Property owners and interested parties are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss a proposed city-initiated Zoning By-law Amendment under section 34 of the Planning Act. 

Comprehensive Review of Zoning By-law (CRoZBy) – Stage 2a

The City of Kitchener is conducting a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-law (CRoZBy) to ensure that it implements the Official Plan. Zoning by-laws are legal documents that divide the city into different land-use zones, specifying permitted uses (e.g. residential or commercial) and required standards (e.g. building size and location). A new Zoning By-law (2019-051) that included most zones, but not the residential zones, was approved in April 2019 (Stage 1). The proposed amendment (Stage 2a) adds residential zones to the City’s new Zoning By-law and was first brought forward at a public meeting in October 2019.

Stage 2a of new Zoning By-law 2019-051 introduces seven residential zone categories and associated permitted uses and regulations. It establishes a range of zones that on the lower end permits limited residential building forms on large properties and on the upper end permits high rise apartments including permissions for supporting non-residential uses. It also includes general regulations that apply only to the residential zones such as maximum driveway widths and parking requirements. Minor proposed amendments   to Stage 1 include a revised approach to transition in building height between higher density properties and any abutting low-rise residential zones. The main difference from the by-law being considered at this meeting and the one considered in October 2019 are minor changes to the regulation of detached additional dwelling units (backyard homes).  Individual residential properties are not subject to new zoning at this time. The new zones will be applied to residential properties through future projects that will include additional notification. 

In keeping with physical distancing measures recommended by Public Health due to COVID-19, an electronic public meeting will be held by the Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee, a Committee of Council which deals with planning matters, on:

MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

(live-stream video available at

Any person may attend the virtual meeting and make written and/or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to, the above noted proposal. You may also register as a delegation at or by contacting Legislated Services at 519-741-2200 ext. 2203 no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 10, 2021.  A confirmation email and instructions for participating in the meeting electronically will be provided once your registration is received.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the City of Kitchener to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, but does not make a written submission to the City of Kitchener or an oral submission at the public meeting prior to approval/refusal of the proposal, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION is available by contacting the staff person noted below or viewing the staff report contained in the agenda (posted 10 days before the meeting at - click on the date in the Calendar of Events and select the appropriate committee). 

Tim Donegani, Senior Planner - 

Richard Kelly-Ruetz, Project Manager -