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COVID-19 and Planning Services

As you may be aware, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kingston has declared an emergency and has closed most City facilities. During this time, Planning staff are working remotely and adapting to new ways of providing planning-related services to our community. Staff are continuing to process development applications through the Development and Services Hub (DASH) and are also continuing to work on major policy planning projects.

The upcoming Planning Committee and Committee of Adjustment meetings will be held as online meetings. Residents will be able to live stream meetings via the Kingston City Council YouTube channel and can participate in meetings by contacting the Clerk’s Department. Further details on how to view and participate in the April 16 Planning Committee meeting are available on the Planning Committee webpage. At this time, I am encouraging residents to submit written comments on development applications as the preferred method of providing input. Written comments can continue to be submitted until the time Council or the Committee of Adjustment makes a decision on an application.

Until further notice, statutory notices related to development applications are being provided in the Kingston Whig-Standard in addition to being posted on the City’s Get Involved page. This approach replaces the process of mailing out paper notices and has been put in place to reduce reliance on third-party services and keep our planning services open for business. The Get Involved page also provides information on planning and development activity in various neighbourhoods across the City.

I also want to make you aware that the provincial government passed an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which affects proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and also affects appeal periods related to development applications. This Order is effective as of March 16, 2020 and will be in place for the duration of the emergency declared by the Province.

As a result, the LPAT has indicated that all hearing events scheduled in the Tribunal’s hearing calendar between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020 will be adjourned to a future date, except for scheduling of settlement hearings through teleconference or written submissions, on a case-by-case basis. LPAT case management conferences scheduled for this month for two applications in the City have been affected by this announcement.

Appeal periods regarding development applications will not commence until the Emergency Order is lifted. This affects decisions on development applications made at the March 24 Council meeting as well as those made at upcoming Council and Committee of Adjustment meetings during this time period. I will continue to provide updates on this matter as more information becomes available.

For additional information on COVID-19 precautions, impacts to City services, facilities and/or programs, and links to community resources, please visit the City’s COVID-19 page.

I thank you all for your cooperation and patience during these uncertain times. Stay safe and be well.

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