Land Use Plan

Land Use Plan Update

In 2017, the Hamilton Port Authority completed a review and update of its Land Use Plan. Input from more than 200 members of the public and agencies was received as part of the update process.

Download HPA’s Land Use Plan here:
HPA Land Use Plan
HPA Land Use Plan Backgrounder

If you have any comments or questions about HPA’s Land Use Plan, please contact: [email protected]


The new Land Use Plan takes into account important changes to the port’s operating environment:

  • 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 explains how port activities will be undertaken in a financially and socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable fashion.

Background Documents

HPA Land Use Plan

Final October 2017

HPA Backgrounder

Final October 2017

HPA Land Use Plan Discussion Paper

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Hamilton Ports Lands Map

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Deloitte: Phase 1 Market Opportunities Study

Background Report for City of Hamilton Bayfront Industrial Area – A Strategy for Renewal, 2015

Port of Hamilton Key Facts


Oshawa Port Authority Land Use Plan

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Oshawa Port Authority Harbour Plan

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