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Welcoming Tim Parks to the Planning, Building & Licensing Team!

I’m excited to announce a new addition to the planning, building and licensing team. Last week, Tim Parks started with the City as the planning division’s new manager of development approvals! In this capacity, Tim will oversee the review of applications for development projects before they proceed to construction.  Tim has over 25 years of municipal government experience, working...
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Recapping Last Week's Density by Design Engagement Sessions

In collaboration with City Planning staff and consultant Brent Toderian we facilitated a number of public events as part of the Phase 1 Engagement Plan for the Density by Design: Kingston’s Mid-rise and Tall Buildings Policy project. Over the course of the week we were able to connect with 200 + people on this important project. At these events, we provided an overview of the context...
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A message from the Director of Planning, Building and Licensing about the Limestone Art and Craft Show

Updated April 29, 2019 I’ve received numerous concerned messages from members of the public regarding the cancellation of the Limestone Art and Craft Show this weekend . I do want to take this opportunity to explain what happened and why this decision was made. The City’s business permit application process requires that an event meet set standards before a permit is issued....
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Interpreting the City’s Official Plan

Recently, I received a thoughtful message from a community member about my Mar. 5 briefing to council   regarding the City’s proposed mid-rise and tall building design guidelines. This individual’s note referenced an excellent article I’d like to share on human-scale design in relation to mid-rise buildings, as well as a recent Whig article where I acknowledged that “the public has...
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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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