City of Waterloo council summary May 31, 2021

Posted On Monday May 31, 2021

** The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at today's council meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Council gives greenlight to backyard hens

Council has approved a bylaw that permits backyard hens. The bylaw outlines the rules governing the keeping of hens, including the establishment of a registry and education package to assist any resident who wishes to keep hens.

Council supports climate change mitigation strategy

Consistent with its strategic plan and in recognition of its declared climate emergency Council has endorsed the TransformWR strategy, as the community climate change mitigation strategy for the City of Waterloo. Council has also directed staff to develop an implementation plan; and incorporate the strategy into strategic and business plans as well as the city’s budget process where applicable. Council also endorsed in principle an interim absolute community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 50 per cent by 2030. Recognizing that the bold and immediate local actions in the TransformWR strategy are expected to achieve a 30 per cent reduction by 2030, Council emphasizes that bold and immediate actions from the provincial and federal government will also be required to reach this deeper reduction target.

Union Street reconstruction

Council has approved $2.5 million for the Union Street East (King to Moore) reconstruction project. This is a multi-year project, with the initial work to incude design, property acquisitions and utility relocations with reconstruction in 2023 and 2024. The project will include new underground utilities, sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings and cycling lanes.

Market Trail approval

Active transportation is a strategic priority for Council and demonstrated that support, by approving the spending of $2.9 million for the construction of multi-use-paths and other associated works on Phillip Street, Conestogo Road and Parkside Drive. The construction will include enhancement of the overall streetscape on some streets, connections to ION stations and complete important gaps within the active transportation network.

Backyard fires remain prohibited

Following a thoughtful discussion, Council has decided that backyard fires will remain prohibited in the city. Council cited concerns around health and environmental issues for continuing with the ban.


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