Policies & Guidelines

Linkage Assessment Guidelines

Hamilton's Linkage Assessment Guidelines (PDF, 382 KB) are for individuals, agencies and environmental consultants when development or site alteration is proposed within a Linkage shown on Schedule B of Hamilton's Official Plan.

The guidelines describe the purpose of Linkage Assessments, required contents and format, and the submission process.

The purpose of the Linkage Assessment Guidelines is to:

  • Protect and enhance connections between Core Areas to enhance the ecological functions of the Natural Heritage System
  • Maintain or enhance linkages wherever possible
  • Integrate the design of a development proposal in a manner that protects or enhances the ecological functions of the Linkage