Development in Lincoln

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Upcoming Open Houses and Public Meetings

An Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment application have been submitted to permit a mixed-use development comprising of a hotel and conference center, a stand-alone commercial building, a linear park and three mixed use building with 403 dwelling units, on the lands to the south-east of Ontario Street and the North Service Road intersection.

Get Involved

Open House Meeting (In person)

Upper Canada Consultants, on behalf of the owner, will be hosting an open house meeting to provide information and obtain public input related to this project . Join us on:

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | 6 p.m.
  • Council Chambers | Town Hall


Public Meeting (Hybrid)

The Town of Lincoln will hold a public meeting on:

  • Monday, March 4, 2024 | 6 p.m.
  • Council Chambers | Town Hall or virtually via YouTube

If you wish to appear as a delegation (in person or electronically) you must submit a delegation request either online at lincoln.ca/delegations or by contacting the Clerk's department by email: clerks@lincoln.ca or by calling 905-563-2799, ext. 513

Your input is welcome and encouraged.

Learn more



The Planning Process – And Why It Matters

Communities need to plan for the future. In Ontario communities, new developments undergo an extensive process well before shovels hit the ground. In a growing community like Lincoln, it may seem that development happens quickly.

In reality, there is much planning, consideration and opportunity for public engagement that are important aspects of the planning process. The process can often be years in the making and takes many factors into account – some within the Town’s control and some determined by legislation at higher levels of government.

Through various documents and bylaws, planning provides a framework for:

  • smart development that meets the demands of our growing community;
  • appropriate locations for buildings and structures like homes, shops, parks, offices, and industrial buildings;
  • a network of infrastructure, including roads, water mains, sewers, and transit.

Successful planning protects the environment, supports economic growth, conserves cultural heritage and contributes to a unique sense of place.


So how does it work?

Potential development applications to redevelop sites in Lincoln are subject to local, regional and Provincial policies. These include:

  • Planning Act – Planning in Ontario is governed by the provincial Planning Act. The Act sets out the steps that municipalities must follow during planning processes such as the requirement for public notice, and ensures municipalities make decisions that align with provincial policies such as environmental protection and the preservation of farmland.
  • Provincial legislation – The Provincial Policy Statement and the Greenbelt Act which identify where and how much development can occur throughout Ontario
  • Niagara Regional Official Plan – the blueprint for growth in all of Niagara region
  • Town of Lincoln Official Plan – conforms to the Regional official plan and provides choices and opportunities for housing, employment, transportation, social, recreational and cultural amenities
  • Zoning By-law - its purpose is to implement the Official Plan and applies to specific properties. It determines what kind of land uses are allowed, the building envelope/size and how they’re sited, and how such items as landscaped open space should be incorporated.

Applications go through a public process to ensure community feedback is taken into consideration and compatibility with the community is evaluated for each potential development. In most cases, upon the Town’s receipt of a planning application, nearby residents will receive notification, as per the Planning Act.


What does development look like in Lincoln?

The Town of Lincoln embraces smart growth principles to achieve sustainable development. This means:

  • Creating vibrant urban centres;
  • Sustaining a strong economy;
  • Ensuring a healthy environment;
  • Combatting urban sprawl through infill and higher density development;
  • Improving the quality of life for residents – to provide better access to transit, better public realm amenities in the neighbourhood, and supporting growth through new or renewed infrastructure.


The role of the Planning and Development Department

The Planning and Development Department is responsible for reviewing and providing a recommendation to Council regarding development applications. All applications require a process of review and decisions but not all applications require the same steps.

The step-by-step process for consent and minor variances and zoning by-law amendments (at right) are examples where an application requires a public process to come to a Committee and/or Council decision. For example, a pool application may not require a public meeting, and in some cases, the approval authority has been delegated by Council to staff.


How can I get involved and learn about development in my neighbourhood?

  • Learn about upcoming projects that have an impact on our community and share your feedback here
  • Contact the Planning and Development Department
    1. If you receive a notice about a proposed development in your neighbourhood, contact or email the planner for more information.
    2. If you see a development proposal sign in your neighbourhood, make note of the telephone number, file number and address of the property for more information.
  • Attend public meetings
    1. Individuals can register to speak at the Committee of Adjustment meetings and have 10 minutes to present your thoughts and concerns about a development.

Planning affects everyone. It determines where you will live, shop, gather, work or go to school. For example, changes made to the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw can impact the height and density of new development. Design guidelines can impact the architecture and design elements you see on buildings and structures.

Because planning impacts what we see and the types of spaces we enjoy in our community, the planning process provides opportunities for public input. Under the Planning Act of Ontario, municipalities are required to notify the public, hold public meetings and request input on important planning decisions.




Upcoming Open Houses and Public Meetings

An Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment application have been submitted to permit a mixed-use development comprising of a hotel and conference center, a stand-alone commercial building, a linear park and three mixed use building with 403 dwelling units, on the lands to the south-east of Ontario Street and the North Service Road intersection.

Get Involved

Open House Meeting (In person)

Upper Canada Consultants, on behalf of the owner, will be hosting an open house meeting to provide information and obtain public input related to this project . Join us on:

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | 6 p.m.
  • Council Chambers | Town Hall


Public Meeting (Hybrid)

The Town of Lincoln will hold a public meeting on:

  • Monday, March 4, 2024 | 6 p.m.
  • Council Chambers | Town Hall or virtually via YouTube

If you wish to appear as a delegation (in person or electronically) you must submit a delegation request either online at lincoln.ca/delegations or by contacting the Clerk's department by email: clerks@lincoln.ca or by calling 905-563-2799, ext. 513

Your input is welcome and encouraged.

Learn more



The Planning Process – And Why It Matters

Communities need to plan for the future. In Ontario communities, new developments undergo an extensive process well before shovels hit the ground. In a growing community like Lincoln, it may seem that development happens quickly.

In reality, there is much planning, consideration and opportunity for public engagement that are important aspects of the planning process. The process can often be years in the making and takes many factors into account – some within the Town’s control and some determined by legislation at higher levels of government.

Through various documents and bylaws, planning provides a framework for:

  • smart development that meets the demands of our growing community;
  • appropriate locations for buildings and structures like homes, shops, parks, offices, and industrial buildings;
  • a network of infrastructure, including roads, water mains, sewers, and transit.

Successful planning protects the environment, supports economic growth, conserves cultural heritage and contributes to a unique sense of place.


So how does it work?

Potential development applications to redevelop sites in Lincoln are subject to local, regional and Provincial policies. These include:

  • Planning Act – Planning in Ontario is governed by the provincial Planning Act. The Act sets out the steps that municipalities must follow during planning processes such as the requirement for public notice, and ensures municipalities make decisions that align with provincial policies such as environmental protection and the preservation of farmland.
  • Provincial legislation – The Provincial Policy Statement and the Greenbelt Act which identify where and how much development can occur throughout Ontario
  • Niagara Regional Official Plan – the blueprint for growth in all of Niagara region
  • Town of Lincoln Official Plan – conforms to the Regional official plan and provides choices and opportunities for housing, employment, transportation, social, recreational and cultural amenities
  • Zoning By-law - its purpose is to implement the Official Plan and applies to specific properties. It determines what kind of land uses are allowed, the building envelope/size and how they’re sited, and how such items as landscaped open space should be incorporated.

Applications go through a public process to ensure community feedback is taken into consideration and compatibility with the community is evaluated for each potential development. In most cases, upon the Town’s receipt of a planning application, nearby residents will receive notification, as per the Planning Act.


What does development look like in Lincoln?

The Town of Lincoln embraces smart growth principles to achieve sustainable development. This means:

  • Creating vibrant urban centres;
  • Sustaining a strong economy;
  • Ensuring a healthy environment;
  • Combatting urban sprawl through infill and higher density development;
  • Improving the quality of life for residents – to provide better access to transit, better public realm amenities in the neighbourhood, and supporting growth through new or renewed infrastructure.


The role of the Planning and Development Department

The Planning and Development Department is responsible for reviewing and providing a recommendation to Council regarding development applications. All applications require a process of review and decisions but not all applications require the same steps.

The step-by-step process for consent and minor variances and zoning by-law amendments (at right) are examples where an application requires a public process to come to a Committee and/or Council decision. For example, a pool application may not require a public meeting, and in some cases, the approval authority has been delegated by Council to staff.


How can I get involved and learn about development in my neighbourhood?

  • Learn about upcoming projects that have an impact on our community and share your feedback here
  • Contact the Planning and Development Department
    1. If you receive a notice about a proposed development in your neighbourhood, contact or email the planner for more information.
    2. If you see a development proposal sign in your neighbourhood, make note of the telephone number, file number and address of the property for more information.
  • Attend public meetings
    1. Individuals can register to speak at the Committee of Adjustment meetings and have 10 minutes to present your thoughts and concerns about a development.

Planning affects everyone. It determines where you will live, shop, gather, work or go to school. For example, changes made to the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw can impact the height and density of new development. Design guidelines can impact the architecture and design elements you see on buildings and structures.

Because planning impacts what we see and the types of spaces we enjoy in our community, the planning process provides opportunities for public input. Under the Planning Act of Ontario, municipalities are required to notify the public, hold public meetings and request input on important planning decisions.



Do you have any questions about development in Lincoln?

We hope this page offers some more information on how development occurs in Ontario, Niagara Region and Lincoln. If you have any further questions, or questions about specific developments, please send it here and we will do our best to reply within 2-3 business days. 

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    When is the developer expected to break ground at Prud’homme’s landing? When is the condo sales office expected to open? How can I be put on an email list to be notified about any more public meetings to do with this fantastic project? Thanks so much.

    Marie Fitzpatrick asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Please contact Planning staff directly at planningapplications@lincoln.ca to be added to the Town’s notification list for this development.  A sales office is anticipated to be constructed in 2024.  

    For updates regarding the development, please visit our Prudhommes Development page on this site. 

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    WHAT STUDIES ARE BEING PRESENTED RE ANY POLLUTANTS, THE ENVIROMENTAL IMPACTS TO THE AREA BECAUSE OF PLANS? 2- Why is Environmental Health not on your wheel chart?

    SUE william asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  Depending on the development proposal and potential impacts to natural environment areas, an Environmental Impact Study may be required to be submitted as part of a development application.  This study would determine the impacts of a proposed development and the mitigation measures recommended to protect ecological features.  These are reviewed by the Town, Niagara Region, and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority staff to ensure that proposed developments adhere to all applicable guidelines and policies.   

    If a development site has potential contamination concerns, then the Town would require a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment to be submitted with a development application.  An Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) involves the study of a property to determine if contaminants are present and, if so, the location and concentration of these contaminants. An ESA would also include recommendations on the remediation required, if any, to address soil, groundwater and/or sediment standards.

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    Hi, With regards to 3221 North Service Road, has the town developed the area, in terms of road, sewers, gas, electrical...... ? Any time estimates? Thanks

    James asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question regarding 3221 North Service Road. Municipal water and sanitary infrastructure upgrades are being phased as development of the area progresses and initial works with respect to this have commenced.  Upgrades to the road are required to be installed prior to completion of the development.  With respect to utilities, this is coordinated directly between the utility providers and the developer.

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    Hello. Im curious about the development on King street across from Lenko Farms. can you tell me what it is ? I believe its PT LT 19 CON 3 CLINTON, PT 1 30R5929; LINCOLN. Thank you

    John S asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The property owner has obtained a permit from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for creek realignment, stabilization and restoration of lands. Please contact the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for further information regarding these works.You can reach out to: Meghan Birbeck, Watershed Planner –  905-788-3135, ext. 278.

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    Hi, With regards to "3221 North Service", has the developer submitted the site plan yet and normally how long do you estimate it takes to approve the 2 tower condo ? Also, is the land developed yet with sewers, gas line, electricity, roads..... Thanks,

    James asked about 2 months ago

    3221 North Service Road. Although there are Provincial requirements associated with site plan application processing, at this time we cannot provide anticipated timelines for this application to proceed through the process, since the Town has not yet been provided an opportunity to review corresponding technical details. Regarding servicing the site, the design associated with connections required by the proposed development is a component of the site plan process, which has not yet commenced. 

    If you’d like to discuss the general site plan process in further detail, please contact staff directly. Otherwise, please feel free to continue to check in with us on this file.

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    Hello, how do I sign-up to receive updates and notices regarding active projects ?? Roy DiDonato

    Roy DiDonato asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The Town’s Speak Up Lincoln webpage is regularly updated when new projects are brought forward. You can review notices and all associated documentation on the project’s webpage. You may also contact the Planning & Development Department if you wish to receive updates on a particular project. If you have attended a meeting regarding a project and have provided your contact information, you will also receive updates on the project.

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    Is there any idea to have more public parks in Vineland near intensification in urban center? Walkability? A proper large well designed public park? Town square/market?

    Visco asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    Staff continue to review opportunities including new and innovative ways of accommodating more open space. In addition, as redevelopment of the downtown occurs over time, the concept of a farmer’s market is something that the Town will also continue to explore in partnership with property owners in the area. 

    Further, the Town is planning to undertake a streetscape vision and master planning exercise for downtown Vineland in the near future (start date to be confirmed). Many of these considerations will be included in this project.

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    The developer/applicant has a fairly well developed vision for the site at 4933 Victoria Ave North. What is not clear is what specific variances would be required in order to complete this project as submitted? In the past one of the principles that the Town followed was that growth pays for growth. In the absence of development fees, how much would this project end up costing the Town and what percentage of the overall budget does the project represent? What impact might this project have on property taxes in Lincoln? Based on the geographic location of this site, everyone who lives, visits or works there will need a car. Many of the home owners will likely have two cars. My quick review of the proposal does not allow for one parking space per household and hotel room. What is the current by-law in terms of parking spaces per household? It is 1.5 per residence? The number of parking spaces appears to be inadequate for a development of this scale. Finally the overall height maximums for this development are excessive for our community and would result in a bad president for future development along the water front.

    David Couch asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out with your comments and questions. Please note at this time there has been no formal planning application submitted to the Town of Lincoln at this time. As such, the vision concept for the subject lands at 4933 Victoria Avenue is in very early stages. As a requirement of moving forward with a complete application at a later date, the Town requires that the property owner/prospective applicant hold a Community Information Meeting to obtain initial input from interested parties ahead of the actual processing of a future planning application. This meeting was held on Tuesday, November 21, presenting the concept you have noted below. As such, all supporting information with respect to a complete list of specific variances and complete drawing sets and supporting reports have not yet been provided. Also please note that  there may be some refinement following the initial input received. That said, you are correct in that there would need to be a site specific provision to recognize the proposed height. 

    With respect to parking, for a Mixed-Use development, the Town Zoning By-law requires 1 space per unit for the residential land uses and an additional visitor parking space for every 10 units. This minimum residential parking requirement is based on several factors, including vehicle ownership rates in Lincoln, municipal parking requirements found across the Niagara Region, and resident and visitor parking best practices and precedents.   Specific to Lincoln, residents living in apartment-type dwellings have an average vehicle ownership rate of 0.98 vehicles per household.  The Town Zoning By-law also requires additional parking for other uses. In the case of the specific example noted, such other uses would be a proposed restaurant use would require one space per 4.5 m2 of public floor area and a hotel/motel would require one space per guest room.  

    Finally regarding development fees, there will be both Town and Development charges applicable to this development. Once again, there have not been any detailed reports with respect to functional servicing or traffic movement in the site at this time since an application has yet to be submitted. 

    We trust this information is helpful. Once again, thank you for submitting your questions. 

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    What is the proposed land development for behind Calvary Church on Hixon behind Ashby Drive?

    Julie Van Oene asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Applications have been submitted to permit a residential subdivision including, 16 single detached, 36 semi-detached, 44 townhouse and 75 apartment dwelling units. The applications are also proposing an open space block. 

    Further information can be located on this page - please see Related Documents on the right-hand side of this page (4129 Hixon Street) for background relating to this proposed development.

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    Hello, I would like to know what is the next step for 3221 North Service North after the Ontario Land Tribunal approved the development on August.

    William asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry.  The Ontario Land Tribunal in August 2023 issued a decision and final order regarding Zoning approval on the property subject to Holding provisions. The next step in the planning process requires that all Holding Provisions (H) be addressed, the (H) be lifted, and the Site Plan Approval process take place.  This planning process has not been undertaken by the Applicant/Owner yet.

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