Mt. Hope area construction update

Google Build

Perimeter is hoping to start cleaning up the side streets (Wellington and Moore)  this spring and are hoping for completion around the end of June but the timing will depend on the weather.

By the way, here is a video of the artwork installation from a few weeks back. Click here.

Electrohome Site

The house at 134 Shanley will be demolished and the excavation of both sites (134 and 152) and the installation of shoring and foundation walls will begin early April and last three or four months.  Above grade construction will begin following this and will last for 18 to 24 months. Some of the murals have been removed by the artists and others may find new homes, included alleys. Watch out around the area!

Development updates around MHBP and planning related meetings

On February 7, 2022 there was a meeting of the Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee. Staff brought forward a recommendation on the 134-152 Shanley Street development in favour of the zoning changes requested by the developer. There were only two delegations who spoke and the proposals were approved unanimously by councillors. Although a vote at a regular council meeting is still required, this effectively allows Shannondale to begin the process of removing contamination so construction can begin.

152 Shanley has been written about many times on this Blog and searching that address will display all posts. For those interested in the Staff package, which includes comments by residents, click on this link.

The main part of the February 7th meeting was taken over by the proposed development in Belmont Village where many delegations were signed up to present. In fact, a second evening was set aside to hear all the delegations. The Record has reported on this development here and here.

Looking ahead:

March 7th at 6 pm

Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee

Kitchener.ca/meetings – no need to pre-register

On the agenda are the following re-zoning/official plan amendments

  1. King/Pine Street – 25 storey mixed use building (retail/apartments).  In our neighbourhood.
  2. 30 Francis Street – 44 storey mixed use building
  3. 142 Fergus Avenue – 7 storey apartment building
  4. 1525 Bleams Road –  rezoning from agricultural to residential

Crozby:

How many times have you heard people say “I didn’t know that was permitted” in my residential neighbourhood?  The City is proceeding with the implementation of stage 2b of the Crozby review (rezoning changes).  Here is an overview of the changes:  (would apply to infills in Mt. Hope)

  • Allowing 3 units within a single detached house in Residential zones 1 to 5
  • Changes to minimum and maximum driveway and garage widths
  • Requiring new buildings to have similar setbacks/heights to adjacent properties in established residential neighbourhoods

Re Crozby – these changes (2b) were part of the original Crozby recommendation/ changes from December 2019 where Council passed 2a and deferred 2b.  The PSIC meeting on March 9th is a special meeting to formalize the re-zoning on residential zones – none of the items (3 units/minimum lot/driveway/height) should be a surprise.  Council increased the allowable height from 10.5 metres to 11 metres – in our neighbourhood the typical 2 storey with an attic is 10 metres.  So, infill houses, where they tear down and rebuild can be 11 metres … not significant but it will make them higher than the surrounding houses.  So, on March 9th, PSIC will approve them – they will go to Council a couple of weeks later and then be implemented on the bylaws for residential units.

Tuesday, February 22n

4 pm to 7 pm via zoom (staff presentation at 4 pm)

Open House to learn more about these changes

RSVP at crozby@kitchener.ca

 

Wednesday, March 9th at 6 pm

Planning and Strategic Committee Meeting to approve the zoning changes

Kitchener.ca/watch now – no need to pre-register

Development Committee New Year’s “round up”

The inaugural meeting of the 2022 MHBPNA Development Committee was held on January 6th at 7 pm via Zoom and included a review of some of the issues we have addressed throughout 2021.

  1. Ted Parkinson and Kate Pearce, the reps from the MHBPNA, are leaving the Committee.   New Members from the MHBPNA executive are Jorg Broschek and Linda Vandenakker.  Other members include Catherine Owens (Chair), Gordon Hatt, Scott Morris, Tom Hillier, Nik Schmidt, Mark Sisson and Sarah Marsh (ad hoc member).
  2. We have been meeting with City Planning Staff following the our submission outlining various neighbourhood issues including demo practices, building permit practices, RIENS, C of A amongst other issues.  The good news is that we are starting to see some increased attention by the City on a significant number of properties on our tracking list.    A few things of note
    1. Demolition permits – the houses at 91 Louisa and 50 Breithaupt have now been demolished.
    2. Unkempt vacant lots/demolished buildings.  A building permit for the vacant lot at King/Wellington was issued in early December.  The City is also reviewing the vacant site at Weber/Louisa (neighbours think its unsafe).
    3. We have again raised the issue of the boarded up McDonald’s building on King/Moore – Perimeter, who owns the Google site, has also approached the City about the site.
  3. King/Pine – 25 storey apartment build across from the hospital.   A public meeting was held in October and the application for re-zoning will go to the City for approval on Monday, January 10th.
  4. Shannondale has approval from the City to begin the remediation of the Electrohome site in January/February.  Remediation will entail removing all the trees and shoring up the perimeter of the site to ensure there is no impact to neighbouring properties when the soil is removed.
  5. Sacred Heart School.   Sarah Marsh is in discussions with the Polish Congress re future plans.  The intention is to retain the convent building and the historic portions of the school.  Plans are still under development and timing is still under discussion.
  6. Google Build – build is well underway.   Future plans are to include an additional building on the current parking lot.
  7. Station Park.  The first two buildings are well underway.   Three additional buildings are planned.
  8. Transit Hub
    1. The pedestrian passageways under Duke and Waterloo Streets are a go.  Building is expected to commence in late 2022 at which time Duke will be closed to traffic.
    2. Metrolinx has completed its traffic study of the surrounding area.  They have submitted the review to the City. Scott Morris has obtained a copy of the Metrolinx report and will report on it separately.
    3. Sarah Marsh, Scott, Gordon Hatt and Catherine have met with the City Traffic department a number of times to outline neighbourhood concerns re traffic not only due to the Transit Hub but the general increase in traffic due to development – Wellington St. is of particular concern.   Scott will update you separately.
  9. RIENS (Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods). We have  been discussing our concerns with the City re the need to protect “stable neighbourhoods” and the need to raise the profile of RIENS neighbourhoods with the Committee of Adjustment (C of A) and the Building Department etc.  Residential Intensification in Existing Neighbourhoods (RIENS) outlines the specific guidelines for infill/builds/additions in our neighbourhood.
  10. Committee of Adjustment.   We have made a number of recommendations to the City re the composition of the committee and its mandate.   In the meantime Mark Sisson continues to attend C of A meetings and update you monthly.
  11. Cash in lieu of Parkland.   Tom Hillier is managing this on our behalf.  The City’s initiative known as Places and Spaces will be looking at the City’s current practices and evaluating how and where green space is allocated throughout the City.  Tom is encouraging everyone to complete the City’s survey www.engagewr.ca/placesandspaces or to appear before Council when the recommendations are presented for approval.
  12. The City Staff’s recommendations on the “Tree Canopy” project will be presented to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee on Monday, January 10th
  13. Additional Dwelling Units.   Our process improvement suggestions including the need to notify neighbours beyond the current 30 metre radius were included in our memo to the City
  14. Nik Schmidt continues to diligently update our geomapping tool which maps all development in the neighbourhood.   Due to the increased number of large builds immediately adjacent to Mt. Hope/Breithaupt he has expanded the map to include these
  15. Other properties we are tracking

                                                       i.      306 St. Leger – infill

                                                             ii.      102 Waterloo – demolition and infill

                                                           iii.      81 Shanley – demolition and infill

                                        If you have any questions re the role of the Development Committee or any of the info above, feel free to email catherine_owens@sympatico.ca.

2020 AGM in November

The MHBPNA AGM was held on ZOOM on Sunday, November 7. Several members of our community attended in addition to our city councillor Sarah Marsh and Niall Lobley, Director of Parks & Cemeteries, City of Kitchener.

The meeting was chaired by Kate Pearce who also took notes (thanks so much!)

Councillor Marsh provided us with an update on City of Kitchener activities, the Breithaupt Centre (temporarily closed for maintenance)  and the city budget process.

Niall Lobley, Director of Parks & Cemeteries, City of Kitchener spoke about his role and talked about the city’s strategy regarding parkland. Naill was very passionate about his work and the importance of parkland. There were many questions so we had a very engaged discussion for almost an hour. The city’s key initiative right now is the Places and Spaces review. This will have an important role going forward and everyone is invited to fill out their thoughts on the “Engage” poll here:

 https://www.engagewr.ca/placesandspaces

We will be publishing more about that strategy and review on our Blog in the future.

Catherine Owens is chair of the MHBPNA Development Committee and talked about its activity over the past year. The committee has engaged with the City of Kitchener, various developers and many citizens to highlight and organize our concerns about “all things development” in our area.

For an overview of the committee and some of the work they have done, please see our website:   http://www.mhbpna.org/development-committee/

Kate Pearce talked about our engagement with the Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance (DNA) which meets regularly and would like input on programming (ideas, activities, leaders).

A Year in Review was provided by Kate and Ted Parkinson.

These pandemic times have stopped many of our typical activities like the soccer program and the Duke St. West Music Fest.

– Photo contest. We had several entries and some winners were given $25 gift cards for neighbourhood food businesses. We will be using the photos for our Blog and elsewhere

–Play Music on Your Porch Day. MHBPNA advertised this event on our Facebook page and website and we have a blog article about it here: http://www.mhbpna.org/2021/09/14/international-play-music-on-a-porch-day-2021/

Financial update: We still have plenty of money in the bank for small events like our “mini grant” program. In fact, our Mini Grant program is ongoing and you can read about it here:

http://www.mhbpna.org/grants/

Board Of Directors

We had people move on and new folks join our board. As a reminder, anyone living in the MHBP area is welcome to attend any of our meetings and we post them on Facebook and our website.

Our current board is:

Ted Parkinson (Communications)

Emily Slofstra (Treasurer)

Members: Erin Nespoli, ​​Jörg Broschek, Linda Vandenakker, Katie Lefler, Kimberley Gauld and Levi Oakey.

If you have any ideas about what we could be doing, please contact us at mhbpna@gmail.com

If you have ideas we can publicize what you are doing and can even supply a “mini grant” to help you buy food and/or supplies.

2021 Annual General Meeting, Nov. 7 2-4 pm

We are one week away from our Annual General Meeting
(Sunday November 7, 2:00-4:00pm) online.
Send MHBPNA@gmail.com a note to receive the Zoom link.
This year we will be joined by City of Kitchener Staff who will share a presentation about the Spaces & Places review. If you are interested in learning more about this and its connection to our parks and green spaces, join us!
Other items on the Agenda:
– Treasurer’s Report
– Year in Summary
– Call for Board Nominations
Available Board Positions:
Co-Chairs
Partnerships
Programming
Secretary
Special Events
Member-at-Large
Send MHBPNA@gmail.com a note to receive the Zoom link.

Music, Porches, Aug 28th, 2021

NEWS FLASH!

MHBPNA is looking forward to Saturday, Aug 28th. If you are in our neighbourhood, let us put your event on the schedule. And on Saturday, take a photo of a performance and send it to mhbpna@gmail.com, we will give you a $25 gift card from a local food business. Music and Food!

Saturday, August 28 is international Play Music on a Porch Day!

It’s simple: get out an instrument, or some friends to sing along, and play some music!

MHBPNA is going to make a schedule of everyone playing in our neighbourhood! We will post it on our website and advertise where the good times will be taking place.

If you would like to participate, please contact us. Our email is mhbpna@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook page.