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Postponed: meeting to consider Official Plan amendment for casino gaming facility land use framework

January 9, 2014 -

A public meeting to consider a proposed Official Plan amendment to provide a land use framework for a potential casino gaming facility is being postponed to allow for further review. A new meeting date will be announced once details are finalized.

Originally set to take place on January 16, the meeting was to consider a proposed Official Plan amendment that would add policies that set out the land use framework regarding the potential development of a casino gaming facility in Kingston. While no application for a casino gaming facility has been received by the City, if such a facility is proposed in the future, it is the intent of Council to evaluate a casino gaming facility within the parameters set out in the casino gaming facility policies proposed to be added to the Regional Commercial designation.

Background

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has presented its new gaming and lottery modernization plan to municipalities. The OLG has established 29 gaming zones across the province. Kingston is located in gaming zone E3, which already contains the existing Thousand Islands Casino in the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands. A gaming facility application would only be submitted to the City once the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has completed its processes to select a gaming operator for the gaming zone that Kingston is located in and if the selected operator decides to locate a gaming facility in Kingston.

As an initial step in its process, OLG requested that, in order to be helpful to all bidders, municipalities should pass resolutions to confirm interest, identify potential sites, and ultimately ensure that land use approvals are secured.

City Council passed a motion on October 2, 2012 that both advised the OLG that it is interested, in principle, in being a host municipality for a new gaming facility; and that as a condition a gaming facility would not be considered in the Central Business District. In response to a motion of Council on October 16, 2012 to research and identify zoning setback best practices in gaming industry developments, the Gaming Facility Policy and Regulation Study was prepared. It was presented to Planning Committee on January 17th, 2013. As a consequence of this Study, City Council also directed on February 5, 2013 that the Official Plan be amended.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer,  613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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