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1. Annual Meeting for Olde Berlin Town – Saturday, March 26th
2. Construction Season has Started
3. Civic Participation – Update Mar 1st & Mar 3rd Public Meetings
4. Grants for Heritage Properties
5. Neighbourhood Newsletter
ANNUAL MEETING for Olde Berlin Town Neighbourhood
Come to the K-W Art Gallery beside the Centre-In-The Square, just a short walk for residents in the neighbourhood. We’re finally able to meet in-person again. It starts at 1:00 pm. Hope to see you there on March 26th.
If you’re unable to attend you can watch the meeting on zoom, and participate via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions. Please be aware Zoom has limitations, and it may be hard to hear presentations made at the meeting.
Join the AGM over Zoom, email email@example.com for a link.
Construction Season has started!
If you haven’t heard the noise or felt the vibrations, check out the scene at 64 Margaret Avenue, near Victoria Street. This winter Vive Development started construction of two multiple dwelling buildings – one 3 storey building with 17 units fronting onto Margaret Avenue and one 6 storey building with 94 units fronting onto Victoria Street North. This photo was taken in mid-March.
Civic Participation – Update on Public Meetings
Electronic Neighbourhood Meeting RE: 22 Weber St W – March 3rd
On March 3rd, 2022, the City of Kitchener Planning Division held a virtual Neighbourhood Meeting to share details on the revised application from 30 Duke Street LTD to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law regarding 22 Weber St W. The Neighbourhood Association delivered a 1-page notice in advance of the meeting to the neighbourhood. At the meeting, Garett Stevenson, a senior city planner, explained the amended application is seeking additional floor space and an increase from 15 to 19 storeys. He reviewed Kitchener’s various by-laws and Heritage Kitchener’s involvement. In addition, he explained the application is under appeal with the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). The process is similar to a court case. The meeting was recorded and should soon be available on the “Current Planning Applications” page of the city’s website. In the question and answer session following the presentation, Stevenson provided limited responses, as the matter is before the OLT. You can still send comments and concerns to the City by March 20th to Senior Planner, Craig Dumart, firstname.lastname@example.org, (519) 741-2200 ext. 7073. “Friends of Olde Berlin Town”, an independent neighbourhood group and party at the OLT hearing, offers more information at www.obtfriends.ca.
Heritage Kitchener – Heritage Impact Assessment – March 1st
RE: Property at 22 Weber St W:
On March 1st, Heritage Kitchener acknowledged letters sent in advance of the online meeting and heard several citizens and a heritage planner challenge the revised Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) submitted by the applicant for the 22 Weber St W development. You can watch the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=1_Q1BLeLOkU&t=1538s. The comments submitted by the public and Heritage Kitchener Committee members were collected by the City.
Grants for Heritage Properties
Here’s an opportunity for a project you are planning. Applications are due May 31, 2022.
The Spring 2022 issue of the Olde Berlin Town newsletter will soon be delivered to your door. Look for it in your mailbox!