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The current Official Plan for the City of Kingston was approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on January 27, 2010, becoming the first Official Plan to encompass the entire City of Kingston since amalgamation in 1998. The Official Plan recognizes that the City is made up of a wide variety of urban, suburban, agricultural and rural land uses as well as a number of defining environmental features.

This consolidated version of the Official Plan includes all approvals and modifications made to the Plan up to May 15, 2015, and has been prepared for convenience. For precise reference to any policies or map schedules contained within the plan, please contact the City planning division.


Official Plan – Ministry Decision

On August 8, 2017 the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing provided Notice of Decision regarding Official Plan Amendment No. 50 for the City of Kingston. Links to the correspondence received from the Ministry are provided below:

The 20-day appeal period associated with the City's Official Plan Update will end on August 28, 2017. Details regarding how to file an appeal are provided in the Notice of Decision.


Official Plan – Final Adopted Draft

On March 7, 2017, Council passed Bylaw Number 2017-57 "A Bylaw to Amend the Official Plan for The City of Kingston Planning Area (Amendment Number 50, Five Year Review)."

The amendment is being advanced as part of a five-year comprehensive review of the Official Plan, as required under the Planning Act. In addition to the Planning Act requirements, the Official Plan update is focused on the integration of key recommendations from City-led background studies, policy changes from the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement, updates to the Planning Act, and consideration of technical issues and policy refinements identified by Ontario Ministries, City staff, prescribed persons and public bodies, and other community stakeholders.

View a copy of the Notice of Adoption and Official Plan Amendment Number 50.

View a copy of the adopted draft of the Official Plan:

The amendment will now be submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the City doing an Official Plan update?

The Official Plan will be reviewed every five years in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act and may be amended by the City to reflect changing circumstances or new priorities for resource protection, growth or redevelopment. This helps to keep the document current on an ongoing basis.

What information are we including in the Official Plan Update?

Although the Official Plan Update is required every 5 years by legislation, there are many reasons why it is important to have this document updated.

Several long range policy plans have been undertaken by the City and will be incorporated into the Official Plan:

  • City of Kingston and Kingston CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) Population, Housing, and Employment Projections
  • Urban Growth Boundary Update
  • Kingston Transportation Master Plan Update
  • Amenity Area Review Study
  • Urban Design Guidelines
  • Employment Lands Strategy Review
  • Estate Residential Review
  • Heritage Conservation District Plans
  • Cataraqui Source Protection Plan
  • Commercial Land Review (to be included as a separate amendment)

The planning of every community in Ontario must meet the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) on land use planning.  Changes related to the 2014 PPS will include:

  • Promote compact development
  • New environmental mapping: wildland fire, significant woodlands definitions
  • Climate change and natural hazards - karst
  • Promoting on-farm economic development
  • Conserving built heritage resources
  • Minimizing impacts on waterfront areas

As well, through stakeholder sessions and public meetings, local planning issues have been identified:

  • Providing better guidance on where intensification should occur
  • Defining and protecting stable neighbourhoods
  • Planning and providing affordable housing
  • Emphasizing "innovation" in building design