Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Master Plan

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The Water, Wastewater and Stormwater (W/WW/SWM) Master Plan is a strategic and comprehensive growth and infrastructure planning study to provide a basis for decision making to shape the City’s future growth.

The W/WW/SWM Master Plan consists of a review of growth projections, servicing policies, design criteria and completion of public consultation and servicing strategy evaluation under the Municipal Engineers Association Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan Process. The population and employment projection inputs are developed by the City planning department under the GRIDS 2 process and will consist of population, employment and densities within existing (Infill/Intensification) areas and new Greenfield growth to 2051.

The study will determine the short and long-term water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needs to support growth to the year 2051.

The objective of the integrated Master Plans is to:

  • Provide a strategic vision for the next thirty years to accommodate future growth, and ensure safe, clean drinking water and effective environmental protection
  • Ensure safe, sustainable and optimized water and wastewater services
  • Provide a business case for the need, timing and cost of water, wastewater and stormwater services

We want to hear from you!

Public input is an important part of the Class EA process. There are several times throughout the Class EA process where there is opportunity for public and stakeholders to provide their input. For this study public consultation will occur:

  • Early in the process to introduce the study and to get public feedback (Notice of Commencement).
  • Once the alternatives have been evaluated and the preliminary preferred solution has been selected (PIC #2).
  • Once the study is completed the Master Plan Report will be placed on public record for a minimum 30-day review period (Notice of Study Completion).

The Water, Wastewater and Stormwater (W/WW/SWM) Master Plan is a strategic and comprehensive growth and infrastructure planning study to provide a basis for decision making to shape the City’s future growth.

The W/WW/SWM Master Plan consists of a review of growth projections, servicing policies, design criteria and completion of public consultation and servicing strategy evaluation under the Municipal Engineers Association Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan Process. The population and employment projection inputs are developed by the City planning department under the GRIDS 2 process and will consist of population, employment and densities within existing (Infill/Intensification) areas and new Greenfield growth to 2051.

The study will determine the short and long-term water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needs to support growth to the year 2051.

The objective of the integrated Master Plans is to:

  • Provide a strategic vision for the next thirty years to accommodate future growth, and ensure safe, clean drinking water and effective environmental protection
  • Ensure safe, sustainable and optimized water and wastewater services
  • Provide a business case for the need, timing and cost of water, wastewater and stormwater services

We want to hear from you!

Public input is an important part of the Class EA process. There are several times throughout the Class EA process where there is opportunity for public and stakeholders to provide their input. For this study public consultation will occur:

  • Early in the process to introduce the study and to get public feedback (Notice of Commencement).
  • Once the alternatives have been evaluated and the preliminary preferred solution has been selected (PIC #2).
  • Once the study is completed the Master Plan Report will be placed on public record for a minimum 30-day review period (Notice of Study Completion).

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    The GRIDS2 growth plan was presented to GIC and I spoke as a delegate. Urban boundary expansion was rejected by Stop Sprawl advocates. Is the plan being amended to include urban densification as the only option?

    Caroline Hill Smith asked 3 months ago

    A framework for ‘How Should Hamilton Grow?’ was created by the City of Hamilton, in conjunction with Dillon Consulting, which addresses two growth plan scenarios for the City: An Ambitious Density Scenario, which includes approximately 1,340 hectares of an Urban Boundary Expansion by identifying new Greenfield growth, as well as infill and intensification areas within the existing City core, and a no Urban Boundary Expansion scenario which considers growth strictly within the existing Urban Area, focusing on infill and intensification within local communities. 

    A special General Issues Committee (GIC) meeting is planned for October 2021 that will identify whether an Urban Boundary Expansion is supported. This decision will be based on a detailed and comprehensive review of the Lands Needs Assessment and public input.

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    Will this next waste water plan include proper holding facilities to prevent overflow from going into watershed? Previous plans seem to overlook this important aspect! Is city preparing for increased storm activity and rainfall amounts? Will it be done right this time?

    JACK asked 3 months ago

    The potential impacts of climate change and wet weather events on the water, wastewater, and stormwater systems will be considered and evaluated through the Master Plan. In order to support the consideration of the natural environment in the growth plan, the Master Plan team will review and assess available information related to the City’s natural systems and proximity to the identified growth areas. A high-level environmental review will be completed through a screening of environmental features and functions as part of the evaluation of servicing strategies.  

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    Why was the first meeting cancelled. Doesn't this put you behind schedule.

    Kggonnsen asked 7 months ago

    As per the Master Planning guidelines outlined by the Municipal Class Environment Environmental Assessment Process, a single Public Information Centre (PIC) is required to complete the study, but the City has planned to schedule at least two PICs later in the process to present project information and preferred alternative being considered in the Master Plan within the project schedule. The Master Plan study is ongoing, and information and recommendations will be published on both the project webpage and Engage Hamilton websites as it becomes available.

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    Tiffany Creek runs through my property. There is also a storm water outlet that drains into my pond. Storm water carries a significant amount of garbage, primarily plastic onto my creek bed and property after every rainfall event. Are there any provisions for trapping, stopping or cleaning up the mess?

    Mike Martin asked 7 months ago

    The Stormwater Master Plan will review all existing stormwater infrastructure as it relates to the potential growth areas identified. Any opportunities to optimize or upgrade the current infrastructure will be considered and analyzed throughout the project.  

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    Where will I find the Map of the Water, Wastewater and Stormwater plans

    Bobb asked 9 months ago

    All information regarding the Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Master Plans will be published on the project webpage as it becomes available. The Engage Hamilton webpage will continue to allow the public to provide comments and ask questions about new information. The final Master Plans project file will be posted online with a 30-Day review period to allow all interested stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the final Plans.

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    Will the stormwater master plan include sub-watershed planning for Ancaster? I live in an older neighbourhood and am concerned about the ability of the stormwater system to handle the extra stormwater resulting from redevelopment and intensification. Thank you.

    Beth Goodger asked 9 months ago

    The Stormwater Master Plan will review all existing and future stormwater infrastructure needs as it relates to the potential growth areas identified within the urban boundary expansion.

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    Are there any plans to improve the existing storm water system? Since the 403 was constructed and the Ancaster Meadowlands were paved over, the flow of Tiffany Creek has dramatically changed - silt and debris carried down the creek during storm surges have completely silted up my pond. It used to be a wetland habitat for box turtles, muskrat and waterfowl but now it’s all gone. Any plans to remediate such damage?

    Mike Martin asked 9 months ago

    The Stormwater Master Plan will identify areas of opportunity and limitations within the stormwater system. The study will consider, analyze and evaluate several stormwater servicing options throughout the project, including flooding and erosion controls, conveyance improvements, overall system improvements, and more.

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