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Allowing more second residential units will create affordable housing options

The City has made changes to the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments that will allow second residential units to be created across the city. Second residential units include basement apartments, in-law suites, coach-houses and other separate apartments that may be in or detached from a primary residence. These units create affordable housing in two ways: They...
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Population, housing and employment projections help shape Kingston’s future

Want to see how Kingston is expected to grow? See the draft report of the Population, Housing and Employment Forecast Study and offer your comments by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. If you are planning a city, it helps to know who you are planning it for and where they might live and work. This is why the City updates its Population, Housing and Employment Projections Study every five...
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Starting a new business? We can help you get your licence.

Having a business licence proves that your business location and operations have been vetted by all those were required to do so to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the public. The licensing process can help you better understand your business and all it entails. Businesses must operate in accordance with zoning, building, fire, health, safety and police regulations. We want...
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Updates on the City’s proposed Residential Licensing Program and short-term rentals

With the overall goal of ensuring safe and legal housing and short-term accommodations for residents and visitors alike, City staff presented the administrative policies committee with a proposal for a city-wide framework to regulate residential rental units and short-term rentals via licensing yesterday evening. Additional information on this proposal can be found here . After...
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Volunteer with a City committee and help shape your community

The City is currently accepting applications for several public committee positions. Established by Council, these committees are composed of both members of the public and elected councillors. Their role is to inform and advise Council on issues that relate to their respective mandate. The department of planning, building and licensing works closely with seven committees which rely...
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Learn about the City’s proposed Residential Licensing Program

Please join us at the administrative policies committee meeting tomorrow, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear proposed recommendations for a City-wide Residential Licensing Program. See the report being presented here . The City has considered adopting a residential rental licensing program many times over the past 15 years and, in July of this year, staff began...
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Come talk to us about the Planning Fee Review

The City will be holding a public meeting on Nov. 1 to discuss proposed updates to Planning Act application fees. The proposed fee updates will apply to requests for: Zoning Bylaw amendments for developments in excess of 3,000 square meters of floor area or 50 dwelling units; consent applications (required for actions such as severing a lot, registering a mortgage or easement,...
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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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