Planning a Community

Piers 7 and 8 Urban Design Study

UPDATE - Pier 8 Block 16 Opportunity Study and Urban Design Guidelines

On August 13, 2021, the Pier 8 Block 16 Urban Design Guidelines (PDF, 8 MB) were approved by Council. 


Pier 8 Block 16 Opportunity Study

The City is carrying out an update to the Pier 7+8 Urban Design Study (2016) for lands identified as Block 16 on Pier 8 (PDF, 556 KB) in Hamilton’s West Harbour.

The study is a result of a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal settlement decision regarding Case No. PL170742 (PDF, 1.4  MB) , which directs the City to bring forward, for Planning Committee and Council’s consideration, an amendment to the Setting Sail Secondary Plan and an implementing zoning by-law amendment that would re-designate the existing institutional block (Block 16) to permit residential or mixed use in a mid-rise or high-rise form.

The purpose of the study is to determine the appropriate height, massing and character for the lands on Block 16. This process will test and establish appropriate minimum and maximum building heights for Block 16, evaluate Block 16 as an opportunity site for a change in land use designation, and develop associated urban design guidelines to be added as an addendum to the approved Pier 7 + 8 Urban Design Study (2016).

Once the update to the Pier 7 + 8 Urban Design Study has been completed and approved by Council, an implementing Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment will be prepared for public consultation and Council’s consideration.

Study Presentation


Study Timeline Graphic for Pier 8 - Block 16

Virtual Public Meeting
Held November 5, 2020
Presented background information and discussed the update to the existing Pier 7 + 8 Design Study.
Virtual Meeting Video

Contact us

Christine Newbold
Manager, Community Planning & GIS
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Email: [email protected]