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What's your story? City wants to know.

March 24, 2015 -

It's time for the five-year update of the Official Plan and the City of Kingston wants to ensure citizens have an opportunity to provide comments on this city-shaping document. What's your story of Kingston? Get involved, provide feedback and help to shape the future for Kingston.

"The City's Official Plan is a guiding document for how we use land within the city. The policies within the plan guide development, redevelopment, protection of natural and cultural heritage, resource management and the infrastructure necessary to support our growing community," says Mayor Paterson. "The Official Plan update offers an opportunity for us to hear from the community, make appropriate adjustments and set our vision for the future of Kingston."

Learn more about the update process, timeframe and how the Official Plan affects everyone in Kingston during the first public meeting: 5 to 8 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.) on Monday, March 30 at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.

Paige's planning blog is one of the tools being used to communicate with Kingston planning enthusiasts. Paige Agnew, the director of planning, building and licensing will provide updates as the City moves through the process. You can provide comments through this forum. www.cityofkingston.ca/OPUpdate

"I look forward to hearing from residents about their ideas for future Kingston," says Agnew.

The Official Plan affects everyone in Kingston, as it determines where new houses, stores, industries, schools and parks will be built. It protects our natural environment; and directs the construction of new services such as sewers, watermains and roads. A five-year update to the Official Plan is required under the Planning Act. The Official Plan may be amended by the City to reflect changing circumstances and new priorities for resource protection, growth or redevelopment. This helps to keep the document current in our changing environment.

The process to update the Official Plan will include meetings and public consultation using various methods of communication to engage citizens. Visit the Official Plan update page on the City's website for more information, meeting dates and news.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.