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Public meeting notice - Proposed amendment to the brownfields community improvement plan

June 13, 2017 -

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Address of property: Brownfields community improvement project areas
(as noted below in the Key Map)

Applicant: The Corporation of the City of Kingston

City File Number: D18-001-2017

Purpose and effect of the proposed amendment: To revise the existing Brownfields Community Improvement Plan (CIP) and make changes to the financial assistance programs available through the CIP for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of brownfield properties.

The City of Kingston is proposing an amendment to the existing Brownfields CIP, which provides tax assistance and grants to eligible properties located within designated community improvement project areas. A review of the Brownfields Program by staff has indicated a need to update the CIP so that the following objectives are met:

  1. Applicability: maintain an incentive for properties where environmental challenges are significant and focus benefits on the most disadvantaged properties with the greatest community benefit.
  2. Efficiency: improve the clarity and predictability of the Brownfields program and simplify implementation.
  3. Affordability: decrease the financial burden on the municipality from future brownfield benefit payments while maintaining an effective incentive level.

The recommended CIP revisions will reduce the future financial obligation on the municipality from brownfield tax rebates, while addressing the three objective areas indicated above. The main changes to the Brownfields CIP are summarized as follows:

  1. Improve the usability and efficiency of the Brownfields CIP, which will include re-numbering some of the project areas and providing criteria and a process for creating a new, or expanding an existing, Community Improvement Project Area.
  2. Reduce the number of eligible and potentially eligible properties, including no longer accepting applications in Project Area 2 (Williamsville – formerly Project Area 1C) for any of the Brownfields Financial Incentive Programs, and explicitly disqualify the use of the CIP for funding clean-up of federal or provincial lands and lands recently divested by upper levels of government.
  3. Reduce the total amount of tax rebate available to each brownfield project.
  4. Reduce the annual amount of tax rebate available to individual projects.
  5. Preserve flexibility to deal with exceptional properties (strategic brownfield sites), such as the former Davis Tannery, failed tax sale properties, former coal gasification lands, strategic municipal disposition lands, etc.
  6. Remove access to development charge and impost fee exemptions for brownfield projects via the CIP.

Key Map and description of subject lands: The proposed amendment applies to the five existing Brownfields Community Improvement Project areas – 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and 2 (refer to attached Key Map). The following Brownfields Community Improvement Project areas are proposed to be re-numbered: existing Project Area 1C to become Project Area 2; existing Project Area 1D to become Project Area 3; and existing Project Area 2 to become Project Area 4.

For a complete list of site-specific planning applications in the Brownfields Community Improvement Project Areas, please contact the planning division at 613-546-4291, ext.3180, or review the map available through the development and services hub (DASH) at CityofKingston.ca/DASH. The City has received an application to amend the Brownfields CIP to expand Community Improvement Project Area 1B to include the property at 55 Ontario St.

Additional information about the proposed amendment can be viewed at the office of the planning division at 1211 John Counter Blvd., between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Enquiries may be made by calling Sonya Bolton, senior planner, (613) 546-4291, ext. 3237. A draft of the revised Brownfields CIP can also be accessed on the City's website at CityofKingston.ca/Brownfields.

For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, contact the Planning Division via:

Mail: 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Fax: 613-542-9965
Email: sbolton@cityofkingston.ca
Phone: 613-546-4291, ext. 3237

Written comments for or against this change may be sent to the planning division via:

Mail: 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Fax: 613-542-9965
Email: sbolton@cityofkingston.ca

Public consultation

Anyone may attend the public meeting and make a verbal statement, and/or submit comments in writing, either in support of or in opposition to the proposed CIP amendment. The planning committee will receive a preliminary information report with respect to the proposed amendment at the Public Meeting, which will be available to the public on the City of Kingston's website at CityofKingston.ca/PlanningCommittee on July 1, 2017. A comprehensive report will be presented at a future meeting of the planning committee, at which time a recommendation will be made to council regarding the amendment.

Please note that City council has delegated to the planning committee the authority to hold the public meeting instead of council. All representations, both verbal and written, will be considered only by the planning committee, which will submit a committee report with its recommendations to council for a decision on the matter.

Notice of Collection: Personal information collected as a result of this public meeting is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), the Planning Act, and all other relevant legislation, and will be used to assist in making a decision on this matter. All personal information (as defined by MFIPPA), including (but not limited to) names, addresses, opinions and comments collected will be made available for public disclosure to members of the public, at the meeting, through requests, and through the website of The Corporation of the City of Kingston. Questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of this personal information may be directed to the director of the planning, building and licensing services, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2Z3.

Dated: at Kingston Ontario
this 16th day of June, 2017       

John Bolognone
City clerk

Key Map

Key Map