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. After the public meeting on December 9, 2019, we received over 140 formal written or oral submissions.

We are reviewing all the submissions and will follow up with individuals and groups if further dialogue or meetings are needed to understand and resolve the issues.

Staff will also be responding to the submissions before making any recommendations to Council. 

Regional Official Plan review

Since we started our neighbourhood planning reviews, 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.

Before continuing with our neighbourhood planning reviews, we need to understand how MTSAs are planning to be implemented at the regional level in order to ensure our work will align with the regional review.

Revisions to Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment

Given the regional review, we expect that we will need to make changes to the proposed official plan and zoning bylaw amendments that were considered at the public meeting in December 2019.

We will be scheduling another public meeting to consider the changes. Subscribe to this page to get an email with details.