Official Plan


Kitchener's Official Plan goes hand-in-hand with our growth management strategy, serving as a roadmap for us to follow in managing our future growth, land uses, and environmental protection.

Prepared with input from the community, the plan contains objectives and policies to assist us in coordinating our future planning and development, to ensure both meet the specific needs of the community.

Although the Official Plan is concerned mainly with land use and physical development of the city, it also aims to balance the social, economic and environmental interests of the community.

City of Kitchener Official Plan: A Complete & Healthy Kitchener (2014)

On November 19, 2014, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo approved Official Plan Amendment No. 103, which had the effect of amending the Official Plan of the city by replacing it with a new Official Plan.  The Region's decision included a number of modifications and deferrals. Following the Region's decision, several appeals were filed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and to date specific portions of the Official Plan remain unresolved.

On January 18, 2017 the Region issued a further Notice of Decision with respect to Deferrals No. 1 to 6 inclusive, part of Deferral No. 7 and Deferral No. 10. Following this decision, further appeals were filed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

The link to the City of Kitchener Official Plan, is intended to provide the reader with a "consolidated" version of the Plan that shows Regional modifications as well as portions of the Plan that are not in effect as a result of a deferral of the Regional decision and/or an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

PLEASE NOTE: The parts of the City's new Official Plan that were approved by the Region's decision, and not the subject of an appeal, are final and came into effect on September 23, 2015.

New Official Plan:

Official Plan Maps:

Previous Official Plan (1994 version)

The City's ten (10) Secondary Plans were deferred as part of the review and approval of Official Plan Amendment No. 103 and do not form part of the new Official Plan (2014). It is intended that after the Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations Project (PARTS) is completed and other planning review processes have taken place, that the Secondary Plans will be reviewed and brought into the 2014 Official Plan. Until that time, reference should be had to the 1994 Official Plan for lands located within the Secondary Plans.

For ease of reference the Secondary Plans maps are contained in the Municipal Plan Maps section and the policies are contained in the Part 3 - General Land Use section of the 1994 Official Plan.

The links to the sections of the 1994 Official Plan are contained below:

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