City Invites You to Put Taller Buildings on the Map

Published on: 2019/12/12 - in Releases

RELEASE — The City of Kingston has extended the deadline for input on the Density by Design project’s Issues & Options Report until Jan. 31, 2020 – and is also now offering a chance to win a gift card to those who offer input on local building heights using an online mapping tool.

“This project is about making it easier to build density – more mid-rise and taller buildings – in a way that has been agreed upon by Kingston’s residents and the development community,” says Paige Agnew, Director, Planning, Building and Licensing. “Thanks to everybody who has already weighed in! If you are interested in where, when and how taller buildings grow in Kingston, now is the time to speak up.”

Mid-rise and tall buildings are an efficient way to house more people. When they are located in areas that are already well-serviced by the City, they also help keep the community’s carbon footprint in check.

Do the height mapping exercise and you could win a gift card!

The Density by Design Height Mapping Exercise at asks participants to show where they think the City could encourage buildings in the five height categories, below (please note you must be registered on this site to participate):

  • 4 to 6 storeys
  • 6 to 9 storeys
  • 10 to 15 storeys
  • 15 to 20 storeys
  • 20+ storeys

If you complete the height mapping exercise by Jan. 31, 2020, you will be entered in a draw to win a $25 gift card for the Black Dog Hospitality Group of restaurants.

Read the Report and offer input

The Issues & Options Report, also now available for review and input on the Get Involved site, is the document that lays the groundwork for the Mid-Rise and Tall Buildings Policy, which will guide the development of buildings of more than four storeys. It was the subject of a Nov. 21 open house. Those who offered input there can look for a feedback report to be posted on the site later this month.

“We are working on an executive summary that will speak to some of the recurring concerns and comments we’ve heard so far,” says Agnew. Her team will be meeting with stakeholders through the end of January.

Come talk to us about tall buildings

City Planners will also be available to discuss and receive input on the Issues & Options Report – and where and how tall buildings should grow in Kingston – at these upcoming events:

  • Climate Change Symposium – Jan. 16 at the Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St.
  • Two workshops for interested residents set for:
    + Workshop 1: Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch (meeting room 1)
    + Workshop 2: Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Invista Centre (meeting room A/B)

Completing the Mid-Rise and Tall Buildings Policy is one of the City’s initiatives to pursue development of all types of housing city-wide through intensification and land-use policies. The initiative falls under the strategic priority to increase housing affordability.

Find out more about this project at

UPDATE: Watch this “Inside our City” video to learn about upcoming engagement opportunities for Density by Design: Kingston’s Mid-rise and Tall Building Design Policies:

Release | video embed: City of Kingston
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