Author Archives: Frank Etherington

Deferred Breithaupt proposal ignores city’s own neighbourhood policy

° Late last night, with a gallery full of residents and inner-city neighbourhood-association representatives, Kitchener councillors agreed to defer a decision on the Breithaupt proposal in a 7-3 vote. The move gives residents, planners and the developer until June 25 … Continue reading

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Deferred Breithaupt proposal ignores city’s own neighbourhood policy

° Late last night, with a gallery full of residents and inner-city neighbourhood-association representatives, Kitchener councillors agreed to defer a decision on the Breithaupt proposal in a 7-3 vote. The move gives residents, planners and the developer until June 25 … Continue reading

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Kitchener councillors approve drug-injection site

Kitchener councillors voted unanimously Monday to work closely with regional government and establish a supervised injection site at a fixed location somewhere in the downtown. In doing so, councillors recommended the Region — responsible for local health and social services … Continue reading

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Planning bonuses benefit developers, not taxpayers

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a bungled, much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers … Continue reading

Posted in Greener City, Heritage, Homelessness, Journalism, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Transit, Vibrant Downtown, Ward News | 3 Comments

Neighbours learn about development of Schneider’s site

To date it’s a no-name, urban hamlet planned in central Kitchener that could take at least 10 years to develop. About 100 residents who live near Kitchener’s 27.6-acre Schneider’s-Maple Leaf site showed up last night to ask questions about the … Continue reading

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In development boom, try to attend public meetings

Residents who live near Light Rail Transit should prepare for spinoff impacts of a $1.2-billion development boom expected before 2021. And while I see that boom as healthy intensification, I’m concerned about preservation of eight established neighbourhoods in Ward 9. … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Schneider's site, Transit, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

Take part in PARTS plan for community and Schneider’s site

Consider this as a homeowner heads up for those living in established neighbourhoods near Light Rail Transit stations at Mill-Ottawa and Borden near the former Schneider’s site. Ward 9 residents who live a few minutes walk from the stations and … Continue reading

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Nibbling away at Kitchener’s heritage neighbourhoods

Pro-developer Kitchener councillors took one more precedent-setting bite at a downtown heritage neighbourhood last night. They did so by approving a flashy development jammed on a very prominent David Street lot in the Victoria Park heritage neighbourhood where I live. … Continue reading

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Wondering what PARTS puddings will taste like

The proof will be in the planning puddings. That’s obvious as each glossy PARTS (Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations) is presented to Kitchener council while we wait and wait for the LRT to come chugging slowly down the line. The … Continue reading

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Pause on cat licensing supported by most councillors

Call it a purrtial, political compromise to improve the optics involved in the licensing cat fight. A majority of Kitchener councillors considering ways to reject efforts by yours truly to research cat licensing approved that task this week as long … Continue reading

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