The City held their pilot session on December 1st on “planning 101”. The session was very well attended online and City staff did a great job of outlining how the planning process works and how residents can become involved in projects impacting their neighbourhoods. This was the initial session and the module will become available for wider distribution in 2021. If you were not able to join on December 1st, we would encourage you to watch for when the session is repeated in 2021 – the plans are to run it again three times in 2021 – the first probably being January. We will post when these are occurring on this website and our MHBPNA Facebook page.
In addition to the formal presentation, City staff allowed 45 minutes for a Q and A on the planning process.
The Q and A session addressed numerous resident questions but these were the major themes impacting our immediate neighbourhood.
- Parkland plans in the Innovation District and the City’s rules on “cash in lieu of parklands” (where the developer pays a cash levy in lieu of parkland/greenspace).
- Use of the Bramm Yards (Victoria and Joseph).
- How the Committee of Adjustment works, how these decisions are made and by whom and what constitutes a minor variance – particularly apropos to infill/teardowns in the neighbourhood
- Affordable housing initiatives by the City
- Laneway and Coach houses in existing neighbourhoods
- Density targets to increase the number of people/jobs in the downtown and areas surrounding the downtown in Major Transit Station Areas (our neighbourhood)
- How the Region’s Transit Hub fits into neighbourhood planning.
Keep an eye out for future Planning 101 sessions.
1:00 pm: Welcome, Land acknowledgement
1:05 pm: Agenda, any tech troubleshooting
1:10 – 1:45 pm: Special Guest: Darren Kropf, Active Transportation City of Kitchener
1:45 – 2:15 pm: Sarah Marsh, Ward 10 Councillor, City of Kitchener
2:15 pm: Impact of COVID to NAs
2:20 pm: Development Committee Report
2:25 pm Treasurer Report
2:30 pm: DNA Update
2:40 pm: call for interest in NA positions, questions about the NA
2:55 pm: Closing
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Recently there was an article in The Record about Waterloo Region (in the province of Ontario) moving to “yellow” status over the weekend. But what does that mean? It is difficult to understand the various restrictions and how they change.
Health officials say, ‘wash your hands’, ‘avoid meeting in groups, especially indoors’, ‘avoid close contact’, ‘wear a mask whenever you cannot maintain a 6′ distance, or when shopping indoors’ etc. These recommendations have not changed in months.
For a fairly complete and official look at Ontario and COVID, we hope everyone reads this document:
As always, stay safe! And remember our AGM on December 5th.
MHBPNA will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Dec 5th at 1pm. Because of the ongoing “Covid-19 situation” this meeting will be virtual and we’ll be using Zoom. Closer to the date, we will post information about getting the meeting code.
This meeting is open to the public and we appreciate everyone who is interested to attend, ask questions, perhaps even volunteer to be on the board for the upcoming year.
We will have a report from our councillor Sarah Marsh and a ‘special guest’ to discuss some intriguing aspect of our city and neighbourhood. Stay tuned!
Key points from the city:
Sadly, this year we did not have the Duke St. West Music Fest. So much live music was cancelled around the world. But there is still hope for our ‘hood. Saturday, August 29th is the official, world wide, “play music on the porch day“.
We certainly have a few musicians in the Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Neighbourhood and some are joining the world and playing some music on their porches on on Sat. Aug 29. Our list is below! If you send your address and the time you are playing to us, either through messaging our FB page, or emailing email@example.com, we would be happy to add you to the list.
Let’s get out on our porches and make some sound folks! Or walk around our ‘hood and listen to your neighbours play.
Below the poster we have a list of musicians playing in, and around, the MHBP neighbourhood. Check them out!
11 am Paul Schultz (141 Moore St. South)
12 noon Jay Moore (141 Moore St. South)
2 pm Edward Barrington (Dekay, near Guelph)
3 pm Jakki and Wayne (Braun St. near Shanley)
3:30 pm Ted Parkinson (Duke St. West, beside the Duke St. Playground).
MHBPNA has purchased licenses for the Journal portion of the Raising Little Shoots program. And we have a 20% discount code for the other material (available on their website). If you would like the journal for your family please contact MHBPNA by emailing us as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or messaging us on our Facebook page.
For easier reading, magnify this page in your browser (e.g. 120% etc.)
NEED A SUMMER PROJECT? – CALLING ON ALL ARTISTS OR ASPIRING ARTISTS – DUE BY JUNE 25TH
Shannondale has completed the fencing of the Electrohome Site at 152 Shanley. They are asking us to turn the fencing into a neighbourhood/community art project and have installed 10 panels to display neighbourhood artwork. We are expecting that you will be so excited to participate that Shannondale has agreed to add 10 more panels if we need them.
Sarah Marsh has pulled together a committee of neighbours (Sarah, Tanya Wright, Cherie Simmons and Catherine Owens) to get the project underway. We are looking for families/artists/wannabe artists to claim one of the panels. Shannondale specifically indicated that they want this to be a neighbourhood project and the artwork does not need to be professional.
Here is what you need to know
- INVITATION TO SUBMIT IDEAS. If you or your family are interested in designing and painting a panel, let us know by sending a brief overview of your thoughts or ideas. Please submit your response ASAP, by June 25!
- PAINT GOES UP EARLY JULY. In an ideal world we would like to select the first 10 artists by the end of the month. Painting will take place in early July. The earlier we fill the panels the less likely we will see graffiti on the fence.
- ART FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, BY OUR NEIGHBOURS. There is no particular theme for the artwork – it could reflect the history of the neighbourhood, of the former building, your personal history in the neighbourhood or simply your personal ideas of what you might want to see on a panel.
- LOGISTICS. We will work with you on figuring out practical logistics for what works best for you to install your art. You can fill your panel freehand or we can supply you with 4 X 8 sheets of paper if you want to pre-make a stencil – tape it up and spray paint your design. You can choose to paint on the spot, or bring the panels home to paint and then we will arrange to re-install them.
- THANK-YOU SHANNONDALE! Shannondale has donated funds to help with the purchase of painting supplies.
- Send your ideas to Sarah Marsh, Cherie Simmons, Tanya Wright or Catherine Owens
- Let us know what supplies you might need to paint the panel – and if possible, let us know, the major colour scheme (this will help us decide which panel is best for you)
And, if you have unused outdoor paint that you might want to donate, feel free to contact one of the members of the committee.
We look forward to hearing from you! Let’s get creative!!
Sarah Marsh – Sarah.email@example.com
Cherie Simmons – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Wright – email@example.com
Catherine Owens – firstname.lastname@example.org