The Official Plan data resource was received from the Regional Municipality of Waterloo for the years 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015. The Official Plan contains planning policies for directing growth and change in Waterloo Region and was developed in consultation with community groups, area municipalities and agencies and the general public.

The vector data coverage is listed below.

Official Plan data

  • Aggregates
  • Agriculture (prime)
  • Airports (international)
  • Airport lands
  • Bedrock
  • Bicycle paths
  • Built-up areas
  • Core features
  • Corridor (proposed)
  • Countryside boundaries
  • Countryside (protected)
  • Environmentally-sensitive landscapes
  • Environmentally-sensitive policy areas
  • Forest
  • Forest (regional)
  • Golden Horseshoe greenbelt
  • Greenfield areas (designated)
  • Ground water recharge area
  • Highway 7 (planned)
  • Highway 401 employment area
  • Landscape level systems
  • Microbial risk management zones
  • Prime industrial strategic reserve
  • Properties (subject to appeal)
  • Re-urbanization centres
  • Roads (existing)
  • Roads (planned)
  • Rural settlements
  • Township urban growth centres
  • Transit
  • Transit (central transit corridor)
  • Urban areas
  • Urban growth centres (cities, townships)
  • Valleys
  • Wellhead protection areas (1-9)
  • Wells (production)

Spatial reference and data type

These data sets are available in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) co-ordinates; horizontal datum is North American Datum (NAD) 83, Zone 17N. These data are stored in a geodatabase as Esri shapefiles. Other data formats can be accommodated, as the Geospatial Centre has access to a number of conversion utilities.

Data access

In order to access this data set, please visit the Geospatial Centre Reference Desk during reference hours. Library reference staff are available to provide further information about these data sets and to deliver data upon request. Under the terms of the library's license agreement, these data sets are for use by students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo only.

Data manipulation

There are public workstations in the Geospatial Centre that provide access to both ArcGIS software programs, program extensions and data manipulation utilities. Patrons may use the Geographic Information System (GIS) and image processing software in the library to view and manipulate the data. Waterloo faculty, students and staff may copy these data for use elsewhere.

Data output

This image may be exported from ArcGIS in a choice of bitmapped formats (also known as raster graphics) including JPG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP or in a choice of vector graphics formats including Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated Postscript (EPS), and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Yet another option is PDF.

Use restrictions/licensing/copyright

These data are provided for personal use for academic, research, and/or teaching purposes. A data release agreement must be agreed to before these licensed data can be released. The Regional Municipality of Waterloo must be acknowledged on any derivative product, whether printed or electronic, including for example, a printed map, a raster or vector graphic, a web-based application, etc. Patrons are advised to fully respect the provisions of Canada's Copyright Act as well as terms and conditions imposed by the data provider


Regional Municipality of Waterloo Planning Data [computer file]. Kitchener, Ontario: Regional Municipality of Waterloo, [2015].

Region of Waterloo Regional Official Plan (PDF)