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Offer input on draft community benefit guidelines

October 17, 2017 -

The City invites residents to provide their input on draft Community Benefit Guidelines that will guide future processes for securing community benefits in a fair, clear, transparent and predictable manner.

The public meeting is set for Thursday Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Press Lounge at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St. This non-statutory public meeting will be part of planning committee and a report will be presented that outlines considerations for the draft guidelines.

"The City has policies in our Official Plan to allow for community benefits and the guidelines we have drafted aim to guide future community benefit discussions in a consistent manner," says Greg Newman, manager of policy planning. "We received valuable feedback from the public in July on a first draft of the Community Benefit Guidelines and we are again looking to the public to share their input."

Under the Planning Act, the City may allow increased height and/or density on a site in return for facilities, services or matters that will benefit the community. The City would like to secure community benefits in a fair, clear, transparent and predictable manner. The draft set of Community Benefit Guidelines is available on the City's website at www.CityofKingston.ca/business/planning-and-development/community-benefits.

The community benefits process is regulated by Section 37 of the Planning Act. To take advantage of Section 37 of the Act, municipalities must have enabling policies in their Official Plan. The City's Official Plan contains these policies in Section 9, Administration & Implementation (see sections 9.5.25 to 9.5.30).

The City has policies in its Official Plan that allow for the negotiation of community facilities or services (community benefits) when development proposals seek additional height and/or density and is looking to establish guidelines to support discussions and the acquisition of benefits. Corresponding amendments to the Official Plan will be required to support the City's use of the Guidelines and to provide clarity of expectations and process to the public. These amendments will be taken through a Planning Act process once council has supported the Guidelines.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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