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City seeks public input on planning process

March 13, 2017 –

The City of Kingston will host focus groups to gather input on public participation in the planning process.

"We know that there is a great deal of interest in the planning process, which is admittedly complex and subject to a lot of regulation. We want to know how we can best clarify that process and invite the public into it in a meaningful way," says Paige Agnew, director of planning, building and licensing.

The focus-group input – and a review of the best practices in other municipalities in Ontario – will be used to develop recommendations to update processes.

There are two focus groups to choose from both to be held on Monday, April 3 in the second floor boardroom of 1211 John Counter Blvd.:

Please register to participate through Eventbrite.ca

In addition there is a focus group scheduled to receive input from developers.

The planning process considers applications made by residents and developers for proposed buildings, renovations and developments. City staff reviews the applications and, depending on their scope and complexity, either recommends the applications or requires changes so that projects comply with municipal regulations.  Some applicants request amendments to zoning bylaws and/or the Official Plan and their proposals require further consideration by the planning committee and City council. 

The location and status of all planning applications submitted to the City can be viewed at www.CityofKingston.ca/DASH (development and services hub) at any time.

For more information, go to CityofKingston.ca/PlanningProcess

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. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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