Neighbourhood planning reviews

Suburbs

The City of Kitchener is undertaking a detailed review of the land use and planning framework for many specific Kitchener neighbourhoods. These are typically locations where there are outdated secondary plans or community plans created 25-30 years ago to help guide the use of land (e.g. where new housing could go, commercial businesses, environmental conservation land, parks, etc.) and policies for new development or redevelopment. To help implement new directions from the province, region, city and other agencies, we are evaluating and updating existing plans to create new ones.

This process involves creating new policies and mapping that will be added to our Official Plan, updating zoning, considering new urban design guidelines and implementing our cultural heritage landscapes. The locations we have been reviewing are primarily in the central neighbourhoods, but there are also several other places in the city where we will be engaging with landowners and the neighbourhood to help update these plans. Through this, we will be implementing the Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) Study, Kitchener’s Cultural Heritage Landscape Study (CHLS), and the Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study (RIENS).

Listing of Neighbourhood Planning Review Areas

Please see below for further information on each area that is under review as it becomes available.

Project Status
Cedar Hill and Schneider Creek
Currently underway
Central Frederick Pending
Civic Centre Currently underway
Dundee North Pending
Hidden Valley Currently underway
King Street East Currently underway
K-W Hospital / Midtown  Currently underway
Lower Doon Currently underway
Mill Courtland Woodside Park / Rockway Currently underway
Victoria Park Currently underway
Victoria Street Currently underway
Bridgeport East Pending
North Ward Pending
Proposed Official Plan/Zoning By-law Amendments and New Urban Design Guidelines (December 2019)

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. 

 

Staff Report and Appendices: 

Use our interactive maps to find out what your property is currently zoned and what staff has proposed for your property to be zoned. 

 

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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