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Hamilton adopts its Growth Management Strategy

May 31, 2006

Following years of planning, a triple bottom line analysis, and a generous period for public review and comment, Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) recently adopted its official Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS).


Hamilton’s triple bottom line analysis used ICLEI’s Triple Bottom Line methodology and tools. Hugely successful in Australia, Hamilton was the first local government to utilize these tools in a Canadian context.


The Strategy was developed to meet the needs of the community, protect the environment and support economic well-being. Key elements of the growth plan include focusing growth around transit infrastructure and supporting future transit initiatives; developing new areas as compact, complete communities; and avoiding and protecting local natural features and green space.


The Strategy will now be incorporated into the City’s new Official Plan, and the Master Plans for Stormwater, Transportation and Water and Wastewater.


For more information, please contact grids@hamilton.ca, or go to their website at www.hamilton.ca/grids

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