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Special City Council meeting focuses on rural economic development

City Council voted on strategies to guide Kingston’s continued rural economic development at a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The discussions centred around the topic of the City’s “urban boundary,” which contains the built-up, generally fully serviced area of Kingston, and how to effectively manage service provision within

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Heritage vs Development? Kingston, Kamala Harris and the truth about false choices

In the lead up to the hotly anticipated US Vice Presidential debate earlier this month, I read 2019’s The Truths We Hold. The book – part memoir, part manifesto – by Kamala Harris, current Democratic VP candidate, was surprisingly good. In fact, I was taken aback on a number of

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Council approves Unity Farm Inn & Spa development

City Council has approved a zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendment for the development of Unity Farm Inn & Spa after a lengthy, impassioned debate. Gary Oosterhof, the councillor for Countryside District where the development will be located, implored his colleagues once again to reject the project. “This development as

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City staff recommend spa again after environmental consultations

City staff are once again recommending the Unity Farm Inn & Spa go ahead, after three climate groups have vetted the development. “Each organization was able to conclude that the application’s proposed sustainability initiatives went above and beyond what the City’s current policy requires,” said an Information Report to City

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City meets with climate groups ahead of vote on Unity Farm Inn & Spa

The City of Kingston has confirmed that staff have met with three environmental advocacy groups ahead of make-or-break decision for Unity Farm Inn and Spa. City Council voted to defer a final decision on the development at 2285 Battersea Road on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, following a request for further

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Hall Monitor: Recreational Parking

Kingston City Council held meeting number 24-2019 (Agenda) on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. One of their shortest meetings yet, most of the evening passed with minimal discussion, save for an item about changes to residential parking for recreational vehicles. KEY TOPICS With no delegations, briefings or presentations during the meeting,

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Mayor responds to Homestead LPAT ruling: ‘I’m certainly disappointed’

After the provincial planning appeal body rejected the second high rise development project in the city’s downtown core this year, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson is pointing to creating policy to add to the City’s Official Plan to create “clarity” regarding development. On Friday, Aug, 9, 2019, the Local Planning Appeal

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What growth is good?

Growth. A six letter word you hear a lot these days at City Hall. It’s held up by many as something we need in and of itself. We are told that more development in Kingston, for example, will increase revenue (via the assessment base/taxation and development charges) to help the

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