The City of Kingston has completed the second draft of its new city-wide Zoning Bylaw. Residents are invited to offer input on it by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2021, through the Get Involved Kingston website.
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, according to a release from the city, dated Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. Zoning rules affect everything from permitted businesses to the location of buildings.
“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,” said 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 Thursday, Aug. 12 and have been included in the second draft of the New Zoning Bylaw, the City said.
According to the release, 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.
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, according to the release. Find and offer input on the draft of the new Zoning Bylaw at https://getinvolved.cityofkingston.ca/new-zoning-bylaw.
For those interested in learning more about the Zoning Bylaw process, an interview with Paige Agnew is featured on the latest episode of Tell Me More, the City’s podcast: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/19968641