“D” is for December and Development!

There are many “Development Related” events happening this week and you can stay informed by attending any of them. Probably the most important for our city’s development is the meeting on Monday. Bring a coffee, relax in council chambers and listen to a discussion of zoning changes. It can be more exciting than you think!

Monday December 9th at 7 pm.   Meeting of the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee to approve the Secondary Plans for KW Hospital/Midtown (the section of our neighbourhood running from King St to Moore Avenue).  Other Secondary Plans for approval include:  Cedar Hill, Victoria Park, Civic Centre, Mill Courtland, King East and Victoria Street.

The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall and the information is here and the agenda is here (note that some Delegations will present their response to the Secondary Plans).

Tuesday December 10th at 10 am.   Committee of Adjustment

Request from the owner of the property at 52 Wilhelm to sever a lot in order to build two duplexes on the current single lot. Link to meeting.

Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Conestoga Room.  The City/owner of the property at 41 Moore Avenue (the vacant lot between Louisa and Wellington) will hold an open house in order for neighbours to review the proposed building plans for the lot. 

Stocking stuffing and potluck, Saturday, December 7

The annual neighbourhood stocking stuffing event and potluck is Saturday December 7th at 4:30 WALES portable behind Sacred Heart school on Moore Avenue. We are collecting items for people experiencing homeless.
Donation items needed are:
  • Hats, mitts
  • Socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Lip chap
  • Shampoo/ conditioner- travel size
  • Hand warmers
  • Bandaids, deodorant
  • Non perishable packaged snacks
  • Condoms
We will also be decorating the bags, so any craft supplies such as holiday stickers etc would be great.
Questions? Please email michellebuckner0@gmail.com
This year the donations will be going to the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre‘s outreach team who provides medical services and counselling for those on the streets.

Public Meeting: Public transit project in your community

The future of transit in your community is changing. Metrolinx and the Region of Waterloo are moving forward with plans for the future King Victoria Transit Hub, and we want your input. The transit hub will connect ION, GRT, GO, VIA, pedestrians and cyclists in one convenient location. It will connect to the Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor and provide opportunities for community and economic development.

The project team is committed to a fair, open, transparent process involving both community and business.

Please join staff from City of Kitchener, Metrolinx and Region of Waterloo for an update on plans for your neighbourhood, which will include information about the potential future closure of Duke Street. Representatives will be available to answer your questions and collect your feedback.

Thursday, November 28, 2019
Kitchener City Hall, Council Chamber
200 King St W, Kitchener, ON
6:30 – 8 p.m.

For further information, contact: Leona Hollingsworth, Senior Manager, Community/Stakeholder Relations,
Metrolinx – Leona.Hollingsworth@metrolinx.com
Ellen McGaghey, Project Director, Region of Waterloo – EMcGaghey@regionofwaterloo.ca
Barry Cronkite, Director, Transportation Services, City of Kitchener – Barry.Cronkite@kitchener.ca

2019 AGM, 10 am, November 2

Come out to our Annual General Meeting

10 am, Saturday, November 2, Breithaupt Centre Room 201

Learn about your neighbourhood. Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park is part of a city with a new LRT and great plans for the future. We will have “special guests” from the City of Kitchener to talk about cycling and traffic infrastructure and other issues. Our Councilor Sarah Marsh will be there and deliver a “city update”. Justin Readman from the City of Kitchener will be presenting on: Complete streets and cycling and trails master plan!

Learn about the MHBPNA: Members of the executive will discuss events we sponsored and assisted with over the past year including soccer programs, Duke St West Music Fest, the Big Breithaupt Campout, our Garage Sale, and City planning and development meetings where we have contributed our perspective. We will also have a Financial report.

Meet your neighbours! Have a coffee and refreshments on us! Aside from the formal presentation and elections everyone benefits from the time to connect with neighbours and friends over a coffee. You can discuss street closures, events you are planning and what is going on in your lives. You will be surprised who you meet!

Election of the executive: we rely on the volunteers who sit on the executive to coordinate our events. We have many formal positions laid out in our constitution but we have tried to make it easy for anyone to participate. You can join the executive at the AGM (or afterwards) and decide in the future what position you would like. Or just be a “Member at Large” and help with whatever projects you find interesting.

–We will have Lego for the kids to play with. What’s more fun than a table full of Lego? Nothing!

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to live in our ‘hood to come out to the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at “mhbpna@gmail.com”

Invasive Species, right here in Kitchener!

Japanese knotweed is found in several Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park locations – there is a large patch along the Spur Line trail, (Guelph -> Wilhelm), and it can be found on several residential properties in the neighbouring streets.

Japanese knotweed is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. Often mistaken for bamboo, this tall and pretty plant is fast-growing (six centimetres per day) and requires minimal care.

The extensive root system can grow through foundations, damage concrete walls, pavement, drainage works, and flood prevention structures, resulting in expensive problems for both the city and private landowners.

Knotweed is notoriously difficult to eradicate, and studies around the world have repeatedly shown that mechanical efforts such as cutting, digging, smothering, or burning are ineffective and can contribute to its spread. The current best practice is spot-application of a selected non-glyphosate herbicide by a licensed contractor. There are a lot of resources to learn more about knotweed online. For example, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

For a quick summary of invasive plants in Kitchener, watch this presentation to Kitchener city council, from August 2019.

by Kathy M.

The Library of Things “repair cafe popup” Saturday, Sept 28

The Kitchener Waterloo “Library of Things” is located in the MHBP neighbourhood. Here is some information about their repair cafe event this coming Saturday:

KWLOT (www.kwlot.ca) is hosting its first repair cafe pop-up on Saturday September 28, 9am to 1 pm.
Hosted by KWLOT volunteers & the fabulous folks at Spool & Spindle, we’ll have three stations for the following repairs:
– jewelry
– clothing
– small appliance & electronics repair (120V)
Of course, it’s free, and you will have a chance to learn a bit about doing these kinds of repairs yourself.
Sign up is best to get a slot with our repair people:
Saturday September 28 will be the perfect time to sign up or renew your membership at KWLOT .
Located at 91 Moore Ave, in the middle of the Mount Hope neighbourhood.