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Community Readiness

Symposium 2018

103: Can Zoning Contribute to Economic Resiliency? A Hamilton Experience.

October 11, 2018

11:00am - 12:00pm

Hamilton is in the midst of an urban renaissance. The city is rapidly becoming a new cultural hotspot after years of economic uncertainty. Council recently approved commercial and mixed-use zoning to assist in the revitalization of commercial streets where many small businesses have openned in recent years. Zoning as a tool for economic resiliency means flexibility in its definition and permitted uses, fewer unnecessary regulations, and lower parking requirements. But it also must ensure that pedestrian streetscapes are inviting, comfortable, and safe for pedestrians and cyclists.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how zoning can be used as an effective tool for economic resiliency in the local commercial context, as well as for broader community revitalization
  • Gain knowledge about how to revitalize a city through more flexible zoning and fewer regulations, and lower parking requirements
  • Gain knowledge about how to encourage small businesses through permissive zoning regulations