Kitchener inviting participants to develop new official plan

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Kitchener is looking for participants to help create a new official plan that will guide growth and map how neighbourhoods will evolve and change.

The official plan will include the types of housing to be built and where, as well as infrastructure needed for expected growth. The city is expected to grow to more than400,000 residents.

“Kitchener is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, and as we grow into a City of over 400,000 people by 2051, the input of our Kitchener residents will be key,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.  “This big picture, long-term thinking aligns with the development of a new official plan and will speak to how Kitchener will change and grow in the coming years.

“Feedback will shape the strategy that determines the type of housing that can be approved, and it will also be used as a guide when considering proposals that require council approval.”

Visit to learn about the community working group that will help guide a growth plan.

A community working group will include up to 30 community members who will attend in-person and occasional virtual meetings to share information.

“Kitchener is growing fast and facing many city-building challenges, especially the housing crisis,” said Rosa Bustamante, Director, Planning and Housing Policy. “Kitchener 2051 is an opportunity to tackle these issues head-on, ask big questions, and prepare us for an uncertain future.”

More information about the City of Kitchener’s official plan can be found at


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