Planning a Community

Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan Study

Notice of the Adoption and Approval of an
Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendments

On April 13, 2022, the City of Hamilton Council passed By-law No. 22-070 adopting Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No.165 to the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and By-law Nos. 22-071 and 22-072 approving Zoning By-law Amendments to By-law No. 05-200 and By-law No. 90-145-Z.

Purpose and Effect of Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 165 and Zoning By-laws Nos 22-071 and 22-072

Urban Hamilton Official Plan Amendment No. 165 (By-law 22-070)
The purpose and effect of this Amendment is to:

  • Incorporate the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan policies and mapping into the Urban Hamilton Official Plan;
  • Identify land use designations, densities, development forms, development standards and site specific policies that respond to the planned vision for the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan area; and,
  • Amend existing policies, schedules and appendices of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan, including the West Waterdown Secondary Plan, the Waterdown North Secondary Plan and a Site Specific Policy, to reflect the principles, policies, land use designations and land use features in the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan.

The effect of this Amendment is to establish a detailed policy framework to guide the development of lands within the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan Area.

Zoning By-law Amendment No. 22-071
The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to:

  • Add three properties to Zoning By-law No. 05-200 and remove one property from Zoning By-law No. 05-200;
  • Change the zoning of some commercial lands from the Mixed Use Medium Density (C5) Zone to the Mixed Use Medium Density – Pedestrian Focused (C5a) Zone; and,
  • Make amendments to some existing Special Exceptions and add new Special Exceptions to establish permitted uses, amenity requirements, parking standards and building height, setback and design standards that are consistent with the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan policies.  

The effect of this Amendment is to implement the directions of the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan. 

Zoning By-law Amendment No. 22-072
The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to:

  • Add one property to Zoning By-law No. 90-145-Z;
  • Change the zoning of some lands from the Urban Residential (Single Detached) “R1” Zone to the Core Area Residential “R5” Zone and vice versa; and,
  • Make amendments to some existing Exceptions and add new Exceptions to the Urban Residential (Single Detached) “R1” Zone and Core Area Residential “R5” Zone, to establish permitted uses, heights, setbacks, site design, building design and accessory building requirements that are consistent with the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan policies.   

The effect of this Amendment is to implement the directions of the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan. 

 

The City of Hamiton's Official Plan identifies the central Waterdown area as a Community Node. Community Nodes are areas with an important concentration of services, shops, residential uses, and other facilities which serve as a focal point for the surrounding community. They are intended to have a mix of uses that allow for access to housing, employment, services, and recreation in close proximity to each other and transit. 

Why create a Secondary Plan?

The overall population of Waterdown has been growing significantly and further growth is expected in the future. This growth will have an impact on the form and function of the Waterdown Community Node, bringing with it opportunities and challenges. Changes to the area’s transportation system, such as the planned east-west road to the north of the core, new bike lanes along major streets, and other proposed road connections, will also have impacts. In addition, there is a need to protect the heritage characteristics of the historical downtown, to provide more detailed design guidance for new development and to address concerns related to traffic and access in the area. A Secondary Plan is an important tool that can be used to help guide change.

The purpose of the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan Study is to create a clear vision for how the area should evolve in the future, and to establish policies to implement that vision. This will help manage change and redevelopment by providing direction on the desired mix of uses, height, density, built form, and urban design within the area.

Location map of Waterdown Community Node

Study Area: Extends west to east along Dundas St. from the lands across from Redcliff Court to the Canadian Pacific Railway line/Grindstone Creek, and north to south from Nisbet Blvd to the southerly end of Hamilton St. The area includes approximately 112 hectares of land. A refined Community Node boundary will be determined as part of this study. 

A Transportation Management Plan, Cultural Heritage Review and Urban Design Guidelines will also be completed as part of this study.

Status

  • September 4, 2018: Background Report submitted to Planning Committee
  • December 2019: Phase 1 of project completed
  • May 20, 2020: Interim Control By-law enacted
  • November 2020: Phase 2 of project completed
  • May 20, 2021: Interim Control By-law Lapses
  • August 2021: Phase 3 of Project Completed
  • December 2021: Zoning Review Completed
  • March 22, 2022: Virtual Public Meeting of the City of Hamilton’s Planning Committee

Reports and By-laws can be viewed under the Documents and Reports tab.

Timeline

Timeline for the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan outlining the 3 Phases

Zoning Review Consultations (Phase 4)
Held September 23 to October 14, 2021
Zoning Review Public feedback report (PDF, 645 KB)

Virtual Meeting (Phase 3)
Held June 17, 2021.
Visit engage.hamilton.ca/waterdownnode to view the consultation materials and meeting recording.
Video: June 17 Meeting Recording | Summary of Q&A (PDF, 167 KB) | Phase 3 Public feedback report (PDF, 887 KB)

Virtual Meeting  (Phase 2)
Held October 15, 2020 and from October 1 to 31, 2020.
Visit engage.hamilton.ca/waterdownnode to view the consultation materials and meeting recording.
Story MapVideo: Meeting Recording | Video: Cultural Heritage Review | Video: Urban Design GuidelinesPhase 2 Public feedback report (PDF, 541 KB)

Online Survey
February 2019 to November 2019
Public feedback report (PDF, 491 KB)

Urban Design Workshop
Held November 9, 2019
Solicited input on what the design of new development and public street areas should look like in the Waterdown core.
Display panels (PDF, 2 MB) | Presentation (PDF, 2 MB) | Workshop activity panels (PDF, 1 MB) | Comment sheet (PDF, 18 KB) | Public feedback report (PDF, 2 MB)

Community Workshop
Held October 10, 2019
Introduced several studies happening in the Waterdown Community Node.
Display panels (PDF, 11 MB) | Workshop activity panels (PDF, 55 KB) | Public feedback report (PDF, 3 MB)

Focus Group Meetings:

Stakeholder Meetings:

  • September 16, 2021 - Flamborough Community Council - Meeting 8 summary (PDF, 150 KB)
  • June 17, 2021 - Flamborough Community Council - Meeting 7 summary (PDF, 133 KB)
  • November 21, 2019 - Flamborough Community Council - Meeting 6 summary (PDF, 106 KB)
  • June 3, 2019 - Waterdown Seniors Centre - Meeting 5 summary (PDF, 45 KB)
  • May 21, 2019 - Waterdown District High School Parent Council - Meeting 4 summary (PDF, 95 KB)
  • April 23, 2019 - Waterdown Business Improvement Area Council - Meeting 3 summary (PDF, 41 KB)
  • April 15, 2019 - Mary Hopkins Elementary School Parent Council - Meeting 2 summary (PDF, 51 KB)
  • March 25, 2019 - Waterdown Mill Street Heritage Committee - Meeting 1 summary (PDF, 38 KB)

Pop-up events:

  • October 5, 2019 - Waterdown Farmer's Market - Event summary (PDF, 46 KB)
  • June 29, 2019 - Waterdown Ribfest - Event summary (PDF, 41 KB)
  • June 3, 2019 - Waterdown Public Library - Event summary (PDF, 51 KB)

How is feedback used? Feedback received through consultation activities will be used to develop the vision for how the Waterdown core should evolve in the future, and to create specific policies and directions to implement that vision. Each stage of the project will include multiple consultation events.

Contact us

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