Ontario Construction News staff writer
After six years of public engagement and development, the final draft of Kingston’s new zoning bylaw has been released, incorporating the zoning framework developed through the Central Kingston Growth Strategy (CKGS).
An associated official plan amendment is also proposed to implement the bylaw and recommendations of the CKGS.
Final drafts of the major policy documents are posted online and will be presented at an open house on March 30 and a planning committee meeting April 7.
Details of expected changes are explained in the city’s podcast.
“This is a major milestone, especially for the new zoning bylaw project as it enters its final approval phase,” said Paige Agnew, commissioner of community services. “The final draft consolidates, modernizes and simplifies zoning rules across Kingston.
Staff has been working to update five existing, out of date zoning bylaws and harmonize rules into one comprehensive policy document that they say is easier for residents, planners and developers to interpret.
If approved by the planning committee, the document will be reviewed at a special meeting of council on April 26.
The CKGS is being called a critical project, which outlines a policy and regulatory framework to guide intensification in the central area of the city.
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.