Services offered by the Planning Department include the processing of minor variances and severances that are considered by the Committee of Adjustment. Committee of Adjustment generally meets the third Tuesday of the month.
Processing of zoning and official plan amendments as well as plans of subdivision are also functions of the Planning Department.
In general, the Planning Department is the primary source for information related to property zoning, home business/industry and property development and/or re-development.
Ministry Municipal Affairs & Housing Citizens' Guides to Land Use Planning
Planning Application Fees
The Official Plan for the Township of Hamilton was approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on October 5, 2004, followed by the approval for the Oak Ridges Morraine Section on December 10, 2004.
The Plan was further modified by the approval of Official Plan Amendment No. 7 - Adopted by Council By-law 2010-24 on November 16, 2010, Modification Resolution 2012-405 and Approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on August 28, 2012.
OPA No. 7 Decision
The Plan applies to all lands in the Township of Hamilton and the general purpose of the Plan is to provide a comprehensive document to guide and direct the use of land in the Township of Hamilton.
Official Plan (Text)
Schedule A - Land Use Designations
Schedule B - Oak Ridges Moraine
Schedule C - Key Natural Heritage Features Oak Ridges Moraine
Schedule D - High Aquifer Vulnerability (Oak Ridges Moraine)
Comprehensive Zoning By-Law
The Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2001-58 was approved on October 16, 2001. The Zoning By-Law regulates the use of lands and the character, location and use of buildings and structures in a defined area of the Township. The Oak Ridges Moraine Protection Act, 2001 has been enacted by the Province together with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. It sets out extensive restrictions to properties lying within the defined area. Areas within the Oak Ridges Moraine are also governed by Zoning By-law 2001-58. For further information, please contact the Planning Department.
Zoning By-Law 2001-58 (Text)
Amendment - Housekeeping/Public Road By-law 2008-26
Schedule A - Zoning Classifications
Schedule B-I (Click Here for Kep Map)
Schedule J - Permanent Agriculture
Schedule K - Landform Conservation Areas
Schedule L - High Aquifer Vulnerability
Schedule M - Underlying Zone Classifications - Oak Ridges Moraine
Development Charges are in force and effect in Hamilton Township. See Schedules to Development Charges By-law.
Development Charges By-Law
Site Plan Control
A Site Control By-Law has been enacted and applies to all properties within the Township of Hamilton. A detailed Site Plan will be required for all residential lots that permit a new residential use and must be prepared by an Ontario Land Surveyor or Professional Engineer.
Site Plan Control By-law
Property Standards By-Law
Site Alteration By-Law
Sandra Stothart, Planning Coordinator