Neighbourhood planning reviews


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 These are typically locations where there are outdated secondary plans or community plans created 25-30 years ago to help guide the use of land (e.g. where new housing could go, commercial businesses, environmental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).

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

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 are now available for review and input for Cedar Hill and Schneider Creek; Civic Centre; King Street East; K-W Hospital / Midtown; Mill Courtland Woodside Park / Rockway; Victoria Park; and, Victoria Street and included for each applicable neighbourhood planning review area

The staff report is now available for review.

  • Appendix A – Proposed Official Plan Amendment
  • Appendix B – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment 
  • Appendix C – Secondary Plan Specific Urban Design Guidelines 
  • Appendix D – Neighbourhood Specific Review Background 

Written submissions can be sent to the Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4G7. To ensure any comments received regarding the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-Law information can be reviewed and addressed before preparing a final draft for consideration for approval at a future Committee/Council meeting, comments must be submitted by December 9, 2019.

Listing of neighbourhood planning reviews
Project Status
Cedar Hill and Schneider Creek
Currently underway
Central Frederick Pending
Civic Centre Currently underway
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


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