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November 28, 2018, 11:27 PM

You’re receiving this e-mail because you are currently registered with Engage Kitchener, the City of Kitchener’s online public engagement tool. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, we moved to a brand new platform. The cities of Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo are excited to launch Engage Waterloo Region. With evolving needs and the advancement of online engagement, the cities and the Region of Waterloo have switched to a new platform that will make it easier than ever for you to have your say.    

One single registration gives you full access to all online public engagement opportunities for the Region of Waterloo and the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo. The interactive and user-friendly site allows you to participate in different ways (forums, surveys, questions and answers and more) and stay updated throughout the lifetime of a project.  

How to switch to the new platform:

As a registered user of the previous engagement platform, you will need to re-register to use the new public engagement tool. Please register with this new platform to stay informed about current and future topics of interest.

Current opportunites to participate:

Have a SAY where you PLAY: Recreation is an important part of well-being. Share your feedback about Kitchener's indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. 

Sidewalk winter maintenance: Sidewalks are for everyone. Help keep our community moving and tell us how our bylaw enforcement program is working. 

Fences on corner lots: We are considering making changes to the current regulations for fences on corner residential lots.Tell us what you think!

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca.

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October 1, 2018, 1:41 PM

Parking Enterprise customer service survey

In the spirit of continuous improvement, the Parking Enterprise wishes to monitor customer service levels to better understand our customer needs and make adjustments to improve the parking customer experience. Please take our survey to tell us how we're doing. 

Kitchener Market community survey

Complete our survey and you can enter into a prize draw! The winner plus a guest will be awarded free registration for an available cooking class of the winner's choice. Please help us understand what you think we should focus on for the next two years. Tell us about what you like, what you would like to see improved and what you would like to see next. 

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact: Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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September 18, 2018, 3:49 PM

The Kitchener Market is not a building, it's a community. It exists to connect people, create experiences and build relationships. One of the most important aspects about the Kitchener Market is YOU. Tell us about what you like, what you would like to see improved and what you would like to see next. 

Please fill out our survey to help us understand what you think we should focus on for the next two years.

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August 20, 2018, 2:52 PM

Iron Horse Trail connection

The City of Kitchener is working to fill a gap in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure between the Iron Horse Trail and a new section of the Trans Canada Trail being built along Courtland Avenue. These changes will affect the Bedford Road and Sydney Street South area. You can see proposed plans and answer a few quick questions to help us design the construction of the connection. 

Workshops on wheels

We have a few more workshops for you to attend THIS WEEK! Join us for a fun ride or walk and help us create a new Cycling and Trails Master Plan. We want to hear your ideas on how we can encourage more people to walk or cycle. Dates and locations are online.

Customer service: win prizes!

Kitchener wants to serve you right, but we need your help to understand what that means to you. The results of this survey will help shape our customer service vision at the City, so it's important that we hear about what's important to you, what we're doing well, and where we have opportunities to improve our service delivery. Tell us how we’re doing! Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact:

Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant, janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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August 1, 2018, 3:20 PM

Kitchener wants to serve you right, but we need your help to understand what that means to you. Please complete our Engage Kitchener survey by September 3 to tell us how we’re doing. The results of this survey will help shape our customer service vision at the City, so it's important that we hear about what's important to you, what we're doing well, and where we have opportunities to improve our service delivery.

Win prizes!

Complete our survey to enter your name in our draw. You do not need to register to win -- just fill out the survey and provide your contact information at the end. Every week in August we will draw a new winner! You could win: 

  • Four-pack of swim passes
  • Pitch n Putt passes
  • Four-pack Rockway green fees
  • $100 Tim’s gift card

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact: Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant, janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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June 26, 2018, 5:00 PM

Your Kitchener, Your Say! Strategic Plan Review

There's still a few days left to comment online, and one remaining community workshop. This is your chance to influence the city’s work over the next four years! 

Share your ideas on how to build an innovative, caring and vibrant city. You can provide input on topics like the environment, economy, transportation and inclusion. Have your say on Engage Kitchener by July 2, or drop-in to a community workshop!

Final community workshop: Thursday, June 28, 5-7 p.m. at the Downtown Community Centre (view details)

Cenotaph site improvements

The Cenotaph Green, located at the corner of Frederick and Duke in downtown Kitchener, is undergoing some construction for site improvements and we need your feedback. Let us know what your preference is between the two design concepts for the space, which include features such as benches, bike racks, and greenery. Respond to this topic by July 2. 

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact:

Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant

janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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June 18, 2018, 5:25 PM

Your Kitchener, Your Say! Strategic Plan Review

We’re updating our strategic plan for Kitchener and we want to hear from you. Share your ideas on how to build an innovative, caring and vibrant city. Your feedback will influence the city’s work over the next four years. You can provide input on topics like the environment, economy, transportation and inclusion. Have your say on Engage Kitchener by July 2, or drop-in to one of our community workshops!

Community workshops:

Tuesday, June 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Chandler Mowat Community Centre (view details)

Wednesday, June 20, 5-7 p.m. at Stanley Park Community Centre (view details)

Tuesday, June 26, 5-7 p.m. at Victoria Hills Community Centre (view details)

Thursday, June 28, 5-7 p.m. at Downtown Community Centre (view details)

Urban Forest: last chance to participate! Win a t-shirt!

Trees are a key element of a living city, whether they play a role in filtering the air, enhancing public spaces, providing shade on a sunny day, or creating habitat for birds and other creatures. In 2017, many of you participated in our consultations to help draft our first long-term sustainable urban forest strategy. From May 7th to June 29th staff are seeking public comment on the draft version. You can read the draft strategy and tell us what you think. If you respond using a registered Engage Kitchener account, you’ll be entered into a draw for a t-shirt.

Customer Service: win prizes!

Kitchener wants to serve you right, but we need your help to understand what that means to you. The results of this survey will help shape our customer service vision at the City, so it's important that we hear about what's important to you, what we're doing well, and where we have opportunities to improve our service delivery. Tell us how we’re doing! 

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact:

Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant

janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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May 28, 2018, 4:56 PM

This week we have a new topic for you: neighbourhood public seating. If you haven’t already shared feedback on the draft Urban Forest Strategy, Customer Service or Kiwanis Park Playground, you can still participate. Check out the details below!

Neighbourhood Public Seating

During the Love My Hood and Age-Friendly Community consultations residents asked for more public seating in their neighbourhoods. The City of Kitchener is working on a resident-led public seating program and would like to understand how residents want to be involved and use neighbourhood seating. Tell us what you by June 8!

Urban Forest

Trees are a key element of a living city, whether they play a role in filtering the air, enhancing public spaces, providing shade on a sunny day, or creating habitat for birds and other creatures. In 2017, many of you participated in our consultations to help draft our first long-term sustainable urban forest strategy. From May 7th to June 29th staff are seeking public comment on the draft version. You can read the draft strategy and tell us what you think.

Customer Service

Kitchener wants to serve you right, but we need your help to understand what that means to you. The results of this survey will help shape our customer service vision at the City, so it's important that we hear about what's important to you, what we're doing well, and where we have opportunities to improve our service delivery. Tell us how we’re doing! 

Kiwanis Park Playground

We are replacing the playground in Kiwanis Park and we want your help! Share what you (and your kids!) would like to see in the playground by filling out our survey by May 31.  

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener! For more information, please contact: Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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May 7, 2018, 10:29 PM

It’s finally spring and we have lots of opportunities for you to provide input on outdoor spaces! We currently have open topics on the replacement of Kiwanis Park playground, boulevard beautification, the urban forest, neighbourhood signs, urban design, and an update on the splashpad and playground for South Kitchener District Park. Finally, we are working to improve our customer service and want to hear your feedback. Check out all the details below!

Kiwanis Park playground

We are replacing the playground in Kiwanis Park and we want your help! Share what you (and your kids!) would like to see in the playground by filling out our survey by May 31. 

Boulevard beautification

The City is developing guidelines which will allow residents flexibility in using different materials, ground cover and plantings as an alternative to sod on city boulevards. We are looking for resident feedback on what should or shouldn’t be permitted in this space, the types of materials you think may be appropriate and more. Please share your feedback by May 20. 

Urban forest

Trees are a key element of a living city, whether they play a role in filtering the air, enhancing public spaces, providing shade on a sunny day, or creating habitat for birds and other creatures. In 2017, many of you participated in our consultations to help draft our first long-term sustainable urban forest strategy. From May 7 to June 29 staff are seeking public comment on the draft version. You can read the draft strategy and tell us what you think. 

Neighbourhood signage

As part of our neighbourhood strategy consultation process, we heard from residents that they want to explore options for promoting community events and to remove barriers for displaying neighbourhood signage. Currently, the Sign By-Law allows a very limited amount of signage in residential areas. To address this, the Sign By-Law can be updated. Please share your feedback by May 18. 

Urban design

Urban design guidelines are one of the tools planners and designers use to shape how a city looks and functions. Kitchener’s guidelines are being updated to reflect evolving standards for architecture and public space design that contribute to health, safety, attractiveness and sustainability. As part of this update, we want to hear from you. Please share your feedback by May 15.  

South Kitchener District Park: splashpad and playground announcement

Thank you for voting for your favourite splashpad and playground designs for South Kitchener District Park. Our staff took into account your feedback and votes when evaluating the designs. We also have to consider factors such as accessibility, maintenance and warranties.

Splashpad update: Engage voters preferred Splashpad 1 – 64 per cent of respondents said that they either like it or love it. This design was also highly rated by staff, so we will be proceeding with Splashpad 1, which will be constructed later this year and scheduled to open in 2019. Thank you for all your feedback and votes!

Playground update: We heard a number of concerns about the size of the playground. Engage respondents suggested that the designs were too cramped and didn’t have enough play elements. Staff also identified design challenges with these playground proposals, so we have opted to expand the space available for the playground, and issue a new request for designs. This means that we will return to you with refreshed designs so that you have a chance to give feedback. This will not delay the project, but it means we will be asking for your participation again. We feel it’s important to take the time to select a design that will meet your needs – we want you to love your playground!

Customer service

Kitchener wants to serve you right, but we need your help to understand what that means to you. The results of this survey will help shape our customer service vision at the City, so it's important that we hear about what's important to you, what we're doing well, and where we have opportunities to improve our service delivery. Tell us how we’re doing! 

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact: Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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December 22, 2017, 1:34 PM

Thanks for getting involved in 2017!

This year we asked you to comment on urban forests, park designs, placemaking, community gardens, how to shape Downtown Kitchener, and more. Thank you for contributing your time and energy to help us understand how we can serve you best. Before we close out the year, there’s a few more opportunities to get involved.

South Kitchener District Park: playground and splashpad designs now available for feedback

Thank you for sharing your ideas for the playground, splashpad and public art amenities in South Kitchener District Park. We have included your feedback in the proposed play area and splashpad designs. Check them out and tell us what designs you like best

2018 budget: there’s still time to tell us what you think

Staff have presented both an operating and capital budget for council consideration. This includes a proposed net tax levy increase of 1.7 per cent -- which is about the rate of inflation -- as well as a utility rate increase of 6.5 per cent. You can provide feedback on the budget until Jan.  5, 2018, or attend a public meeting on January 15, 2018. 

Business licensing review: thanks for participating

Council has approved the new business licensing by-law which will take effect on April 1, 2018. The new by-law will change classes of licenses and introduce procedural changes based on public input

The Region of Waterloo wants your input

Moving Forward: Transportation Choice, Behaviour, and Attitudes

The Region wants to learn about how you get around in Waterloo Region, and your attitudes towards different modes of transportation. This survey will help the Region identify and develop policies and projects to meet its transportation needs over the next 25 years.

Stage 2 ION: Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Kitchener to Cambridge

The Region is considering three route alternatives based on public feedback on the preliminary preferred route. You can provide your input to help identify issues that may need further consideration before a route is selected.

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact:

Janette MacDonald, Community Engagement Consultant, janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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December 1, 2017, 6:04 PM

2018 budget: tell us what you think

Staff have presented both an operating and capital budget for council consideration. This includes a proposed net tax levy increase of 1.7% -- which is about the rate of inflation -- as well as a utility rate increase of 6.5%. You can now provide feedback on the budget

Business licensing review: thanks for your feedback

Staff have completed a comprehensive review of our business licensing program, and will bring a report to council on December 4, 2017. The report outlines the new business licensing bylaw that is proposed to take effect on April 1, 2018. This includes changes to classes of licenses and procedural changes to address concerns that were identified through public input. You can view the past Engage survey results to see what respondents told us.

South Kitchener District Park amenities

Thank you for sharing with us what you’d like to see for the playground, splashpad and public art amenities at South Kitchener District Park. You told us you’re excited about this park because it will offer so many opportunities to be active for the neighbourhoods that are close to it. You love that it will have something for everyone, and lots for families to do together at the park. You gave us lots of great ideas for what you’d like to see for these amenities. We have used your feedback, along with other criteria, in proposed play area and splashpad designs, which we will bring back to you on EngageKitchener around Dec. 22.

Community gardens: program updates approved

Feedback from our survey showed community gardens are a top priority for residents. To respond, we intend to add one to three new community gardens every year. Program changes include a new step-by-step guide for starting community gardens, increased grant funding and insurance coverage. For a summary of all changes and what we heard in the survey, read the Outcome statement

Thank you for your participation and interest in EngageKitchener!

For more information, please contact:

Janette MacDonald, Community Engagement Consultant, janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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October 26, 2017, 4:27 PM

The Region of Waterloo is looking for your input on a few new topics.

If you are already registered with Engage Kitchener, you can use the same log-in information for Engage Region of Waterloo. You can also provide your input without registering.

2018 Region of Waterloo Budget

Have an opinion on Regional services?  Tell them which services you value in the upcoming 2018 Budget. Give Regional Council your opinion by answering a few questions about services that are provided to the public. 

Waterloo Region’s Community Climate Change Goals

Your input is wanted on setting a new long-term community greenhouse gas reduction target. Please fill out the survey to help contribute to the vision for Waterloo Region’s future.

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October 6, 2017, 12:10 AM

South Kitchener District Park

The South Kitchener District Park is an exciting new development that will feature sportsfields, open spaces, a playground and a splash pad when it’s completed. The first phase is slated to open in the spring of 2019. We want your feedback on some of the Phase 1 amenities, such as a playground and splash pad, as well as Phase 2 active spaces and public art.

For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/southkitchenerpark.

Urban Forest

We just wrapped up two workshops for Phase 2 of the urban forest consultations, but if you couldn’t make it to the workshops, you can still participate. We’re asking the same workshop questions online so you can contribute.

You can find out more about Kitchener’s urban forest at www.kitchener.ca/trees. Take a look at our online interactive map, where you can discover the urban forest in your neighbourhood, and learn more about the city's tree canopy.

Region of Waterloo Transit Survey

The Region of Waterloo is looking for your input on proposed changes to transit routes.

The launch of ION light rail service in 2018 will mean a whole new transit experience in the region. Many GRT bus routes will change to connect directly to ION stations. Others will run more directly and more often between important destinations. Aligning routes to support a grid network will help to make travel more efficient.

If you are already registered with Engage Kitchener, you can use the same log-in information to complete the Engage Region of Waterloo survey, or you can provide your input without registering. Grand River Transit also has a few more public consultation meetings planned if you would like to learn more and provide feedback in person.

Community Gardens: thanks for your feedback

This survey is now closed, but you can still view feedback here. Staff are now reviewing what you had to say, and will be bringing a report to city council later this fall. We’ll let you know when that report is ready!

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact:

Janette MacDonald, Community Engagement Consultant, janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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September 7, 2017, 1:20 PM

Community Gardens: Provide feedback

How can the City of Kitchener make it easier for residents to start community gardens on city-owned land?

Fill out the survey Deadline: 11:59 PM on September 18, 2017

Urban Forest: Speak for the trees

The City of Kitchener is developing a sustainable urban forest program and will be hosting two community workshops:

Forest Heights Community Centre, Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m. View details and register

Victoria Park Pavilion, Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m. View details and register

You can also view the results of our first survey and find out more about Kitchener’s urban forest at www.kitchener.ca/trees. Take a look at our online interactive map, where you can discover the urban forest in your neighbourhood, and learn more about the city's tree canopy.

Citizen advisory boards and committees: Get involved

Volunteer on a citizen advisory committee to provide advice and feedback to Council. The City will be recruiting to fill select openings on committees. Applications open on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Queen Street Placemaking: View results

The Queen Street Placemaking Plan was approved by Council on August 28, 2017. We thank you for contributing to this process! Check out past Engage survey results including initial input and feedback on draft concepts, and view the final report to council.

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

For more information, please contact: Janette MacDonald, Community Engagement Consultant, janette.macdonald@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

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April 25, 2017, 1:44 PM

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

We have two NEW topics for you to provide input on, including:

Quick update on the topics below:

  • Kitchener envisions its future as an age-friendly city: Council endorsed Kitchener’s Age Friendly Action Plan, the city’s first plan created in collaboration with older adult community members designed to create an age friendly community through 19 key actions.

    The Plan focuses on four themes: Accessible and Affordable Neighbourhoods, Access to Information, Belonging, and Connectedness and Well Being. It includes ideas like the implementation of age-friendly parks, trails and outdoor spaces, transportation training programs, improving availability and access of information and technological literacy, inclusive volunteering opportunities and more.

    Close to 1,200 older adults provided feedback that was included in the report. With council’s approval, attention will now turn to developing a comprehensive implementation plan to address the action and guide staff work over the next five years.

    Click here to read the full Age Friendly Community report.

  • Neighbourhood Strategy and the Neighbourhood Matching Grant: When Love My Hood – Kitchener’s first Neighbourhood Strategy – was unanimously endorsed in February, City Council tripled the funding available for projects that renew a public place or strengthen relationships between neighbours. Find out how you can get funding of up to $15,000 for your neighbourhood project at kitchener.ca/lovemyhoodgrant. To learn more about the Neighbourhood Strategy, visit www.kitchener.ca/lovemyhood

  • As more updates come in, we'll be sure to circulate via the EngageKitchener email list. To view past closed topics, please click here

  • If you have any questions about EngageKitchener, please contact Josh Joseph, Community Engagement Consultant at josh.joseph@kitchener.ca

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February 10, 2017, 3:45 PM

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

In this email, we've prepared a quick status update on a number of topics, including:

  • Community Engagement Review
  • Neighbourhood Strategy
  • Iron Horse Trail Central Improvements
  • 2017 Kitchener Budget
  • Downtown Kitchener Survey
  • Kitchener Events Survey
  • To view past closed topics, please click here

You may have also heard that Waterloo Region is competing to host the 2021 Canada Games - join #WeRally2021 WeRally2021.ca.

We hope you continue to stay involved and share your input with us and thanks for your time.

Community Engagement Review:

  • Kitchener has a longstanding tradition of extensive community engagement. The city is continually working to improve the ways in which citizens can participate in the decisions that impact them the most.
  • To create more opportunities for citizen dialogue on community issues, and to introduce new ways for people get involved in the decisions that affect them, Council unanimously approved 16 recommendations delivered in a Community Engagement Review. The recommendations reflect four key themes: before, during and after community engagement, and general recommendations.
  • To learn more about Community Engagement, read the review and see the recommendations within it, click here.
  • For more information, please contact: Josh Joseph, Community Engagement Consultant, josh.joseph@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

Neighbourhood Strategy:

  • Based on your input, we have proposed 18 action items in three areas of focus: Great Places, Connected People and Working Together.
  • Proposed action items will make it easier for residents to take the lead on things like community gardens, painted crosswalks, tree planting, street parties, Neighbourhood Action Plans, and more!
  • Proposed City support for resident-led projects includes:
    • Increased funding in the Neighbourhood Matching Grant and a new Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge
    • Less red tape on closing a road or getting a noise exemption for a neighbourhood event
    • More say when the City develops or redevelops a park, playground or trail
  • City Council will be discussing the Neighbourhood Strategy on February 13 at 6pm and again on February 27 at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend!
  • Lots more detail can be found at http://www.kitchener.ca/neighbourhoodstrategy 
  •  For more information, please contact: Darren Kropf, Neighbourhood Strategy Engagement Associate, darren.kropf@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7083

Iron Horse Trail Central Improvements:

  • An Iron Horse Trail Improvement Strategy was completed by the City of Kitchener and approved by Council in November 2015 with funding for the implementation of the Central Section approved for 2016.
  • The results of the public consultation have provided guidance to design decisions critical to the success of the improvement strategy. Included in these decisions, among many other topics and response trends, were seating and lane configurations, Henry Sturm Greenway programming, and support for improvements at both major roadway crossings – Queen St and Victoria St.
  • The improvements remain on schedule for late Summer 2017 construction, estimated at 6 to 8 weeks. Further information and notification will be implemented at the time of construction to ensure the safety and convenience of all trail users.
  • For more information and for project updates moving forward, visit http://www.kitchener.ca/ironhorsetrail, or contact: Mark Parris, Landscape Architect, mark.parris@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 4397

2017 Kitchener Budget:

  • During 2017 budget deliberations, council considers funding for all city services, as well as funding provided to other organizations.
  • All of the feedback about the 2017 budget was provided directly to Council for their consideration prior to finalizing the budget on January 23rd.  Council used this information, as well as input through other channels such as a public input night, to set the 2017 budget.
  • For more information, please contact: Ryan Hagey, Director of Financial Planning, ryan.hagey@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 x 7353 or visit http://www.kitchener.ca/en/insidecityhall/BudgetsAndFinanceReports.asp

Downtown Kitchener Survey:

  • Downtown Kitchener has experienced tremendous change in the last 10 years. 
  • With the future arrival of ION, Downtown will continue to reinvent itself.  As we enter the next chapter in Downtown’s evolution, the Downtown Kitchener BIA and the City of Kitchener are partnering to develop a new strategy - a strategy that builds off what’s been accomplished to date and embraces the community’s vision for Downtown’s future. 
  • Thousands of comments were received on the survey and staff are currently going through the feedback and identifying key themes. Stay tuned at http://www.downtownkitchener.ca to follow progress on this initiative.
  • For more information, please contact: Eric Rumble, Downtown Marketing & Program Coordinator, eric.rumble@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext 7064

Kitchener Events Survey:

  • From family-friendly kids events to weekend music festivals, and everything in between, we’re asking for your feedback on Kitchener’s events and festivals to help make our city a vibrant and exciting place to be, filled with experiences for everyone.
  • If you’ve attended a small event in your neighbourhood or a larger event like Cruising on King Street we want to hear from you. If you haven’t attended one recently here is your chance to tell us why.
  • Your feedback will be used to inform Kitchener Event’s strategic plan, helping us define our goals and create an action plan to achieve them. We want to ensure we’re meeting your expectations and continue to host meaningful events.
  • Click here to complete the survey!
  • For more information, please contact: Jeff Young, Manager of Special Events, jeff.young@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7388

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December 2, 2016, 3:58 PM

Thank you for your participation and interest in Engage Kitchener!

In this email, we've prepared a quick status update on a number of topics, including:

  • Chicken By-law Consultation (a decision has been made!)
  • Community Engagement Review
  • Iron Horse Trail Central Improvements
  • 2017 Kitchener Budget
  • Neighbourhood Strategy
  • Downtown Kitchener Survey
  • Kitchener Events Survey
  • Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study
  • Planning Around Rapid Transit Station Areas
  • To view past closed topics, please click here

We hope you continue to stay involved and share your input with us and thanks for your time.

Chicken By-law Consultation:

  • Engagement on a review of the bylaw saw significant public interest, with more than 1,800 people responding to an online survey.
  • Kitchener council has approved an amendment to the city’s bylaw governing the keeping of fowl in non-agricultural areas of the city.
  • Effective immediately, citizens in the city will be able to keep up to four chickens in backyard coops. Chicken coops are allowed, provided they are located 2.5 metres from the side lot line. In the event that a property doesn’t meet the 2.5 metre requirement, a coop can be built even closer to the side lot line, if all immediately adjacent neighbours agree. A one time $50 registration fee is required for citizens that want to have a backyard coop, and an inspection of the property is required to ensure it complies with all setback and coop requirements.
  • For more information, please contact Gloria MacNeil, Director of By-law Enforcement at gloria.macneil@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7952

Community Engagement Review:

  • Over the past year, we’ve engaged with hundreds of citizens, staff and stakeholders on a review of the city’s community engagement practices
  • The review assessed our community engagement efforts across the organization and has identified the gaps, challenges and opportunities and how they can be addressed
  • To review the final report and share any additional feedback, please visit www.kitchener.ca/communityengagement
  • For more information, please contact: Josh Joseph, Community Engagement Consultant, josh.joseph@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7221

Iron Horse Trail Central Improvements:

  • An Iron Horse Trail Improvement Strategy was completed by the City of Kitchener and approved by Council in November 2015 with funding for the implementation of the Central Section approved for 2016
  • Share your feedback on central area improvements, including trail-road crossings, signage, seating areas, and more.
  • Click here to complete the survey!
  • For more information, please contact: Mark Parris, Landscape Architect, mark.parris@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 4397

2017 Kitchener Budget:

  • During 2017 budget deliberations, council considers funding for all city services, as well as funding provided to other organizations.
  • This is your budget - citizen feedback is essential to this process. By getting involved in the process, you can assist council and staff to put your utility and tax dollars to work where you want to see them spent.
  • Click here to complete the survey!
  • For more information, please contact: Ryan Hagey, Director of Financial Planning, ryan.hagey@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 x 7353

Downtown Kitchener Survey:

  • Downtown Kitchener has experienced tremendous change in the last 10 years. 
  • With the future arrival of ION, Downtown will continue to reinvent itself.  As we enter the next chapter in Downtown’s evolution, the Downtown Kitchener BIA and the City of Kitchener are partnering to develop a new strategy - a strategy that builds off what’s been accomplished to date and embraces the community’s vision for Downtown’s future. 
  • Before we develop this strategy, we want to hear from you. What does Downtown look like to you in 2020? What's missing? What can we improve? How do we make it even more awesome than it is today?
  • Click here to complete the quick survey.
  • Click here to complete the in-depth survey.
  • Visit DowntownKitchener.ca to find other ways to share your input (ex: participate in a community roundtable)
  • For more information, please contact: Cory Bluhm, Manager of Downtown Community Development, cory.bluhm@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7065

Neighbourhood Strategy:

  • After hearing from over 5,000 people for nearly 4,000 hours, the project team of volunteers and staff developed 18 draft recommendations in three key areas – Great Places, Connected People and Working Together. View them all here.
  • The draft recommendations are based on the principle of “resident-led, City-supported” initiatives. It's about giving more people the tools and resources to get out there and make their neighbourhood even better
  • Right now, the project team is creating a plan for completing all 18 recommendations in the coming years, based, in part, on a survey that asked you to rank which recommendations are most important. The final Neighbourhood Strategy will be presented to city council in February. Stay tuned!
  • For more information, please contact: Darren Kropf, Neighbourhood Strategy Engagement Associate, darren.kropf@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7083

Kitchener Events Survey:

  • From family-friendly kids events to weekend music festivals, and everything in between, we’re asking for your feedback on Kitchener’s events and festivals to help make our city a vibrant and exciting place to be, filled with experiences for everyone.
  • If you’ve attended a small event in your neighbourhood or a larger event like Cruising on King Street we want to hear from you. If you haven’t attended one recently here is your chance to tell us why.
  • Your feedback will be used to inform Kitchener Event’s strategic plan, helping us define our goals and create an action plan to achieve them. We want to ensure we’re meeting your expectations and continue to host meaningful events.
  • Click here to complete the survey!
  • For more information, please contact: Jeff Young, Manager of Special Events, jeff.young@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7388

Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study:

  • The city is reviewing its planning approval process for new development projects in established residential neighbourhoods to determine if changes are necessary.
  • The current approval process depends on what that the owner would like to do on the property, the size of the property, zoning requirements and urban design standards. The purpose of the Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study (RIENS) is to develop a clear and fair process for approving redevelopment projects in these neighbourhoods.
  • Staff is now looking for feedback from the public on a few key draft recommendations.
  • Click here to complete the survey!
  • For more information, please contact: Janine Oosterveld, Manager, Site Development and Customer Service, janine.oosterveld@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 ext. 7076

Planning Around Rapid Transit Station Areas:

  • Staff and consultants will now evaluate the feedback and work towards a preferred scenario. This work will include a full day workshop where staff, stakeholders and agencies will map, sketch and use 3D models to explore how different options would look.
  • An informal public open house will be held December 15 between 6-8 p.m. for those interested in checking out the work in-progress for both PARTS: Midtown and Rockway study areas.
  • The next official Public Information Centre (#3 as identified in the project plan) is scheduled for Spring 2017 where the detailed design drawings will be presented for a final round of comments before bring presented to council. To stay up to date on the project, please visit www.kitchener.ca/PARTS
  • For more information, click here to visit the city’s webpage or contact the project manager, Aaron McCrimmon-Jones at Aaron.McCrimmon-Jones@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2200 x 7110

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September 21, 2016, 12:22 PM

Thank you for your recent participation in Engage Kitchener! In this announcement, we've prepared a quick status update on a number of topics (like the chicken by-law consultation and the neighbourhood strategy) and next steps - we hope you continue to stay involved and share your input with us!

  • Community Engagement Workshops
  • Chicken by-law consultation
  • Neighbourhood Strategy
  • Age Friendly Survey
  • City Hall Outdoor Spaces Master Plan
  • Planning Around Rapid Transit Station Areas
  • Tall Buildings Survey
  • Fire Master Plan

Community Engagement Workshops (September 27 and October 4):

We’re looking for your input on how to better engage with you on decisions being made in the city, such as new park projects, by-laws or city policies. Join us for free coffee, snacks and refreshments and share your feedback at two workshops:

  • Community Workshop #1 (afternoon): Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Victoria Park Pavilion. Click here to RSVP
  • Community Workshop #2 (evening): Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Kitchener Aud. Click here to RSVP
  • Questions? Please contact Josh Joseph, Community Engagement Consultant, josh.joseph@kitchener.ca

Chicken by-law Consultation

  • Thousands of comments were received on the chicken by-law online survey
  • There is a lot of support for allowing backyard chickens, the biggest concerns expressed from those who do not support them is noise, smell and possibility of chickens attracting rodents. 
  • Many residents who are not supportive, would like to see regulations put in place such as setbacks, maximum numbers of chickens, no roosters, inspections of properties, etc… if chickens are going to be permitted.
  • The project team plan to use the data to help formulate our recommendations to Council. 
  • We will look at comments provided by both supporters and non-supporters of chickens and try to find a balance that works for both. 
  • The staff report is scheduled to go forward to Committee on November 7th for recommendation.
  • There are two final public meetings being held to discuss backyard chickens before a recommendation is presented to council this fall. The public is invited to come out on Sept 27 at 7 pm at Country Hills Community Centre or Oct. 3 at 1 pm at the Aud for a project update and a last chance to provide feedback before the report goes to council.
  • Questions? Please contact Gloria MacNeil, Director of By-law Enforcement at gloria.macneil@kitchener.ca

Neighbourhood Strategy:

  • Over 5,000 residents dedicated 3,800 hours to the creation of a Neighbourhood Strategy in the most unique community engagement campaign the city has ever done. That’s like talking neighbourhoods for 160 days straight! This includes 961 people commenting online through Engage Kitchener and social media.
  • Currently, our project team of volunteers and staff is taking the next several weeks to go over your input in depth, in order to develop a list of recommendations to support great neighbourhoods. The draft recommendations will be available for the community to review on Engage Kitchener in November. Final recommendations are expected to be presented to City Council in early 2017.
  • So far, three themes are emerging as keys to making our neighbourhoods even better: Great Places, Connected People and Working Together.  Plus, people expressed a strong desire for local ownership and participation in decision-making in their neighbourhood, with the City making it as easy as possible for residents to make great things happen.
  • To sign up for email updates and further background information on the Neighbourhood Strategy, visit www.kitchener.ca/lovemyhood.
  • Questions? Please contact Darren Kropf, Neighbourhood Strategy Engagement Associate at darren.kropf@kitchener.ca

Age Friendly Kitchener:

The Kitchener Age Friendly Community Project received over 860 responses to their recent survey.  Some of the main themes identified by the community through this survey include:

  • Aging adults in Kitchener have a varied response in how they would like to be identified (senior, older adult or no preference). 
  • There is number of different ways that older adults prefer to access community information.  Some prefer more traditional methods of communication such as radio, newspapers and city publications, while others are more comfortable utilizing technology to access information.
  • Top Age Friendly Community priorities identified in the survey include:
    • Affordability and availability of older residents housing and housing that is close to other amenities. 
    • Availability of transit routes and stops
    • Accessibility of sidewalks and trails
    • Public buildings that provide multiple services in one location
    • Affordability and variety of programming opportunities
    • Increased opportunities to connect socially with other older adults
    • Educational programs for older adults
    • Ensuring community information is available in different formats
    • Awareness about the various types of community support and health services in the community and how to access them

The Kitchener Age Friendly Community Advisory committee is currently analyzing survey data and will be collaboratively working with City staff to develop recommendations that will inform the Age Friendly action plan that will be presented to City Council in early 2017. 

Questions? Should you have any questions about the Age Friendly project, please contact bethany.pearce@kitchener.ca by email, or call 519-741.2200 ext. 5081 TTY 1-866-969-9994.  For updates about the status of this project, please visit www.kitchener.ca/afc

City Hall Outdoor Spaces Master Plan:

  • Thank you to everyone who provided input into the final concept drawings for Carl Zehr Square and the Duke Street Entrance. The feedback was included with the Master Plan report that went to the community and infrastructure services committee meeting on Sept. 12.
  • The committee directed staff to come back with a funding and implementation strategy to address critical infrastructure repairs including surface concrete, trench drains and the waterproofing membrane for the parking garage. They also voted in favour of exploring a funding and implementation plan to replace the ice rink, foutain and stage while the critical work is being done. The intent would be for staff to report back in 2017 with a plan on how the work could be implemented and funded which would include looking for some non-tax funded dollars.
  • The staff report and Master Plan document can be found on the project webpage www.kitchener.ca/innovatethespace
  • Questions? Please contact Lynda Stewart, Manager, Projects / Energy Management at lynda.stewart@kitchener.ca

Planning Around Rapid Transit Station Areas:

  • We’ve heard some great feedback so far on the Planning Around Rapid Transit Station Areas (PARTS) consultation so far, including Rockway and Midtown stations.
  • Next steps include developing four land use options for each station area and an evaluation system, for the project team, public and stakeholders to review and comment. Options will be evaluated and a preferred option will be determined.     
  • PIC #2 is scheduled for September 29, 2016 where the land use options and the evaluation system will be presented to the public for review and comment.
  • Using the Engage Kitchener platform, survey #2 will be released around this time frame. Survey #2 will allow folks to comment on the scenario options and evaluation system through an online forum.  
  • For more information, please visit www.kitchener.ca/PARTS
  • Questions? Contact Aaron McCrimmon-Jones at Aaron.McCrimmon-Jones@kitchener.ca

Tall Building Survey:

  • We heard a lot of great comments from citizens about tall buildings in Kitchener, including:
    • sustainability should be considered in the design of new tall buildings
    • ground floor retail and uses that foster pedestrian activity should be required
    • tall buildings should consider sunlight that reaches the streets and wind impacts
  • The feedback will be used in crafting design guidelines and standards for tall buildings in Kitchener. As we look to the future development of design guidelines, we want something that works for Kitchener and hearing from the public is important in determining a Kitchener specific approach.
  • We are intending to take the Statement of Expectation for Tall Building Design to Council for adoption into the Urban Design Manual. Following this, we will work towards the creation of Tall Building Design Guidelines.
  • The feedback we received in Engage Kitchener assisted us with the creation of the Tall Buildings Statement of Expectations but will also assist us with creating more rigorous Urban Design Guidelines which work within the Kitchener context.
  • For more information, please visit https://www.kitchener.ca/en/businessinkitchener/tall-building-guidelines.asp
  • Questions? Please contact Dayna Edwards, Planner (Urban Design) at dayna.edwards@kitchener.ca

Fire Master Plan:

  • The Fire Master Plan survey received over 200 responses and comments were provided on a variety of topics including calls to regionalize the service, financial/budget decisions, salaries in the Fire Department, and increased prevention and/or public education initiatives within the general public and especially school-age children.
  • The Kitchener Fire Department Management Team and Fire Master Plan Project Team (20 members including represenatives from community, other departments and Fire staff) will perform an initial review with the expectation that Kitchener Fire Department Management Team will align the input with the recommendations in the Fire Master Plan as applicable. The project team will have input into the draft Fire Master Plan, including recommendations.
  • The Fire Chief and Deputy Chiefs will be meeting individually with each Council member during October. The Fire Chief is presenting preliminary findings to Compass Kitchener and Safe & Healthy Advisory Committee in early October.
  • The Fire Chief will be tentatively presenting draft recommendations to members of Council at a strategy session on October 24.
  • The final Fire Master Plan will be posted on the Fire Department’s website when it is finished. The report will be made available on the Engage Kitchener site for public viewing
  • Questions? Please contact Kathleen Woodcock, Manager of Service Coordination and Improvement at Kathleen.woodcock@kitchener.ca 

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June 27, 2016, 9:27 AM

Thank you for your participation in Engage Kitchener, the city's online engagement platform intended to increase public input on city initiatives and decisions.

As you may be aware, the City of Kitchener is creating a Neighbourhood Strategy and we'd like your input! Please participate and share if you haven't done so already and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Shape the future of your neighbourhood

Have you always had that one big idea that would make your neighbourhood even better? Or maybe you have one little idea that could add to your neighbourhood’s vibrancy and quality of life? Whether big or small ideas, share with us in our ideas forum so we can learn how to better support your neighbourhood initiatives. Click here to participate in the idea's forum.

You can also complete a 5 minute survey about the people, places and characteristics of our neighbourhoods. Click here to complete the survey.

All ideas will help to form Kitchener’s first Neighbourhood Strategy, which will make it easier for people to connect and work together to do great things in their neighbourhood. Just imagine more vibrant community gathering spaces, more positive relationships between neighbours and more people engaged in neighbourhood development. Wouldn’t that be amazing? #lovemyhood!Want to get even more involved?  Host a fun focus group. Invite our street team to an event or gathering. Enter our Placemaking Challenge. All the fun details are at www.kitchener.ca/lovemyhood.

If you have questions about the Neighbourhood Strategy, please contact:

Michelle Drake Neighbourhood Strategy Project Manager 519-741-2200 ext. 7082 michelle.drake@kitchener.ca 

If you have questions about Engage Kitchener, please contact:

Josh Joseph Community Engagement Consultant 519-741-2200 ext. 7221 josh.joseph@kitchener.ca  

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