The Storm Water Drainage Policy (PDF, 475 KB) is used in the planning and design process within the municipality for:
- land development
- land redevelopment
- storm drainage infrastructure
The goals of the Storm Drainage Policy are to:
- Provide present and future residents of the City of Hamilton with good engineering design that provides a high quality living environment that protects and enhances natural features and minimizes pollution of water, air, and land resources.
- Minimize risk to life and property from flooding and erosion.
- Encourage the use of stormwater as a resource such that it maintains and/or enhances:
- In-stream Water Quality
- Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat
- Hydrogeologic Function such as baseflow, groundwater quality
- Natural Channel Forming Processes (stream morphology)
- Terrestrial Linkages and Habitat
- Mitigate negative impacts to water resources, which would affect other riparian interests and users.
- Provide direction for designs of stormwater infrastructure which are easily and effectively maintainable by Public Works.
- Establish criteria for acceptable service levels for the hydraulic capacity of both the minor and major drainage systems to provide reasonable levels of service for the connected property owners.
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