The Region of Waterloo's rapid transit initiative has the dual goals of moving people and shaping the community. While the ION rapid transit system will fulfil the goal of moving people within and between Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, the Community Building Strategy (CBS) will help shape the community. It also represents a unique approach to long-term community planning.
View the Community Building Strategy booklet (low resolution):
As ION is built and the Community Building Strategy is implemented, the Region will monitor progress and change. The Region has completed a baseline report that provides a detailed analysis of the baseline status of the CTC against which to compare future analysis efforts. Using the year that ION was approved by Regional Council (2011) as the base year, a set of 16 core indicators were developed to monitor the dual goals of moving people and building community in the CTC. The Region will produce results annually from the monitoring program for the set of annual indicators.
In 2008, the Reurbanization Working Group undertook a Station Area Planning Pilot Project. The project studied an area directly surrounding a proposed rapid transit station (an approximate 10-minute walking distance) to find out how future development in the area could be shaped by rapid transit and what policies or guidelines might be needed to encourage attractive compact, pedestrian and transit-friendly development.
The study area chosen was the Charles/Ottawa Street intersection in Kitchener. This area was chosen because it provides a good mix of stable lands such as parks, heritage buildings and residential neighbourhoods as well as areas with reurbanization potential. View the Final Report of the Station Area Planning Pilot Project.
The second phase of the Station Area Planning project included an evaluation of how new development, and growing populations, within proposed station areas would impact the infrastructure (water, sanitary, storm, gas, hydro and communication utilities) in the station areas.