Civic Centre


Neighbourhood Planning Review

The Civic Centre review involves the area containing the existing Civic Centre Secondary Plan and a portion of the Central Frederick Street Secondary Plan (in the area of Lancaster Street West). This new area is proposed to become the new Civic Centre Secondary Plan.

The proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law changes (including updated land use maps and policies, permitted uses and associated regulations) as well as urban design guidelines were released in October 2019 and a statutory public meeting to receive community input and comments was held on December 9, 2019.  No decisions were made at this meeting. Input received through the Statutory Public Meeting is being analyzed and considered in preparation of the final amendments for consideration of adoption by Council.   

Proposed Official Plan Secondary Plan Policies and Land Use
Proposed Zoning (Permitted Uses and Regulations)

Existing Secondary Plan Land Use and Zoning

Urban Design Guidelines

Background Information

Previous Community Engagement and Consultation

Community engagement and consultation in this area took place on December, 12 2018. Links to the information that was presented at the Open House can be found below.

Where We Are in Process/Timing/Next Steps (2020+)
  • We are now in the ‘issues resolution’ phase. As a result of the Statutory Public Meeting that was held on December 9, 2019 staff received over 140 formal written or oral submissions.
    • Staff are currently reviewing all the submissions and will be following up with individuals and groups if further dialogue or meetings are needed to understand and resolve the issues.
    • Staff will also be providing responses to the submissions prior to formulating any recommendations for Council’s consideration. 
  • Additional actions and timing are pending
    • Since commencing the NPR project, the Region of Waterloo has initiated the review of their Official Plan and they are reviewing and analyzing land budget needs, intensification areas across the region and Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) boundaries among other things. This review will inform the development of new or updated Regional Official Plan policies over the next year or so.
    • Before proceeding with next steps in the NPR Project, City of Kitchener staff need to understand how MTSAs are planning to be implemented at the Regional level in order to ensure the City’s work will align with the Regional review.
  • Revisions to Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment
    • Given the Regional review, it is anticipated that the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments that were considered at the Statutory Public Meeting in December of 2019 will need to be revised based on the Region’s review of their Official Plan and the MTSA boundaries and based on some comments/issues that have been identified.
    • Revisions to the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments will necessitate the need for an additional Statutory Public meeting to consider the changes. The timing for this additional Statutory Public meeting is unknown at this time. 
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