Elfrida Growth Area Study

The City of Hamilton is growing and the population is projected to increase to 660,000 by 2031. While the City has made efforts to intensify within the current Urban Boundary to meet targets for intensification, a future urban boundary expansion growth area is required to accommodate population growth.

Preferred location for new growth

In reviewing opportunities for where growth could occur, the Elfrida area has been identified as the preferred location to accommodate new growth to 2031 and beyond.

This area was selected through the City’s comprehensive Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS) process.

The Elfrida Growth Area Study is a unique opportunity to develop a complete urban community that:

  • achieves transit supportive densities with multi-modal connections to existing urban areas
  • efficiently uses existing and new servicing infrastructure
  • integrates well with the adjacent urban lands. 

This project will 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 City of Hamilton has retained a consulting team to prepare a number of studies for the Elfrida Growth Area Study, 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

The Secondary Plan will conform to the requirements of the Planning Act and the Places to Grow Growth Plan. The Transportation Management Plan and Water/Wastewater Servicing Master Plan will satisfy Phase 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

  • The City is also undertaking a Subwatershed Study that will inform the development of the Secondary Plan. 
  • Municipal Class Environmental Study for an elevated Water Storage Facility for Pressure District 7. For more information about this project, contact elizabeth.panicker@hamilton.ca.

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)

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 #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

Alissa Mahood
Senior Project Manager, Community Planning & Design
71 Main Street West, 6th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext.1250
Email: alissa.mahood@hamilton.ca