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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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Mayor responds to Tribunal decision on Capitol Condos project

Just hours after the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal ordered the City of Kingston to repeal the by-law supporting the Capitol Condos project, Mayor Bryan Paterson is considering the decision a chance for learning and moving forward, he said. “I think the first thing I would say is that I think,

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Capitol Condos quashed by Appeal Tribunal

The 223-unit Capitol Condos development will not be moving forward as planned following the decision of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which was released on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. The Tribunal, which is the authority which replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) earlier this year, has supported the appeal against

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Coalition Raises Alarm on OMB Prehearings

The Coalition of Kingston Communities (CKC) is on the alert in response to applications to the OMB by local developers that challenge the provisions of the Official Plan. Homestead Landholdings Ltd. is among a handful of land developers that are appealing several sections of the Official Plan, targeting the ‘ribbon

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Kingston’s Top Headline From 2016

With exactly two weeks of 2016 remaining, many of us are taking stock of the biggest headlines and most significant events that shaped Kingston this past year.  2016 began with a review committee setting out to determine the future of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, which resulted in calls for

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The Year That Was

With just over two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2014, it’s time for a quick look at the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. The city dove headfirst into 2013 with a debate regarding electoral boundaries and student voters that was eventually settled by

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Mayor Rules Separation Motion Out of Order

A motion from Countryside Councillor Jeff Scott and Pittsburgh Councillor Brian Reitzel that could see a ballot question in the next municipal election asking residents if they want to negotiate a municipal arrangement outside the City has been ruled out-of-order today by the Mayor. “As we saw at our budget

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Two Rural Districts Consider Separating From Kingston

There is no question the latest Countryside District separation talk that erupted during last week’s council meeting in Kingston will affect a large percentage of our population following the notice of motion recently brought to the table by east-end Councilors Jeff Scott and Brian Reitzel. The separation in question would

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Hall Monitor: Cycle Break

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 21-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. While we opened with a bit of debate over how to procedurally add a few delegations to the agenda, most of the

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Community Soapbox: OMB Ruling – Time for Change

It is with grave frustration and embarrassment that I write this letter to you – members of Council – who continue to waste time, money, and our city’s reputation to put forward your personal egos and juvenile bickering. For me the last straw has been this most recent ruling of

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Hall Monitor: Smoke and Fire

As they normally do right about at 7:30pm on some Tuesday evenings, council got together last night for a meeting. This time, it was 25-2012. Just from the agenda, I knew we were in for an interesting evening – and a full gallery. Sure enough, the city did, too, as

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