Planning and Development

You have to make plans before you build. The Zoning By-law and the Official Plan control planning functions. The Ontario Planning Act and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan also help control land use. A pre-consultation meeting may be set up by contacting the Planning Co-ordinator.

The Township of Hamilton's Planning Department and Building Department services include the processing of Planning Application Forms, Site Plan approvals and Building Permits.

Please refer to our Applicant's Guide for more information.

Notices of Public Meetings

 Proposed Official Plan Amendment #11: Baltimore Servicing

A Public Meeting will be held on April 20, 2021 at 1:00pm via Zoom to discuss the proposed Official Plan Amendment #11: Baltimore Servicing. To participate in the meeting on April 20, 2021 or to submit comments or questions, please contact the Township Planning Office by April 19, 2021 at 12:00pm. 

The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment (OPA) is: (1) to amend Section 3.3.ii) (Settlement Area – Sanitary Sewer and Water Servicing) of the Township of Hamilton Official Plan to remove the requirement for a Secondary Plan for new residential development occurring by Plan of Subdivision within the Baltimore Settlement Area; and (2) to allow development to proceed on full private services.

Please read the Draft Official Plan Amendment #11 and the Notice of Public Meeting documents for complete details. 

Proposed Official Plan Amendment #12 and Zoning By-law Amendment: Additional Residential Units
A Public Meeting will be held on April 27, 2021 at 1:00pm via Zoom to discuss the proposed Official Plan Amendment #12 and Zoning By-law Amendment regarding Additional Residential Units. To participate in the meeting on April 27, 2021 or to submit comments or questions, please contact the Township Planning Office by April 26, 2021 at 12:00pm.

The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment (OPA) is: (1) to amend Section 1.8 Definition of Terms of the Township’s Official Plan to introduce a definition for ‘Additional Residential Unit’; (2) to amend Section 3.1ii) Residential Policies to amend the existing wording of the policy and to introduce policy direction related to additional residential units; and (3) to amend Section 4.1 Agricultural – Permitted Uses to limit the sprawl of residential uses in the rural area. These amendments are intended to support a diversified housing market to offer affordable housing for homeowners and tenants, provide appropriate living arrangement for seniors or others requiring assisted living services, respond to trends in the decline of household size, and increase residential densities which support efficient land use  patterns for servicing and transit. These amendments will also bring the Township’s policies and regulatory control into compliance with provincial legislation.

Please read the Draft Official Plan Amendment #12, Draft Zoning By-law Amendment and the Notice of Public Meeting documents for complete details.  

Planning Application Forms

Minor Variance

Use our Minor Variance Application if you need to make small changes to zoning requirements. It applies when there is a need for a building to exceed height or size requirements, or to be closer to a property line.

Consent to Sever

Use our Consent Application if you need to modify a single lot. A consent application, or severance, may create a new lot, make an addition to an existing lot, or create a right to use part of a lot.

Zoning By-law Amendment

Use our Zoning By-law Amendment Application to apply for site-specific changes to your property's zoning.

Official Plan Amendment

Use our Official Plan Amendment Application to apply for changes to the Official Plan.

Plan of Subdivision

Use our Subdivision Application if you would like to apply for the creation of lots on a larger piece of property. Council and citizens can consider the need for your development, the status of water, sanitary systems, roads as well as environmental factors and features.

Northumberland County Council is the Subdivision Approval Authority; they too have an application process. Please contact the County Planning Department for information on the requirements of Subdivision Approval at the County level.

Extraordinary Expense Agreement

Some applications require that the applicant enter an Extraordinary Expense Agreement with the Township. Contact us to book an appointment to discuss the requirements.

Site Plan Agreement

A site plan ensures that development proceeds as approved and to minimize impacts. It is a detailed plan of development that shows the location of buildings, services, driveways, walkways, parking, landscaping and how these relate to surrounding uses. Contact us to book an appointment to discuss the requirements of your site plan.

Fees and Charges Schedule 

Fees and Charges are available here.

Other Governing Documents

Ontario Planning Act

Provincial Policy Statement

Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Greenbelt Plan

Northumberland County Official Plan

Communication Tower Protocol

 Building Permit

Other Contacts:

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
T 905-885-8173

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Kingston)
T 613-545-2120
Toll Free 1-800-267-9438