Waterloo Region votes: Kitchener Ward 3 profile
(Map by Allison Leonard)
Municipal elections will be held across Waterloo Region on Oct. 27, and the following is a city ward profile that summarizes some key information. Did we miss any key issues in your ward? Let us know; email us at email@example.com. This profile was created in partnership with the Cord Community Edition.
Major issue: Traffic and transportation
South of Conestoga Parkway and East of Homer Watson Boulevard, ward 3 is home to Fairview Park Mall and Deer Ridge Golf Course.
Manitou Dr., a busy central artery in the ward, was recently approved for a controversial $6.29 million streetscape redesign, in which the region will build its first ever segregated bike lanes.
Sharon, a ward 3 citizen for 15 years, agreed with regional council’s decision.
"The streets around here are too busy for pedestrians. Anyway we can improve pedestrian walkways and bike lanes is good."
Residents’ concern about traffic stretch beyond Manitou Dr. Albert Young, a ward 3 forklift operator relies on accessible and timely bus transportation for work.
"Fairway Road is pretty rough. There’s lots of traffic, you can really tell when you take the bus," said Young.
Ward 3 residents, serviced mainly by Grand River Transit’s 8 and 200 iXpress lines, can expect discussion around increased access to public transit in the upcoming election.
John Gazzola is the incumbent and and the only candidate for Ward 3, which means he will be acclaimed to council. He has 40 years of collective experience with the City of Kitchener.Gazzola has said that if he takes office again, his focus will be on ward 3’s public transit, parks and recreation services.