Infrastructure Planning

Successfully planning and managing infrastructure is an essential element of achieving the vision for a sustainable and livable Waterloo Region.

Infrastructure includes all of facilities and systems that serve as the foundation needed to support our communities, such as:

  • drinking-water supply and delivery
  • wastewater and sewage treatment
  • storm water management
  • waste management
  • electric power generation and transmission
  • communications/telecommunications
  • transit and walking/cycling corridors
  • roads and highways
  • railways
  • utilities such as oil and gas

Reducing costs and maximizing the potential

Planning, building and managing the Region's infrastructure represent a considerable cost to taxpayers. The Regional Official Plan contains policies that will help ensure the better use of existing infrastructure, in order to reduce the need for expanding or building new infrastructure.

This kind of long-term planning is most often achieved through the development and implementation of Master Plans, such as the:

More in-depth information about the Region's polices related to Infrastructure Planning can be found in Chapter 5 of the Regional Official Plan.