Key decisions of Council is a summary of major discussion items presented at Kitchener City Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

My Ideal City: Students share their ideas with Kitchener Council

Fourteen students from schools across Kitchener presented their vision for an ideal city to Kitchener Council Monday evening. This annual contest asks 10 – 12-year-old students to write a short creative essay highlighting the programs and services they would like to see in their city to make it a better place for everyone. Winning entries came from students at King Edward P.S., Suddaby P.S., Willamsburg P.S., St. Mark C.S., Queensmount P.S. and Groh P.S.

Zoning by-law amendment sets the stage for future

Council approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Review of the Zoning By-law (CRoZBy – Stage 2a) to incorporate residential base zones that outline the categories, permitted uses and regulations related to backyard homes and other residential dwellings. CRoZBy Stage 2a streamlines nine residential zones into seven zones to align with the low, medium and high-rise residential land use designations in the Official Plan. Approving this zoning amendment will set the stage for phased completion of the City’s new zoning by-law over the next several years and will have a major impact on the future of Kitchener.

Telecommunication tower revenue will help boost free public Wi-Fi and public access computers

City Council has approved a proposal for the City to enter into an agreement with a third-party telecommunication company to lease space on city-owned land located at 35 Sportsworld Drive and 135 Homer Watson Boulevard to install multi-carrier capable telecommunications towers. These areas of the city are currently underserviced by cellular service providers.

The annual revenue from the lease will be used to help fund public Digital Kitchener initiatives including free public Wi-Fi, public access computers at community centres and other technology-related programs. For more information about Digital Kitchener initiatives, visit

City to create best practice guide for dealing with termites

City staff will prepare a best practice guide for residents and property owners dealing with termites. The guide will help residents and property owners limit the impact of long-term termite damage and spread into private and public property. City Building staff undertook a successful termite control pilot project in 2015 that involved installation of monitoring traps, borate treatments, application of nematodes and community yard waste cleanup weekends.

For more information, please contact:

Bethany Rowland
Director, Corporate Communications & Marketing