Natural Areas

Natural Areas

Bill 109 - the More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022

On April 14, 2022, Bill 109 received Royal Assent. Bill 109 makes legislative changes to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act. As such, development planning processes are currently under review and may result in changes to submission requirements and fees. Check back regularly as the City will post links to regulation and process changes related to Bill 109 as they become available.

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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.