Land Needs Assessment
Land Needs Assessment to 2051
PROJECT UPDATE - At the General Issues Committee meeting on March 29, 2021, Council tabled the staff recommendation for the Ambitious Density scenario. Rather, Council directed that additional public consultation be completed, by passing this direction: “That staff be directed to conduct a city-wide mail consultation with a survey on the Land Needs Assessment and the Municipal Comprehensive Review that includes the Ambitious Density Scenario, a “no boundary expansion” scenario, and that also allows residents to submit their own alternative scenario…”
Urban Growth Survey Results - A mail-out survey was distributed to households in Hamilton in late June/early July 2021 to ask for opinions about how the City of Hamilton should grow to the year 2051. The survey closed on July 23, 2021. For a summary of results of the Urban Growth Survey, and links for the associated staff report and appendices to be presented at the General Issues Committee on November 9, 2021, visit GRIDS 2/MCR Urban Growth Survey
What is a Land Needs Assessment?
A Land Needs Assessment (LNA) is a technical study that determines how much land is needed in the City of Hamilton 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 Municipal Comprehensive Review process (MCR).
There are two categories of lands considered through an LNA:
- “Community” lands - areas for population, commercial and institutional growth
- “Employment” lands - areas specifically for employment growth like business parks and industrial lands
The LNA identifies how much of the forecasted population and job growth can be accommodated within the City’s existing urban boundary through infill/intensification in the ‘Built Up Area’ and existing Designated Greenfield Area lands. If there is more growth forecasted than can be accommodated in the City’s existing urban boundary, then the LNA determines how much urban expansion area may be required. Where this expansion might take place is not considered through the LNA.
Key Findings of Draft LNA
An urban boundary expansion is needed to accommodate population growth to 2051.To accommodate new population growth, the City must plan for a higher percentage of residential intensification than the Growth Plan minimum target of 50%
Four residential intensification scenarios presented in the LNA:
The ‘Increased Targets’ and ‘Ambitious Density’ intensification scenarios can be accommodated within the current Whitebelt land supply.
- Employment Land need and supply are anticipated to be balanced to the year 2051. No new employment land is needed.