Public input needed to shape the future shopping experience in Kingston

The City of Kingston is looking to learn more about the shopping habits and preference of local residents to help shape commercial planning. File photo.

The City of Kingston is looking for public input to help shape the future commercial growth in the city. A survey, intended to gather market intelligence relating to the shopping habits of Kingston residents and visitors to the area, is now open.

According to a release from the city, the survey is in partnership with urbanMetrics, experts in the field of commercial land need studies. It will gather information on community members’ spending habits, and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Survey participants can be entered into a draw for a $50 gift card to any store in the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Association.

Alternate survey options are available Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the City noted. During that time, printed copies can be picked up at 1211 John Counter Blvd. or participants can take the survey over the phone by calling 613-546-000 ext. 3242. The survey is open until Friday, Mar. 15, 2024.

“This survey is an important part of the City’s commercial land review study which will provide strategic policy direction with respect to commercial areas in the City,” said Sukriti Agarwal, Manager of Policy Planning.

“By understanding the consumer habits of the people who live here or come to visit, we can assess the needs of our commercial sector now and into the future.”

In December 2023, City Council endorsed the medium growth scenario of a population, employment and housing forecast study, which estimates Kingston’s population will grow to nearly 220,000 people by 2051. According to the City, this survey supports the commercial land review currently underway, which is founded on the population, employment and housing growth estimate. The City said the commercial land review will provide a long-term assessment of the City’s commercial needs and structure and inform the City’s upcoming review of its Official Plan.

Learn more about this project and take the consumer commercial survey on Get Involved Kingston

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