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Notice of Adoption - Official Plan Ammendment by the Corporation of The City of Kingston

July 30, 2013 -

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kingston passed By-Law No. 2013-147 "A BY-LAW TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL PLAN FOR THE CITY OF KINGSTON PLANNING AREA (AMENDMENT NO. 21, Williamsville Main Street)" on the 17th day of July, 2013.

PURPOSE & EFFECT OF BY-LAW: To implement the recommendations of the Williamsville Main Street Study (2012).

The Williamsville Main Street Study was adopted by Council on February 21, 2012. The proposed amendment to the Official Plan is intended to implement the recommendations of the study, including the design guidelines outlined in the document. The goal is to create a main street that is pedestrian-oriented and transit-supportive with mixed use developments.

The proposed Official Plan Amendment will include modifications to the Main Street Commercial designation, and the creation of a new special policy area for the Princess Street Corridor: Williamsville Main Street. The following is a summary of the proposed Official Plan policies:

  • Policies to reflect the three character areas developed as part of the Williamsville Main Street Study, including requirements for ground floor commercial uses;
  • Policies related to the public realm, such as transit service, pedestrian clearways (i.e. sidewalks), boulevards, parkettes, and green streets;
  • Policies related to parking, access, rear lanes, loading spaces, and servicing areas; and,
  • Policies related to built form, such as façade design and articulation, height controls, and setbacks from property lines.

The Official Plan Amendment will also include a modification to Schedule 13, Detailed Planning Areas. The Williamsville Main Street portion of the Princess Street Corridor will be amended from "Future Planning Study Area" to "Special Policy Area". There will also be a new schedule created for the Williamsville Main Street, which will accompany the new special policy area in Section 10 of the Official Plan.

As part of the Official Plan Amendment, the City is also proposing to correct a mapping error on Schedule 3-A of the Official Plan. The properties at 300 Regent St. and 541 College St. were inadvertently given a dual designation of Residential/Main Street Commercial in the new Official Plan. As both properties are zoned for multi-unit residential uses and are currently developed with apartment buildings, re-designating them to Residential will accurately reflect the existing uses, and will ensure that the boundary for the Williamsville Main Street Special Policy Area will correspond correctly to the Main Street Commercial designation along Princess Street. The proposed change will not affect the current zoning of the two properties.

Key Map: Two key maps are provided at the end of this notice that show the areas where the proposed Official Plan Amendment for the Williamsville Main Street applies. The first key map illustrates the proposed boundary for the new special policy area in the Official Plan for the Princess Street Corridor: Williamsville Main Street. The second key map shows the location of 300 Regent St. and 541 College St.

AND TAKE NOTICE that By-Law No. 2013-147, and information respecting said By-Law and the proposed amendment to the Official Plan, are available in the Planning and Development Department, 1211 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, Ontario, during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or by calling Cherie Mills, Manager, Policy Planning, at 613-546-4291, ext. 3289.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or agency may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board in respect of the By-Law by filing with the Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kingston, 216 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Z3, not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 19th day of August, 2013, a Notice of Appeal setting out the objection to the By-Law, the specific part of the proposed Official Plan Amendment to which the appeal applies, and the reasons in support of the objection. Any appeal submitted to the City of Kingston for referral to the Ontario Municipal Board must be accompanied by a fee payment in the amount of $125.00 payable to the Minister of Finance.

AND TAKE NOTICE that the proposed Official Plan Amendment is exempt from approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the decision of Council is final if a Notice of Appeal is not received before or on the last day for filing a Notice of Appeal.

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable groundsto add the person or public body as a party.

Within the boundary of the new special policy area there is one Planning Act application for a zoning by-law amendment currently under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. This property is located at 630 Princess Street with City File No. PLA-D14-188-2010.

NOTE: THE LAST DAY FOR FILING OBJECTIONS WILL BE MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013. The Objection Must Be Received No Later Than 4:30 p.m. on This Date In Order To Be Valid.

Key Map – Princess Street Corridor Special Policy Area: Williamsville Main Street

Key Map – 300 Regent St. & 541 College St.

DATED at the City of Kingston
this 30th day of July, 2013

John Bolognone, City Clerk
City of Kingston