The Region of Waterloo oversees land-use planning, growth management and development in Waterloo Region to help ensure a balance between residential and employment development, while preserving the attributes that make our community special. This work is done using key legislation and policy documents such as the Ontario Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement, Places to Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the Regional Official Plan. More information on these policies can be found on the Planning Policies page.

The Region works with the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, as well as private land owners and the development industry, to provide a variety of programs and incentives to encourage the clean-up and redevelopment of vacant or underutilized properties, and promote more efficient use of our urban land and infrastructure.

The Region also collects fees on new development, known as Development Charges. These fees are used to pay the growth-related capital costs required by the Region to provide the services and infrastructure (roads, water, wastewater, sidewalks, transit, etc.) that are needed to support growth and development. For more information on how the Region uses development charges to invest in the community, view the fact sheet.


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