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<br />PLANNING & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES COMMITTEE MINUTES <br /> <br />FEBRUARY 8, 2021 CITY OF KITCHENER <br /> <br />The Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee held an electronic meeting this date, commencing <br />electronically at 7:10 p.m. with all members present. <br /> <br />Present: Councillor P. Singh - 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 S. Marsh. <br /> <br />Staff: D. Chapman, Chief Administrative Officer <br /> J. Readman, General Manager, Development Services <br /> D. McGoldrick, General Manager, Infrastructure Services <br /> R. Bustamante, Director, Planning <br /> B. Bateman, Senior Planner <br /> B. Cronkite, Director, Transportation Services <br /> A. McCrimmon-Jones, Manager, Transportation Planning <br />J. Oosterveld, Manager, Site Development and Customer Service <br />S. Bassanese, Urban Designer <br />V. Grohn, Heritage Planner <br /> P. Grivicic, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor and Council <br /> J. Bunn, Manager, Council & Committee Services/Deputy City Clerk <br /> S. Goldrup, Committee Administrator <br /> <br />Councillor P. Singh advised this is a formal public meeting to consider applications under the <br />Planning Act. If a person or public body that would otherwise have an ability to appeal a decision <br />of the City of Kitchener to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, but the person or public body <br />does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the City <br />of Kitchener before the By-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the <br />decision. <br /> <br />1. DSD-21-005 - OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT OPA/19/003/M/KA <br />- ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT APPLICATION ZBA/19/009/M/KA <br />- 19-41 MILL STREET <br /> - POLOCORP INC. <br /> <br />The Committee considered Development Services Department report DSD-21-005, dated <br />January 11, 2021, recommending adoption of Official Plan Amendment Application <br />OPA/19/003/M/KA for Polocorp Inc.; approval of Zoning By-law Amendment Application <br />ZBA/19/009/M/KA; and, recommending that applications for minor variances shall be permitted <br />for lands subject to Zoning By-law Amendment Application ZBA/19/009/M/KA; and, that the <br />Urban Design Guidelines for 19-41 Mill Street be adopted and used as principle guiding <br />documents for site plan approval. <br /> <br />Councillor P. Singh noted written submissions on this matter had been received from Gwen <br />Wheeler, Peter Eglin, Hal Jaeger, Gail Pool, Burnie Root, Donald Featherstone, Mario Madau, <br />Kelly-Ann Callaghan, and Linda Snyder in opposition. <br /> <br />B. Bateman presented to the Committee regarding the proposed development and the potential <br />Official Plan and Zoning By- <br />feedback, including concerns received about the impact to properties with heritage elements, <br />the loss of affordable housing, an increase in traffic and safety concerns, and the proposed <br />development being too high and dense for the surrounding neighbourhood. B. Bateman spoke <br />to the Neighbourhood Information Meeting and Working Group formed to address the concerns <br /> <br /> <br />Joseph Puopolo, Polocorp Inc; Matthew Warzecha, Polocorp Inc; and Andrew Bousfield, ABA <br />Group on behalf of Polocorp Inc; presented to the Committee regarding the background of <br />amendments, design considerations, and community consultation undertaken. M. Warzecha <br />reviewed and responded to the concerns raised regarding traffic, heritage, affordable housing, <br /> <br /> <br /> The Committee heard delegations from Aleksandra Petrovic, Social Development Centre <br />Waterloo Region; Sally Gunz; Gail Pool, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, North Waterloo <br /> <br /> <br />