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Waterloo resident battles the perfectly manicured lawn

Waterloo City is moving closer to loosening restrictions on front lawn grass, making way for increased naturalization.

After three years of responding to neighbours’ complaints about the length of her grass to bylaw, Waterloo resident Masha Kuznetsova asked Waterloo City Council on Monday night  for changes to Bylaw No. 2011-123, the Lot maintenance bylaw.

She asked the city to increase grass height of up to 40 cm (15.7 inches) and to reduce the requirement for a buffer strip around a naturalized area. Currently in the city of Waterloo, the maximum allowed grass height is 20 cm (8 inches). While the current buffer strip regulation is 1 metre, proposed changes to the by-law would reduce the buffer strip to 30 cm (11.8 inches).

Staff explained they receive about 400-800 long grass complaints per season.

Also in the meeting the city’s transportation services presented new boulevard garden guidelines which will allow for increased naturalization in lawns and on boulevards throughout the City of Waterloo. In addition, the city parks department kicked off the park’s urban forest management strategy by examining rules regarding trees on private property.

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CKMS News – City of Waterloo offers free sidewalk and windrow snow clearing to eligible residents

MP Holmes
Kitchener, ON

The City of Waterloo is offering a free assisted sidewalk and windrow snow-clearing service for eligible residents who are unable to clear their sidewalks and windrows during the winter months. Earlier this year and after obtaining community feedback on how to proceed with future snow clearing in the city, City Council decided to open applications for a trial snow-clearing service.

Tiffany Smith, Manager, Senior Services and Community Services at the City of Waterloo, explained who the program is meant to help, how to apply, and what the future plans are.

Demand has been high and the city has quickly received applications for half of the forty spots available. Smith explained how this initiative is the first of a four year phase-in program that will see snow-clearing services expanded. Council approved this plans in a May 2023 meeting. A synopsis of this report can be found at EngageWR. There are plans to assess the program and gather further input from homeowners and the community after this first trial season.

As a part of its current snow-clearing responsibilities, the city clears multi-use trails and paths around the city, as well as walkways and bike lanes. City plows also currently clear about 85 km of sidewalk in and around various city parks and facilities

Applications open until October 31st and can be found online here.

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Winterloo 2019 – CKMS Live-on-location

THIS COMING SATURDAY and SUNDAY (Jan. 26th and 27th, 2019) CKMS-FM is LIVE on location and Live-to-Air at the Uptown Waterloo Town Square!!!
We will be providing live music and interactive DJ sets at 2019 Winterloo Festival!!!

Winterloo is an outdoor FREE community winter festival with cool winter activities open to all to get involved in.

Hosted by the City of Waterloo; come join us for ice sculpture carving competitions, dog sled racing, CKMS-FM live DJ sets during the Uptown “Shake N’ Skate”, food trucks such as Tim Horton’s and Beaver Tails, ice fishing games, winter golf in Waterloo Park, snowman building contests, horse and buggie tours, and so much more!!!!
All FREE FOR YOU, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND YOUR COMMUNITY of the Waterloo region!



Music: CKMS DJ’s DJ Denim, DJ JD, DJ Yasin, Nattyphsicist, Francis Claire, Yenniefer Storange, Jeff Stager, Bob Jonkman and many more CKMS DJs and programmers Live-On-site!! We will be LIVE-To-AIR on the FM and stream!!
DJ set times will be announced and updated on our Facebook page this week!


Any questions or details on how you can get involved with CKMS or Winterloo email office@radiowaterloo.ca or cam@radiowaterloo.ca

Hope to see you this coming weekend at the Winterloo Festival!