KW in brief: Jan. 25, 2010

Development plans in the works for streets located in Northdale

On Jan. 25, recommendations for the development of specific streets in the Northdale area were presented to Waterloo City Council.

With 76 homes in the area, there are many concerns for more duplexes to be built as this is a heavily student-populated area.

Development planner for the city of Waterloo Krista Walkey brought forward zoning and development options for State, Fir and Hickory streets.

Walkey, on behalf of city staff, proposed that the council undertake a review of planning policies. While under review, an interim control by-law is required to be instated to prohibit the construction of new low-density homes or expand already-existing homes.

The majority of council was in favour of the recommendations to plan and develop the area.
–Kristen DuVall

City of Waterloo donates $10,000 to Haiti

On Jan. 25, the city of Waterloo announced that it would donate $10,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee, which is providing long-term aid response to Haiti.

The donation will come from the city’s tax rate stabilization reserve.

Waterloo has also put a call towards the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to make a donation to aid the country.
–Compiled by Linda Givetash