Transportation Demand Management Land Development Guidelines

The City of Hamilton is actively engaging the development community to integrate Travel Demand Management (TDM) in all current and future development applications.

The City of Hamilton’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) group hosted a TDM & Land Use Workshop at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel. The workshop brought together 60 TDM & Land Use professionals from across Greater Golden Horseshoe, local employers, and community stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist. The workshop was held in response to two previous workshops that were organized by the TDM Coordinating Committee, a Metrolinx sponsored committee from across the GTHA.

This workshop developed the TDM Land Development Guidelines which are being employed to shape the interaction between transportation and developments in the city. 


The Transportation Demand Management Land Development Guidelines (PDF, 4.24 MB) were created as a tool for developers and City staff to include TDM initiatives into new development, redevelopment and existing buildings through the development approval process.

The purpose of the Transportation Demand Management Land Development Guidelines is to:

  • encourage sustainable travel choices by supporting alternatives options over the convention of frequently driving alone by encompassing a wide range of strategies including:
    • shifting travel modes such as walking, cycling, taking transit or carpooling instead of driving alone
    • reducing the number of trips people must make to destinations and activities such as work and shopping, near each other
    • travelling more efficiently such as making trips outside of peak hours

Benefits for developers

There are many potential benefits to pursuing TDM within development projects. These benefits will vary by type of development, location, and context, but in simple terms may include:

  • opportunities to build at higher densities, as sustainable modes maximize the use of existing infrastructure
  • lower development costs by reducing parking requirements and the number of driveway entrances to be built
  • using space that would be directed to additional parking to supply additional units and building amenities
  • access to changing markets and customers who desire transportation alternatives
  • support for LEED accreditation for building or neighbourhood level

Why the City wants to integrate TDM

TDM plays a vital role in the design of urban environments and its influence on travel choices. Some of the outcomes that the City aims to achieve by integrating TDM and development are:

  • more attractive streetscapes that are inclusive and inviting for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists
  • development of neighbourhoods and districts with a variety of uses that allow people to live and work in closer proximity
  • reserving streets and public space for a more balanced transportation system with
    • more and better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure such as bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks
    • more efficient and integrated transit
  • promoting public health and active lifestyles