Policies & Guidelines

Design Review Panel

The City of Hamilton's Design Review Panel is a voluntary technical panel that will provide expert and impartial design advice and guidance to Planning and Economic Development staff on urban design matters of development within Design Priority Areas.

The Design Priority Areas include:

The panel is strictly an advisory body and makes recommendations. It does not have the authority to approve or refuse projects or make policy decisions, or recommendations on land use.

2020 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines

Applicant Submission Deadline Meeting Date
December 6, 2019 January 9, 2020 - Cancelled due to lack of submissions
January 24, 2020 February 13, 2020
February 21, 2020 March 12, 2020
March 20, 2020 April 9, 2020
April 24, 2020 May 14, 2020
May 22, 2020 June 11, 2020
June 19, 2020 July 9, 2020
July 24, 2020 August 13, 2020
August 21, 2020 September 10, 2020
September 18, 2020 October 8, 2020
October 23, 2020 November 12, 2020
November 20, 2020 December 10, 2020
December 11, 2020 January 14, 2021

Meeting dates and agendas

Date: Meetings occur on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Time: Meetings are held in the afternoon, see agenda as times may vary.
Location: City Hall, Room 264

We ask all applicants/agents to arrive 15 minutes prior to the indicated start time of your application.

The meeting will start at 2:30 pm

Time Address Application File Lead Proponent

Mixed Use Development
62-64 King Street East

Former file
MDA 18-177
Sean Stewart,
Planner II
Owner: 62 King Street E Ltd.
Agent and Presentation:
Toms + McNally

The meeting will start at 3:30 pm

Time Address Application File Lead Proponent

Mixed Use Development
1 Jarvis Street

FC 18-071
Daniel Barnett,
Planner II
Owner: Hamilton I GP INC.
Agent and Presentation:
A.J. Clarke and Associates Ltd.

The meeting will start at 2:30 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:35 pm Residential Development
202-204 Cannon Street East
FC 19-068
Daniel Barnett,
Planner II
Owner: 2005002 Ontario Inc.
Agent and Presentation:
Cynthia Zahoruk Architects

The meeting will start at 2:30 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:35 pm

Residential Development – Retirement Home
922 Main Street East

Pre-consultation Daniel Barnett,
Planner II

Owner: Everlast Group LTD.
Agent and Presentation: Cianfrone Architect Inc.

The meeting will start at 2:40 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:35 pm

Mixed-use Development
434 King Street West

Pre-consultation Daniel Barnett,
Planner I

Owner: Lyrical Investments Inc.
Agent and Presentation: Archway & Associates Architects

4:00 pm

iConnect Community Plan Urban Design Guidelines
522 Highway 6, 30 & 50 Horseshoe Crescent and 30 Highway 5 East

Plan of Subdivision, Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-law Amendment

UHOPA 19-012 & ZAC 19-044

Michael Davis,
Senior Planner 

Owner: The Krpan Group
Agent and Presentation: MHBC Planning & WZMH Architects

The meeting will start at 2:40 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:45 pm

Mixed-use Development
41 – 61 Wilson St. & 99 John St. N.

Pre-consultation Mark Kehler,
Planner I

Owner: 2661598 Ontario Ltd.
Agent and Presentation: Office Architecture

4:00 pm McMaster University Student Residence
191 King Street West
Pre-consultation Andrea Dear,
Senior Planner
Owner: McMaster University
Agent and Presentation: Diamond Schmitt Architects

The meeting will start at 2:30 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:35 pm

Mixed-use Development
1020 Upper James Street

Zoning By‐law
ZAC 19‐017
Alicia West, Planner II

Owner: Royal Living Development Group
Agent and Presentation: dpai architecture inc.

The meeting will start at 2:30 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:45 pm

Mixed-use Development
310 Francis Avenue

Site Plan
DA 19-020
Melanie Schneider, Planner II

Owner: NHDG (Waterfront) Inc.
Agent and Presentation: GSP Group

4:00 pm Mixed-use Development
804 – 816 King Street West
Zoning By-law Amendment
UHOPA 19-004 & ZAC 19-009
Mark Kehler, Planner II Owner: Gateway Development Group Inc.
Agent and Presentation: UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc.
5:00 pm Mixed-use Development
1160 Main Street East
Site Plan
DA 19-043
Mark Kehler, Planner II Owner: Main Street East Ltd.
Agent and Presentation: Lintack Architects Incorporated

The meeting will start at 2:30 pm.

Time Address Application File lead Proponent
2:35 pm

Mixed-use Development
299-307 John Street South &
97 St. Joseph’s Drive

Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendment
UHOPA 18-004 & ZAC 18-009
Adam Lucas, Senior Planner

Owner: Spallacci Contracting LTD

Agent and Presentation: UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc.


About the panel

The purpose of the Design Review Panel is to:

  • Give advice and recommendations to staff on potential physical and aesthetic impacts of proposed buildings, landscapes, streetscapes, parks and infrastructure projects
  • Improve the quality of design
  • Provide supportive creative design responses in new development
  • Foster an effective relationship with the development industry
  • Increase public awareness about design in Hamilton

There are nine members on this panel that consist of:

  • architects
  • planners
  • urban designers
  • landscape architects
  • heritage professionals
  • green technology specialists

The recommendations of the panel are forwarded to Planning and Economic Development staff who accept them as input through the planning process and utilize these recommendations to shape the staff recommendation (or in the case of site plans the staff decision) going forward.

Panel members for 2017 to 2021

  • Colin Berman, Brook Mcllroy
  • Vincent P. Colizza, Vicent P. Colizza Architects
  • Robert Freedman, Freedman Urban Solutions
  • Ute Maya-Giambattista, SGL Planning & Design 
  • Mario Patitucci, Adesso Design
  • Tim Smith, Urban Strategies Inc.
  • Jackie VanderVelde, Land Art Design Landscape Architects Inc.
  • Yasin Visram, Perkins+Will Canada
  • James Webb, WEBB Planning Consultants Inc.

During the Formal Consultation stage, it will be determined if you application is subject to the Design Review Panel.

If the DRP is identified as a requirement, the applicant will need to:

  • submit a request for a DRP meeting
  • submit a detailed submission package (at least 5 weeks prior to the DRP meeting)

The purpose of the submission package is to provide the information needed for review and evaluation of the development proposal by DRP. It should highlight the key urban design features of a development proposal and explain why the proposed development represents the most appropriate design solution.

The submission package is prepared by the applicant and must include these materials:

  • Completed applicant project summary sheet.
  • Photographs of the surrounding streetscape and adjacent lands to illustrate existing site conditions and surrounding context, along with a map identifying where each photo is taken.
  • A design brief (approximately 4 pages in length) that includes a:
    • concise summary and response to the applicable City urban design policies and guidelines;
    • contextual analysis that discusses/illustrates abutting properties, key destinations and linkages within a 100m radius (a larger radius may be requested for larger/more complex projects). The contextual analysis should include:
      • transportation networks for cars, cyclists and pedestrians
      • focal points/nodes
      • gateways
      • parks/open spaces
      • topography
      • views towards the site
      • the urban pattern (streets, blocks)
      • future and current proposals
      • public art
      • heritage resources
    • height analysis of the surrounding context for all tall building proposals
  • Models and/or illustrations that show the project massing and relationships in its urban context.
  • Detailed perspective drawings or computer models, placing particular emphasis on the first few storeys and how the project responds and relates to its urban context. Perspective drawings should be set within the existing streetscape, indicating compatibility with development on both sides of the street. The intent is to show the Panel how the proposed development’s design and scale relate to the existing context.
  • Massing illustrations to provide the Panel with an understanding of the overarching approach to the design of the site
  • Site Plan with all dimensions in metric as well as adjacent properties and buildings.
  • Landscape Plan.
  • A plan showing existing and proposed servicing, if requested by City staff during formal consultation.
  • Section and floor plans.
  • Building elevations detailing proposed materials and colours.
  • Sun/shadow and wind studies (if requested by City staff during formal consultation).
  • Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment (if requested by City staff during formal consultation).

All material is to be submitted to the DRP Coordinator in two formats:

  • paper format: 14 hard copies (11x17 inch size)
  • electronic format: PDF format (11x17 inch size) on a CD or USB stick

You will need to present your development proposal at the DRP meeting.The purpose of the presentation is to provide an opportunity for the applicant to explain the project to the panel members including: context of the project, its design, rationale and intent.

The presentation may be prepared as a PowerPoint Presentation or it can be mounted on panels of no larger than 0.9m x 1.2m (3’ x 4’) in size.

Deadline: The presentation must be submitted at least one week before the DRP meeting. It cannot contain material that was not included in the submission package.

Contact us

Victoria Cox
Urban Designer & DRP Coordinator
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1393
Email: [email protected]