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Input wanted on proposed new building project parking ratios for Williamsville, downtown and harbour areas

June 27, 2016 -

The City of Kingston invites local builders and residents to a meeting on proposed updates to parking ratios for building projects in the Williamsville Main Street, downtown and harbour areas and the Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw.

"Because the City wants to continue to encourage intensification in its core, we need to find a fair way to address the potential parking demand associated with greater use of our downtown and Williamsville areas," says Marnie Venditti, senior manager, client relations and development services.

Builders are required to supply a certain number of parking spaces for a site under development.

The proposed updates outline suggested parking ratios that are appropriate for the types of redevelopment expected in these areas and reflect active transportation options, such as transit, cycling and walking.

The updated parking ratios will provide a basis for an updated Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw and offer an additional opportunity for builders to meet the number of parking spaces required for their building site. 

The meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 14 in Meeting Room C at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.  Organizers ask that you RSVP by Friday, July 8 by emailing LeighAnn Hoegi at lhoegi@cityofkingston.ca.

The City's planning division and transportation services department have been working with the consultant MMM Group to finalize the proposed updates to the bylaws which will change a number of the parking ratios required by City zoning and expand the City's Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw's scope and area.

An information report on this effort will go to the planning committee at its July 7 meeting and the associated reports will be made available ahead of the meeting on the planning committee's page at www.CityofKingston.ca.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.