City Matters – November 15, 2019 Issue
Kingston's Recognition Statement provides the guiding motto for City Matters: "Let us bring our good minds and hearts together."
Cancer Centre parking needs accommodated as ring road in City Park closes
The ring road in City Park has closed to motor vehicles. The ring road, a historical feature of the park, had been designated for limited use by park visitors and for a number of years it was offered as an overflow option for patients of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
Prior to closing the ring road, City staff consulted with the Cancer Centre to better understand the needs of patients and caregivers to identify opportunities to improve their parking experience.
"We received feedback from patients that parking on the ring road was challenging in the winter months and during wet periods," says Sheila Kidd, Commissioner, Transportation and Public Works. "We have implemented additional on-street options and will continue to work with the hospital to communicate parking changes."
Patients displaying a valid pink permit and a Pay and Display receipt can:
- Continue to park on Lower George Street, as well as the Waterfront and Richardson Parking lots (pay at meters available on Lower George)
- Park on Barrie Street between King and Stuart (pay at meters available on Barrie Street)
- Park on King Street between Barrie and West while displaying a valid pink permit (time restrictions do not apply to pink permit holders and payment is not required).
- Pay for parking at any designated location using the HONKMobile payment option (a code is available for reduced rate parking)
More information is available at www.CityofKingston.ca/kghparking.
Issues & Options Report lays groundwork for Mid-rise and Tall Building Policy
Interested in where, when and how taller buildings grow in Kingston? On Nov. 15, the City releases an Issues & Options Report that lays the groundwork for Density by Design – Kingston's Tall and Mid-rise Building Policy – the policy that will guide the development of buildings more than four storeys tall.
"We want to awaken a conversation in our City to support the development of much needed policies to appropriately guide building form across Kingston and need you to join the conversation to help hone our work," says Paige Agnew, Chief Planner, Director, Planning, Building and Licensing. "This document reflects what we've heard during our Density by Design consultations and discusses the many factors that are being considered as we develop the specific policies we'll present in 2020."
Learn more about the Issues & Options Report and offer your input on Thursday, Nov. 21 at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.:
- Open house: 3 to 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Planning Committee presentation: 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Brent Toderian, who helped the City launch the conversation about the role of design in shaping functional taller buildings that contribute to the liveability of the city, is working on this project and will be at the Nov. 21 events.
Can't make it out? The Report will be posted at the same time as the Planning Committee Agenda the afternoon of Nov. 15. Please review it and offer your input by Dec. 31 at: GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca.
The Report offers:
- An overview of the project to date.
- The kinds of buildings and building-design elements that the Policy will consider.
- The "Lenses" through which the City is viewing the Policy, including green building design, affordability, neighbourhood character and ease of development.
- Discussion of local urban design issues and suggested options for addressing them.
Completing the Mid-Rise and Tall Buildings Policy is one of the City's initiatives to pursue development of all types of housing city-wide through intensification and land-use policies.
Reconstructing a sidewalk
Find out about what's involved in replacing the City's old sidewalks to improve Kingston's walkability with Skilled Operator Dave Shepherd.
My Neighbourhood puts your City on the map
Have you been to My Neighbourhood? This interactive online map lets you explore City services, facilities and projects within a selected area of Kingston.
"We continue to add to the location-based information that's included in this handy online tool, which will be upgraded again in early December," says Jeff Bumstead, Chief Information Officer.
Right now, you can use My Neighbourhood to find:
- government offices
- fire, police and ambulance stations
- recreational facilities
- your waste collection day and places that sell garbage bag tags
- bus stops and parking lots
- construction projects
- development activity
Find it anytime at www.CityofKingston.ca/explore/my-neighbourhood.
Businesses invited to learn more about the Open Door Air-Conditioning Bylaw
The City is seeking input from business owners as it develops a bylaw that would prohibit businesses from leaving doors open while their air conditioning is on. This bylaw would include exemptions that take into consideration certain items, such as the comfort and wellness of kitchen staff working in restaurants and the delivery or shipping of goods.
"Kingston is in a climate emergency and it's time to conserve energy as best as we can. This proposed bylaw is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by keeping your doors and windows closed when air conditioning is in use," says Julie Salter-Keane, Community Projects Manager.
City staff will share information about the Open Door Air-Conditioning Bylaw at the Downtown Kingston! Business Association Annual General Meeting on Nov. 20. This meeting will be followed by two drop-in Coffee Chat sessions for businesses on Nov. 26 and 27, from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at Sustainable Kingston, 303 Bagot St., Unit 6.
Demonstrating leadership on climate action is one of Council's strategic priorities.
Want to appear before a City committee or Council?
Speaking at a City Council or committee meeting is easier than you may think. You simply request to address the meeting as a delegation. A delegation is any person or group who is not a member of Council or of the committee they would like to address.
All requests to appear as a delegation before City Council or a committee can be submitted through the online delegation form.
The City's Clerk's Department reviews requests and let you know if yours has been approved or not. The online form helps ensure:
- requests are directed to the appropriate staff within the clerk's department;
- the proper number of delegations are approved; and
- improved response times.
How To Send An Email To Council
Alternatively, if you have communications that you'd like to be shared by all members of Council, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This sends your message to the City Clerk's Department which receives and distributes written correspondence to the Mayor and members of Council on behalf of community stakeholders – and residents like you.
Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day
On Oct. 30, three job-ready mentees learned what it is like to work for the City.
Celebrate the change in seasons with winter-themed crafts and activities at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, 2993 Highway 2 East, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Snow Much Fun
Herald in the holidays and all the wintry fun the season brings with Snow Much Fun from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in Springer Market Square.
All Aboard for the Holidays
Spend the day at this family-friendly event exploring everything trains at the PumpHouse, 23 Ontario St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. A Sensory Friendly All Aboard event – 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 8 – will offer the winter wonderland and train displays with dimmed lights and the music turned off.
Household Hazardous Waste Depot
The Household Hazardous Waste depot closes for the season on Nov. 30: Never put hazardous waste in the garbage. Bring it to the depot at 196 Lappan's Lane Thursdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The facility will reopen on April 2, 2020. See what can be dropped off.
Winter Parking Bylaw
No parking on streets overnight starting Dec. 1 until Mar. 31: Starting Dec. 1, parking is prohibited on all City streets from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. – and from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. on streets surrounding Kingston General Hospital. During this time, on-street permit holders are eligible to use municipal surface parking lots for overnight parking. The Winter Parking Bylaw ensures vehicles are kept off the streets so that snow plows can respond effectively to winter weather.