Comprehensive review of the zoning by-law (CRoZBy)


Kitchener is growing, and in order to meet the diverse needs of our community, updated zoning by-laws need to be in place. Zoning by-laws help to ensure that local land and buildings are used in ways that complement our city and support growth.

A zoning by-law is a legal document that states exactly how land can be used and where buildings and other structures can be located. It considers the types of buildings that are allowed (and how they may be used), size and dimension of lots, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

The city's current by-law is over 30 years old and it requires an update as a result of the city's new Official Plan. As your local government, our job is to ensure land and growth is managed properly, and our zoning regulations are up to date and reflect the goals and objectives of the Official Plan. This is why the city is reviewing its zoning by-law.

Zoning By-law 2019 (Stage 1)

On April 29, 2019 council passed Stage 1 of the city's new zoning by-law for Kitchener and adopted a companion amendment to the city’s Official Plan. 

By-law No. 2019-051 enacts major components (Stage 1) of a comprehensive zoning by-law for the city in order to implement Kitchener’s Official Plan. By-law No. 2019-051 applies to all lands in the city as shown in this map.

Council deferred consideration of Section 4.3: Bonusing and Section 6: Urban Grown Centre Zones (and all the properties to which it applies) outlined in Appendix ‘D’ of Report DSD-19-049 to the May 13, 2019 Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee meeting.

Council deferred consideration of the following properties to the May 27, 2019 Council meeting:

  • 83 Elmsdale Drive, the 7H holding provision only;
  • 32 Duke Street East;
  • 2-22 Duke Street East;
  • 49 Queen Street North;
  • 84 Frederick Street;
  • 1893 Ottawa Street South;
  • 1901 Ottawa Street South;
  • 525 and 563 Highland Road West;
  • 1170-1178 Fischer-Hallman Road and 1111 Westmount Road East;
  • 1191, 1193, 1188, 1255-1291, 1187, 1201-1205 and 1940 Fischer-Hallman Road;
  • 1415 and 1384 Huron Road;
  • 315-325 Max Becker Drive;
  • 236 Gehl Place;
  • 628 New Dundee Road (PLAN 58M528 BLK 111);
  • Robert Ferrie Drive corner KITCHENER BEASLEY’S NEW SURVEY PT LOT 1 RP 58R17216 PTS 2 AND 3;
  • 41 Ardelt Place; 
  • 353 Manitou Drive;
  • 149-151 Ontario Street North; and,
  • 21 Weber Street West

Council deferred consideration of the following properties to a future stage of the new Zoning By-law. 

  • 108 Ahrens Street West
  • 525 Erinbrook Drive

The deadline to appeal the Zoning By-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is May 30, 2019. During the appeal period, development applications are reviewed by applying the most restrictive provisions from Zoning By-law No 85-1 and Zoning By-law 2019, as applicable.

Zoning by-law and schedules:

New zoning by-law (Stage 1)

Appendix A - Zoning grid schedules 

Appendix B - Grand River Conservation Authority regulated area

Use our interactive maps to find out what your property is zoned. 

Supporting documents:

Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment/Notice of the Passing of Zoning By-law 

Official Plan Amendment

Staff Report

Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee Meeting Minutes (April 15, 2019)

Council Meeting Minutes (April 29, 2019)


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