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.

The new zoning by-law is being prepared in stages. Stage 1 was approved in April 2019 following five years of work and consultation. Stage 2 is now underway.

Stage 2 - Residential Base Zones

The city has over 50,000 residential properties and require detailed attention. Staff divided the Stage 2 into two components: Stage 2a and Stage 2b.

 Stage 2a

The purpose of stage 2a is to finalize the residential base zones including:

  • Permitted uses such as single detached house, townhouses, apartment building
  • Regulations such as minimum lot size, lot area, building height

Stage 2a will not apply the zones to any properties within the city.

Stage 2b

 The scope of stage 2b is to apply Residential base zones geographically.  This is subdivided in two subsequent projects:

  • Neighbourhood Planning Reviews (NPR) for lands included in secondary plans (scheduled for December 2019 and thereafter); and
  • Lands not included in a Neighbourhood Planning Reviews (NPR).

Stage 2b involves the review of existing zoning permissions, consulting property owners and providing updated zones on these properties. Considering the scale of the project,  staff will be applying residential zones on a Ward-by-Ward basis and this is scheduled for 2020.

Statutory Public Meeting

 A final draft zoning by-law amendment to incorporate the residential base zones into the Zoning By-law 2019-51 (CRoZBy stage 1) and an amendment to the city’s Official Plan to update additional dwelling unit policies (e.g. basement apartments and coach houses) to address new provincial legislation will be considered by the Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee on:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall
200 King Street West, Kitchener

If you would like to speak at the public meeting, please register in advance at or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 741-2200, ext. 7275. Written submissions can be sent to the Clerks Office, 2nd floor, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4G7.

Staff Report 


Zoning By-law 2019-051 (Stage 1)

On April 29, 2019 council passed Stage 1 of the city's new zoning by-law for Kitchener and adopted Official Plan Amendment No. 6, a companion amendment to the city’s Official Plan.The Official Plan Amendment is in effect, as approved and modified by the Region of Waterloo's decision on July 31, 2019. 

The new zoning by-law is currently under appeal.  Until appeals are resolved, development applications are reviewed by applying the most restrictive provisions from Zoning By-law No 85-1 and Zoning By-law 2019-051, as applicable. By-law No. 2019-051 applies to all lands in the city as shown in this map.

Council deferred consideration of proposed Section 4.3: Bonusing and Section 6: Urban Grown Centre Zones (and all the properties to which it applies) and the application of zoning to several other properties. It is intended that these deferred items will be added to By-law No. 2019-051 through future zoning by-law amendments. 

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:

 Staff Reports

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

Official Plan Amendment

Previous Drafts of Zoning By-law

The following sections provide access to the content of the drafts of the zoning bylaw that were tabled prior to the final zoning by-law (Stage 1) being approved.

Final Proposed (April 2019)

The public meeting to consider approval of the city's new zoning by-law and associated amendment to the city's Official Plan was held by the planning & strategic initiatives committee on April 15, 2019. 

Staff report, Zoning By-law and Official Plan amendment documents:

Staff report

Proposed Zoning By-law (Stage 1)

Proposed Official Plan amendment


 Final Draft (April 2018)
The final new Zoning By-Law and associated amendment to the city’s Official Plan was tabled at a statutory public meeting held on April 30, 2018 and May 8, 2018. The purpose of those meetings was for submissions to be made directly to Council on the final by-law and Official Plan amendment. Over 110 oral and written submissions were received on the final draft. Staff reviewed the details of each and provided individual responses. 


Zoning By-law and Official Plan amendment documents:

PSIC meeting agenda including staff report

Official Plan Amendment

City of Kitchener Final Zoning By-law (April 2018)


 First Draft (May 2017)
The first consolidated draft (Component E) was tabled at committee of council on May 29, 2017. This component introduced updated definitions, general regulations and parking regulations. It also introduced a first draft of the framework for residential zones.

Consolidated first draft zoning by-law Component E


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