Employment Land Conversion Submission Requested by July 31, 2020

23 Jun 2020

The Regional Official Plan (ROP) Review is currently underway. It provides an opportunity to assess the Region’s employment lands, which may prohibit non-employment uses such as residential, commercial, or institutional uses. One aspect of this assessment is to identify employment lands may be better suited for non-employment uses.


The Region is inviting land owners to submit requests for properties that are currently designated for employment to be converted to permit non-employment uses. Please refer to the employment land map to determine if your property is designated for employment.


Please submit requests electronically to RegionalOfficialPlanReview@regionofwaterloo.ca by July 31, 2020 with the following information:


  • Municipal address(es) and a map clearly outlining the area to be considered;
  • Property description, including the past/current uses and site characteristics that may make it unsuitable for employment use;
  • Proposed non-employment use, with as much detail as possible; and
  • Rationale for the conversion request.


All requests will be reviewed and evaluated against conversion criteria the Region as developed, which is based on Provincial policies and Regional objectives. Please note there is no guarantee that requests will result in a Regional staff’s recommendation and/or Council’s decision to convert employment lands to non-employment uses.


This employment land assessment is being conducted under the ROP Review, which will fulfill the Municipal Comprehensive Review requirements of the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.


Submissions should be received by July 31, 2020.


To speak to project staff or to submit a request, please contact:


Alyssa Bridge

Supervisor, Regional Official Plan Review

Planning Development and Legislative Services

Regional Municipality of Waterloo,

150 Frederick Street, 8th Floor,

Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3

Phone: 519-580-3948

Email: RegionalOfficialPlanReview@regionofwaterloo.ca



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