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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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Updating the Population, Housing & Employment Study

Work is underway to update the City’s Population, Housing and Employment Projections Study , last updated in 2013. An update of this study is done every five years as the projections provide the foundation for the City’s long-range land use, transportation, infrastructure and capital expenditure planning. Want to learn more about how the City is projected to grow between now and 2046?...
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Second Residential Units – tell us what you think!

Second residential units are also known as secondary suites, basement apartments, granny flats, in-law apartments – or coach houses, when they are detached from the home. They are self-contained residential units in or near a principal residence and they have a private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and living space. Right now second residential units are only permitted in certain areas...
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Let’s talk about Residential Rental Licensing

Residential rental licensing requires rental properties to meet standards to ensure the health and safety of renters. The City of Kingston has considered adopting a residential licensing program multiple times over the past fifteen years. The concept of residential rental licensing came up in early 2017 through the consideration of an Interim Control Bylaw in the Williamsville,...
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A review of Kingston’s urban housing supply

At the June 21 planning committee meeting, staff presented a review of the urban housing supply. See the full report here. As part of this review the planning group analyzed historical building permit activity (over the past decade) to determine the average annual demand for housing by unit type (singles, semis, towns and multiples). This average annual demand was then reviewed against...
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Exploring intensification in Central Kingston

Join us to explore what appropriate intensification could look like for central Kingston at the urban design workshop for the Central Kingston Growth Strategy on June 28. This workshop will seek feedback on study areas that may be appropriate for intensification – and on the scale and form of intensification. Participants will also be asked to identify compatibility principles (such as...
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North King’s Town - project update & workshops

Join City staff and the North King’s Town project team for an update on progress made and share your feedback on three of the five technical studies being done for phase two of the project: land use, cultural heritage, and transportation.   Come to one of two workshops on Tuesday June 26 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560 at 734 Montreal St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m. or 6 to...
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Paige Agnew
Paige Agnew
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