Mind How You GROW

Growing and protecting Ontario’s Greenbelt is critically important for current and future residents of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, but a resilient Greenbelt is not possible without effective urban growth management.  This initiative is focussed on helping Hamiltonians to understand the essential need to meet the goals of the provincial Growth Plan in order to make the Greenbelt resilient.  Hamilton’s urban core is undergoing transformative change through intensification while, at the same time, the city is pursuing a massive urban boundary expansion (900-1000 ha) into rural ‘whitebelt’ lands in Elfrida that include prime agricultural land.   Given these extremes, it is urgent that community members become more informed and engaged in dialogue about how Hamilton is evolving and growing.   Municipal planning consultations do not help community understand the dynamic interconnections between effective urban growth management and a resilient Greenbelt system.  This situation is exacerbated by a lack of public awareness of municipal strategy or progress with meeting growth plan targets. 

Mind How You GROW will raise awareness and understanding through information sharing, public forums and workshops, and community hikes and tours  – all to help community understand the critical connections between planning for Greenbelt resilience and effective urban growth management, and to encourage community action to get us there.

People's Plan for Hamilton - The Future of Hamilton

We are pleased to be a core participant in an important effort that is being called People's Plan for Hamilton.   A core group of community stakeholders from a mix of sectors (environment, arts, housing/tenant advocates, neighbourhood activists) is currently reaching out to a long list of community stakeholders to engage people in a movement that aims to build a city where every Hamiltonian’s needs for secure and affordable housing, income, food, transit, education, recreation, and community are met and our local environment is protected.  It's a lofty goal but one that we believe is achievable with collective efforts to make it so.  Stay tuned for more information on this effort - including community meetings that are currently being planned for April/May of this year. 

Stay tuned for details on workshops, forums and events being offered as part of this initiative!  Email Lynda at llukasik@environmenthamilton.org to be added to the project mailing list. 

Current Events & Opportunities:

Our hike happening on July 9th is now FULL!  Please stay tuned for future opportunities to learn more about good green infrastructure.  


Past Events & Opportunities:  

Mind how you GROW? The City of Hamilton is consulting the public on a number of key planning initiatives. First, the city is seeking our input on a long term growth plan for Hamilton. Second, the city seems to be forging ahead with a plan for a massive urban boundary expansion in Upper Stoney Creek. We all need to be paying close attention to this plan and sharing our opinions on whether it makes sense for our city!

The first public session is happening on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th in Downtown Hamilton. Details are provided in the poster below!


Past Project Events:


On October 13th, EH's Lynda Lukasik and the Hamilton Tenant Solidarity Network's Emily Power led a hike along the Escarpment Rail Trail from Corktown Park.  The hike included lots of stops along the way to discuss everything from effective urban growth planning - including 'gentle density' like laneway house, building inclusive urban neighbourhoods that include eco-friendly and affordable housing options, and improving urban quality of life. 

IMG_0018.JPG                           Happy hikers who joined us to walk and talk about important urban/rural issues