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.

Speed limits in residential neighbourhoods to be reduced

In order to improve traffic safety, the City of Kitchener has endorsed a plan that will reduce the speed limit in residential neighbourhoods from 50km/h to 40km/h over the next two to three years. Signs will be placed at the entrances and exits of identified neighbourhoods to make streets safer. In addition, school zones and neighbourhood bikeways located in these neighbourhoods will have speed limits reduced from the current limit of 40km/h to 30km/h. Major roadways that connect neighbourhoods or are used for travel across the city will remain at their current speed limit. The new neighbourhood area speed limits will come into effect as the signs are installed.

New firefighters, fire station will help improve response times, fire safety

City Council has approved the plan to increase fire suppression staff by 20 firefighters over the next four years and open a new fire station in 2026. Staff will be directed to complete a fire station location study in 2022 to determine the optimal location for a new fire station, and subsequent impacts on the response zones for other Kitchener fire stations. Additional firefighters and new fire station will assist in lowering response times and better serving an area of Kitchener that continues to see significant growth in its population and the number of tall buildings.

By-law inspectors to monitor sidewalks this winter

Council approved an increase of four additional staff to support the proactive sidewalk enforcement program for the 2021-2022 winter season. The addition of four by-law officers to the snow and ice program will allow for greater coverage in every ward of the city, ensuring city sidewalks are safe and accessible this winter. Additional staffing will also provide bylaw enforcement with the resources to provide targeted enforcement in locations with high volumes of complaints and non-compliance. As in previous years, staff will continue to respond to complaints and apply the city’s enforcement process as necessary.

Report shows Kitchener well positioned to accommodate growth, achieve targets

City Council approved an annual monitoring report on its growth strategy. The report indicates that Kitchener’s new residential development, increased density in the urban growth centre and overall intensification meet its Regional and Provincial goals. Kitchener continues to be well positioned to accommodate its allocated population and employment growth.