What do YOU think about Westmount Place plans?

Plans for Westmount Place are finally public and it is generating a lot of discussion.

Killam, the site owners, brought their initial design concept to Council in May. It was the first public viewing of the plan, which can be found in full here: https://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/zone-changes.aspx#Dietz

I am neither for nor against the proposal. In fact, I'm not even allowed to express an opinion either way until the formal, final vote at Council. But I do want to know what YOU think of it. And the developers do, too.

That's why I’d like to invite interested residents to a public information session on Thursday, June 27 at the Adult Recreation Complex at 185 King Street South. It’s a drop-in with the developers running from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

(Sorry it’s on the last day of school, but it was either that or hold it in summer, and no-one would have wanted that.)

Come, see the plans, share your feedback and/or concerns directly with the developers, and come have a chat with me, too. I do hope to see you there.

Happy spring... I think...

I'd say "Happy Spring" but it certainly doesn't feel like it right now! The season revealed a number of issues in terms of snow management, plow overflow, ice build-up and more. It's quite clear that this season -- with its freezes, thaws, rain and more -- brought many logistical issues that we need to address better in the future. I've shared resident concerns with the relevant departments and have asked for these issues to be factored into plans for the coming season. Staff plan to bring a report to Council in April. Stay tuned!

Speaking of logistical challenges, March saw the largest gathering yet on St. Patrick's Day. From the crush of people at Ezra and Clayfield to the blaring house parties and crowds spilling onto streets busy with cars, it's quite apparent that the status quo is untenable. The "unsanctioned gatherings" task force is asking for your input. What works? What doesn't? What would you like to see? The EngageWR survey closes soon. Please have your say!

Remember, Phase II of the King Street redevelopment starts this week. The Region expects it to last four months. Please make sure to support our local businesses through this period! They need our friendship, our support, and our spending dollars.

Let’s share the love in our ‘hood!