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Light rail transit station planning

Artist rendering of Uptown Waterloo LRT station

The Region of Waterloo is constructing a light rail transit (LRT) system that will link the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. For LRT construction updates, please visit the Region of Waterloo's website.

The City of Waterloo's involvement in the project is to lead the planning of station areas in Waterloo and the impact on nearby residents. For detailed background on the City of Waterloo's station area planning process, click here.

Station Area Planning Official Plan Amendment Receives Approval

On January 11, 2016 Regional Council ( the approval authority for Official plan amendments formally approved the Station Area Planning Official Plan amendment ( OPA14) .  Having received no appeals, OPA 14 came into full force and effect on February 1, 2018.

The City is now working on incorporating OPA 14 into the current version of our Official Plan. For now, see the Official Plan Amendment as well as the Regional modifications and approval letter.

The City is also working on implementing zoning for station areas. The zoning is anticipated to be presented to Council in the first half of 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Past Public updates

On June 26, 2017, a Formal Public Meeting was held on the final proposed Station Area Plans and implementing Official Plan Amendment. Council adopted the Official Plan Amendment and endorsed the Station Area Plans. See below for more information.

On December 5, 2016, staff presented a draft official plan amendment, zoning by-law amendment and changes to the urban design guidelines, to implement the draft station area plans.See below for more details:

To provide input on this draft work, email

The draft station area plans were received by council on April 25, 2016.

View our story map on station area planning.

A public open house was held on Thursday, May 12 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, Hauser Haus (101 Father David Bauer Dr, Waterloo). 

What is station area planning?

Station planning is the process of evaluating lands surrounding stations in to maximize the potential of the LRT system. A station area plan establishes a strategy for achieving transit-supportive neighbourhoods.

Station area planning backgrounder provides an overview of why station area plans are being developed in Waterloo, the core elements of the station area and the process of the station area plans. 

The following are the station area planning infographics:

Past work

Aug. 10, 2015 report to council

On Aug. 10 a staff and consultant report was received by council. This report summarized the main themes from the April and June consultation events, and identified future milestones.

June 16, 2015 - stakeholder workshop and open house

A day-long stakeholder workshop and evening public open house workshop were held on June 16, 2015 at Luther Village (139 Father David Bauer Dr. Waterloo). A lot of great input was received at both sessions, all of which will be considered in current and future milestones. Thanks Waterloo!

Materials from the sessions are below. See the Aug. 10, 2015 staff and consultant report for a synthesis of what we heard.

Urban Strategies Presentation

Stakeholder Workshop Agenda

April 7, 2015 - community workshop

A public launch was held on April 7, 2015 at Knox Presbyterian Church. See the materials and meeting notes below: