Erbsville South block plan study

A block plan study is taking place for an area in the northwest corner of Waterloo, near the corner of Erbsville and Wideman roads. A block plan study will identify how the area may grow and develop. The study will review growth and development options and provide policies for transportation, environmental protection and managing growth. This study project includes a plan that:

  • ensures important environmental features are protected;
  • outlines the general structure and types of residential units that will be developed;
  • ensures development is compact, efficient and meets local, regional and provincial policy;
  • ensures development is appropriately integrated and compatible with adjacent neighbourhoods; and
  • promotes a form of development that encourages walking, cycling and provides appropriate opportunities for trails and appreciation of nature.

As background to the block plan, an environmental study was completed. It confirmed natural features and functions, identified areas to be protected and recommended development setbacks and mitigation measures. The study was endorsed by council in June 2018.

On June 11, 2019, a public information centre was held where staff shared information regarding the vision and principles and the draft block plan concepts and options. If you weren't available to attend this public information centre, we're still looking for input. Tell us what you think by completing our survey below.

A block plan study is taking place for an area in the northwest corner of Waterloo, near the corner of Erbsville and Wideman roads. A block plan study will identify how the area may grow and develop. The study will review growth and development options and provide policies for transportation, environmental protection and managing growth. This study project includes a plan that:

  • ensures important environmental features are protected;
  • outlines the general structure and types of residential units that will be developed;
  • ensures development is compact, efficient and meets local, regional and provincial policy;
  • ensures development is appropriately integrated and compatible with adjacent neighbourhoods; and
  • promotes a form of development that encourages walking, cycling and provides appropriate opportunities for trails and appreciation of nature.

As background to the block plan, an environmental study was completed. It confirmed natural features and functions, identified areas to be protected and recommended development setbacks and mitigation measures. The study was endorsed by council in June 2018.

On June 11, 2019, a public information centre was held where staff shared information regarding the vision and principles and the draft block plan concepts and options. If you weren't available to attend this public information centre, we're still looking for input. Tell us what you think by completing our survey below.

Please share your comments regarding the Erbsville South study area to help us in developing a block plan.
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It is extremely important that the natural environment be maintained in this area. The need for development is secondary to the need to protect our natural spaces and the wildlife residing there. Let's not let money trump all, as usual.

Ambi 5 months ago

I am happy to see stress being put on both protecting the environment and fixing some very dangerous traffic issues (most concerning is the left turn south on Erbsville from Conservation). I am a resident of the east side of Erbsville for over a decade. We have an extremely high number of wildlife species that live in the Laurel Creek conservation area and travel the corridor of trees north of Forest Gate and through the south property in the plan. There *must* be a wildlife corridor installed to allow both reptiles and mammals safe crossing or else you strand them to one side. Many of these species are endangered or at risk including both the snapping and blanding turtles. Additionally, a pedestrian 'island' or crosswalk should be installed where the Forest Gate path comes to the sidewalk, just north of or across from Wideman, not at the Forest Gate street entrance. High school kids never walk north to get to SJAM, they all travel through that path and then dodge cars to cross.

Cat 5 months ago

as a cyclist who rides up to and through Erbsville, my concerns are about traffic speeds and bike lanes.The speed limit is posted at 50 kph. Large dump trucks and other similar vehicles 'roar' through the village well above this speed. Most of the personal vehicle drivers obey the speed and even slow for cyclists.Sight views in the village are hampered by overhanging branches or trees growing too close to the road.Installing a round-about at Conservation Dr and Erbsville Rd will be helpful. The comments by the residents are applicable too: where are children in this growing area supposed to play and recreate without having to go up the road to Macdonald SS?Thank you.

Shimin 7 months ago

In an area with so many young families it would be nice to see parks/green space being planned in these designs. Since taxes are already so high on streets like Regal Place, etc. it seems unfortunate we really have little access to city services such as children's parks, soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, etc.

Matt C 9 months ago

Pedestrian cut-throughs are excellent ways to keep neighbourhoods connected that encourages walking and bicycling, and have pedestrian patterns that are not subject to the noise and danger of vehicle traffic. Are these being required in the development plan?

kwsl560 9 months ago

I was not able to attend this open house but from looking at the presentation it does not appear much different than the October 2012 edition. So now an environmental assessment has been completed yet prior to its completion you allowed the doubling of lots on Regal Pl. again in 2018 the area went from an R4zoning to an R3 without completion of this study. So it makes me wonder why are we even doing this, the changes are being made anyway. It’ll be said that Regal pl. was not part of the study yet you allowed a major change to take place and not at all how it was presented in 2012. So now we are here and I can only hope that proper consideration is given to traffic flow through this area. I’ve been a voice for this proponent for nearly two decades now. The rumour mill has it that there will be a round about built at the Conservation/Erbsville intersection with property already acquired for the purpose, again study is only happening but it appears that the fore gone conclusion is already at hand. Please forgive my cynicism but decades of dealing with this hasn’t given me any warm fuzzies. I certainly hope to attend the May meeting and do hope you can provide a greater lead time with an actual date.

Joe V. 9 months ago

Erbsville Road is badly in need of better sidewalks and cycling paths to encourage more active transportation in northwest Waterloo. Currently, the entire stretch north of Keats Way only has sidewalk on one side, with no pratical bike lanes. There are no shoulders, and the drainage ditches make cycling dangerous. These features have got to become a higher priority, including the strategy for upgrading existing road infrastructure to connect to cycling paths created during road reconstruction.

LNZ 9 months ago