to the Proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan, Downtown Zones & Utility Zone, and the Tall Buildings Study and Guidelines.

Changes to the Proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan and Downtown Zoning By-law since the March 19, 2018 release

Changes have been made to the Proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan policies and Downtown Zones. These changes are administrative in nature and do not change the intent of the proposed policies or zoning.

There has been one housekeeping change to the Secondary Plan document that occurred after the March 19, 2018 release to the public. The text has not changed. A renumbering of policies has been carried out:

Existing Policy Number in March 2018 Renumbered to the Following Policy Number
6.1.4.7 6.1.4.5
6.1.4.8 6.1.4.6
6.1.4.9 6.1.4.7
6.1.4.5 6.1.4.8
6.1.4.6 6.1.4.9

These changes have been made to the amending Zoning By-law:

Section Proposed Change New Wording Rationale
6.0 c) ii) Add the words “except any flankage lot line” after the words “rear lot lines”. “A minimum 3.0 metre stepback shall be required for any portion of a building exceeding 22.0 metres in height from a side or rear lot line except any flankage lot line.” The intent was to apply the stepback to a lot line abutting another property. Where a lot line abuts a street no additional stepback is required.
6.0 c) iii) 2. Delete the words “from all other lot lines” and replace them with “from any side and rear lot line except any flankage lot line”. “Minimum 12.5 metres from all side and rear lot lines except any flankage lot line.” The intent was to apply the stepback to a lot line abutting another property. Where a lot line abuts a street no additional stepback is required.
6.1.1 The following uses have been added, in alphabetical order, to the list of permitted uses:
  • Commercial Parking Facility
  • Microbrewery
n/a The uses were listed in Section 6.1.1.1 Restricted Uses and were not included in the list of Permitted Uses in error.  
6.1.2 The following uses have been added, in alphabetical order, to the list of permitted uses:
  • Commercial Parking Facility
n/a The uses were listed in Section 6.2.1.1 Restricted Uses and were not included in the list of Permitted Uses in error.

Proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan

Proposed Downtown Zones and Utility (U2) Zone

Questions? Any questions regarding the plan can be sent to downtownhamiltonreview@hamilton.ca.

 

Public Open House
Held February 13, 2017
Presented and explained the proposed updates to the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law. Display panels (PDF, 11 MB) | Presentation (PDF, 3 MB) | Secondary Plan map (PDF, 82 KB) | Comment sheet (PDF, 196 KB)

Draft Tall Buildings Study and Guidelines - Community Meeting and Workshop
Held April 27, 2016
Community meeting to present the draft Tall Building Study and Guidelines for public comment. Display Panels (PDF, 26 MB) | Presentation (PDF, 17 MB) | DRAFT Tall Building Study (PDF, 3.1 MB) | DRAFT Tall Building Guidelines (PDF, 3.3 MB)

Tall Buildings Study - Community Meeting and Workshop
Held May 26, 2015
Seeking public input for Tall Building Study about what the public thinks is tall within Hamilton, where the public thinks tall buildings should be located and how tall buildings can compliment the unique aspects of Downtown Hamilton. Display Panels (PDF, 44 MB) Presentation (PDF, 76 MB)

Public Information Centre #1
Held June 2011
Introduced the review of the Secondary Plan and gathered background information. Display Panels (PDF, 9.7 MB)

Draft Secondary Plan, Zoning By-law Tall Buildings Study & Guidelines - October 2017

Draft Secondary Plan, Zoning By-law Tall Buildings Study & Guidelines - May 2017

The Downtown Secondary Plan, “Putting People First: The New Land Use Plan for Downtown Hamilton” was the first formal plan for the Downtown core, approved in 2001. Prior to the Secondary Plan, the last plan for the downtown area was completed in 1988. The intent of the 1988 plan was to foster a dynamic mix of urban residential, commercial and institutional activities across the Downtown.

December 2014
Phase 5 - Tall Building Study

January 2013
Phase 4 - Policy review

January 2012
Phase 3 - Issue identification and visioning

October 2011
Phase 2Urban Growth Centre and Secondary Plan boundary expansion

August 2011
Phase 1 - Background review

Contact us

Alissa Mahood
Senior Project Manager
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1250
Email: downtownhamiltonreview@hamilton.ca

Shannon McKie
Senior Planner
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1288
Email: downtownhamiltonreview@hamilton.ca