Plan guides the next generation of City’s development
KINGSTON, ONT. / Sept. 14, 2010 – The City of Kingston’s new Official Plan is now in full force and effect. The Plan, which guides the next 20 years of development of the City of Kingston, was approved as amended by the Ontario Municipal Board Order on August 25 after being approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing this past January.
This Official Plan, the first for the amalgamated City of Kingston, establishes goals and a means to achieve them by taking into consideration important land use, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors that have been established through numerous large-scale and in-depth studies The Official Plan is available at www.cityofkingston.ca/op.
“This is a blueprint that shows us where to put new homes, stores, industries, schools and parks. It directs the construction of new services such as sewers, roads and water mains. And it protects our city’s natural environment,” says George Wallace, Director of Planning & Development, who notes the plan will be revisited every five years.
His department will now move ahead with work on the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review Project, which will amalgamate and update the City’s 10 zoning bylaws to implement: the policies of the new Official Plan, provincial legislation, the Provincial Policy Statement and a number of background studies recently completed by the City. The completed Zoning Bylaw will consider each of the approximately 39,000 properties currently in the City of Kingston.
The new Official Plan, adopted by the City in July of 2009, is the result of an extensive process of consolidating the three Official Plans that were in place for the former Kingston Township, Pittsburgh Township and City of Kingston prior to amalgamation in 1998. The new Plan includes policies and mapping based on information resulting from the studies completed since amalgamation, along with policy development resulting from the 2005 Provincial Policy Statement and changes to provincial legislation.
Over three years, there were three drafts of the Official Plan available for public and agency review and there were three rounds of extensive public consultation. The draft Official Plan was also circulated to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and their partner ministries and agencies for initial comment and review prior to adoption. In accordance with the Planning Act, there was an open house and Public Meeting held in June 2009.
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