Updating the City of Waterloo Official Plan

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About the project

The City of Waterloo’s Official Plan is an important document that guides land use decision-making for the city. It represents council's vision for growth and change within the city, guided by the public interest.

The Official Plan was approved in 2012, but under provincial requirements, the plan must be reviewed every 10 years. A review of the city’s Official Plan will ensure the plan meets updated provincial planning requirements and is an opportunity to address local issues, needs and ensure the plan is consistent with any other policy documents that may have changed since the initial approval of the plan.

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About the project

The City of Waterloo’s Official Plan is an important document that guides land use decision-making for the city. It represents council's vision for growth and change within the city, guided by the public interest.

The Official Plan was approved in 2012, but under provincial requirements, the plan must be reviewed every 10 years. A review of the city’s Official Plan will ensure the plan meets updated provincial planning requirements and is an opportunity to address local issues, needs and ensure the plan is consistent with any other policy documents that may have changed since the initial approval of the plan.

Getting involved

This page will be updated regularly with project update and key dates. Feel free to ask questions using the Questions section. Sign up to get regular updates using the Subscribe feature, or provide comments and share your ideas using the Comments section on this this page.

  • Special Public Meeting for Official Plan Review

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    06 Nov 2020

    NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING

    CITY OF WATERLOO OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW

    Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Waterloo will hold an electronic Special Public Meeting, pursuant to Section 26 of the Planning Act, on December 7, 2020 at a time to be determined. The purpose of the meeting is to initiate the ten-year review of the City of Waterloo Official Plan (OP). The Planning Act of Ontario requires that new Official Plans must be revised ten years after coming onto effect in order to ensure that they conform with provincial plans, have regard for matters of provincial interest and are consistent with provincial policy statements. The City OP ten-year review will also consider the local context to assess whether revisions to address local issues, opportunities, plans and trends may be warranted.

    To facilitate discussion at the Special Public Meeting, a staff report (IPPW2020-060) has been prepared, outlining a proposed Terms of Reference for the Official Plan Review as well as providing a preliminary issues list that may inform potential revisions to the OP.

    This meeting shall constitute the Special Public Meeting required under Section 26 of the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, as amended. It is anticipated that at the conclusion of the public meeting, Council will decide whether to approve the Terms of Reference.

    HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

    The purpose of the public meeting is to share information and to hear and consider public and stakeholder comments regarding the Official Plan as part of City Council’s decision making process. The public is invited to watch and/or listen to the remote meeting on youtube.com/citywaterloo/live and may participate by submitting written comments in advance of the public meeting and/or arranging to speak to the subject. Council shall have regard to any written submissions about what revisions may be required to the OP and shall give any person who attends the special public meeting an opportunity to be heard on that subject. Names, addresses and comments may be made public.

    TO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS

    You can submit written comments, no later than 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 to ensure your comments are included in the City Council Agenda, in the following ways:

    Via email to clerkinfo@waterloo.ca

    By dropping off a hardcopy at Waterloo City Hall, addressed to the office of the City Clerk, 3rd floor, 100 Regina St S, Waterloo, ON

    By placing a hardcopy in the after hours mail slot beside the side door entrance on William St E

    All written submission should clearly state “Special Public Meeting, December 7, Official Plan Review” at the top of the letter/correspondence.

    TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING

    If you wish to speak to the subject, please contact the Legislative Services Division no later than 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020 by any of the following ways:

    By phone at 519-747-8705

    By email to clerkinfo@waterloo.ca

    When we receive your registration, we will send you a confirmation message and instructions for participating in the remote public meeting. Instructions will also be provided during the meeting to ensure that those watching the remote public meeting will be given the opportunity to speak.

    For further information regarding the above matter or to receive a copy of planning report IPPW2020-060, please contact the City of Waterloo Planning Division, 2nd Floor, Waterloo City Centre, Waterloo, Ontario, by contacting Michelle Lee at 519-747-6068 or michelle.lee@waterloo.ca