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|Inside this Edition|
1. Vaccinations for COVID-19 – Region of Waterloo media release
2. 22 Weber Street West update – LPAT Decision Pending
3. Featured By-Law – Building a Deck
4. Things To Do – Virtual Field Trips, MyKitchener Launch
| VACCINATIONS for COVID-19 |
Media Release February 24, 2021
Phase One pre-registration system for COVID-19 Vaccine launches in Waterloo Region
High-priority groups can now pre-register for COVID-19 vaccination in Waterloo Region. Those identified as part of Phase One of the province’s vaccination roll-out plan, including Adults 80+, are encouraged to register to be contacted for a vaccine appointment. Appointments are for as early as this week, and will continue based on vaccine availability. See full media release online.
Residents can register in two ways: Online: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/vaccinePreReg. Online registration is fastest. Please be patient as the call centre experiences a high volume of calls. By phone: For those unable to register online please call the Region’s Service First Call Centre at 519-575-4400. Pre-registration and vaccination is currently open to: Adult recipients of chronic home health care Adults 80 years of age and older Essential caregivers in long-term care or retirement home Health care workers Indigenous Adults Seniors congregate setting – staff, residents and essential caregivers Staff in long-term care or retirement home “As vaccinations are completed and capacity is increased, we will continue to open up vaccination to more groups as quickly as possible. Pre-registration will help us to maximize capacity and book people in as soon as possible.”
Visit the Region’s website to learn more about where you can go to be vaccinated once appointments are available as well as our 5 Clinic Type strategy. We urge the public to continue following public health guidelines to protect yourself, others and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
22 Weber St West LPAT Decision Pending
The re-zoning application for 22 Weber Street West is heading straight to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for approval after Council did not render a decision within the 120 days allotted under provincial law.
The re-zoning application is to permit: Unrestricted building height, 55% more floor space, A front yard setback 73% less than the required minimum, 80% less occupant parking than the required minimum, and 86% less visitor parking than the required minimum All property owners have the right to request the zoning on their lands be reconsidered under Ontario law. The neighbourhood had been awaiting a Neighbourhood Information Meeting in advance of two public consultations before Kitchener City Council – the typical process for such applications. Now the decision is to be taken by the LPAT, an adjudicative tribunal that is not required to make decisions in conformity with municipal bylaws.
Immediate neighbours assert that the enjoyment of their properties would be compromised and request support. Heritage advocates argue that views of heritage resources would be diminished, traditional settings eroded and the precepts of the Heritage District Plan violated.
More details and petitions are available at https://oldeberlintown.ca/22weberstw/
To participate in the LPAT hearing, provide Case Coordinator Kimberly Livingstone your full contact information via email at Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca and request standing on case number PL210104 (22 Weber St W, Kitchener).
Building a deck
If you’ve been inspired over the winter to think about building a deck, either DIY or hiring contractors, it’s important to consider city by-laws. Click the image for information about whether you would require a building permit or not for a deck or other project.
You can check the Neighbourhood Bylaw Guide for helpful tips and information on many of our bylaws and related issues.
| Things to do! Virtual Field Trips:|
Presented by Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, McDougall Cottage, and Schneider Haus
Come along on a Virtual Field Trip! New Field Trips are added frequently so visit often.
The Regional museums have pulled segments from our curriculum-linked School Programs and made them available online for all to enjoy. Great for all ages and the Museums are regularly adding videos and resources, so check back often to see what’s new!
To learn more about Waterloo Region’s history visit: Virtual Field Trips.
City staff using snowblower and dump trucks to remove snow from Ahrens Street
The City of Kitchener is launching a new online experience for anyone who lives, works or plays in Kitchener called MyKitchener!
They are making it easier to find what you’re looking for and have worked with residents to create a personalized online experience that is unique to you! Learn more about MyKitchener by visiting the webpage. You can find out how you can create an account to access a new self-serve portal and personalize your online experience with the city. You may be able to: View and register for programs and activities near you. View road closures that impact you. Apply for jobs and volunteer opportunities. Please note, you do not need to sign up for a MyKitchener account to use the city website.
We are looking for volunteers who love their neighbourhood as much as they love social media! Can you help out with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or know your way around Mailchimp? How about maintaining the website? Please contact us at email@example.com.
Image of house is 9 Ahrens St (c. 1897)