Waterloo council gives go-ahead for WLU stadium upgrades, Conestoga student housing

By Matt Hutcheson

Wilfrid Laurier University Stadium will get its planned face-lift after all.

Waterloo City Council approved a trio of minor amendments to its official plan and zoning bylaw at its meeting on Monday.

One of those amendments deals with height limitations for the work being done on the stadium. Tristin Deveau, development planner at the City of Waterloo presented the staff report recommending the changes.

“There is a hard ten-meter height limit on that zone. Some of the existing accessory structures including bleachers and scoreboards already exceed that.”Deveau said. “There is a proposed seasonal dome being looked at right now that will likely exceed that.”

That dome would allow the field to be used year-round and is a major component of the Laurier’s multi-million dollar plans.

Another amendment will temporarily allow Conestoga College to use the former Inn at Waterloo for student housing.

Right now, the site is awaiting a land tribunal decision on redevelopment. Conestoga would be permitted to lease the former hotel for 3 years with the option to renew.

The third amendment allows for the construction of 24 stacked townhouse units on Avondale Ave North as part of the Barrel Yards development.

Deveau told council staff recognized there would be further development at the Barrel Yards that would require larger planning reviews.

“We (staff) didn’t see a reason to hold these stacked townhouse units back while we wait for that process to compete.” He said.

Council passed the amendments unanimously.

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