City Matters – March 1 Issue
Kingston's Recognition Statement provides the guiding motto for City Matters: "Let us bring our good minds and hearts together."
How do we achieve our 2025 waste diversion goal?
Thanks to the recycling and organic and other waste diversion efforts of all Kingstonians, the City reached its 2018 goal to divert 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill three years early.
The City's next goal is to divert 65 per cent of its residential waste from landfill by 2025.
"We accomplished our mission to get to 60 per cent diversion. We've peaked and we've flat-lined, so it's time to for us to discuss further measures with the public," says Heather Roberts, director, solid waste. "We will be looking for options that fit well with what's working and won't increase costs"
On March 6, Roberts will present two reports at a special meeting of the environment, infrastructure and transportation policies committee (EITP):
- Waste Diversion Rate and Integrated Waste Management Plan Update: This information report looks at the decade of changes to Kingston's integrated waste management system and how they helped residents achieve the 60 per cent diversion goal. It also sets the stage for new waste-saving options that can be brought to the public for discussion. Throughout 2019-2020, staff will continue to develop strategies and approaches, and update the Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) to achieve the goal of 65 per cent waste diversion by 2025. Examples of service and policy changes that could be considered are included in the Options/Discussion section of the report and will form the basis for public consultation.
- Recommendation to Proceed with a Dual-Stream Recycling System: This report asking EITP to consider moving to a new dual-stream collection system that would offer weekly collection of both blue and grey boxes for July 1, 2021. This change would require updates to the Material Recovery Facility. The costs to convert the facility to the dual-stream system have already been approved by council and accounted for in the budget.
To see the full text of the reports that are going before the committee on March 6, visit the EITP page.
Let's talk about tall and mid-rise buildings
At its March 5 meeting, Paige Agnew, director, planning, building and licensing will make a presentation to council about how the City can integrate more tall and mid-rise buildings to create livable housing solutions in Kingston. She will be assisted by urban planning expert, Brent Toderian who helped kick-off a community discussion about livable building last year.
"We want to advance the conversation about how to build Kingston in a way that honours its charms, makes good use of its existing infrastructure and services, and adds to the supply of housing and commercial space," says Agnew.
The presentation at council will kick off a wider, deeper, "Livable Kingston" community discussion on how best to build density to make the most efficient use of the city's infrastructure, transportation networks and services – and build its tax base. The presentation will outline the public engagement opportunities the City will be undertaking on this subject in 2019.
"This conversation is about making Kingston an even better, more sustainable and more successful place to live, work, learn and visit. How do we make sure that Kingston's quality-of-life improves for everyone as we add more neighbours and grow? It's about building on an already successful downtown, with more choices, more vibrancy and more family-friendliness," says Toderian, an international city planning consultant.
Last year, he made a thought-provoking community presentation to shift Kingston's conversation about density from a focus on tall versus short buildings to one focused on a more complex understanding of key urban design principles.
Creating affordable housing at 7 Wright Crescent
Rendering of CJM Property Management building
Rendering of KFHC building
On Feb. 5, council voted to move forward with a plan that will see affordable housing built on two acres at 7 Wright Crescent, a property that previously belonged to the Congregation of Notre Dame. The City originally purchased the property from the Congregation in 2012 at fair market value through its Affordable Housing Land Acquisition and Disposal Program for the purpose of facilitating residential growth and affordable housing.
"This plan helps the City ensure the creation of much needed market rate and affordable housing in a central location close to shopping, a major transit hub and community meeting places like the library and the gym," says Peter Huigenbos, acting commissioner, community services.
At its meeting on Feb. 5, council agreed to:
- Transfer a 0.7 acre section of the property to Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation to build a four-storey building with 40 housing units, 10 of which will be affordable units while a further 10 units will be rent-geared-to-income units.
- Sell 1.3 acres of 7 Wright Crescent to CJM Property Management for $925,000. As part of this deal, CJM will build a six-storey residential building with a mix of 120 market units and will also contribute $50,000 towards a new public play structure.
- Direct the first $750,000 from the sale of the 1.3 acres to the Affordable Housing Land Acquisition and Disposal Program.
- Use the balance of the sale proceeds to contribute to the play structure and affordable housing at 7 Wright Crescent.
See the full details on the plan for 7 Wright Crescent in the Feb. 5, 2019 – Council Report.
Mayor's Task Force on Housing
The Mayor's Task Force on Housing's mandate, $90,000 budget and other details were approved on Feb. 19 and council voted to add two tenant representatives to the Task Force at that time.
"It's imperative that more housing of all kinds be built in our community in the years ahead. This Task Force brings together stakeholders from across the city so we can address our housing needs as a community. We'll be looking at all the available tools and best practices to see what policies and incentives we can implement to get more housing built," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.
Co-chaired by Ted Hsu and councillor Mary Rita Holland, the 12-person Task Force will develop a coordinated, practical set of recommendations to guide council as it addresses Kingston's housing supply. The Task Force will use its budget to facilitate meetings and public consultations, and for a third-party analysis of the economics of housing.
It will present a final report including its recommendations to council by the end of 2019.
The extension to Kingston Airport's runway was finished late last year and improvements to the YGK passenger terminal will be complete by the end of April. See what city leaders have to say about the airport expansion – and why they are excited about this renewed regional travel hub (video is 3.5 minutes).
Progress on our priorities: the 2018 Annual Report
The City's 2018 Annual Report highlights progress made on priorities set by the 2014-18 council. It shows 98 per cent of the 40 strategic initiatives trending in the desired direction.
Key stories and infographic highlights offer a snapshot of the City's performance in the six priority areas set out by our previous council in its 2015-2018 Kingston Strategic Plan.
The six priorities were:
- Create a smart economy
- Green the city
- Invest in infrastructure
- Advance a vibrant waterfront Plan a livable City of Kingston
- Foster open government