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Public Meeting - Planning Committee

December 24, 2013 -

Notice of a Public Meeting Regarding A Proposed Amendment to the City of Kingston Official Plan

A Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

The Official Plan Amendment for casino gaming facilities has been postponed and removed from the agenda for the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Another notice for this item will be advertised once a new date has been established.

Purpose and Effect of the Proposed Amendment: The purpose and effect of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to add policies that set out the land use framework regarding the potential development of a casino gaming facility in the City of Kingston. If such a facility is proposed, it is the intent of Council to evaluate a casino gaming facility within the parameters set out in the casino gaming facility policies being added to the Regional Commercial designation.

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. As an initial step in the 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 rinciple, 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.

The proposed Official Plan Amendment will add the casino gaming facility land use to the current provisions of the Official Plan and will provide policy guidance for any proponents contemplating locating a casino gaming facility in Kingston. The proposed Official Plan Amendment is in keeping with the Provincial Policy Statement.

Key Map: A key map has not been included as the proposed amendment does not affect specific properties.

Additional information about the proposed amendment can be viewed at the office of the Planning and
Development Department at 1211 John Counter Blvd., between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Enquiries may be made by telephoning Chris Wicke, Senior Planner, (613) 546-4291, ext. 3242.

Written comments regarding the proposed amendment may be sent to the Planning & Development Department via:

Mail: 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Fax: 613-542-9965
E-mail: cwicke@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. 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 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, 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 add the person or public body as a party.

The Planning Committee will receive a preliminary information report with respect to the proposed
amendment at the Public Meeting, which will be available to the public on the City's website at
www.CityofKingston.ca/cityhall/committees/planning/agendas.asp on January 11, 2014. The Public Hearing Report and Comprehensive Report have been combined and are being presented to the Planning Committee at the same meeting. The recommendation will be considered during the regular business portion of the Planning Committee meeting subject to the outcome of the Public Meeting being held at the same meeting.  The meetings are to be held concurrently to expedite the process of adding policies that clarify the intent of the Official Plan in advance of potential development applications from gaming facility proponents.

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.

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

City of Kingston
Planning and Development Department
Attention: Grant C. Bain, Director of Planning and Development
216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3

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 the Planning and Development Department, 216 Ontario Street,  Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2Z3.

DATED at Kingston, Ontario
this 24th day of December, 2013.

John Bolognone
City Clerk