City Council votes against urban boundary expansion

This post, from November 19, has information on City Council voting “no” on urban boundary expansion.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Hamilton City Council, in a 13-3 decision, voted against expanding Hamilton’s urban boundary voting.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Council rejected the proposed urban expansion into roughly 3,200 acres of prime farmland to help accommodate a forecast population boom over the next 30 years. Instead, staff will report annually to the Planning Committee on residential development activity including, but not limited to, the City’s residential intensification rate; construction activity in terms of housing mix; the City’s supply of vacant land to accommodate forecasted growth; and, a comparison of actual versus forecasted growth.

In addition, city staff will report annually to the General Issues Committee on the impacts of the no growth option, specifically on social housing cost, land cost, square foot development costs, mixed housing contrasting with benchmarking on current values.

As the City’s press release states, through the City’s Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy 2, known as GRIDS 2, and the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR), the City must determine if forecasted growth by the Province of Ontario can be planned within the existing urban boundary through intensification and redevelopment or if an expansion to the urban boundary is required to plan for a portion of this growth in new greenfield communities. GRIDS 2 is the process that plans for how and where additional population and employment growth can be accommodated and determine the impact on City infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation.

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing requires that the city form a land-use plan for the next 30 years that will accommodate a net growth of 236,000 people and 122,000 jobs. Today’s decision will see City staff update the land-use plan to reflect its land needs and growth strategy for submission to the province by July 2022.

The 13-3 vote reflects the mail-out survey sent to households across Hamilton about how the City of Hamilton should grow to the year 2051. 16,636 responses (or 90%) of the 18,387 responses were for the  ‘No Urban Boundary Expansion’ scenario.

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