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Watch the City of Kingston's progress over the 2015–2018 term of council on this online strategic plan.

On June 16, 2015, the Chief Administrative Officer presented a report to council with the proposed implementation plan for Council's Strategic Priorities. The report can be accessed here.

Council has set the vision of A Smart and Livable 21st Century City as the guiding theme for these priorities moving forward. The list below identifies the six priorities and outlines some of the initiatives council will be focused on throughout their term.

Create a smart economy

Kingston is an exciting place to do business and is committed to greater economic resiliency. Building on Kingston's motto of "where history and innovation thrive", Kingston is positioned to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Promote Kingston as a leader in innovation and incubation.
  2. Foster an open-for-business culture.
  3. Encourage artistic and cultural business opportunities.
  4. Prepare and implement a city-wide tourism strategy.
  5. Develop a youth employment strategy.
  6. Increase assessment growth to limit tax rate increases.
  7. Facilitate the creation of a post-secondary downtown campus.
  8. Progressively sponsor city-wide broadband Wi-Fi infrastructure.
  9. Promote fibre access to strengthen Kingston's competitive advantage.
  10. Develop an immigration strategy.
  11. Pursue political strategies for a high-speed rail stop in Kingston.

Invest in infrastructure

A strong and robust infrastructure ensures a high quality of life for Kingstonians. It also provides the city with the foundation needed to support a sustainable community. 

During its term, Council will:

  1. Make the Third Crossing shovel ready to commence construction.
  2. Expand the airport.
  3. Create affordable, sustainable and mixed housing.
  4. Advance an integrated multi-modal and active transportation system.
  5. Maintain and improve roadways and sidewalks.
  6. Complete John Counter Boulevard.
  7. Continue to support the current infrastructure plan (4-year approved budget and 1% annual dedicated tax increase) and recommend continued support to future councils.
  8. Explore potential alternative transportation solutions in place of the Wellington Street extension

Plan a livable city

Quality of life and the positive characteristics of a city make it livable. The concept of liveability embraces balancing the four pillars of sustainability and promoting community engagement and pride.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Revitalize Brownfields properties.
  2. Expand and improve public transit.
  3. Protect heritage.
  4. Respond proactively to homelessness and food security needs in the city.
  5. Foster intensification in the city core.
  6. Revitalize north-end including mixed residential and commercial investment along Montreal Street.
  7. Facilitate implementation of the cultural plan through artist engagement.
  8. Pursue the implementation of the Sustainable Kingston Plan and introduce sustainability practices in the delivery of services.
  9. Inform future community planning, initiatives and services by considering cultural, social and neighbourhood demographics. 

Green the city

The protection and preservation of the environment is our collective responsibility.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Expand the trail system.
    1. Complete the K & P Trail by 150th Anniversary (2017).
    2. Improve, create and connect trails, pathways and green spaces.
  2. Intensify urban forest.
    1. Double the tree canopy by 2025.
  3. Strengthen property standards and parking enforcement methods to beautify neighbourhoods.
  4. Enhance waste management and recycling opportunities to promote a litter-free city.
  5. Develop policies to prevent urban sprawl and protect agricultural lands.

Advance a vibrant waterfront

Kingston's waterfront is a prominent feature and asset to the community. A vibrant waterfront requires balanced and respectful development that improves public access.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Revitalize the inner harbour and rejuvenate waterfront Brownfields.
  2. Facilitate the redevelopment of the Kingston Penitentiary property.
  3. Develop a visionary waterfront master plan.
  4. Explore the potential for waterfront tourism opportunities including the feasibility of creating a dock for cruise ships.

Foster open government

Kingston is committed to creating a transparent and accountable city that empowers the community to participate in meaningful and innovative solutions. Citizen engagement in the democratic process is central to this work. As such, citizens have the right to access documents and proceedings to allow for effective public involvement in and oversight of civic affairs.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement by
    1. Committing to processes that enable open government.
    2. Developing systems to support open data.
    3. Strengthening the City's presenting, recording and reporting processes at public meetings.
    4. Enhancing technology supports for committee meetings.
    5. Improving public feed-in and feedback systems and processes.
    6. Introducing participatory opportunities in civic affairs.
  2. Build on a culture of excellence in customer service.

Council's guiding principles for achieving strategic priorities

Council will:

  1. Make decisions based on the principle of "Kingston as one city" with a view to an overall integrated community.
  2. Consider strategic cost saving measures.
  3. Pursue new and innovative non-tax revenue opportunities.
  4. Conduct its business in a fiscally responsible manner.
  5. Commit to social inclusion by responding to community needs and valuing diversity.
  6. Embrace inclusivity and dignity in its approach to program delivery and access.
  7. Brand the message of history and innovation as part of enhanced public relations and marketing efforts.
  8. Address community expectations by considering available resources and priority of services.
  9. Work creatively in partnerships where appropriate across sectors to achieve goals and outcomes.
  10. Pursue political strategies to ensure Kingston receives fair and equitable resource allocations from upper level governments.