East Side Lands

One of the Region's key roles is to manage future growth in Waterloo Region and ensure necessary municipal infrastructure and services are in place, such as water and wastewater.

In June 2015, the Ontario Municipal Board approved the new Regional Official Plan with approximately 300 hectares of land designated for employment uses in what is known as the East Side Lands. The East Side Lands is located on the eastern edge of Waterloo Region, at the border of Woolwich Township and Cambridge, near the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

East Side Lands - Stage 2 - Master Environmental Servicing Plan and Secondary Plan

In early 2016, the Region and its partners began a study to develop a framework for the future urban lands uses and development within the Stage 2 Lands of the East Side Lands. This will involve completing plans for:

  • protecting/restoring natural heritage
  • managing storm water and updating flood plain mapping
  • identifying future roads and roads improvements
  • assessing water, wastewater and utilities needs
  • establishing lands uses and supporting policies for lands in Cambridge 
  • guiding development phasing and implementation

Stage 2 Public Consultation Centre 2

The Region and its partners held a Public Consultation Centre on December 5, 2016 to learn more about the East Side Lands (Stage 2) and to gather public input on the studies being completed to facilitate the future development of approximately 170 hectares of land in Cambridge and Woolwich Township.

Draft Subwatershed Study

The Draft Subwatershed Study completed in support of the Master Environmental Servicing Plan and Secondary Plan is available for review. Each chapter of the Draft Subwatershed Study has been posted separately for ease of navigation and downloading. Public input and comment are welcomed. If you would like to provide input on any components of the Draft Subwatershed Study, please do so by January 31, 2017. Comments can be emailed directly to Jane Gurney (, or they may be mailed to the contact information provided on the right side of this page.

Stage 2 Lands Public Information Centre 1

The Region and its partners held a Public Information Centre to share information about the Stage 2 East Side Lands on June 16, 2016. For details, check out the information below.

All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this project are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making decisions related to this project. Under the Municipal Act, personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Jane Gurney at


East Side Lands - Stage 1 - Master Environmental Servicing Plan

In May 2014, the Region began a Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and Community Plan for the Stage 1 East Side Lands in cooperation with the City of Cambridge, the Township of Woolwich, the City of Kitchener and the Grand River Conservation Authority. Visit the Stage 1 page for details.