Research Symposium on the Implications of COVID-19 for the Regional Official Plan

Thursday, October 29, 2020

COVID-19 continues to hit our urban areas hardest, munciplaities across Canada are assessing the impact, looking for opportunities, and adjusting official plans to account for a changing world. The Region of Waterloo teamed up with the University of Waterloo to mobilize leading experts in four aspects of urban development to report on how COVID-19 would impact its Offical Plan. 

The studies were presented at a symposium hosted by the School of Planning's Clarence Woudsma, and the studies were collected and made public.  

Economy and Work

people outside of communitech

Economic Vulnerabilities — Tara Vinodrai and Markus Moos

Induced Automation and Reallocation: Impacts on Waterloo Region — Joel Blit

Working from home? New work arrangements (for some) in the context of COVID-19 — Nancy Worth and E. Alkim Karaagac

How has the COVID-19 lockdown affected urban air quality? — Jeremy Pittman

Infrastructure

Light Rail Train

Can our public infrastructure weather the COVID-19 storm? — Wayne Parker, Kimia Aghasadeghi, Sigrid Peldszus, Peter Huck, Bruce, MacVicar, Matthew Iannetta, Anelisa Schmidt and Nadine Ibrahim

Civil Engineering and Public Infrastructure - Roads Can COVID-19 Benefit the Health of our Assets and Humans? — Seyedata Nahidi, Nadine Ibrahim and Susan Tighe

Reassessing Public Transportation in a Post-Pandemic World — Jeffrey Casello, William Towns and Adam Fraser

Density and Housing

A downtown screetscape

COVID-19 and Urban Density: Evaluating the Arguments — Markus Moos, Amanda McCulley and Tara Vinodrai

Can the 15 minute walking city save intensification hubs in and beyond the COVID 19 pandemic — Neluka Leanage and Pierre Filion

COVID-19 and housing implications in the Region of Waterloo: amplified challenges and proactive planning — Brian Doucet and Justin van der Merwe

Social and Environmental

A bike path with some cyclists

Supporting Community Well-Being: Reconsidering The Role Of Public Spaces In Current And Future Pandemics — Lindsay Nooren, Mandy Tang,  Jennifer Dean and Troy D. Glover

Resilient Food Systems in the Region of Waterloo — Marta Veenhof and Leia Minaker

First Nation-Municipal Relationships: Best Practices and Emerging Challenges in the Context of COVID-19 — Janice Barry and Katie Turriff

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