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More topics of interest sought following success of Zoning 101

October 13, 2016 -

Following the success of yesterday's Zoning 101 classes, City of Kingston planning officials are seeking suggestions for topics for other one-time classes the community might like them to offer.

The two Zoning 101 information sessions were attended by 26 participants. City planners focused on helping the interested citizens understand how to read and understand zoning bylaws as the City moves ahead with developing its City-wide Zoning Bylaw.

"We know there is a deep interest in the City's roles, policies, rules and regulations around planning. We want to engage that interest. We want to answer people's questions about processes and clarify what we do and how our policies work," says Laura MacCormick, project manager. "This interest demonstrates how much love there is for Kingston. We all want it to grow in a way that keeps it livable and beautiful."

She encourages people to send in requests for future class topics to the planning department at NewZBL@cityofkingston.ca.

She says the deeper interest in planning is tied to a number of ongoing consultations on large City projects, including:  the City-wide Zoning Bylaw, five-year Update to the Official Plan – and visioning processes looking at North King's Town (the city's Inner Harbour and old industrial area) and Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.

She urges citizens to take a look at www.CityofKingston.ca/DASH to review the status of all building projects proposed in the city at any time.

An open house on the City-wide Zoning Bylaw is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Memorial Hall, City Hall.

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