City of Kingston hosting info sessions to develop policy for mid-rise and tall buildings

Photo by Dominic Owens.

Residents with an interest in how the City of Kingston grows and intensifies should register now for one of the upcoming ‘Density by Design’ information sessions hosted by the City.

It’s one of the most discussed topics in Kingston, and these information sessions are aimed to develop a policy around buildings over four storeys (mid-rise and tall buildings) in the city. According to the City, participants will see two short presentations – Design Basics and Why Design Matters – followed by a question and answer period. Participants will then partake in breakout sessions to discuss priorities.

“Input will be used to develop draft policies to guide the development of mid-rise and tall buildings for the benefit of builders, so they better understand what is expected when they make planning applications, and for the benefit of the community as a whole,” the City of Kingston said in a press release on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019.

Each session will be limited to 40 participants, so those wanting to take part should register for a session as soon as possible. Sessions will take place on:

  • Monday, Apr. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre (1340 Gardiners Rd.)
  • Tuesday, Apr. 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Gore Road Fire Hall (211 Gore Rd.)
  • Tuesday, Apr. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall (216 Ontario St.)
  • Thursday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall (216 Ontario St.)
  • Thursday, May 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (53 Yonge St.)

“We know there is great interest in having a community conversation about mid-rise and tall buildings. Come talk with us about growing urban Kingston!” said Andrea Gummo, project manager.

“We are seeing applications for more and taller buildings in Kingston. These sessions allow us to hear about your priorities as they relate to building design and how design impacts our community – and they offer an opportunity to introduce various building design features and concepts that may not be common knowledge.”

To register for one of the five sessions, click here.

To see where buildings are being proposed in Kingston, visit the City’s Development and Services Hub (DASH) by clicking here.


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