Land Use Plan
What will the Port of Hamilton look like in 5-10-20 years?
Land Use Plan Update
In 2016, the Hamilton Port Authority will undertake a review and update of its Land Use Plan. The Port’s existing Land Use Plan was completed in 2002, following HPA’s transition from The Hamilton Harbour Commissioners. Input from more than 200 members of the public and agencies has been received as part of the update process.
Many of the aspects of the Port’s 2002 Land Use Plan remain highly relevant, which is why we are undertaking an update, rather than a wholesale redevelopment. Yet, some important changes to the port’s operating environment have taken place since 2002:
- HPA has acquired several new properties since 2002, most significantly the former unused Stelco property at Pier 22, which has since been redeveloped into modern industrial employment uses. HPA has also acquired 1632 Burlington Street, a manufacturing and warehousing facility which houses 13 tenant companies.
- Since 2002, the Hamilton waterfront has evolved to include a greater proportion of public space. Pier 8 now includes popular attractions like the waterfront skating rink and cafes, and HPA recently worked with the City of Hamilton to transfer the full lands at Piers 7 and 8 to the City, in order to facilitate the multi-use redevelopment of this area.
- The Randle Reef Sediment Remediation Project has entered its construction phase, and new uses are contemplated for the surface of the Engineered Containment Facility at completion.
- The security requirements imposed on port authorities by the Marine Transportation Security Act have changed the operating environment since 2002. Ports, port terminals and vessels are now required to control access to their respective facilities.
- The majority of HPA’s 620 acres is currently tenanted; home to more than 130 companies. The needs of the regional economy, local community and port-reliant businesses will certainly change and grow over the coming 15-20 years. It is the goal of the updated land use plan to anticipate these needs and develop a plan for a sustainable, prosperous Port of Hamilton.
The mandate of a port is to facilitate trade and to support the regional economy. For the Port of Hamilton, this means serving as an essential link in several supply chains: steel-making, agri-food, construction materials, petrochemicals, and manufacturing. HPA’s updated Land Use Plan must seek to maximize efficient transportation services to these industries.
Port uses are determined by federal legislation, and are confined to transportation and logistics uses, as well as transportation-intensive industrial uses. In order for the port to fulfill its mandate, it must maintain its transportation-intensive industrial function and character.
A port is also an industrial community, comprising a network of companies. Port strategies may include initiatives that contribute to a more integrated, sustainable and efficient port community.
The Land Use Plan must explain how port activities will be undertaken in a financially and socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable fashion.
A port is a regional economic asset, and also an important local landholder. Port land uses contribute to the character and perception of Hamilton Harbour, and the city of Hamilton.
The updated Land Use Plan should include our community’s best ideas to maximize the port’s economic contribution, while contributing to a healthy, vibrant waterfront and city. We are particularly interested in the areas where port uses intersect with commercial/residential/other public space.
- Input from more than 200 members of the public and agencies has been received as part of the update process. The online survey is now closed, and the report is in the drafting stage. If you have any comments or questions, please email us:
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