Growing Together

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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.


Kitchener is growing, and a lot of that growth is around the ION LRT system.

Intensification around transit is a core fundamental principle of Ontario’s planning framework. It has been since the introduction of the Places to Grow and Greenbelt Acts in 2005. These areas have been identified as Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) by the Region of Waterloo. MTSAs have unique policies at both the provincial and regional level. Growing Together will carry out those policies by updating the City’s Official Plan and Zoning by-law.

Growing Together will create a planning framework for Kitchener’s MTSAs. This will enable and encourage responsible growth for many years to come.

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An Award Winning Process

Growing Together has won four awards to date:

  • A Smart50 Award, an international award honouring the 50 most transformative smart projects of the year. Additionally, at the Smart Cities Connect conference in Denver in May 2023, Growing Together was announced as one of the top-3 projects overall.
  • A 2023 Excellence in Municipal Systems award by the Municipal Information Systems Association of Ontario.
  • Honorable mention at the 2023 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada Core Values Awards
  • A finalist for the World Smart City Awards in the Infrastructure and Building project award category. Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s biggest and most influential event on urban innovation.


Kitchener is growing, and a lot of that growth is around the ION LRT system.

Intensification around transit is a core fundamental principle of Ontario’s planning framework. It has been since the introduction of the Places to Grow and Greenbelt Acts in 2005. These areas have been identified as Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) by the Region of Waterloo. MTSAs have unique policies at both the provincial and regional level. Growing Together will carry out those policies by updating the City’s Official Plan and Zoning by-law.

Growing Together will create a planning framework for Kitchener’s MTSAs. This will enable and encourage responsible growth for many years to come.

Stay informed

If you would like to get email updates about this project, add your email to the Stay Informed section and click ‘Subscribe’.

An Award Winning Process

Growing Together has won four awards to date:

  • A Smart50 Award, an international award honouring the 50 most transformative smart projects of the year. Additionally, at the Smart Cities Connect conference in Denver in May 2023, Growing Together was announced as one of the top-3 projects overall.
  • A 2023 Excellence in Municipal Systems award by the Municipal Information Systems Association of Ontario.
  • Honorable mention at the 2023 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada Core Values Awards
  • A finalist for the World Smart City Awards in the Infrastructure and Building project award category. Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s biggest and most influential event on urban innovation.


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Priority Streets Exercise

8 months


Which streets in Kitchener's Major Transit Station Areas - lands near the ION stops - do you find interesting and enjoyable to be on? Which streets do you wish had more to see and do? Share your comments on our interactive map!

Instructions:

  1. Zoom into to the place that you want to pin.
  2. Click the plus sign (+) to choose one of two (2) pins: interesting or enjoyable streets and streets that need more to see and do.
  3. Drag and drop the pin to the street section within the MTSA boundary.
  4. Add any accompanying comments to that pin.
  5. Click ‘Submit’.
  6. Add as many pins as you like! 

Map closes: August 11, 2023

CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.
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Growing Together - Kitchener's MTSAs

10 months

What are your favourite places in Kitchener's MTSAs?

Where would you like to live within Kitchener's MTSAs?

Which areas do you not visit in Kitchener's MTSAs?

Share your comments on our interactive map!

Instructions:

  1. Zoom into to the place that you want to pin.
  2. Click the plus sign (+) to choose one of three (3) pins: favourite places, where you would like to live, or areas that you do not visit.
  3. Drag and drop the pin to the right place within the MTSA boundary.
  4. Add your comments to that pin.
  5. Click ‘Submit’.
  6. Add as many pins as you like! It's also ok for a location to have multiple pins.

Map closes: May 13, 2023

CLOSED: We are no longer accepting contributions to this map.