Now is Your Chance to Weigh In On the City’s Future Growth Planning

This article, from January 8, has details about the City of Hamilton’s Land Needs Assessment survey.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City is asking residents to weigh in on the future of their city by providing input and feedback on Hamilton’s future growth plans; where the city is expected to welcome over 230,000 new residents and 122,000 new jobs by the year 2051.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Beginning this week, residents are invited to share their feedback on the findings of the first draft of the Land Needs Assessment (LNA) through a survey that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The survey allows for residents to comment on intensification, density and climate change implications related to planning for future residential and employment growth.

Land Needs Assessment is a technical study that determines how much land is needed for the City to accommodate future growth. The Land Needs Assessment must be completed based on a methodology developed by the Province and is a required part of the City’s Municipal Comprehensive Review process. 

The video below outlines what a Land Needs Assessment is (as well as the Municipal Comprehensive Review), why it is needed, and how it is calculated. It is well worth the time.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to also participate in virtual engagement sessions scheduled for Monday January 18, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday January 20, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Sessions will review the findings of the draft Land Needs Assessment, address public comments about the growth scenarios and intensification and density targets, and go over the next steps in the planning process.

To plan for this growth, there are two processes underway: Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS 2) and the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR).

Some Quick Facts via the City of Hamilton:

  • The City’s growth forecast includes 236,000 new residents (for a total population of 820,000 people) and 122,000 new jobs (for a total employment of 360,000 jobs) in Hamilton by the year 2051.
  • An LNA is a technical study that determines how much land is needed in the City to accommodate growth. The LNA must be completed based on a methodology developed by the Province and is a required part of the City’s MCR process. The LNA includes two categories of land use: “Community” lands (areas for population, commercial and institutional growth) and “Employment” lands (areas for employment like business parks and industrial lands).
  • GRIDS 2 is the planning process that evaluates the land use, infrastructure, economic development and financial implications of growth in our city for the next 30 years. It is also linked to the updates of other important City studies and plans, including the Water/Wastewater and Stormwater Master Plans and Transportation Network Review, as well as the next update to the Development Charges By-law.
  • The work from GRIDS 2 will be incorporated into the MCR plans by specifying where and how the population and employment growth to 2051 will be accommodated.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.