The City of Kingston has completed the second draft of its new city-wide Zoning Bylaw and is inviting residents to offer their input on it by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. The new draft of the Kingston Zoning Bylaw harmonizes, modernizes and simplifies zoning rules across Kingston and is meant to replace the five existing zoning bylaws that currently guide growth.
“This new Zoning Bylaw is an important document that is meant to help shape Kingston as it grows. We ask anyone who owns a business, rents or owns a property or has plans to renovate or build something new to, please, take this opportunity to look at this document and help us get it right,” says Paige Agnew, Commissioner, Community Services.
The release of the second draft had been put on hold pending the completion of the Central Kingston Growth Strategy (CKGS). The CKGS recommendations will be presented at Planning Committee on Aug. 12 and have been included in the second draft of the New Zoning Bylaw.
The long public consultation period reflects the significance of the document to the City as well as its length and detail. To help collect input on this extensive document, the City is incorporating Konveio – a new engagement tool, with built-in bookmark features that can direct readers to points of interest and provides a platform for residents to easily provide comments and review/respond to comments that others have provided.
Zoning rules affect everything from permitted businesses to the location of buildings.
Interested in learning more about the Zoning Bylaw process? Listen to the latest episode of Tell Me More, the City’s podcast, for an interview with Paige Agnew.
Once completed, the new city-wide Zoning Bylaw will help the City reach a number of its key priorities outlined in Kingston’s 2019-22 Strategic Plan.