We’re reviewing the land use and planning framework for specific neighbourhoods in Kitchener. These areas may have existing secondary plans or community plans that are over 30 years old.

To help implement new directions from the province, region, city and other agencies, we’re evaluating and updating existing plans to create new ones.

On this page:

  1. Planning review process
  2. Proposed amendments
  3. Next steps

Planning review process

Our neighbourhood planning review process involves:

The locations we have been reviewing are mostly in central neighbourhoods, but there are 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 these studies:

  • Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) Plans
  • Kitchener’s Cultural Heritage Landscape Study (CHLS)
  • Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study (RIENS).

Proposed amendments

We released these proposed changes for seven of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods in October 2019:

  • Official Plan changes
  • Zoning Bylaw changes, including updated land use maps and policies, permitted uses and associated regulations

We held a statutory public meeting to get input and comments from the community on December 9, 2019. No decisions were made at this meeting.

We are analyzing this input to prepare the final amendments for consideration of adoption by city council.

Staff report and appendices: 

Use our interactive maps to find out what your property is currently zoned and what staff has proposed for your property to be zoned.


Next steps

We are now in the “issues resolution” phase.

In response to the December 9, 2019 statutory public meeting, staff received more than 200 submissions. These documents include the submissions and staff responses:

Staff will present these documents to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee for their information on June 14, 2021. No decisions on these documents will be made at this meeting.

Staff have not yet updated the Secondary Plan mapping. This mapping will be part of the next phase of community consultation and engagement.

Regional Official Plan review

In 2019 and in 2020 the Provincial Growth Plan underwent several changes, one of which now requires an upper-tier municipality, the Region of Waterloo, to define the boundaries and minimum density targets for Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) in their Official Plan.

The Region of Waterloo has started the review of their Official Plan. They are reviewing and analyzing land budget needs, intensification areas across the region, Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) boundaries and more. This review will inform the development of new or updated Regional Official Plan policies.

Neighbourhood specific guidelines

Between February and May of 2019, Urban Design Planning Staff held six Design Charrettes with residents of the new Secondary Plan areas to collaboratively develop Urban Design Guidelines specific to their neighbourhood.

These Neighbourhood Specific Guidelines were considered as part of the December 9, 2019 public meeting:

  • Cedar Hill and Schneider Creek neighbourhood
  • Victoria Park neighbourhood
  • Civic Centre neighbourhood
  • Rockway neighbourhood
  • King Street East neighbourhood
  • Midtown neighbourhood

These guidelines can proceed in advance of the statutory public meetings planned for 2023 and are recommended for approval and inclusion in our Urban Design Manual to guide redevelopment happening in the Secondary Plan areas in the interim.

Future engagement

Due to the changes in the Provincial Growth Plan and the Region’s Official Plan Review, the timeline for consideration of the Secondary Plans has changed, and the earliest that Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, to implement the Neighbourhood Planning Review work, can be considered is early 2023. 

Future consultation and engagement sessions with each of the neighbourhoods and meetings with stakeholders could start later this year and continue into 2022 so that staff will be able to hold statutory public meetings in early 2023.

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