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Official Plan Amendment Number 50, being the five-year comprehensive review of the Official Plan for the City of Kingston was approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing on August 8, 2017, with modifications, and came into effect on August 29, 2017, with the exception of matters appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Information about the Official Plan and a copy of the document are available on the Official Plan page.

The information below provides a record of the five-year comprehensive review that was undertaken to update the Official Plan.


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:


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)."

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:

Official Plan – Previous Drafts


Frequently Asked Questions

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Why did the City do 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 will be included 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