Urban Design Studies Go To Council

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 In Audio Latest Updates

Detailed written reports that emerged from three major urban design studies head to Hamilton City Council this fall for discussion, and ideally, quick adoption and early implementation.

These reports mark a key milestone in the regeneration of downtown Hamilton as they help crystallize the form and character of signature neighbourhoods that have local and regional significance. They also establish a vision, principles and design guidelines needed to attract private and public investments. It’s an example of multiple studies progressing in a coordinated and efficient manner toward a common goal.

The three study areas are: Barton-Tiffany, James Street North Mobility Hub and the Barton-Kenilworth Commercial Corridors. Together these overlapping areas – which boast deep historical roots and sit adjacent to our downtown and the west harbour – hold immense value to Hamilton as a whole.


Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend
September 4:  The Barton Street and Kenilworth Avenue Commercial Corridors Study will be presented at a meeting of the City of Hamilton General Issues Committee
September 16: The Barton-Tiffany Study and James Street North Mobility Hub Study will be presented at a meeting of the City of Hamilton Planning Committee

Following these committee presentations, the studies will come before City Council in September.


Renew Hamilton has been involved in this urban design public consultation process since last fall.  We’ve attended all of the open houses and have been an active focus group member. Throughout, we’ve helped promote informed public engagement by posting a set of podcasts (access samples below) and contributing to the conversation. It’s been a rewarding experience.

We congratulate City of Hamilton staff for conducting an exercise in quality community engagement that has enabled a range of stakeholders to discover shared interests across the three study areas and explore broad issues of community wide relevance, including complete streets, public transit, intensification, sustainability and heritage conservation. Hopefully, community participation will continue to grow as the studies move to implementation.

We also acknowledge the hard work and creativity of the three lead consulting firms: GSP Group, Brook McIlroy and The Planning Partnership. Their reports and recommendations reflect an appreciation of local priorities while incorporating the best in modern global thinking.

This post includes a 20 minute audio recording from the third and final open house held in June 2014.  It features summary comments by GSP Group (Barton Tiffany) and Brook McIllroy (James Street North Mobility Hub).  Happy listening!  Also, contact the people below to learn more and how to stay involved.

Barton Tiffany Design Study – Julia van der Laan de Vries, City of Hamilton
jvanderl@hamilton.ca | 905-546-2424 x 1224
James Street North Mobility Hub Design Study – David Falletta, City of Hamilton
david.falletta@hamilton.ca | 905-546-2424 x 1221
Barton Kenilworth Commercial Corridors Design Study – Alan Waterfield, City of Hamilton
alan.waterfield@hamilton.ca | 905-546-2424 x 1251


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Barton Tiffany Design Study Open House April 2014
James Street North Mobility Hub Design Study Open House April 2014
Barton Kenilworth Design Study Open House July 2014