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Councillor Chapman OP comment hits home

On Thursday, Councillor Chapman posted on social media quoting Aurora’s Mayor Tom Mrakas regarding upholding Provincially approved Official Plans. Councillor Chapman said: “This would change the landscape substantially. A lot of work is put into official plans and yet they are easily amended. The current LPAT process has made it harder for residents to appeal planning decisions in defence of their city’s official plan. ‘Municipalities … Continue reading Councillor Chapman OP comment hits home

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Important Meeting for Large Development on Mill Street.

You are invited to attend the upcoming Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee meeting which will include discussion of the proposed development of 19-41 Mill St and the developer’s proposed official plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendments. Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. live-stream video available at kitchener.ca/watchnow A number of individuals and organizations are presenting at this meeting in an attempt to stop a … Continue reading Important Meeting for Large Development on Mill Street.

Mill St – Letter from John MacDonald

Mayor Vrbanovic, CouncillorsI would ask please that on Monday evening Councillors defer this matter, after listening specifically to delegations that may question the process undertaken to date with respect to this development application. The staff report makes much of a “Neighbourhood Working Group” and I ask that Councillors listen carefully to delegations from this group as to how they view the process that has been … Continue reading Mill St – Letter from John MacDonald

19-41 Mill St

Much has changed in a year on this project, some for the better, however there are issues that are still not being addressed (such as the excessive size/scale) or issues not yet understood (incompatibility/ disruption to the neighbourhood, heritage demolition, impact on adjacent sensitive zones, planning staff recommendation of the zone change request, not enough affordable housing provided (3%), dislodging nearly 20 tenants etc.) It is challenging to review and … Continue reading 19-41 Mill St

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A Letter to Andrew

Kitchener Housing Strategy Draft Requested response to the Kitchener Housing Strategy Draft and Focus Group provided by the City of Kitchener’s Engagement and Program Manager Andrew Ramsaroop Link to the Kitchener Housing Strategy draft here. Hi Andrew,  Thank you for taking the time to do small focus group meetings to discuss the CoK Housing Strategy. Our housing crisis needs to be solved. It should have been … Continue reading A Letter to Andrew

Dr, Gail Pool Presentation

Inclusionary Zoning presentation from delegate Dr. Gail Pool

Before Dr. Gail Pool’s presentation, I wanted to add what City Council officially passed for context. City Council October 5 2020 Agenda “NEW BUSINESS – a. Affordable Housing – Councillor B. Ioannidis has given notice that he will introduce the following motion for consideration this date: WHEREAS the City of Kitchener recognizes the importance of strong and diverse neighbourhoods where residents can grow and thrive; … Continue reading Inclusionary Zoning presentation from delegate Dr. Gail Pool

Housing Strategy

The City of Kitchener City Council votes on implementing Inclusionary Zoning Monday September 28 2020. Get the agenda here. Are you concerned with KW’s soaring real estate prices and your quality of life? Or have you become apathetic to it all? To quote a DTK neighbour they “downgraded” moving from Toronto, therefore it’s only natural for Kitchener residents to be displaced for housing as well. … Continue reading Housing Strategy