City of Waterloo council summary from December 7, 2015
Waterloo - The City of Waterloo council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting.
Council received delegations from the Regional Sport Tourism Office in regards to a bid for the
2021 Canada Summer Games, as well as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Saint Sophia.
Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) funding approved
Council has approved the funding of the Creative Enterprise Initiative for 2016. Consistent with
2015, $33,000 in operating funds will be awarded to the group as long as the CEI participates in the
development of a memorandum of understanding with the Region of Waterloo and the cities of
Kitchener and Waterloo.
Clay & Glass Gallery support options approved
Council has approved the elimination of debt payments by the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, until
2020. Council recognized the effort and work the gallery has done in addressing their fiscal health,
and hopes this relief will accelerate their fiscal stability. Debt payments were scheduled as $7,600
per year until 2020 for a total of $30,538. This will have a one time impact and will be funded from
tax rate stabilization reserve.
Investment made to the University of Waterloo Velocity expansion
Council has approved an investment of $15,000 towards the opening of the University of Waterloo’s
“Velocity Start” program. Velocity Start is a 6,000 sq. ft. facility on campus, and will be a landing
spot for students who are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship at the university. The
city’s investment will go towards a 650 sq. ft. maker space with 3D printers and basic equipment to
help students who want to build physical items. In addition, Velocity will open this maker space on
the weekends for activities, events and for students to connect with members of the wider
Method for determining priority of sidewalk construction, to move forward
Council has approved a new method for determining which sidewalks get constructed first and it is
guided by safety and connectivity, both strategic priorities of Waterloo’s new strategic plan. In
considering all needs for new sidewalks, the method looks at how to maximize the available budget
by targeting areas with the most walking traffic in addition to road functions, transit routes and
walking distances to key destinations. Locations that meet all requirements will be ranked highest in
priority. This new method does not change the city’s 2005 sidewalk policy.
Funding for Button Factory structural upgrades approved
Council has approved up to $200,000 for structural repairs at the Button Factory. The detailed
structural study focused on the roof trusses, attic joists, floor beams, joists and columns and based
on the current design loads required by the Ontario Building Code, these areas will need
reinforcement. A structural engineer will be hired right away and a request for tender will be issued
Committee appointments approved
Council approved a number of mid-term appointments to the audit committee, the friends of
Waterloo Park subcommittee, and the Waterloo Public Library board.
Official plan and zoning by law amendment for Carnegie Library approved
Following a previous council deferral, council has approved the request for an official plan
amendment and zoning by law amendment for the Carnegie Library. The original deferral was
requested to allow time for clarity around definitions of intended uses as well as understanding of
the contribution that the Carnegie Library will provide to the open data initiatives currently taking
place in the immediate area. This approval allows for a reduction in parking from 21 spaces to ten
spaces, allows for the existing office use, and broadens the use to allow for a range of research,
technology, and creative activities.
Informal public meeting
Zoning by law amendment for 145 Columbia Street West and 330 Phillip Street
A zone change application was received for 145 Columbia Street West and 330 Phillip Street to
request changes to visitor and commercial parking rates, and the setbacks and height of two
buildings at 145 Columbia Street West. The total site includes four apartment buildings with heights
ranging from six to 25 storeys. Both sites are being built as one with access to underground parking
from 330 Phillip Street.
Formal public meeting
Zoning by law amendment for 131 and 133 University Avenue West deferred by council
Council has deferred a decision on a zoning by law amendment for 131 to 133 University Avenue
West allowing for reduced front and side yard setbacks, reduction in parking, and a change to the
way density is measured. A decision on the construction of a16 storey apartment building will return
to council at a future date.