We’re reviewing the land use planning rules in the Lower Doon neighbourhood. You can find everything related to this review on this page.

On this page:

  1. About the review
  2. Land use study final report
  3. November 2020 engagement session
  4. September 2020 engagement session
  5. Phase 1 – land use study
  6. Phase 2 – planning amendments
  7. Existing land use policies and zoning
  8. Cultural heritage resources

About the review

We’re updating the land use planning and zoning regulations in the Lower Doon and Doon campus of Conestoga College area. This study area includes land on both sides of Homer Watson Boulevard near highway 401 and the Grand River.

The existing policies and regulations in this area were developed before 2002, with some dating back to the late 1970s.

Download the study area map

We intend to complete this review in two phases:

  1. Land use study: issues and options report
  2. Planning amendments

The end result will include:

  • new goals and a new plan for the area through new Official Plan policies and land use
  • new zoning provisions
  • new urban design guidelines for any development
  • updated cultural heritage conservation
  • other potential recommendations

Land use study final report

The Lower Doon Land Use Study Final Report will be going to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee for council’s consideration on March 8, 2021. The staff report and Appendix’s will be available the week before this meeting. Until then, you can familiarize yourself with the recommendations staff will be asking council to endorse by looking at the consultant’s final recommendation report for the Lower Doon area.

November 2020 engagement session

We hosted two online meetings on Wednesday, November 18 to review draft recommendations for the Lower Doon area.

September 2020 engagement session

We hosted a virtual engagement session on September 22, 2020. The workshop included a presentation, conversation and exploration of land uses in Lower Doon.

Find the presentation used at the session and recordings of the session below:

Phase 1 – land use study

We hired a consultant, The Planning Partnership, to lead phase 1 of this neighbourhood planning review.

This process will involve public and stakeholder engagement to review the existing and potential issues, explored desired outcomes and options and offer a recommended course of action for the next phase of work.

The result will be an issues and options report provided to committee or council in winter 2021.

Background report

This report includes background information on the work completed so far. This includes what we heard from residents and outlines options and possible next steps for the study.

Neighbourhood engagement workshop

We are seeking input from all landowners, residents and stakeholders in the study area to help explore the future vision, goals and preferred outcomes. Our first introductory workshop session was held on February 4, 2020 at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre.

If you want to review the information we shared during this session, download the workshop material.

Engagement summary report

The community feedback from one-one-one conversations with residents through December 2019 and January 2020 have been compiled along with the results of our February engagement workshop into a summary report.

Phase 2 – planning amendments

Staff will use the recommendations from the phase 1 report to move forward with formal amendments to planning documents.

This will involve:

  • reviewing and replacing the existing community plan, block plan(s) and zoning for the area
  • reviewing and replacing any neighbourhood specific urban design expectations for any new development
  • formally updating the cultural heritage framework

We will engage landowners, residents and stakeholders during this process.

Existing land use policies and zoning

Cultural heritage resources

Within the Lower Doon / Conestoga College – Doon Campus area, there are several properties that are either listed or designated on our heritage register.

In our Cultural Heritage Landscape Study, the Lower Doon area and Homer Watson Park were identified as areas that required further review. At the time, the evaluation for this area did not clearly meet the criteria for being a significant cultural heritage landscape but did call for more review within the area.

We hired Stantec Consulting Ltd. to do more research on the cultural heritage value of the area. 

Cultural heritage resources will be part of the information considered in this project and during upcoming public/stakeholder engagement. If you have any feedback, you can use our comment and feedback form.