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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 June 1, 2013, 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.


Comprehensive Report

On February 16, 2017 a comprehensive report will be presented to the City's Planning Committee recommending approval of amendments to the 2010 City of Kingston Official Plan. The proposed amendments are being advanced as part of a five-year comprehensive review of the Official Plan, as required under the Planning Act. The amendments have been made to ensure consistency with provincial policy, to recognize the findings of special plans and area-specific studies, and to establish local priorities for growth and development in the City.

A copy of the comprehensive report will be made available as part of the Planning Committee agenda  on February 10, 2017.

Official Plan – Final Draft

View a copy of the final draft of the Official Plan, being the proposed plan:

Summary of Revisions

A summary of revisions between the fifth and final drafts of the Official Plan is also available. These revisions, reflected in the final draft of the Official Plan, have been made to address the oral submissions received during the November 17, 2016 public meeting and the written submissions received during and after the meeting.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please select a heading from the following menu for further information:

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