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. 

A first round of stakeholder and public engagement was undertaken in March and April, followed by a second round in September. Through the consultation to date staff have heard that the urban design manual update has been well received by the community and provides a positive direction for urban design in the City of Kitchener. 

The next steps in the process are as follows:

  • Consult with advisory & citizen committees on complete draft - September 2018
  • Continue to work on draft documents - October 2018 to February 2019
  • Additional stakeholder & internal consultation - Spring 2019
  • Final council approval - Fall 2019

We look forward to continue to work with you on this important guidance document.

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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