Since September 2015, Ward 4 residents have actively participated in asking Council to decline applications that will see a change in the residential zoning in Ward 4 and in particular changing the residential three zoning (R3) to allow for increased density, such as stacked townhomes or more homes on smaller lots.

For the first time in over 50 years, the City of Waterloo is undertaking a comprehensive zoning by-law review to implement the 2012 Official Plan and to update its zoning regulations to reflect current planning standards and best practices. Under this work, the opportunity exists for current homeowners to comment on the residential zoning in our area to ensure that it not only remains as is, but that it only allows for one single residential home to be built. 

I cannot emphasize enough how critically important this window of opportunity is.  The developers have all hired professional planners to comment on the zoning.  They are asking for flexibility, for a mix in housing types and to allow for increased density everywhere and anywhere in the City.  Without citizen participation, the large lot fabric that is becoming extinct in Waterloo and that exists in various parts of Ward 4 will become the prime location for developers to seek intensification.  

Without citizen contribution to the comprehensive by-law review, Council and staff will have no tools by which to refuse zoning applications that request increased density such as the recent application at 355 Lexington road.  I believe more applications for increased density will be forthcoming. The need for citizen action is critical and the ability to affect permanent, long-term, change is now.  

How can you participate?

1. Inform yourself and attend the neighbourhood meeting Wed. May 18, 7pm RIM rm. 207

2. Review the proposed zoning map at: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/contentresources/resources/business/ZBR_zoning_map_Jan11_2016.pdf

3. Write Letters in support of the comprehensive zoning and email them to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or mail them to 

City of Waterloo, Planning Approvals Division
Attn: Zoning By-law Review
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8

These letters are very important.  Consider identifying the following:

- the important characteristics of your home and neighbourhood

- why you chose your lot/home

- why one, single detached home should be built on the R1, R2 and R3 zoning.  

- that the zoning as outlined in the official plan and in particular the larger R3 zoning should remain as is with no changes

- the importance of maintaining the lot fabric in terms of setbacks and total lot coverage related to size of homes

- that increased density should occur where the City has planned for it before considering higher density in sub-urban areas of the City

Letters must be received by the City before July 2016.

 

Waterloo residents have two main options for leaf disposal: 

  • The Region of Waterloo's bi-weekly yard waste service: residents collect their own leaves and either put out with regular garbage/recycling pick-up. In 2015, this service ends the week of Nov. 16 to 20.
  • The City of Waterloo's loose leaf collection service: residents rake leaves to the edge of the road for curbside collection according to their zone and projected date of service (see details below).

2015 schedule

Loose leaf collection begins Oct. 26 and lasts about four weeks. Residents are asked to check the schedule below and rake leaves to the curb as closely as possible to their collection date. Please be aware that this program is weather dependent and may be delayed or cancelled based on poor conditions.

For leaf collection, the city is divided into zones. Crews start in zones E-1 and W-1 and proceed to E-2 and W-2 (and so on) until each zone has been visited at least once, weather permitting. 

All the details are located at: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/leafcollection.asp

 

What to expect in a snow event and helpful tips:


• Overnight parking is not permitted on any City of Waterloo street from 2:30 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. Why?

  • Snowplows may arrive any time overnight and during the day and may return several times throughout a 24 hour period
  • Parked cars slow down the snow removal crews and create windrows in the middle of the street
  • May eliminate the ability to clear a road completely
  • Keep back from flashing blue lights (snowplows, blowers etc.). They need to back up at times

• Never pass a snowplow on the right

  • It is hard for the driver to see you
  • The truck’s large side plow called the “wing” may protrude a full lane width to the right of the truck

• Shovel snow with the flow of traffic so the plow doesn’t knock the piles into the driveways
• Be patient – plows and salters will get to every street, normally within 16 hours of the end of a storm
• Do not allow children to play in the roadside snow banks
• Pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto the road is illegal under the Highway Traffic Act and is a chargeable offence
• Please clear snow from around fire hydrants and catchbasins
• Place garbage/recycling at the end of your shoveled driveway and away from the roadway


When and where does snow removal take place?
• During the winter season, weather and road conditions are monitored by city operations staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• City staff are available and prepared to respond at any time
• Snow is cleared in accordance with the Municipal Act’s minimum maintenance standards as set out below
• As snow begins, salt trucks are on all major arterials and bus routes

Min. depth of snowbefore trucks go out Time needed after end of
snow event to clear snow
5 cm Major arterial roads  6 hours

8 cm

8 cm

 

Major collector roads/bus routes

Local residential streets

Sidewalks

12 hours

16 hours

24 hours

• Snow is removed from:

  • 815 km or roadway
  • 100 km of sidewalks
  • 12 city parking lots
  • 43 km of park pathways
  • 123 pedestrian crossings

• The city is not responsible for clearing the 400 series highways, the expressways, or bus stops

• Snow loading occurs in the uptown core, on highway overpass sidewalks, curbfacing  sidewalks, and cul-de-sacs

Who do I call?

• During a full plow (after 5cm of accumulated snow), the city has staff answering the service centre phone line at 519-886-2310

Did you know?

• Property owners are required to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling

• Anti-icing program:

  • Put in place to reduce salt usage
  • Salt brine is applied to roads prior to a snow event preventing snow and ice from bonding to the pavement
  • Helps make snow removal more efficient and is applied to critical areas (steep hills, curves, intersections, railway crossing approaches)
  • Beet juice (an organic solution that naturally generates heat as it breaks down) is added to the brine
    1. Somewhat sticky
    2. Helps salt stay in place
    3. Continues to release heat to melt ice
  • Sand is applied on rural gravel roads

The city does not remove snow from driveways

  • It would be too costly considering the large number of driveways
  • It would be too time consuming
  • Would require additional staff and equipment

Plows reduce their speed where there are sidewalks against the road but it is hard to avoid getting snow on them

The city tracks all vehicles using GPS systems for real-time information on streets completed and next sections to see the plows

The city is broken into 18 plow route zones and each zone broken down further into three sub-zones (A, B, and C)

  1. Plowing is started on a rotational basis within each zone. First snowfall plows will begin in zone A; second snowfall plows begin in zone B etc.

‘Windrows’ are the large snow mounds at the end of driveways caused by the passing plow

  • Homeowners are responsible for clearing windrows
  • Shovel your snow in the direction of the travelling plow to reduce the windrow size

• Snow loading facts:

  • City loads snow for the safety of people using vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians, when there is no room left to store the snow on the street or boulevard (there is no magic height)
  • School zones and bridges are priority areas
  • Snow loading costs about $20,000/day
  • The city trucks our snow to the snow dump on Frobisher Drive
  • The snow dump has capacity for about 2,000 truck loads

• Cul-de-sacs are a challenge for city plows

  • Plow blades are 22ft in width and can be awkward to move around the curves
  • Plows clear the straight part of your street, leaving the end (“the bubble”) area for loaders to come and clear
  • Loaders will arrive after the plow (sometimes a couple days after) to clear the snow into the centre portion
  • Please be patient if you live on a cul-de-sac

Good driving tips and habits to create:

• Adjust driving to road conditions, clear your windows and keep mirrors clean

• Clearing your entire car of snow will make you more visible

• In temperatures below 5°C, all-season tires do not work as well

  • Winter tires are made with a softer rubber compound that grips better to snow and ice and even to cold, dry pavement

• Make sure you have your full vehicle lighting system on

 

Sustainable Development

Waterloo’s growth over the past few years has stretched the city’s resources.  As a City we have provided leadership within the Region related to high density intensified growth. 

 

I will continue to push for public input at all stages in the planning processes and advocate on behalf of the citizens.

 

Protecting Our Quality of Life

I supported some of the last green-field development in Ward 4 as mixed land use zoning to ensure that people can live and work close to home.

 

Growth of any kind must bring with it supporting infrastructure such as library services, policing, schools, water systems, fire rescue and transportation.  My record: 

  • Ensured that the designs for Lexington Road created equal opportunity whether people choose to bike, drive or walk.  
  • Worked in partnership with Deer Run residents and city/commercial planners to ensure adjacent residential/commercial development would respect all aspects of their family lifestyle while protecting their real estate investments.
  • Served on the Grand River Hospital, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Boards of Directors
  • Advocated for citizens to police and by-law support in neighbourhoods related to noise, property standards and the misuse of green spaces and public property
  • Advocated for hard surfacing of pedestrian and cycling trail connections
  • supported neighbours in Colonial acres and Hillside related to watermain and sanitary sewer upgrades

Improving Support for Children and their Families

I want to keep Waterloo a wonderful place to nurture children, and a city that fosters strong educational values.  For this reason, I worked to fundraise and build the Butterfly Learning Centre, a not-for-profit public childcare centre in Ward 4 that provides care to 108 children out of two locations every day.  I also secured a new school crossing guard in the Eastbridge Neighbourhood and voted to keep all other school crossing guards already working in Ward 4 when City Staff recommended their removal. I am also actively pursuing library services to be extended into the ward during the next four years.

 

Ensuring Strong Municipal Financial Planning

  • for every dollar asked for in taxes I asked staff to match in efficiencies
  • 4 years of tax increases below the inflation rate
  • supported lowest tax mill rate in Waterloo Region
  • 8 years of the lowest tax increases in Waterloo Region
  • Sent back projects for rebidding, retendering or redesigning when they were over budget
  • All Budget surpluses allocated to reserve funds
  • Reserves are at the highest level since 2003
 

Construction in Ward 4 - Summer 2014

        
  

What is Under Construction

  
  

Who is undertaking the Work

  
  

When will it be done

  
  

What route is an alternative

  

Lexington Road from Davenport Road to University Ave

The City of Waterloo.

The work involves re- surfacing the road and some upgrades to current road standards including a sidewalk on the south side from Bridge to University and bike lanes.

The section between Bridge and University will be done first and that portion will be closed.  It is scheduled to begin the week of May 26 and be completed by mid-July. The work will then proceed from Davenport back to Bridge during   which time the road will be open to two-way traffic – expect delays. Scheduled completion for this section is mid-September 2014.

Signed detour for the closure is Bridge Street and   University Avenue.

Northfield Drive is another option as University from the Expressway to Weber is also under construction

University Avenue Bridge over Hwy 85. Expect Ramp closures

Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

Scheduled Completion December 2014

Access to the Expressway is available at Bridgeport Road, King Street and Northfield Drive

University Avenue from the Hwy. 85 Bridge to Weber Street

Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The work includes a reconstruction of the road, replacement of some underground services and implementation of bike lanes.

The Road will be open to two-way traffic but expect   significant delays. Scheduled completion is late Fall of 2014.

Denholm, Hillside between Denholm and Bridge, Bridge   between Hillside and Lexington and a portion of Lexington

The City of Waterloo is installing a new sanitary sewer   force main.

The Roads will be open to two-way traffic but expect delays.  Scheduled completion is mid-July 2014

King Street Between Weber and Northfield

Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The work is associated with the LRT (Ion)   project.

The Roads will be open to two-way traffic but expect   delays. Scheduled completion is 2015.

Access to the Expressway is available at Northfield

Northfield Drive

Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The work is related to the installation of   the LRT (Ion)

The roads will be open to two-way traffic but expect   delays. This work may not commence   until 2015.

 
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