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Waterloo Urban Growth & Change Research Group Symposium

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EV3 1408 & Atrium

200 University Avenue West

Environment 3

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G5

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Can improved understanding of buyer, seller, and developer interactions help us meet our intensification goals?

We are living in interesting times here in Kitchener-Waterloo! The new LRT corridor is buzzing with construction, both transit-related and new developments. Around the corner from my house, the local tattoo, pizza, and all-night massage parlours are being replaced by an upscale mix-used development with a large underground parking garage. The real estate market has taken a surprising turn, with a high buyer-seller ratio driving both sales and prices. Planning is occurring around station areas, including a vision for new community development and zoning to support it.

These changes likely bring many questions to your mind. What is driving housing market prices currently? How do home buyers make trade-offs between accessibility to core activities and suburban amenities? How are developers responding to changing market conditions? How well do their plans and market perception match those of local home buyers and renters? How does the ION Light Rail Transit system matter to our changing communities, and how is it influencing land and housing market dynamics? How might all of these pieces come together to shape our community post-LRT?

Our Urban Growth and Change research group in the School of Planning is conducting research to shed light on these questions. Our activities include a research partnership with representatives from regional and municipal governments and the real estate industry. As we approach the mid-point of this research partnership, we would like to invite you to an open public research symposium, presenting our research to date that addresses questions such as: how can a better understanding of open space preferences, job accessibility, travel behaviour, and home value influences help meet intensification goals? Can this new understanding improve our communities for buyers, sellers, renters, and developers?

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4:30pm - Registration, Welcome, Informal Q&A

5:30pm - Introduction: Highlights of Previous Research on Job Accessibility, Travel Behaviour, and Open Space Preferences | Dr. Dawn Parker, Professor, School of Planning

5:40pm - Estimating Homebuyer Preferences under Intensification | Robert Babin, Data Analyst, Assessment Standards and Mass Appraisal Division, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

6:10pm - Understanding Developer Decision Making in the Region of Waterloo: Survey Results and Analysis | Jinny Tran, Land Use Planner, Aird & Berlis LLP

6:40pm - Overview of Current Activities: Renter Survey, Buyer and Seller Survey, Model Development, and Monitoring the Central Transit Corridor | Dr. Dawn Parker, Professor, School of Planning

7:00pm - Informal Q&A with Research Group

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The Symposium will be held in the Environment 3 Atrium and room 1408 - located at the University of Waterloo Main Campus. Parking and other travel information will be made available closer to the event.

For more information, visit http://research.wici.ca/projects/warm/ and http://research.wici.ca/projects/pdg/

We look forward to your participation!

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