Planning a Community

Elfrida Growth Area Study

Information Update Report to Planning Committee

An information update report was presented to Planning Committee on September 18, 2018. This report provides a summary of the Elfrida Growth Area study progress to-date. 

Information Report

Do you wish to review in person? Visit the Planning and Economic Development Department,  Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 5th Floor, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


The City of Hamilton is growing and the population is projected to increase to 680,000 by 2031, and up to 780,000 by 2041. 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 may be 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 future growth.

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 design 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 be guided by the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and the Provincial planning framework.  It will conform to Provincial land use planning policy and plans. The Transportation Management Plan and Water/Wastewater Servicing Master Plan will satisfy Phase 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

Note: The Elfrida Growth Area Study is being coordinated with the City’s Municipal Comprehensive Review, as the studies follow an iterative process where each study requires input from and informs the other.  The Growth Area Study is also tied to other initiatives such as new residential zoning. 

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)

Project timeline

The project timeline is currently being updated. A revised timeline will be announced in 2019.

Contact us

Melanie Pham
Planner, Community Planning & GIS
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6685
Email: [email protected]