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New Information on the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC)

I previously wrote about the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) replacing the former Ontario Municipal Board (click here ). Along with the creation of the LPAT, the Province also created a new, independent agency that is designed to help the public engage early in the planning process and, if necessary, navigate the appeal process. This new agency is called the Local Planning Appeal...
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Business licensing: Supporting Kingston’s business owners

The City wants great businesses to thrive in Kingston.  City staff works every day to ensure that economic development and growth opportunities are available to everyone interested – and to help support current and future business owners get set up for success. The planning, building & licensing department works to help guide businesses through our system, which has been...
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Tell us what you think about the proposed open house approach for complex development applications!

At the Sept. 20 planning committee meeting, staff presented a draft approach  for adding an open house to the public consultation process for complex Planning Act applications. This is intended to complement and enhance the level of public participation in the planning process. There has been a great deal of interest in the planning process over the last few years and the...
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See draft North King’s Town reports and findings on Oct. 3

On Oct. 3, the North King’s Town Secondary Plan project team will be presenting the initial findings from the draft cultural heritage report, the draft transportation report, and the draft land-use and built-form policies for the area. There will be three opportunities to hear updates and provide input. Residents are invited to join the Talking Circle from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on...
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Making sure the community benefits from increased density

The City is seeking input on its final draft of the Community Benefit Guidelines, which allow the City to require items like affordable housing, parkland, public parking, public art or performance spaces and other similar benefits under Section 37 of the Planning Act .  The ability for the City to exchange density for added community benefits, previously known as “density bonusing,” is...
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Open house to present draft urban design and zoning ideas for the Reddendale Neighbourhood

Over the past several months, staff has been working alongside Dillon Consulting Limited on a planning framework for the Reddendale neighbourhood. The work involves the preparation of area-specific urban design guidelines and recommendations for appropriate zoning criteria for Reddendale to ensure that new development is compatible with the physical character of established residential...
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Mediations and Settlements on Land Use Matters - Why and How Cities Participate

Over the last four years since I’ve been the City’s Chief Planner, I’ve been asked multiple questions on the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) appeals process, the various statuses of land use matters under appeal and how the settlement process works in Ontario. I want to clearly state that I am not a lawyer, but I have developed an understanding of land use planning law through...
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North Block revised building proposal

I’m pleased to share that City staff are providing council with an update on the land-use planning appeals launched by Homestead Land Holdings for two of the North Block properties (51-57 Queen St. and 18 Queen St./282 Ontario St.) at the next council meeting on Sept. 18, 2018.  Staff has been working with Homestead on the proposed development to determine if an agreement could be...
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Next steps: Proposed Residential Rental Licensing Program

A proposed program to license residences with one to three rental units would require these rental properties to meet standards to ensure the health and safety of renters. The City of Kingston has considered adopting a residential rental licensing program multiple times over the past 15 years. Staff has been receiving input and working on a proposed program over the past several months. ...
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This is planning, building and licensing

Meet the leaders of the planning, building and licensing department. From left to right are: LeighAnn Hoegi, administrative assistant; Ryan Arcand, supervisor, building services; Lisa Capener-Hunt, manager, building services & chief building official;  Dan Hazell, supervisor, licensing & enforcement; Greg McLean, policy & program coordinator; Stewart Waldron,...
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