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North Kings Town area

ABOUT  THE PROJECT

The North King's Town area is comprised of the Inner Harbour and the Old Industrial Area – both identified as detailed planning areas in the City's Official Plan.

In the 1980s, these areas had secondary plans completed that were never fully implemented. The age of the associated planning studies – and public interest in the proposed Wellington Street Extension – led to the decision to undertake a secondary planning process for the combined area in 2016.

The first phase of the project involved the creation of a long-term community vision, planning principles, and design directions to realize opportunities for this area and promote a sustainable, healthy, vibrant and livable community.

The second phase of the project will involve a number of technical studies, including land use, transportation, servicing, and cultural heritage. Part of the process will include exploring transportation options and alternatives to the proposed Wellington Street Extension.


About Phase 2

The second phase of the project will involve five technical studies, including:

Land use

The land use study for NKT will identify areas for growth and change, including intensification and infill development, as well as areas that are expected to remain relatively stable. It will involve all land use categories – residential, commercial, industrial, open space – as well as the protection of important natural heritage features. The land use plan will be complemented by urban design guidelines that will speak to appropriate built form for the various areas within NKT. The draft land use plan will provide a framework to lead the other technical studies.

Transportation

The transportation plan will explore transportation options for all modes of travel in and through NKT that support the broad objectives of the NKT visioning report. The plan will also explore alternatives to the proposed Wellington Street Extension.

Servicing

The servicing plan will examine existing infrastructure in NKT, including water, sanitary sewer, stormwater, electrical, and natural gas, and identify areas where improvements are needed to support future development proposed by the land use plan. The servicing plan will incorporate green infrastructure and low impact development (LID) as part of the development of future stormwater infrastructure.

Cultural heritage

The cultural heritage resources study for NKT will identify areas of heritage resource potential (both built heritage resources and intangible heritage aspects) and will provide a strategy and recommendations for further conservation work.

Finance and implementation

The financial and implementation plan for NKT will identify incentives, public investments, and other strategies to implement the recommendations of the other technical studies that form part of the secondary plan.

View the latest updates page for more information about the work being done in each phase of the secondary plan.


Project area

The North King's Town Secondary Plan area includes the northern two-thirds of the King's Town electoral district and a portion of the Kingscourt-Rideau electoral district. Located between Highway 401 and historic downtown Kingston, the area is bounded by:

  • John Counter Boulevard and the CN rail line to the north;
  • the Great Cataraqui River to the east (part of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site);
  • the Central Business District (designated in the Official Plan) to the south; and
  • Division Street to the east.

Community inventory and background report

To better understand the existing characteristics of the North King's Town area and how it has changed over time, the City has prepared the North King's Town Community Inventory and Background Report. It offers basic planning information to help provide a context for the secondary planning process. Since the background report was completed, the project area has been expanded based on the work of the first phase that is outlined in the Visioning Report and Preliminary Market Analysis.


Project initiation

Phase 1 – Community Vision & Preliminary Market Analysis

The first phase of the project involved a community visioning exercise and a preliminary market analysis. The terms of reference for Phase 1 were approved by council at its December 1, 2015 meeting, and the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a consulting team to assist with the work.

On April 5, 2016, council approved the hire of a team of consultants lead by DIALOG to introduce the study to the community and see how it would like this area to change and grow. The results from this project will inform the terms of reference for the next phase of the secondary planning process.

Phase 2 – Secondary Plan Technical Studies

The terms of reference for Phase 2 were approved by council at its July 11, 2017 meeting, and the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a consulting team to assist with the work.

On November 7, 2017, council approved the hiring of a team of consultants led by DIALOG to conduct the five technical studies associated with Phase 2 of the NKT Secondary Plan.


Working group

The City has created this North King's Town Secondary Plan Community Working Group with:

  • Two members of council;
  • One representative of a local First Nations group;
  • One representative of Heritage Kingston;
  • One representative of the municipal accessibility advisory committee (MAAC);
  • One representative of the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum (KEAF);
  • One representative of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA);
  • One representative of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO);
  • One representative of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce;
  • One representative of KFL&A Public Health; and
  • Six community members

Project teams

City of Kingston

  • Paige Agnew - Director, planning, building and licensing
  • Greg Newman - Manager, policy planning
  • Sonya Bolton - Senior planner and project manager

Phase 1: Visioning Report & Preliminary Market Analysis

Lead consultant

  • DIALOG Inc. - Land-use planning, urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture

Sub-consultants

Phase 2: Secondary Plan Technical Studies

Lead consultant

  • DIALOG Inc. - Land-use planning, urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture

Sub-consultants

  • ARUP – transportation
  • J.L Richards & Aquafor Beech – servicing
  • Bray Heritage & Archaeological Services Inc. – cultural heritage
  • Hemson Consulting Limited – finance and implementation

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