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Notice of a public meeting regarding proposed amendments to the City of Kingston Official Plan

October 6, 2015 –

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Purpose and effect of the proposed amendment: The purpose of this public meeting is to present the amendment for the five-yearupdate to the Official Plan, as required by Section 26 of the Planning Act.

The City of Kingston Official Plan outlines the City's goals and objectives, states policies to be followed, and describes the means for carrying out the policies to direct physical development and its effect on the social, economic, and natural environment of the City. The Planning Act requires that municipalities update their Official Plan every five years. The current City of Kingston Official Planwas adopted in July 2009.

The proposed five-year update to the Official Planwill amend, update and provide new policies throughout the document. There are three groups of changes that are being brought forward as part of this work:

  • The first group of revisions are consistency changes: these changes are required to ensure that the Official Plan is consistent with the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement and other applicable legislation. These changes relate to areas of provincial interest, and include: establishing settlement area growth to the year 2036; agriculture and rural lands; natural heritage systems, mineral and aggregate resources; cultural heritage resources; natural hazard protection; and transportation.
  • The second group of revisions are follow-through changes: these changes are necessary to  incorporate the findings of past council-approved strategies and studies such as: the  Sydenham District Heritage Conservation Plan, the Amenity Area Review Study, the Employment Land Strategy Review, the Estate Residential Review, the Cataraqui Source Protection Plan, etc.
  • The third group of revisions are policy changes related to comments put forth by local citizens, stakeholders, and community organizations.

A public open house was held in August 2015. The Nov. 5public meeting will be an opportunity for the public to provide further input about the five-year update to the Official Plan, ask questions of the project team and suggest further changes. Comments received at the public meeting will be considered in the completion of the City's update to the Official Plan.

There are currently many site-specific development applications for properties within the City of Kingston; however, the overall city of Kingston is not currently the subject of any other municipality-wide applications under the Planning Act. For a complete list of the site-specific applications in the city, please contact the planning division at the number listed below.

Subject lands: The five-year update to the Official Planwill affect all lands within the municipal boundary of the city of Kingston. Accordingly, no key map is provided.

Additional information relating to the proposed five-year Update to the Official Plan amendment can be viewed at the office of the planning division at 1211 John Counter Blvd., between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from the date of this notice to the date of the public meeting. The document will also be available for viewing at City Hall, and the Central, Kingscourt, Isabel Turner, Calvin Park and Pittsburgh branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Enquiries may be made by calling Rachel Quittkat, manager, projects, 613- 546-4291, ext. 3282.

Written comments for or against this change may be sent to the planning division via:
Mail: 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Fax: 613-542-9965 Email: rquittkat@cityofkingston.ca

Public Consultation: Anyone may attend the public meeting and make a verbal statement, and/or submit comments in writing, either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan amendment or Zoning Bylaw amendment. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Kingston before the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Kingston to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Kingston before the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, or before the Zoning Bylaw amendment is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the Official Plan amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the Official Plan, you must make a written request to:

City of Kingston, Planning, building and licensing services
Attention: Director of planning, building and licensing services
216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3

The planning committee will receive a preliminary information report with respect to the amendment at the public meeting, which will be available to the public on the City of Kingston's website at www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/committeesboards/planning-committee on Oct. 31, 2015. A comprehensive report will be presented at a future meeting of the planning committee, at which time a recommendation will be made to council regarding the amendments.

Please note that City council has delegated to the planning committee the authority to hold the public meeting instead of council. All representations, both verbal and written, will be considered only by the planning committee, which will submit a committee report with its recommendations to council for a decision on the matter.

Notice of collection – Personal information collected as a result of this public meeting is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), the Planning Act, and all other relevant legislation, and will be used to assist in making a decision on this matter. All personal information (as defined by MFIPPA), including (but not limited to) names, addresses, opinions and comments collected will be made available for public disclosure to members of the public, at the meeting, through requests, and through the website of The Corporation of the City of Kingston. Questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of this personal information may be directed to the director of planning, building and licensing services, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L-2Z3.

Dated at Kingston, Ontario
this 6th day of October, 2015.

John Bolognone
City clerk