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July 26, 2016 –

The City of Kingston is seeking input on proposed community benefits related to the development proposal for 223 Princess St.

"Community benefits can form part of the approvals process for a project under the Planning Act. In exchange for height or density that exceeds a property's zoning permission, municipalities may receive community benefits," says Lanie Hurdle, commissioner, community services.

The City has discussed with developers the possible community benefits that could be related to the proposal to develop 223 Princess St.

This proposed building project has yet to be approved by the City. This is a consultation to ask for feedback from the community on the community benefits proposed. The development must meet the tests of good planning for community benefit agreements to be established.

Offer your input on these possible community benefits by email to by Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Possible community benefits:

  1. Restore the original heritage façade of 223 Princess St. including a commemorative plaque. This would include a Heritage Easement Agreement.
  2. Partner with the City's Affordable Home Ownership Program to be applied to up to 5 per cent of the units (
  3. Partner with the City to create a cultural amenity/presentation space within the former film theatre at 223 Princess St.
  4. Partner with the City to provide public parking which could include electric charging stations and bicycle parking close to 223 Princess St.

The Planning Act, and Sections 9.5.25-9.5.30 of the City's Official Plan, provide the parameters for how communities may negotiate community benefits. Community benefits are finalized through a Council-approved, site-specific amending zoning bylaw that implements a proposed development.

City planning staff is initiating discussions community benefits as early as pre-application with developers proposing large projects exceeding the current height and density provisions for the property. These early conversations help to ensure that the all applicants are aware of the City's intent to pursue benefits under Section 37 of the Planning Act when the criteria are met.

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