Downtown Hamilton from the Jolley Cut in August 2021 Credit: Joey Coleman

The planned City Council urban boundary expansion debate on October 25 is postponed until November 9.

City staff tell Environment Hamilton they need more time to complete their comparative analysis and evaluation of the impacts of freezing the urban boundary.

The delay comes only weeks after city staff reported the results of a postage-paid survey on urban boundary expansion. 215,822 surveys were mailed to Hamilton households with 8,233 of them returned.

81.9% of those returned surveys selected no urban boundary expansion as their preferred option.

The delay means the new Ward 5 appointed City Councillor will have a vote on urban boundary expansion. Council is planning to make the appointment on November 12.

Urban Boundary Expansion could be at the November 24 Council ratification meeting.

This creates some interesting optics as they will not participate in the November 9 debate, but vote on the final decision.

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