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.

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 Follow Project feature, or provide comments and share your ideas using the Comments section on this this page.

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 Follow Project feature, or provide comments and share your ideas using the Comments section on this this page.

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    Have you considered developing subdivisions that produce less car movement. When travelling we saw subdivisions I Canada that were rectangle based and in the centre had cafes, doctors office, pharmacy, schools small library and senior homes. All could connect within walking distance and be a sustainable multi age and purpose. Can this be done here?

    Shepard asked almost 2 years ago

    The Official Plan contains policies for creating  “complete communities”, meaning that that community and commercial needs should all be located in close proximity to where people live and work. Also, there is increasing emphasis on creating community’s that are walkable and  accessible. The Official Plan review will look to strengthen the complete community polices  to further encourage meeting the daily living needs in a convenient and accessible manner.

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    Share "Design and Plan of RMU-81"

    Noor Memon asked almost 2 years ago

    The City Zoning by-law can be found here: https://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/zoning-bylaw.aspx

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    Will the city's official plan contain policies for both high-quality architecture and a great public realm? Waterloo has a strong sense of character, and it would be great if development would be built to enhance & preserve this character - with a strong emphasis on context and aesthetics.

    daniel_kryz asked over 1 year ago

    Urban Design is and will continue to be an important part of the Official Plan. The Official Plan contains design objectives including promoting quality urban design, maintaining community character and public spaces. The Urban Design Manuel helps implement the Official Plan design objectives. The City’s Urban Design Manuel is going to be updated along with the City Official Plan.  

Page last updated: 14 Dec 2022, 10:03 AM