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<br />REPORT TO: <br />Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING: <br />December 2, 2013 <br />SUBMITTED BY: <br />Alain Pinard, Director of Planning <br />PREPARED BY: <br />Sarah Coutu, Policy Analyst (519-741-2200 ext. 7069) <br />Natalie Goss, Senior Planner(ext. 7067) <br />Tina Malone-Wright, Senior Planner (ext. 7765) <br />Garett Stevenson, Planner (ext. 7070) <br />Brandon Sloan, Manager of Long Range & Policy Planning <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED: <br />All Wards <br />DATE OF REPORT: <br />November 22, 2013 <br />REPORT NO.: <br />CSD-13-104 <br />SUBJECT:PLANNING AROUND RAPID TRANSIT STATIONS <br />(PARTS) PHASE 1: PROJECT PLAN AND <br />BACKGROUND REPORT <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That staff proceed with Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS), as informed by <br />the Phase 1: Project Plan and Background Report, generally in accordance with the <br />sequence and timing outlined in Appendix B to report CSD 13-104 and subject to <br />business planning and purchasing processes. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) project was introduced to Council through <br />report CSD-12-150which was presented at the November 12, 2012 Council Strategy Session. <br />Phase 1 of the project was identified in the 2013 Business Planning Priorities (Report CAO-12- <br />044) and later ranked as a high priority Corporate Project. The PARTS Phase 1: Project Plan <br />and Background Report represents completion of this phase of work. <br />REPORT: <br />The Region of Waterloo, in association with a consortium to be selected, is designing and <br />constructing the ION light rail and adapted bus rapid transit line and station stops through <br />Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Currently, there are twelve (12) station stops identified in <br />Kitchener (one future light rail station stop is shared with Cambridge). The intent is to begin <br />adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) between Fairview Park Mall and Cambridge within two years <br />andto commence light rail transit (LRT) service in Kitchener and Waterloo in 2017. <br />LRT has the potential to be a major factor in the long-term growth and continued economic <br />prosperity of our area. With it, comes the potential for continued change in areas close to the <br />stations. In order to help ensure and confirm there is a proper framework to guide growth and <br />stability in these locations, the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are now embarking on the <br />detailed planning for the future of land and infrastructure within a ten (10) minute walk of each <br />LRT station stop. The intent is to <br />Community Building Strategy and to complete as much detailed planning as possible in time for <br />the opening of LRT. <br />3 - 1 <br /> <br />