Planning a Community

Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan Study

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.


  • 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

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


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

Virtual Meeting (Phase 3)
Held June 17, 2021.
Visit to view the materials and provide feedback.
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 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:

  • 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]