City of Waterloo Council summary - October 5, 2020

Posted On Monday October 05, 2020

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

Council approves additional affordable housing

Council has approved the construction of a new five storey 32-unit apartment building within the central open space of the existing townhouse complex on Beechwood Drive. The first four storeys will contain 32 one-bedroom units and the fifth storey is a communal amenity space for residents of the building.

The construction of the new building was unanimously supported by Council following a formal public meeting. The building will be constructed at 693 Beechwood Drive. Through the addition of the new apartment building, the overall site will contain a mix of bedrooms units ranging from one to four bedrooms, with a combined total of 110 units and 242 bedrooms. The Beechwood Cooperative Housing is behind the additional building and they have indicated the new units will be affordable housing.


Eby Farmhouse and Carnegie Library receive heritage designations

Council is protecting important pieces of the city’s history by designating the Eby Farmhouse as a heritage property and amending the existing heritage designation for the Carnegie Library by expanding the list of heritage attributes.

The city-owned Eby Farmhouse in Waterloo Park is the original house on the 65-acre farm that the Town of Waterloo purchased in December 1890 for the creation of Waterloo Park, and is the only remaining structure from the original farmstead. The farmhouse was assessed to determine its cultural heritage value by both staff and an independent consultant and all agreed it warranted a heritage designation.

The Carnegie Library at 40 Albert Street was constructed between 1903 and 1905, and is located on a triangular property formed by the Albert and Dorset Street intersection. The City-owned property contains a two-storey red pressed-brick building, which was designed in the Classical Revival style by architect Charles Moogk.


The City of Waterloo Corporate Climate Action Plan (CorCAP)

As part of its ongoing commitment to address Climate Change, Council has approved the terms of reference for the city’s Corporate Climate Action Plan.

The focus of this plan is to develop an implementation plan for the 29 recommended initiatives contained in the 2019 City of Waterloo Conservation Demand Management Plan to lead the city toward achieving its goal to reduce its corporate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by a minimum of 80 per cent by 2050 (compared against the city’s 2011 baseline). This Terms of Reference proposes a work plan for the development of a CorCAP over four phases that span to July 2022 when a detailed and integrated corporate approach to achieve our corporate emissions reduction target will be presented to Council.   


Extension of the SOLER (Support Our Local Economic Recovery) initiative and Uptown Sidewalk patio program

As part of Council’s ongoing commitment to assist local businesses as they work through the challenges presented by the pandemic, it has agreed to extend the popular SOLER and Uptown Sidewalk Patio programs, that allows temporary outdoors patios city-wide and expanded sidewalk patios in the Uptown, to January 2022. In 2020, 24 SOLER licenses have been issued, along with six Uptown Sidewalk Patio approvals. This extension will allow businesses to maximize the patio season. Patios can stay open longer in the uptown, until snow clearing of sidewalks needs to commence. Before the extension, Uptown Sidewalk Patio licenses were set to expire on October 15, and the SOLER program was set to expire at the end of 2020.


Council approves new plan for developing Erbsville South

Council has approved a Block Plan for Erbsville South, which provides land use planning direction and a vision for development in the area. The Block Plan was prepared through an open public process with input received from a range of stakeholders and interested persons. The recommended Block Plan will be incorporated into the City’s Official Plan. The Block Plan helps implement the intent of the Official Plan by providing a greater level of detail and direction for land uses. The Block Plan process included stakeholder meetings, online engagements, open houses, and public review of draft policies and mapping.


Traffic Calming – Dunvegan Drive, Margaret Avenue and Woolwich Street

Following a request from area residents, Council has approved a traffic calming study for Dunvegan Drive between Lexington Road and Sandowne Drive, Margaret Avenue between Lincoln Road and Bridgeport Road E and Woolwich Street between University Avenue E and Bridle Trail. A consultant will be hired to administer the study that will consider a variety of traffic calming methods to address the identified issues that include both active and passive traffic calming measures. There will be consultation with affected residents, the general community and involved stakeholders including City and Region departments. It is anticipated that the study will commence in the winter of 2020 and approved recommendations implemented in the summer of 2021.



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