Natural Areas

Natural Areas

COVID-19: FAQ for Development Approvals

As the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton continues to evolve, these Frequently Asked Questions for Development Approvals will be regularly updated as circumstances change to provide residents and developers with current information.

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Service at a Glance

Do you own land in or near a Core Area?

Core Areas are the most important components of Hamilton's Natural Heritage System in terms of biodiversity, productivity, and ecological and hydrological functions. Developing or altering your land in a Core Area most times will require an Environmental Impact Statement.

Do you own land in a Linkage?

Linkages are natural areas such as old fields, meadows, thickets, successional habitat, hedgerows, riparian vegetation and woodlands that ecologically connect Core Areas. According to Hamilton's Official Plan, we must incorporate linkages into the design of a new development.