GRIDS 2 and Municipal Comprehensive Review

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GRIDS 2 (Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy) is a big-picture planning process that evaluates the land use, infrastructure, economic development and financial implications of growth for the next 30 years. The City is planning for 236,000 new residents and 122,000 new jobs in Hamilton to the year 2051.

Think of the City's growth like a story. We know the beginning (where we are now) and we know the ending (a lot more people and jobs are coming our way by 2051). You have a chance to help us write the chapters in between by providing your feedback! Where will we live? What kind of housing do we need? Where will we work? How will we be connected as a community? These are all questions that help write the story of Hamilton over the next 30 years.

Public Consultation Summary Report: For Information on our previous GRIDS2/MCR engagement on the draft Land Needs Assessment, see Report PED17010(j) – Appendix E - Public Consultation Summary Report: Land Needs Assessment (LNA). Thank you to all those who participated! Previous engagement information of the LNA remains available under the "Land Needs Assessment" Tab below.

Evaluating Growth Options for Urban Boundary Expansion

The next phase of GRIDS2/MCR is to determine how potential expansion areas will be evaluated for feasibility, and how they will be phased over the next 30 years. There are two categories for potential urban boundary expansion that need to be considered in terms of determining an evaluation framework:

  • Expansion into the Whitebelt Area (Rural areas not part of the Greenbelt Plan Protected Countryside - see ‘What are the Whitebelt Lands’ in the FAQ for more information)
  • Limited (maximum of 10 hectare) expansion of Towns and Villages within the Greenbelt Protected Countryside (Binbrook and Waterdown)

We want your comments!

Review the Framework and Criteria for the 2 categories under the "Provide Comments" tab below.

GRIDS 2 (Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy) is a big-picture planning process that evaluates the land use, infrastructure, economic development and financial implications of growth for the next 30 years. The City is planning for 236,000 new residents and 122,000 new jobs in Hamilton to the year 2051.

Think of the City's growth like a story. We know the beginning (where we are now) and we know the ending (a lot more people and jobs are coming our way by 2051). You have a chance to help us write the chapters in between by providing your feedback! Where will we live? What kind of housing do we need? Where will we work? How will we be connected as a community? These are all questions that help write the story of Hamilton over the next 30 years.

Public Consultation Summary Report: For Information on our previous GRIDS2/MCR engagement on the draft Land Needs Assessment, see Report PED17010(j) – Appendix E - Public Consultation Summary Report: Land Needs Assessment (LNA). Thank you to all those who participated! Previous engagement information of the LNA remains available under the "Land Needs Assessment" Tab below.

Evaluating Growth Options for Urban Boundary Expansion

The next phase of GRIDS2/MCR is to determine how potential expansion areas will be evaluated for feasibility, and how they will be phased over the next 30 years. There are two categories for potential urban boundary expansion that need to be considered in terms of determining an evaluation framework:

  • Expansion into the Whitebelt Area (Rural areas not part of the Greenbelt Plan Protected Countryside - see ‘What are the Whitebelt Lands’ in the FAQ for more information)
  • Limited (maximum of 10 hectare) expansion of Towns and Villages within the Greenbelt Protected Countryside (Binbrook and Waterdown)

We want your comments!

Review the Framework and Criteria for the 2 categories under the "Provide Comments" tab below.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Urban boundary expansion is prohibited in the Greenbelt Plan Protected Countryside (with a limited exception for Waterdown/Binbrook). Therefore, if an urban boundary expansion is required to support future population growth to the year 2051, the City’s Whitebelt Lands (rural lands not within the Greenbelt Plan area) will accommodate most of the urban expansion growth. The City must be able to do the following to plan for growth to 2051:

    • Part 1: Determine WHERE to grow - Evaluate different areas of the Whitebelt using a series of provincial and locally determined criteria to determine their feasibility for expansion.
    • Part 2: Determine WHEN to grow - Use a Phasing Analysis to figure out options for timing development over the next 30 years.

    The City has hired Dillon Consulting to prepare a draft evaluation framework and phasing criteria. For more details, view the full report for the Draft Evaluation Framework and Phasing Criteria (Appendix A to Staff Report PED17010(j)).

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Growth Plan provides an option to allow for small, 10 hectare urban boundary expansions to existing Towns and Villages that are within the Greenbelt Plan Protected Countryside area (Growth Plan Policy 2.2.8.3 (k)), which includes both Binbrook and Waterdown. Only 50% of the 10 hectare expansion area can be used for residential development. Because the size restriction for expansion of these areas, Planning staff need to use a special evaluation tool to consider any potential growth options in these areas. This will involve a two-phased approach:

    • Phase 1: Screening Evaluation based on Growth Plan policy 2.2.8.3 k) i) through vi)
    • Phase 2: If the criteria of Growth Plan policy 2.2.8.3 k) are met, additional criteria representing both provincial and local priorities will be used to identify a preferred expansion option, if any.

    For more details, review the Draft Screening and Evaluation Tool (Waterdown and Binbrook) (Appendix B to Staff Report PED17010(j) on the proposed evaluation criteria for expansions to either Waterdown or Binbrook.

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