Urban design manual


Have you ever looked around and thought that the make-up of our city - the placement of our buildings, public spaces, transportation systems and other amenities - just makes sense?

Our work includes both our natural and built spaces, blending architecture, landscape and planning practices together responsibly to make our urban areas unique, functional and attractive.

The urban design manual is a convenient, go-to resource for the development community, as well as residents, special-interest groups, city council and staff who are looking for details on our city's urban design guidelines and standards.

NEW: The City of Kitchener is undertaking a comprehensive update of the Urban Design Manual to reflect evolving expectations for the design of buildings and public spaces. 

Stakeholder engagement will happen on March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Conestoga Room (Main Floor) at Kitchener City Hall.

Public engagement will happen in local coffee shops across the city in April.  Please feel free to stop into any of the coffee shops during the times/dates below to chat with our Urban Design Team:

  • April 9 - Berlin Bicycle Café (Belmont Village) - 2 to 4 p.m. 
  • April 10 - Williams Café (Sportsworld) - 5 to 7 p.m.
  • April 11 - Smile Tiger (Ahrens Street, Downtown Kitchener) - 6 to 8 p.m.
  • April 12 - Lisboa (Williamsburg) - 4 to 6 p.m.
  • April 13 - Café O (Victoria Street North) - 2 to 4 p.m. 
  • April 16 - Williams Café (Fairway Rd.) - 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Dayna Edwards for more information.

Urban Design Manual

The full manual can be accessed through the following links:

PART A: Urban design guidelines

These guidelines apply to citywide design projects, such as building types (e.g. townhouses, mid-rise buildings, tall buildings), streetscapes and accessible features.

PART B: Design briefs

Detailed-design guidance fora specific types of development, area or land use, including:

PART C: Design standards

Design standards to assist developers and their agents in preparing development application submissions.

For more information, connect with one of our urban designers by email or by calling 519-741-2200, ext. 7324. To find the urban design planner for your neighbourhood, review our map.

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