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| November means different things to different people. Maybe the month for the winter tire swap, black Friday shopping, digging out the winter boots and mitts, looking for the window scraper or snow shovel. |
Whatever else it means, it’s also the month we remember the end of the “war to end all wars”, so called because of the devastating loss of life. Coincidentally, the end of that war also was another time of a global pandemic in 1918. Hopefully remembering where we’ve been will help us get through this time, helping each other and making sacrifices to ensure we are all safe.
| Multi-Use Trail Along Margaret Avenue Active Transportation Planning (City of Kitchener) is proposing a Multi-Use Trail (MUP) along Margaret and Otto, between Victoria and Frederick, as part of a downtown cycling grid.|
Details are available at https://www.engagewr.ca/downtown-cycling-grid where you are welcome to register and participate via a survey (open until November 11th), or at two upcoming Virtual Open Houses on November 3rd and 4th. Neighbourhood-specific information is available at https://www.engagewr.ca/…/margaret-avenue-multi-use-trail and Pages 11, 12, 22 and 23 of https://www.engagewr.ca/16695/widgets/65742/documents/39880.
Thank you! to Active Transportation Planning Project Manager, Darren Kropf, for developing a set of Frequently Asked Questions with us, in advance of the Virtual Open House sessions.
Please note that some revisions of the plan are already in the works. The pages 11, 12, 22 and 23 above are being revised. They do not yet show the reduced impact on the front yards of 9-55 Margaret Ave and 108 Queen St N as discussed in the FAQ.
Further design change is also being considered in light of the cancellation of Avenue M (the development at 30-40 Margaret Avenue).
|Featured by-law There are bylaws in place to help ensure Kitchener remains a place we’re all proud to call home. Appropriate rules enable the city to maintain a high standard of safety and respect for our community, and for one another. Check the Neighbourhood Bylaw Guide for helpful tips and information on many of our bylaws and related issues.|
The featured by-law this month is all about winter (yikes!). Yes, cold weather is arriving soon and it’s time to think about the dreaded snow-shovelling!
Owning a property–whether a home, business or vacant piece of land–means ensuring the property meets specific standards for maintenance and occupancy, as outlined in the city’s Municipal Code. “Snow and Ice” in the Municipal Code is under Property Maintenance, Chapter 687.
If you require assistance with snow clearing or want more information about the bylaw enforcement, snow events, municipal snow removal, and locating free sand sources, contact City of Kitchener.
|22 Weber Street West We continue to post updates on the website blog on the zone change application for 22 Weber St W.|
The owner-submitted application seeks increased floor space and building height and reduced front yard setback and parking requirements.
The latest additions to the file: Set of questions submitted to Senior Planner Juliane vonWesterholt on October 13, 2020 for preparation of the Neighbourhood Information Meeting Link to the petition created by an independent group of concerned neighbours opposed to the proposed zone change. The Planning Department is expected to convene a virtual Neighbourhood Information Meeting shortly. Comments to be reflected in the Staff Report should be directed to Senior Planner Juliane vonWesterholt, 519-741-2200 x 7157, email@example.com
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to participate in the neighbourhood response to the application.
|Speaking of Weber Street … Many thanks to the new owners of 58-60 Weber St. W. for their ongoing work removing the black paint from their building. Wow! Look at that before and after!|
| Region of Waterloo Cultural Heritage Back 2 Basics REBOOT: Timely pieces from the collection Ongoing until June 2021|
City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court)
Time: Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: is always free.
When the global pandemic was declared, consumer habits shifted drastically as a new reality took hold. The sudden disruption in our routines shifted to survival, and triggered us to reevaluate what we had been entitled to, and seek out the basics. The change was strongly centred among the necessities of life such as food and beverage and health and wellness.
Our homes took on new meaning, and the more time we spent at home, a desire to be self-sufficient took root. Back to baking, preserving, unscheduled family time, dusting off our bikes, gardening, homeschooling, staying connected, and buying local made items are some of the ways we directed our survival focus. We fundamentally started living different lives.
Many of us turned to virtual experiences to learn how to DIY during self-isolation. This survival instinct is the focus of the City of Waterloo Museum’s new exhibit Back 2 Basics Reboot: Timely pieces from our collection. The exhibit examines the trends and changes in our behaviour during this sustained period of staying in. The museum staff have looked at our emerging activities and trends throughout the pandemic, and cleverly assembled the historic equivalent from our collection. Each object is timely and historic offering a reboot to redefining the new normal.
Please keep in mind there are new Covid-19 pandemic protocols in place. Prior to visiting please visit: waterloo.ca/museum or for more information call Karen VandenBrink at 519-885-8828.
Volunteers wanted! 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.