Neighbourhood residents Daryl Howes-Jones, left, and Barb Thomas stand at the location of the proposed development intended for students on Doon Valley Drive in Kitchener in March. Many residents of Lower Doon were upset by the proposal to build six stacked townhouse blocks, with a total of 175 bedrooms, in their neighbourhood, and a tribunal has agreed. - Peter Lee , Record staff
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has sided with residents of Lower Doon, upholding a Kitchener council decision to deny a 47-unit stacked townhouse development intended for students.
"A phrase used by the participants wherein they repeated a comment of one of their city councillors resonated — 'It's like putting 10 pounds of sugar in a five-pound bag' — fits perfectly with what is being proposed for this site," Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) vice-chair Jyoti Zuidema concluded, quoting Kitchener Coun. Zyg Janecki in her 13-page decision handed down Thursday.
"In the end, I prefer the evidence from those in opposition to the proposed development to determine that the appeals are dismissed."
In case you are tempted to think that you can’t change things at City Hall, here’s a story about what happened when my friend, Councillor Zyg Janecki intervened recently for Glasgow Street residents:
When Glasgow Street was being upgraded (between Westmount and Knell), City Council planned to add a sidewalk to the north side of the street (in line with their by-law to put sidewalks on both sides of the street as part of any road re-construction project).
As someone who has followed politics at Kitchener City Hall for many years, I would like to critique the new, enlarged council’s performance for the past three years.
In my opinion, Carl Zehr is the worst mayor I can remember the city having. He is largely responsible for the massive $112 million debt the city has, with his closed-door decisions. He always promises openness and transparency to get elected; it has yet to happen. He has only one policy: my way of the highway.
Waterloo Region Record
KITCHENER — Coun. Zyg Janecki is crying foul after losing by one vote a bid to bring more openness to the planning for city projects that are now handled in private meetings between staff and consultants.
Cambridge, Waterloo and the region allow councillors to participate in meetings with consulting engineers when environmental assessments are needed for new roads and other projects. In Kitchener, elected officials can only attend if the project is considered very complex. That means they cannot have any influence on setting up environmental assessments for the vast majority of projects.
Kitchener city councillors have approved a $565,000 washroom facility to be built near David Street and Jubilee Drive in Victoria Park. (John Rieti/CBC)
Kitchener city council decided on Monday that washrooms will be built in Victoria Park after all, against the protest of two councillors.
Councillors John Gazzola and Zyg Janecki argued tenders for a set of washrooms near David Street and Jubilee Drive had already been rejected twice.
However, Mayor Carl Zehr insisted the original tender was never actually voted upon.
The two councillors walked out of the council meeting without casting their votes ahead of the eventual approval of the facility.