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COVID-19 has changed daily life for all of us, and at the City of Kingston, we have received many questions from property owners, landlords, and tenants about what the near future looks like for them. To help everyone navigate through this difficult time, the City has developed online resources where landlords and tenants can find answers to their most pressing questions, quickly. This...
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Hello, it's Luke Crockett again. I am just about to finish up my placement with the Third Crossing team and want to talk about all of the exciting things that I have done so far.  While being with the Third Crossing I have gotten to work with the communications team at the City of Kingston, which has exposed me to the real-life workday of a communications department.      ...
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In February 2020, the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning hit a major milestone, marking five years since it first opened its doors to the public on January 31, 2015.  Thousands of community members came to the Tett Centre that day to celebrate the launch of this new accessible and collaborative arts hub in Kingston.  That opening day also featured the presentation of a...
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No doubt about it: the Kingston community is deeply engaged in discussions about where and how mid-rise and tall buildings should grow here. The depth of interest in this community conversation – witnessed both in our Density by Design engagements and in community discussions beyond it – shows participants’ great love for our city. While opinions obviously vary about how best to intensify...
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My name is Luke Crockett, and I am a second-year Advertising and Marketing Communications student at St. Lawrence College. One of the great things about my program is that we have a Co-Op for seven weeks during our second semester that gives us an opportunity to go out and get some real-life work experience. For this Co-op, I decided that I wanted my placement to involve working with the...
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This Thursday, staff will present a supplementary report to the Administrative Policies Committee on short-term rental licensing. This updated program reflects public feedback and provides a solution that aligns with community goals of addressing housing availability, rental-unit safety and quality, nuisance impacts on neighbourhoods and the City’s commitment to fiscal responsibility by way of...
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Update: Jan. 9, 2020 As of Jan. 9, the Department of Planning, Building and Licensing has officially received the LPAT order formally rescinding the Aug. 9, 2019 decision and ordering a re-hearing of the case. A copy of the order can be found on the LPAT website by searching for case no. PL170714. On Dec. 23, 2019, the Province’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) indicated their...
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As you may know, the City is now collecting input on local building heights using an online mapping tool on the Get Involved Kingston page. Please click through to see where participating residents are suggesting buildings of various heights could be built in Kingston.  Over 300 pins have already been added to the map – and you are welcome to add your own! Indeed, now is the best time...
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It has been a busy year for Jason Heroux who was appointed our new Poet Laureate in December 2018.  Jason is the third person to hold this position, having been preceded by Eric Folsom and Helen Humphreys, and it is a role he will continue to fill for four years as a spokesperson for the literary arts in the community.  Of course, Kingston is already well-known as a literary city...
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Everyone has a role to play in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.  It takes work but everything is easier when we work together. Earlier this year, Council directed staff to explore ways to reduce single use plastics at two City-owned facilities, including the Grand Theatre and the INVISTA Centre to start.  Single-use plastics include items like water bottles,...
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On Nov. 15, my team released the Density by Design Issues and Options Report, an overview of the City’s approach for regulating mid-rise and tall buildings with a summary of proposed options. The release of this document was immediately followed by a series of stakeholder meetings, an open house and a special committee briefing on Nov. 21. At stakeholder meetings and the open houses, staff...
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With the finalization of Council’s Strategic Plan, I wanted to provide an update on the major policy studies being undertaken by the Planning Division, which include: the Central Kingston Growth Strategy; Density by Design: Kingston Mid-Rise and Tall Building Policy; the update to the Williamsville Main Street Study; the North King’s Town Secondary Plan; and, the new City-wide Zoning By-Law. ...
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Update, Feb. 12, 2020: On Feb. 6, the CBC published an article citing the benefits of using engineered wood products in tall building construction. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2vttI9U Timber frame mid-rise buildings offer cities the ability to increase density more cost-effective buildings while also achieving a lower carbon footprint that steel and concrete construction. As we develop...
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Kingston was recently named one of the best 20 places to invest in Canada by Site Selection Magazine. The magazine bases its choices on its database of facility investment projects pulled from across Canada. Those projects must represent at least $1 million invested, at least 20 new jobs or at least 20,000 new sq. ft. of space. That means Kingston was chosen based on the investment...
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My name is Michael Jaunkalns, and I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science program at Queen’s University, studying Mechanical Engineering. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend the summer working as the Project Controls intern for Kiewit, the contractor for the Third Crossing Project. This role allowed me to gain insight into various aspects of this project,...
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An interesting project we’re currently working on within the Cultural Services department is Your Stories, Our Histories that launched last September.  Kingston is often recognized as a city steeped in history and the Kingston Culture Plan approved back in 2010 made the case that Kingston’s powerful historical narrative was perhaps its most compelling cultural asset.  History is...
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On Aug. 12, 2019, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court issued a decision on the motion for leave to appeal for the 223 Princess St. Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) decision. The Court decision granted the property’s developers, IN8 Developments Inc., the right to appeal the LPAT ruling which did not support the development of a mixed-use building at this location. The...
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Over the past week I have received many questions from residents, seeking to understand the recent decision from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) regarding the lands referred to as Block 3 and Block 5 of the “the North Block.” These properties are just east of City Hall and west of the Leon’s Centre.  The initial hearing, for which the August 9 LPAT ruling was made, was...
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The popularity of apps like Airbnb and Vrbo has made it easier than ever for property owners to rent out space on a short-term basis at daily or weekly rates to visitors seeking a place to stay at a competitive rate. Those seeking homes to rent long-term have also been affected.  The ease of offering short-term accommodations online has had an impact on the availability and...
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Who doesn’t love to hang out in the good weather and people watch?  That’s something I love doing when I travel and I’m always envious of cities that have great public spaces where people naturally gather.  Place where you can grab a bench, pull up a chair or find a seat in an adjacent café.  Europe is great for those kinds of experiences as is New York City. I often...
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