Central Kingston Growth & Infill Strategy - About
About the Project
The planning division is now working on the Central Kingston Growth and Infill Strategy – a policy and regulatory framework to guide infill and intensification in the central area of the city.
The study area for the Strategy includes the residential areas of central Kingston except for:
- the area that will be covered by the North King's Town Secondary Plan.
- areas of mixed-use including the downtown and harbour area and the Princess Street corridor (including Williamsville Main Street).
The regulatory framework recommended by the Central Kingston Growth and Infill Strategy will be an important part of the City-wide Zoning Bylaw Update. The Strategy's recommendations will be incorporated into the second draft of the new City-wide Zoning Bylaw, expected to be released in 2019.
Some residential areas of central Kingston have experienced a significant amount of pressure for infill development over the years that has resulted in the construction of additions and the demolition of existing buildings for the construction of larger scale residential rebuilds and intensification through the conversion of a single-unit dwelling into a dwelling having two or more units. Such developments have raised public concern regarding their impact on the built form and character of the affected neighbourhoods.
At the Jan.10, 2017 meeting, council directed staff to report back on Jan. 24 on how best to word an Interim Control Bylaw prohibiting any new development of, or alterations to, one-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, row dwellings, group dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and multiple family dwellings within the Sydenham, Portsmouth and Williamsville electoral districts.
The Information Report prepared by staff for the Jan. 24, 2017 council meeting detailed:
- the purpose of an interim control bylaw
- the land-use planning concerns and other issues identified by council and residents, a summary of previous studies conducted in relation to similar issues
- the existing Official Plan policies and proposed revisions in response to concerns heard through the 5-year Official Plan Update
- the existing zoning bylaws, the new City-wide Zoning Bylaw Update, the Near Campus Neighbourhoods Study
- a summary of legal considerations related to the passage of an Interim Control Bylaw
- a draft Interim Control Bylaw as directed by council
At its Jan. 24, 2017 meeting, council directed staff to undertake a land-use study of the City's existing policies and regulations on residential intensification within the same area and make recommendations addressing development and/or conversion pressures to guide the future of these areas. Council also asked that a public meeting be held to receive feedback from residents on the draft Interim Control Bylaw and other policy changes and report back to council with options/recommendations in April.
On Mar. 1, 2017, a public meeting was held to receive feedback on the draft Interim Control Bylaw.
On May 2, 2017, a Recommendation Report was provided to council that offered:
- a summary of the existing policy and regulatory framework
- the land-use planning concerns and other issues identified through the public consultation process on the draft Interim Control Bylaw
- the merits and limitations and risks of implementing an Interim Control Bylaw in the three electoral districts
- an alternative approach that included a number of short-term and long-term recommendations, including undertaking the Central Kingston Growth and Infill Strategy, to respond to the complexity of land use and other issues identified through the public consultation process
Council endorsed the staff recommendations at its May 2, 2017 meeting.
The terms of reference for the Central Kingston Growth and Infill Strategy were approved by council at its Aug. 8, 2017 meeting.