As per the Planning Act, the City of Hamilton is required to make decisions, recommendations, and comments on legislation and associated regulations, which are applicable to land use planning. In addition to any legislated requirements, special studies are undertaken to address local land use planning related matters. These documents include:
- Official Plans which guide and manage growth according to Council direction, Provincial policies and regulations. The City is currently updating the official plan to manage growth to 2041.
- Secondary Plans and Neighbourhood Plans which guide growth and changes for smaller geographic and local areas.
- Zoning By-law which is a major instrument used in the implementation of official plans. The City currently has six zoning bylaws from former area municipalities as well as the new Zoning by-law (By-law 05-200). New zones continue to be incorporated into Zoning By-law 05-200 gradually replacing the zoning from former municipalities.
- Special Studies as issues arise or as provincial policy direction is updated. These could include geographically-based strategies or policy reviews to address area specific matters, in addition to specialized topic-based studies in response to community issues or trends.
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