Staff report going to Council Jan. 29

Over the past 2 weeks, staff have been preparing an additional conversation with the community as a result of Council’s deferral of Growing Together. This post provides the details of the additional drop-in session, which will be similar in format to those offered in November 2023.

  • Thursday Feb. 29 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm in the Rotunda on the first floor of City Hall. Staff from the Growing Together team as well as additional planning staff with expertise in land use policies, zoning regulations, and cultural heritage will be available. The councillors for wards 9 and 10, Cllr. Debbie Chapman and Cllr. Stephanie Stretch, will also be in attendance.

Through the Growing Together project, staff have had conversations with over 1,100 community members at 13 unique engagements spanning more than 72 hours. This additional engagement opportunity has been created to have further dialogue with the community on the general theme areas related to matters raised through written and verbal delegations at the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee meeting on Jan. 29, 2024. Those themes include:

  • How Growing Together works with Heritage Conservation District policies;
  • How built-form transition works where a low-rise zone abuts a mid-rise or high-rise zone;
  • The permissions and regulations in the SGA-1 zone; and
  • Lands outside of the Major Transit Station Areas within existing Secondary Plan Areas that are proposed to be zoned through this process.

Thank you, and we look forward to continued community engagement on Growing Together.


-Growing Together Team

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This project is now complete. On March 19, 2024 Kitchener City Council unanimously approved the Growing Together plan, a policy framework that builds on Kitchener’s role as a national leader in addressing the housing crisis. For more information, visit kitchener.ca.


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