Choose from the consultations listed below for more information on some of our recent development proposals (also see the projects page for other planning related consultations):

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments - 

859 & 867 Frederick Street and 39 Avon Road

The City of Kitchener has received applications for an Official Plan amendment and a zone change to allow for the redevelopment of these properties with a ten storey residential building fronting Frederick Street and Avon Road.

The first Neighbourhood Information Meeting (NIM) was held on Jan. 12, 2017. Information regarding this meeting can be found here:

A second Neighbourhood Information Meeting (NIM) was held on Nov. 21, 2018. Information regarding this meeting can be found here: 

Information on the final development concept can be found here:

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments -

Block Line Road and Courtland Avenue East

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) issued its decision approving  the applications which allow for a mixed-use development that includes a mix of commercial space (office and retail) and residential uses in the form of four residential buildings that are 27, 35, 32, and 26 storeys in height. The LPAT hearing was held virtually from September 29, 2020 to October 9, 2020 and a decision (PL190267) was issued on December 3, 2020. The Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”) has filed a motion  for  leave to appeal the LPAT decision to the Divisional Court (ie. CN has appealed the  decision of the LPAT to Division Court for review). The City’s website will be updated as more information becomes available on the outcome of these proceedings.

Neighbourhood Information Meetings (NIM) were held on Aug. 30 and Nov. 29, 2017. Information regarding these meetings can be found here:

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments -

507 Frederick Street and 40, 44 & 48 Becker Street

The City of Kitchener has received applications for an Official Plan amendment and a zone change to accommodate an addition to the existing funeral home, as well as an expansion to the existing parking lot. 

A Neighbourhood Information Meeting (NIM) was held on Sept. 14, 2017. Information regarding this meeting can be found here:

 Vision Statement - 152 Shanley Street

On Apr. 28, 2018 the City of Kitchener held a design charrette for the lands located at 152 Shanley St. Information regarding this meeting can be found here:

Following the design charrette city staff developed a draft vision statement that reflects the views of the majority of those that participated in the design charrette.

A community engagement session was held on Sept. 27, 2018 to review the draft vision statement for additional input and comments.

On Nov. 5, 2018 the staff report and vision statement will be presented to the planning and strategic initiatives committee for consideration. The agenda for this meeting can be viewed on the city's website.

Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - 86 Pinnacle Drive

The City of Kitchener has received an application for a zoning by-law amendment for the property at 86 Pinnacle Dr. The application proposes to change the zoning from Residential Four Zone to Residential Six Zone to permit the site to be developed with a two storey, 16 unit, senior’s oriented apartment building.

Information regarding this application can be found here:

A Neighbourhood Information Meeting has been scheduled for September 10, 2019 (6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) at the Waterloo Region Museum (10 Huron Road). A formal presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Information regarding the meeting can be found here:

Proposed Subdivision, Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments – Auburn Development (Schneiders Redevelopment)
The City of Kitchener has received three applications for a large area of land (10.36 hectares) that is roughly bordered by Courtland Avenue East, Stirling Avenue South, the CN Rail line, and Borden Avenue South. The lands were previously developed with the Schneiders Factory (Maple Leaf Foods).  The Owner is proposing to comprehensively redevelop the lands into a mixed-use community with residential, commercial, and employment uses. 

A Neighbourhood Information Meeting (NIM) was held on July 15, 2019.  Information regarding this meeting can be found here: 

 Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments – 19-41 Mill Street

The City of Kitchener has received applications for an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for the property at 19 – 41 Mill Street. The Owner, Polocorp Inc. is proposing to develop the site with a multiple dwelling with approximately 176 dwelling units. The building is proposed to have a maximum height of 10 storeys, a base consisting of 3 storey townhouse style units which would front Mill Street and the Iron Horse Trail, and structured parking.

The Owner is requesting an amendment to the Mill Courtland Secondary Plan to redesignate the lands from Low Density Commercial Residential to High Density Commercial Residential; and an amendment to Zoning By-law 85-1 to rezone the lands from Commercial Residential Zone (CR-1) to Residential Eight Zone (R-8) with a site specific special regulation to permit:

  • A maximum height of 34.7 metres (10 storeys) and Floor Space Ratio of 3.5
  • A parking requirement of 1.1 spaces/unit 
  • Permit additional home business uses including: artisan’s establishment, commercial school, offices, and indirect sales.

Information regarding this application is available as follows:

We held a Neighbourhood Information Meeting on December 4, 2019.

Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - 290 Sheldon Avenue North

The City of Kitchener has received an application from Thresholds Housing and Supports for a Zoning By-law Amendment. The Owner is proposing to build a new 3 storey, 23 unit multiple dwelling and 5 bedroom residential care facility on this site. The existing 6 bedroom crisis/respite care facility currently located in the house on the property is proposed to remain. The Owner is requesting to change the zoning from Residential Four Zone (R-4) to Residential Six Zone (R-6) to permit the proposed development. They are proposing special regulations to permit:

  • 14 parking spaces rather than 32
  • To permit parking to be located between the building and the street, and
  • To permit 11 residents in the residential care facility rather than 8.

 Information regarding this application is available as follows:

A drop-in style Neighbourhood Information Meeting took place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Rockway Centre (1405 King St E, Kitchener):

Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - 448 New Dundee Road

This Zoning By-law Amendment Application would allow the construction of 27 single detached houses with frontage onto a private condominium road.  It is intended that the private road would connect to New Dundee Road and have an emergency access route to Ridgemount Street.  Each single detached house is proposed to be a unit within a condominium. See conceptual site plan drawing and photos of what the houses might look like. Information regarding this application can be found here:

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments - 1593 & 1603 Highland Road West
The Official Plan (OP) and Zoning By-law (ZBL) currently state that only commercial-type uses are permitted on the above properties; residential uses are not permitted.  The owner is requesting to change the OP and ZBL to permit up to 403 residential dwelling units within buildings containing commercial uses. Additional commercial uses are requested.  The owner is also requesting to reduce front, side yard, and rear yard setbacks, increase lot coverage, and reduce parking requirements.  If approved, these applications could lead to the redevelopment of the lots with a mixed-use development consisting of:
  • A 13-storey building and 16-storey building, with a total of 403 dwelling units,
  • 1,052 square metres (11,324 sq.ft.) of ground floor commercial space, and
  • 2 levels of underground parking.

There is also a new, city-wide ZBA that may come into effect soon (led by the City). To prepare for this, the owner is also making similar requests under that by-law.

 Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments – 239 Eden Oak Trail

The City of Kitchener has received an application for Official Plan and zoning by-law amendments to permit a Medium Rise Residential development, and to change the zoning from Residential Six Zone (R-6) with special regulations to Residential Eight Zone (R-8) with new special regulations. The proposed changes would allow the site to be developed with five 6-storey apartment buildings.

Information regarding these applications can be found here:

A virtual neighbourhood information meeting was held on January 13, 2021:

 Proposed Subdivision Modification and Zoning By-law Amendment – Rivertrail Ave

The owner of the lands, has made applications to modify Stage 5 of the draft approved Plan of Subdivision and to change the zoning to allow the site to be developed with 92 single detached dwellings, 75 street-fronting townhouse dwellings, a 2.05 ha park and new local streets.  For more information about the proposal and opportunities to provide comment please review the circulation letter.

 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - 138 Ebydale Drive

Reid’s Heritage Homes, the owner of 138 Ebydale Drive, has submitted an application to amend the Zoning By-law to allow the site to be developed with one bungalow house and 36 two-storey townhouses.  For more information about the proposal and opportunities to provide comment please review the circulation letter.

 Sign Variance Application - 110 Doon Road

The City of Kitchener has received an application for a Sign by-law variance to request permission to replace an existing ground supported sign with a ground supported sign containing automatic changing copy that is 20 metres from a street intersection (rather than required 23 metres); that is 22 metres from a residentially zoned property (rather than the required 100 metres); and, to have an area of 3.4 sq.m (rather than permitted maximum of 3 sq.m).

Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - 117-133 Vanier Drive

The City of Kitchener has received an application for a zoning by-law amendment to redevelop the property at 117-133 Vanier Drive.  The property owner is requesting to change the zoning to allow the property to be developed with a total of 36 stacked townhouse units within two buildings (multiple dwellings), which are proposed to be 3.5 storeys in height.  In addition, the owner is asking for a parking reduction to allow the proposal to have fewer parking spaces than what is typically required.

Information regarding this application can be found here:

A virtual neighbourhood information meeting was held on December 15:

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments – 660 Belmont Avenue West

The City has received applications to amend the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit a new mixed-use development. The proposed 13 storey (49 metres in height) mixed-use building is proposed to include:

  • 163 residential units (including 115 one bedroom units and 48 two-bedroom units), and
  • 1090 square metres of ground floor commercial space.

The Official Plan Amendment application requests to increase the maximum height to 13 storeys and 49 metres in height.

  • Currently, the Official Plan permits a maximum building height of 8 storeys or 25 metres.
  • However, an increase in building height, up to 50% (in this case, 12 storeys or 37.5 metres), is permitted for mixed-use buildings without an Official Plan Amendment

The Zoning By-law Amendment application requests to increase the maximum height to 13 Storeys and 49 metres and to reduce the residential parking requirement from 147 spaces (0.9 spaces per dwelling unit) to 130 spaces (0.8 spaces per dwelling unit).

  • No reductions are being sought for commercial parking requirements. The multi-unit commercial parking rate is 1 space per 35 square metres.
  • The current zoning is MIX-2: Mixed Use Two which permits a maximum height of 25 metres and 8 storeys.
  • The Zoning By-law allows commercial and residential parking to be shared for mixed-use buildings.

Information regarding this application can be found here:

A virtual neighbourhood information meeting was held on December 17, 2020. Download the presentation slides:

A second virtual NIM was held on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Materials from that meeting can be found below:

The Planning Division has prepared a Comprehensive Engagement Report which includes responses to the questions that were received during the two NIMs, as well as a summary of the ten small group discussions and the additional comments submitted with the small groups meeting RSVP emails.

A copy of all plans and reports submitted to the City are uploaded to the City’s Fileshare website which you can access by clicking below:

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments (298 Lawrence Avenue)

The City of Kitchener has received an application from Thresholds Homes and Supports for Official Plan and zoning by-law amendments to convert the existing building into a residential care facility that will operate as a group home facility offering supportive housing. To facilitate the redevelopment, the owner has requested to add a special policy area to the Official Plan to allow the “residential care facility” use and that a special use provision be added to the zoning by-law to allow the “residential care facility” use.  

A virtual neighbourhood information meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.(using Zoom online meeting platform).

Information regarding these applications and the Neighbourhood Information Meeting can be found here:

Proposed Telecommunications Tower - 55 Driftwood Drive

The City of Kitchener has received an application by Forbes Bros Ltd. on behalf of Rogers Communications Inc. to erect a telecommunications tower being 30 metres in height, on lands municipally known as 55 Driftwood Drive.

A neighbourhood information meeting was held by on February 10, 2021:

Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment - 42 Windom Drive

The City of Kitchener has received an application to demolish the existing building and construct a new 22-unit multiple dwelling building.

Information regarding this application can be found here:

Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendments – 276 King Street East

The application proposes changes the Official Plan and Zoning By-law in order to redevelop the property with a 7-storey mixed-use building. The ground floor would be for commercial use, while the upper six storeys would be for residential use. The application also requests to not require any parking for the commercial use (note that the current zoning does not require parking for the residential use).  For questions please contact Andrew Pinnell, Senior Planner (andrew.pinnell@kitchener.ca; 519-741-2200 ext. 7668)

A virtual neighbourhood information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (using the Zoom online meeting platform).

Information regarding these applications and the Neighbourhood Information Meeting can be found here:

Additional Dwelling Units (Detached) and Semi-Detached Duplexes

In 2019, Ontario passed Bill 108 (More Homes, More Choice Act). This requires municipalities to allow up to three units (two attached units plus one detached unit) on properties with a single detached, semi-detached, or street townhouse dwelling.

In Kitchener, duplexes in single detached dwellings and street townhouses has been widely allowed since the 1990s and this already meets the requirements of Bill 108.

You can review the following materials:

Visit our webpage about the project to learn more.