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<br />PLANNING & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES COMMITTEE MINUTES <br /> <br />SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 CITY OF KITCHENER <br /> <br />The Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee held an electronic meeting this date, commencing <br />electronically at 4:35 p.m. with all members present. <br /> <br />Present: Councillor S. Marsh - Chair <br />Mayor B. Vrbanovic and Councillors D. Chapman, K. Galloway-Sealock, J. Gazzola, B. <br />Ioannidis, M. Johnston, C. Michaud, D. Schnider, S. Davey and P. Singh. <br /> <br />Staff: D. Chapman, Chief Administrative Officer <br /> J. Readman, General Manager, Development Services <br /> D. McGoldrick, General Manager, Infrastructure Services <br /> J. Oosterveld, Manager, Site Development and Customer Service <br /> T. Donegani, Senior Planner <br /> K. Anderl, Senior Planner <br /> D. Saunderson, Committee Administrator <br /> S. Goldrup, Committee Administrator <br /> <br />1. DSD-20-151 - DOWNTOWN DISTICT ENERGY PRE-FEASIBILITY STUDY AND BUSINESS <br />CASE <br /> <br /> The Committee considered Development Services Department report DSD-20-151, dated <br />September 16, 2020, recommending staff be directed to develop a business case for a <br />downtown district energy system; and, submit a Green Municipal Fund Feasibility Study grant <br />application to help fund the business case development. <br /> <br /> T. Donegani, Senior Planner, presented to Committee regarding district energy and spoke to the <br />environmental and business benefits. <br /> <br /> In response to questions from the Committee, staff spoke to previous similar initiatives and the <br />benefits of engagement with potential partners and the possibilities for expediting the project. <br />Staff further answered questions regarding existing private geothermal systems, the potential <br />impact for future developments, the project's cost and potential funding, the importance of <br />environmental sustainability and concerns about natural gas, and facility operating costs. <br /> <br />On motion by Councillor B. Ioannidis - <br />it was resolved: <br /> <br />That staff be directed to develop a business case for a downtown district energy system <br />as outlined in Development Services Department report DSD-20-151; and further, <br /> <br />That staff be directed to submit a Green Municipal Fund Feasibility Study grant application <br />to help fund the downtown district energy business case development. <br /> <br />2. DSD-20-150 - INCLUSIONARY ZONING FOR AFFORDABALE HOUSING <br /> <br /> The Committee considered Development Service Department report DSD-20-150, dated <br />September 14, 2020, recommending that the background and fiscal impact analysis report <br />regarding inclusionary zoning and affordable housing be received. <br /> <br />T. Donegani, Senior Planner, presented to Committee regarding inclusionary zoning, how it was <br />identified as a needed tool by the affordable housing strategy, the key principles of an <br />inclusionary zoning program, the viability of inclusionary zoning, as well as engagement with the <br />community and stakeholders. <br /> <br /> Councillor S. Marsh noted a written submission had been received from Hal Jaeger in support. <br />Aleksandra Petrovic, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, and Melissa Bowman spoke <br />to the need for affordable housing, support for inclusionary zoning, and further considerations to <br />increase affordable housing with the city. <br /> <br /> In response to Council's questions, staff spoke to city-wide implementation versus the transit- <br />node model, parking requirements for affordable housing, the potential tools and strategies to <br />address affordable housing needs, the current legislation and the recommended framework, and <br />interest in comparison to thefuture framework. <br /> <br /> <br />