Planning a Community

Elfrida Growth Area Study

Status Update

In November 2021, Council approved a No Urban Boundary Expansion growth option to accommodate the City’s forecasted population and employment growth to the year 2051 as part of the GRIDS2 Study.  The Elfrida Growth Area Study has been discontinued based on this decision. This decision of Council must still be approved by the Province of Ontario through the approval of an Official Plan Amendment. Learn more about the GRIDS2 study.



In reviewing opportunities for where growth could occur during the City’s first comprehensive Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS) Study (2006), the Elfrida area was identified as the preferred location to accommodate a portion of future growth to 2031.

In 2016, the City of Hamilton retained a consulting team to develop a growth scenario for the area that manages impacts to the natural heritage system and surrounding agricultural lands while protecting important natural features.

The Study was guided by the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and the Provincial planning framework to ensure that any potential future Urban Boundary Expansion would conform to Provincial land use plans and policies. 

The Elfrida Growth Area Study was coordinated with the City’s GRIDS2 and Municipal Comprehensive Review processes, as the studies followed an iterative process where each study requires input from and informs the other. Through GRIDS2, the City comprehensively evaluated how growth could be accommodated between 2021 and 2051.  The Council approved growth option to accommodate growth to 2051 is the No Urban Boundary Expansion growth option, which will accommodate population and jobs to the year 2051 within the existing urban area. Urban boundary expansion, including into the Elfrida area, is not required.

Phases 1 and 2 of the Elfrida Growth Area Study were completed and included an Existing Conditions Report and the development of a vision, key directions, principles, objectives, and a preferred community structure for the Elfrida Growth Area Study.  Phase 3 of the project has been discontinued as a result of the Council approved No Urban Boundary Expansion growth option.  Phase 3 was planned to include the preparation of multiple studies, including: 

  • Secondary Plan
  • Transportation Management Plan
  • Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plans
  • Agricultural Impact Assessment
  • Commercial Lands Review
  • Phasing/Staging/Implementation Strategy
  • Urban Design Guidelines
  • Natural Heritage Review
  • Cultural Heritage Assessment (both built and landscape)
  • Financial Investment Strategy

Community Meeting #3 & Workshop
Review of evaluation for the 3 development scenarios and presentation of preferred community structure ideas.
Held June 12, 2018
Presentation (PDF, 3 MB) | Display panels (PDF, 11 MB) | Comment Sheet (PDF, 81 KB)

Community Meeting #2 & Workshop
Presentation of three development scenarios for Elfrida including small group discussions.
Held December 6, 2017
Presentation (PDF, 5 MB) | Comment Sheet (PDF, 1 MB) | Workshop report (PDF,  5 MB)

Community Meeting #1 & Workshop
Held June 20 & 21, 2017
Provided background and baseline information on the project. The workshop explored development programs for community design.
Presentation (PDF, 5 MB) | Workshop presentation (PDF, 4 MB) 
Comment sheet (PDF, 26 KB) | Workshop report (PDF, 4 MB)

Community Focus Group Meeting #3
Held May 30, 2018
Minutes (PDF,  226 KB)

Community Focus Group Meeting #2
Held November 21, 2017
Minutes (PDF,  102 KB)

Community Focus Group Meeting #1
Held June 13, 2017
Presented an overview of the purpose and scope of the study, the purpose and role of the Focus Group, ending with a round table discussion.
Minutes (PDF, 547 KB)

Contact us

Melanie Pham
Senior Planner, Sustainable Communities
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6685
Email: [email protected]