Kitchener is growing and evolving as we prepare for the arrival of the Ion, focus more on walkable communities, and make room for new development in and around our downtown.
With these changes, many residents have questions about the development process, such as "How does the approval process work?"; "What is the role of zoning amendments?"; and "How can I find out what changes are expected in my neighbourhood?" In an attempt to respond to some of those questions, the City of Kitchener has created a Citizen's Guide to Neighbourhood Development. It's intended to "explain what regulations are in place, what city processes and permits are required, how developments are approved and when the public has an opportunity to get involved."
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As the city updates development policies and guidelines such as the Comprehensive Review of the Zoning By-law (CRoZBy) and the Urban Guidelines Manual, this is a welcomed tool to assist residents in navigating these processes. As Councillor, I would support residents through such neighbourhood development tools, and work to engage citizens in more inclusive and accessible processes.
Mayor Vrbanovic wants to ensure residents are informed and engaged in city development processes. After a lengthy discussion in Council Chambers this past Monday about what this might look like and what it could achieve, Council supported the motion 9-2. Given the vast amount of development happening in the city, much of it around LRT stations, it’s encouraging to see Council attempting to make this process more accessible to residents.
As a neighbourhood association member, I’ve seen the benefits of effective communication with neighbourhoods. As a Councillor, I would advocate for increased engagement between neighbours, developers, and city planners as new developments continue to bring change to the city and its neighbourhoods.