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City seeks input on draft update of Official Plan

July 14, 2015 -

Tomorrow, the City of Kingston will post the first draft of the five-year update to the Official Plan for your review and comment using Crocodoc – an online tool that allows you to add comments directly on the draft. 

"We want people to see the plan for their city and offer input on this draft update any way they'd like. We've got Crocodoc, coffee chats, an open house and a blog. That's because the Official Plan is the City's most important planning tool for guiding the growth and use of Kingston," says Rachel Quittkat, project manager. 

Mayor Bryan Paterson is also soliciting input on the update through a video, now available at www.CityofKingston.ca/OPupdate.

The Official Plan is more than a document: it shapes our city by guiding where new shopping areas are located, new buildings are built, how the waterfront is developed and how our heritage assets are protected.

The draft update will be available at www.CityofKingston.ca/OPupdate for Crocodoc input until August 16. As Quittkat mentioned, there are a variety of other ways to learn about and offer input on the draft five-year update of the Official Plan, including:

  • The Official Plan Update open house will be held in the Rehearsal Hall at the Tett Centre, 370 King St. W., on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. (presentation at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Come to a 5 to 6:30 p.m. coffee chat: Wednesday, July 22 at Glenburnie Fire Station #8, 1485 Unity Rd. or Wednesday, July 29 in the library at Holy Name Elementary School, 370 Kingston Mills Rd. (RSVP your attendance to opzb_update@cityofkingston.ca).
  • Comment on Paige's blog (Paige Agnew is the City's director of planning, building and licensing). You'll find it at the bottom of the front page of the City's website – www.CityofKingston.ca.
  • View the brief video featuring Mayor Bryan Paterson (at www.CityofKingston.ca/OPupdate).

The Official Plan is reviewed every five years as required by the Planning Act. It can be amended by the City to reflect changing circumstances or new priorities for resource protection, growth or redevelopment.

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.