City of Waterloo council summary, May 30, 2022

Posted On Monday May 30, 2022

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

City’s neighbourhood strategy enjoys numerous successes

Creating and strengthening connections between neighbours is an important way to ensure a sense of belonging, safety, and cohesion. In 2021, neighbours continued to find creative ways to make connections with each other despite the pandemic as the city continues to make great progress in implementing its neighbourhood strategy.
Now in its third year of implementation, notable highlights include:

  • How-to guide development occurred on a variety of topics to provide easy to read information for neighbours about city resources, processes and programs. There are now 18 guides available
  • Launched a corporate Instagram to connect with younger and more diverse audiences and promote neighbourhood connections across the City. Through engaging posts and fun promotional campaigns, the number of followers increased by 133 per cent and successfully connected with the post-secondary student audience
  • Launched the Neighbourhood Kindness Program in January encouraging residents to nominate neighbourly actions. More than 100 nominations were received in 2021
  • The temporary At-Home Garden program was expanded in 2021 to provide 200 residents with an opportunity to stay connected and learn skills at home during the pandemic. Each garden kit included soil, containers, assorted vegetables and herbs, and planting guidelines
  • Mini Grants for Neighbours funds continued to be requested for a wide-range of initiatives. Grant recipients since the launch in 2018 were surveyed to provide program feedback and assess ease of use
  • Coordinated a winter workshop series. Topics included virtual volunteering, communicating with neighbourhood audiences during COVID-19, best practices for moderating a social media community, active bystander training, and anti-racism in neighbourhoods
  • Hosted workshops for a virtual Neighbourhood Summit. Two workshops were presented by Community Justice Initiatives focusing on getting to know your neighbours: the barriers to relationship building and addressing conflict and one workshop delivered by Reception House about how neighbours can support refugees

Council approves rezoning application – more affordable housing coming

Council has approved a rezoning application that will see four single residential homes replaced with a six storey multi-residential building containing 100 units (110 bedrooms) through the utilization of density bonusing. The development will consist of a mix of one and two bedroom units, with 27 vehicular parking spaces and 28 bike parking spaces. The building will be constructed at 314-316 Batavia Pl and 295-297 Albert St. In addition, the developer will contribute $480,000 to affordable housing in the city and/or the city’s Affordable Housing Grant Program.

Council approves an official plan amendment that will allow the construction of new residences

Council adopted an official plan amendment that provides additional flexibility in building heights (up to 12 metres/four storeys) for certain unit types, such as stacked townhouses, on a few of the proposed development blocks to be created in the proposed residential neighbourhood located in the southwest corner of Conservation Drive and Beaver Creek Road. This amendment could indirectly provide for additional dwelling units, as building height is currently restricted to 10 metres (three storeys). The related Plan of Subdivision is currently under appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal. The actual number of units that could be constructed will be determined through the detailed design of each development block, as part of a future site plan process and subject to zoning.

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