Policies & Guidelines

Policies & Guidelines

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

City-Wide Corridor Planning Principles and Design Guidelines

The City-Wide Corridor Planning Principles and Design Guidelines provide planning and design directions for corridors in Hamilton.

Corridors typically:

  • Connect two or more high traffic areas in the city
  • Contain retail and commercial properties
  • Have high density and mixed uses
  • Are serviced by public transit
Engineering Guidelines for Servicing Land

The Engineering Guidelines for Servicing Land under Development Applications detail the engineering requirements related to:

  • Sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment
  • Storm sewers and storm water management
  • Watermains and water supply
  • Roadways, including asphalt pavement, curbs, subdrains, sidewalks, walkways, retaining walls, fencing and noise barriers
  • Tree planting and sodding of boulevards
  • Lot grading
  • Street lighting and municipal consent for construction of utilities
Financial Policies for Development

Financial Policies for Development outlines how the City of Hamilton handles cost sharing and recovery with land developers for construction of municipal infrastructure under development applications. Municipal infrastructure includes:

  • roads
  • sewers
  • watermains
Site Plan Guidelines

Hamilton's Site Plan Guidelines are intended to provide guidance to development projects that are subject to site plan approval.  These guidelines convey the City’s preferences and expectations for site and building development. 

Construction and Materials Specifications Manual

The Construction and Materials Specifications manual contains standards for the construction of roads, sewers and watermains in the City of Hamilton.

Secondary Plan Urban Design Guidelines

The Urban Design Guidelines within secondary plans are meant to:

  • Illustrate the design intent of the Secondary Plan
  • Design a thriving community that is vibrant and pedestrian friendly
  • Represent a built form and public realm that is compatible with the existing scale, character and unique traits of the community
  • Address other design elements related to buildings, sites, streetscapes and public spaces