Streets & Sidewalks

Complete Livable Better (CLB) Streets

The City of Hamilton is developing a Complete, Livable, Better (CLB) Streets Design Manual. This manual will provide a set of consistent guidelines and tools to inform the design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of CLB Streets across the city. The purpose of this manual is to:

  • Encourage designs that better balance considerations for the different transportation modes that share streets;
  • Focus on enhancing road safety, and;
  • Design streets to address the transportation requirements and placemaking functions of surrounding areas.

The manual is being developed in two phases in 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, and stakeholders are invited to provide their input to help inform the project.

What are Complete, Livable, Better (CLB) Streets?

Complete Streets are streets that are safe for everyone: people who walk, bicycle, take transit, or drive, and people of all ages and abilities. Complete, Livable, Better (CLB) Streets are Hamilton’s version of Complete Streets.
The CLB Streets approach is a shift away from traditional design that prioritizes the movement of motor vehicles. A CLB Street is also a public space that equitably considers the needs of all road users. Through proper design, CLB Streets can improve safety, accessibility, connectivity, sense of place and the public realm overall.

While CLB Street design varies based on the context of the street, typical design features include speed management, enhancing crossing treatments, managing the various demands for the use of curbside space, allocating space for active transportation and adding streetscaping elements such as seating, lighting and trees. The application of an All Ages & Abilities lens is also an important component of CLB Streets.

CLB streets have been referenced in several Hamilton planning documents for over a decade, including our Urban (2009) and Rural (2006) Official Plans. Hamilton’s 2018 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) established a policy directive to operationalize CLB Streets and highlighted the need for a CLB Streets Design Manual.

Engage on CLB Streets

Visit to learn more about the engagement opportunities for the Complete, Livable, Better (CLB) Streets Design Manual. Participants were asked to complete a survey and provide input on the proposed roadway designs for each of Hamilton’s eight typologies.


The 2018 update to the TMP sets the policy directive regarding complete streets in the Complete Liveable Better Streets Policy and Framework section. Action 36 of the TMP is to operationalize complete streets analysis, tools and techniques in a routine way for all road and trail related design and construction projects in the City. The CLB Design Manual project is intended to achieve this by providing designers and decision makers with a consistent set of tools to evaluate, engage with, design, implement, and monitor street projects.

The project team undertook a Background Review and Jurisdictional Scan. This document identifies the various City of Hamilton guidelines and policies that support CLB Streets. The scan also summarized relevant Complete Streets guidelines and standards from other communities, including:

  • City of London
  • City of Toronto
  • City of Kitchener
  • City of Edmonton
  • City of Boston

Review A copy of the Background and Jurisdictional Scan

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed to help guide and inform the development of the CLB Streets Design Manual. The TAC is comprised of representatives from:

  • Transportation Operations and Maintenance (TOM);
  • Engineering Services;
  • Growth Management;
  • Transit;
  • Public Health Services – Healthy Environments, and;
  • Planning – Community Planning and Design, Development Planning.

Consultation with the TAC occurred in Fall 2020 and input was used to further develop the street typologies and the audit tool.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing a CLB Street. CLB Street features vary depending on their context, their role within the City’s street network and surrounding land use and must address a variety of priorities.

To account for these differences, the CLB Streets Design Manual will include a series of categories that identify different types of streets. These categories take into account the different street contexts and identify the design elements that are best suited to CLB Streets in each category. These categories are also known as “typologies”.

The Decision Support and Audit Tool was developed to help City staff interpret the CLB Streets Design Manual and evaluate the street they are designing. The tool helps to identify the most appropriate treatments and design elements that should be applied based on the context of the street.


  • Background Review and Jurisdictional Scan - Completed
    Identify City of Hamilton guidelines and policies that support CLB Streets and summarize relevant Complete Streets guidelines and standards from other communities.
  • Develop decision support and audit tool - Completed
    The tool helps identify the most appropriate treatments and design elements that should be applied based on the context of the street.
  • Public Consultation - Completed
    Gather community and stakeholder feedback through a survey and the design your ideal street tools. Read the Survey Summary (PDF, 232 KB).
  • Develop CLB Streets Design Manual - Onging
    Develop CLB Streets Design Manual using engagement feedback from the community and stakeholders.
  • CLB Streets Design Manual Presented to City Council - Spring 2022
    Present CLB Strets Design Manual to City Council for approval.