Strategic goal: Infrastructure renewal

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In this series of six posts I introduce you to the 2019-2020 strategic plan’s goals and objectives , as well as highlight a few related outcomes we have and will be delivering.

Goal: Infrastructure renewal

Careful, future-focused planning ensures that the city can respond to infrastructure needs today and into the future; ensuring that the city maintains existing infrastructure, while planning for new growth and development.

Objectives:

  1. Optimize usage and efficiency of existing facilities and assets.

  2. Dedicate appropriate resources to plan, renew and maintain existing infrastructure.

  3. Develop engagement strategies that effectively communicate and balance community priorities with operational and financial realities.

  4. Address the infrastructure defict.

Work to date

  • The first phase of the Neilson Avenue reconstruction is nearing completion. Surface asphalt will follow next year. Here is a list of all current road reconstruction projects.

  • The Moses Springer pathway (and playground!) reconstruction are complete! The pathway will be safer to use with improved drainage so ponds don’t develop and ice does not build up in the winter.

  • Council approved an investment into Parkview Crematorium to improve heating and ventilation, and to replace retorts, which will reduce greenhouse gas and emissions. The full report with recommendations can be viewed here.

What’s next?

  • Royal Street reconstruction is anticipated to start in early spring 2020, pending council approval. The first public information centre was held in October 2019. Another will be scheduled before construction begins. For more info, contact Gavin Vermeer at (519) 886-1550 ext. 78066 or gavin.vermeer@waterloo.ca

  • As University Avenue gets needed infrastructure improvements over time, the University Avenue Gateway study, which is currently underway will provide the overall design vision for that street from the expressway (in ward 5) to Westmount Road. Thinking about this vision ahead of time means that infrastructure projects will incorporate well-thought out design elements at the time of construction, saving time and money in the long-run.

  • In municipalities across the country the effects of old infrastructure and climate change is that much city infrastructure is in need of repair (roads, buildings, sewage systems, for example). The City of Waterloo is in the process of developing asset management report cards to assess the state of the city’s assets and prioritize repairs. Consideration will also be given to repairs and improvements that will help mediate the climate emergency facing us today. There are a few examples of these report cards starting on page 34.

Jen Vasic