Williamsville Neighbourhood

Dedicated to Kingston's Midtown

Almost summer in Williamsville

Dear Neighbours,
There is a lot going on in Williamsville. There are charities to support, surveys to complete, parks to visit, flower beds to weed, music to enjoy, a kids triathlon to support and more! Enjoy!

PLANNING ITEMS:
1. May 29: Napier St. Closure: On May 2nd a number of people attended an information meeting about the closure. Please take time to include your opinion on this project. May 29 is the final date to complete an online questionnaire. https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/napier-street

  1. June 8: Prestige Development at Planning Meeting: On May 10th Councillor Jim Neill arranged a public meeting with developer Darryl Firsten and his planning team re: the Prestige Development at the south west corner of Princess and Nelson. http://www.sageprestige.com/ This project will be presented to the Planning Committee on June 8th. The public is welcome to attend and give input about this proposed major development in Williamsville.
  2. The Farmers’ Market at the Memorial Centre: Every Sunday on the grass 9AM to 2PM. https://www.facebook.com/MemorialCentreFarmersMarket

June 11th – Local Food Week Celebration: Featuring interactive displays, prizes, samples, story telling for Kids, live music, and a local maple rhubarb cake by Bread and Butter Bakery!

June 18th – Fathers’ Day Picnic Bring your picnic blankets, baskets, and your whole family for a stellar morning at market. Featuring Fathers’ Day crafts and games, music by Andrew Mack Band, yoga class at 10am, and treats for Dad!

  1. Loving Spoonful: On June 4, Loving Spoonful will be back at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market to collect produce donations for Grow A Row. http://www.lovingspoonful.org/
  2. PARK NEWS: Upgrades to Victoria Park. Work is progressing well. Splash pad infrastructure is in place. 127 trees are being planted. It is hoped that the work will be done by the end of July.

Improvements to the Memorial Centre have begun. These will include a playground upgrade and landscaping improvements at the corner of  York and Alfred streets. The Memorial Centre splash pad opening is delayed until mid-June due to the ongoing park improvements

Tomlinson Aqua Park including the water slide will be open in June for weekend leisure swims subject to weather conditions Days: June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, Time: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
(June 24 open 1-4 p.m.)
6. The Kingston Kids Triathlon: ... RACE DAY IS SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017 … registrations are now open. This event takes place at Kingston Memorial Centre for children born between 2002 and 2013. For further details. http://www.ktownkids.net/

  1. Paint (Nite) for Martha’s Table: Upcoming fundraiser in support of Martha’s Table on Wednesday, May 31st. Martha’s Table is a low-cost community restaurant, which served 45,250 meals in 2016. With your support they’ll be able to continue serving the Kingston community. Tickets are available online for $45 each. Happy painting! http://www.marthastable.ca/
  2. Limestone Players present: Little Red Riding Hoodie, Dorothy, Pinocchio and the Wolf with Live music and puppets of course!. Friday, June 2, 7:30 PM at St Luke’s Church, 236 Nelson Street, Info 613 5429988 www.limestoneplayers.ca
  3. Friends of the Memorial Centre
    On Thursday, May 4, the Friends met with Luke Follwell, Director of Recreation & Leisure Services, and Damon Wells, Director of Public Works, at City Hall to discuss maintenance and repair issues on the Memorial Centre grounds. These included the peeling paint on the letters on the walls at the Memorial Wall, neglect of shrub bed upkeep, the need for more tree replacement and maintenance, and the need for repairs or replacement of damaged features like the decorative lamp posts surrounding the racetrack. Mr. Follwell and Mr. Wells were very cooperative and took a progressive approach to addressing each specific problem and an extensive plan of action was developed! By May 10, Mr. Wells had the Public Works Dept. substantially clean-up the overgrown shrub bed along the front of the main building. May 12, Mr. Follwell followed up with a letter back to the Friends with plans for further action items.

**Now, resident of Williamsville who are gardeners, we need your help! We need folks with the interest and a little spare time to fine tune the weeding of the shrub beds, because the Works Dept. does not have the budget or manpower to constantly keep them all looking sharp. Remember that this is OUR Memorial Centre, so all you keeners out there please contact Richard Gold at rgold2@cogeco.ca to discuss working on this together. How about it?

  1. SOCKS Kingston: Princess St United Church, 484 Albert St. is now a donation location for SOCKS Kingston “There is always a need for pairs of socks in the Kingston community and your donations of women’s, men’s and children’s sizes are much appreciated.’ A labelled box is located near the entrance. http://sockswarminghearts.com/
  2. Eccentric Vocal Ensemble: EVE’s annual concert on Friday, June 2, 7:30 at Princess St. United 484 Albert St. The concert will feature a mix of choral favourites in a range of styles. Tickets $20 available at the door. https://eccentricvocalensemble.com/
  3. Public Engagement Framework survey: The City wants residents to feel welcome to offer input and ideas on projects, services and initiatives aimed at making Kingston an even better place to live. The Public Engagement Framework is meant to help encourage productive discussion through a clearly-defined process – and to show participants how their input is considered in the decision-making process. To find out more about the project visit .https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/public-engagement Please complete the survey by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and activities in our neighbourhoods and community.
www.williamsville.ca

Spring has Arrived in Williamsville!

Dear Neighbours,

The Williamsville Annual Town Hall was held on April 12th. Ryan Leary, City of Kingston Senior Planner, Heritage, was the main presenter. His talk focused on Kingston history and recent efforts to inventory the built heritage resources in the Williamsville area particularly along the Princess Street corridor. Councillor Jim Neill and community organizations actively involved in our lives in Williamsville also made short presentations. Thank you to Pat Hodge for her work putting together this successful town hall.

There are several planning items that may be of interest to Williamsville residents.

1. May 2nd. City Council: Interim Control By-Law

Staff have considered the feedback received from the public, along with the merits, limitations and risks of using an Interim Control By-Law and recommend that an Interim Control By-Law in the Near Campus Neighbourhoods not be implemented at this time. Instead, staff recommend an alternative approach that includes short and long-term recommendations. The full report is available on the City’s website.

2. May 8th: Public Consultation

A public consultation session will look at options and receive input for closure of Napier Street, betw03een Brock and Mack. The meeting will be held on Monday May 8 between 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Winston Churchill School, 530 Earl St. For additional information go to the Napier Street Closure project page. Offer your comments by Friday, May 12 to Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager.

3. May 10th: Prestige Development

Councillor Jim Neill and developer Darryl Firsten invite you to the following meeting concerning a proposed major development in the WMSS area.

  • When: 6:30-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 10th
  • Where: M-Centre Front Foyer
  • What: Development introduction for Prestige Development at Nelson/Princess (former Keg site)
  • Who: ALL RESIDENTS WELCOME! Developers & their planner, City planners, Community members, District councillor

Agenda will include Q & A from floor to Developers & Planners & Councillor Neill.

Please invite your neighbours!

4. OMB Appeal 671 Brock Street

The community group opposed to the development of St Joseph/ St Mary school site have filed appeals to the OMB. They have formed the Sunnyside Neighbourhood Association and will be looking for support from everyone who is concerned about the proposed development and its implications for this Williamsville neighbourhood. For more information please contact John Clements.

5. Jane’s Walk: May 5th -May 7th

This year’s Jane’s Walks are an eclectic mix of the old and the new, of neighbourhoods and campuses. Imagine the war ships that were built on RMC’s grounds, once the dockyard of the Royal Navy. As you walk along Bagot St. hear the oral histories recorded by the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project. Discover the historic neighbourhoods of Barriefield and Kingscourt with current residents as your guide. Explore the site of the old Morton brewery that has become a modern arts hub for the city and Queen’s, encompassing the Tett Centre and the Isabel.

More details of the walks, start times, accessibility and start location can be found on the Jane’s Walk website. The walks are free and take place Friday May 5th, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th mornings and afternoons, rain or shine.

6. The Farmers’ Market at the Memorial Centre

Every Sunday on the grass 9AM to 2PM. For more information, please visit the Market’s Facebook page.

  • May 7: Grand Reopening, featuring live music by Bobby Smith, crafts and activities celebrating spring.
  • May 14: Mother’s Day Picnic, featuring crafts, music by Kitchen Gypsies and treats for mom. Representatives from the YMCA’s Youth Recreation and Summer Camp will lead activities for children.

7. Friends of the Memorial Centre

The Kingston Memorial Centre is an active, living, historic legacy that has benefited Williamsville residents for generations. We are looking for help and ideas from interested locals who want to see it sustained and preserved. We invite your input.

Friends of the Memorial Centre is a committee of neighbourhood folks who are working to:

  1. Communicate with both Council and city officials about the monitoring of current maintenance issues at the facility and then by lobbying for regular and reliable grounds upkeep.
  2. Collaborate with the Kingston and District Agricultural Fair and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market on projects of mutual interest.
  3. Assist with the creation and implementation of any new ideas and projects that Williamsville residents would like to see happen at the site.

Contact: Richard Gold, chairman and current spokesperson for “the Friends”

If you are also interested in being on our committee’s e-mail list, please contact us about that as well.

Please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and activities in our neighbourhoods and community.

Williamsville Town Hall and Other Announcements

Dear Neighbours,

Spring time activities are starting to multiply, so please check out what is going on in and around Williamsville, including our upcoming Spring Town Hall. Please mark your calendars and hope to see you soon.

1. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall – Wednesday April 12th

Our annual town hall meeting starts at 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 236 Nelson Street at Princess. Come and hear our guest speaker Ryan Leary, Heritage Planner with the City of Kingston, talk on heritage in Williamsville. There will also be a series of short updates and time to chat with Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions – Sue Bazely, Co-Chair
  2. Heritage in Williamsville -Ryan Leary, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Kingston
  3. Queen’s Alma Mater Society – Francis Campbell, AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner
  4. Friends of the Memorial Centre – Richard Gold
  5. Kingston & District Agricultural Society – Yvonne Compton
  6. “Our Neighbourhood” Community Group – Rob Fonger
  7. 671 Brock St. School Site Development – John Clements
  8. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – Emma Barken
  9. Williamsville City Councillor – Jim Neill

The chair will allot time for questions to the various presenters.

2. Williamsville On-Street Parking Program update

City staff have prepared a summary of the consultation and comments received from residents and other stakeholders following the January meeting regarding the on-street parking program in the Williamsville neighbourhood. There were many questions at this session and in follow-up correspondence with residents of the Williamsville area. A digest of these questions along with information/answers prepared by City staff has been prepared to share with all those that have asked to be kept informed about the project. The primary themes around which comments have been provided or questions have been asked include:

  • the need for and goals of the program;
  • a desire for an on-street parking option to be available, especially by residents who do not have a parking option or live on a street that currently has restrictions;
  • the requirement for and associated cost of the residential parking permit;
  • the requirement for uniform time restrictions rather than alternate side parking;
  • the need for additional accessible parking spaces;
  • the impact of time of day restrictions on daycare operations.

The summary can be accessed on the City’s website.

Staff have considered these comments, completed a review of the permits fees, and explored best practices in other municipalities to refine the program recommendations that will be made to Council.

A staff report on this project is expected to go to a meeting of the City’s Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Policies Committee (EITP) on April 11th. The report will include the recommended changes that were presented at the January 11th meeting with an updated recommendation on the pricing of the residential permit. The update recommends that Council reduce the existing $30/month residential parking permit fee to $25/month and introduce a $12/month residential parking permit fee for those residents that do not have a driveway or on-site parking. This new $12 option is intended to further recognize that an affordable parking option for residents that do not have any parking, especially those that are low income, is an important aspect of the program.

More information about the general on-street parking program along with supporting information for the Williamsville (Area F) neighbourhood can be found at the project website. Ian Semple will provide an update after the EITP meeting.

3. “Our Neighbourhood” Meeting

Takes place Tuesday April 11th – at St. Luke’s Church Hall starting at 7:00pm. One of the topics will be the status of the former school property at Brock and Napier Streets.

4. Princess Street United Events

All events take place at 484 Albert Street, at Princess Street

  • Rummage Sale – Saturday April 22nd, 8:30 – 12:30 – books, light furniture, toys, spring & summer clothing, household items & more
  • Dessert & Card Party – Friday April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00pm – $8 – call 544-3259 or 542-6112
  • High Tea – Saturday May 13th, 2:00 – 4:00pm – $15 per person, all welcome. Hats & loves optional!

Please continue to support our Williamsville businesses and agencies to keep our community vibrant.

Contact us at williamsvilleca@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.

February happenings

Dear Neighbours,

We are almost at the mid-point of February and it seems as if winter has just arrived, but the days are getting noticeably longer and the birds chirpier. We hope you find opportunity to get out and enjoy some winter activities.

You probably received a few emails following the last Williamsville newsletter and were puzzled as to why you were receiving them. We had a small problem which we have resolved. The WCA email list is used to circulate information about upcoming activities and events in Williamsville and items that will have an effect on our neighbourhoods. Your email address is not used for any other purpose nor is it made available to anyone. The email distribution system is designed so that no one can see anyone else’s email address.

The email list is not intended as a forum for discussion of concerns. However, we recognize that there may be neighbourhood issues to be discussed and if there is anyone in the WCA who would like to be involved in managing a system for on-line conversations, please let us know.

We hope that everyone receiving this newsletter will continue to find its content useful. Please submit any items of interest to the neighbourhood to williamsvilleca@gmail.com

1. Walk On Program – at the M-Centre

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 to 10:00am. Offered through Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health in partnership with the City of Kingston and Limestone District School Board, challenges Kingstonians to get out during the winter and stay active by walking. Other locations in Kingston include Invista Centre Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9-10am, LaSalle Secondary School Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm, and Rideau Heights Public School Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm. Check out the full schedule.

2. Official Plan Update Thursday February 16

Staff will present a final draft of the Official Plan along with a recommendation to Planning Committee on February 16, 2017 at 6:30pm in Council Chambers, City Hall. A copy of the final draft has been posted on the project webpage. Revisions made in advancing the final draft have been summarized in a document also available via the webpage (see “Summary of Revisions”).

If you have questions regarding the Plan or next steps in this project please feel free to send Greg Newman (gnewman@cityofkingston.ca) an email.

3. M-Centre Market

Open Sunday 10am to 2pm in Princess St. United Church Hall, corner of Albert & Princess. Come for seasonal produce, delicious prepared foods, crafts and a variety of locally made products, music and kids activities. A delicious pancake breakfast will be on offer March 26th.

4. Street Closing Public Consultation Wednesday February 22

Winston Churchill School 6:00 – 7:30pm. A public consultation session will look at the implications of closing Napier Street, between Brock and Mack. “Late last year, council asked City staff to explore the desirability and implications of closing this stretch of Napier Street,” says Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager.

Come to Winston Churchill School, 530 Earl St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 to provide your input into council’s proposal. Or go to the City’s website to review the proposal and submit your comments to Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager (jsalter-keane@cityofkingston.ca) by Friday, February 24.

The portion of Napier Street under discussion runs between Churchill Park and 671 Brock St., a former school property. That property is under consideration to be redeveloped to include public parkland, affordable housing and private market housing. The City’s website has details on 671 Brock St..

5. Public Engagement Framework

An invitation from Lanie Hurdle, Commissioner, Community Services & Deputy CAO’. Following a series of public consultations in 2016, the City of Kingston has developed a draft Public Engagement Framework. As with the first set of consultations, the City has planned a number of ways Kingstonians can choose to offer input on the draft Framework. Our goal is to develop an engagement process that will be clear, fair and collaborative as we develop plans, policies and positions on issues facing our community.

SURVEY

We will be asking the public to review the draft Public Engagement Framework and provide input in the form of a survey. The survey will be live mid-February.

OPEN HOUSE

We are hosting an open house on Wednesday, March 8th from 4-7 p.m. at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge Street. Drop by the open house to learn more about the draft Public Engagement Framework and offer input.

You are encouraged to participate and provide input on the framework.

NEXT STEPS

We will compile comments and make updates to the draft Public Engagement Framework.

6. University District Summit

On Feb 11th, members of the WCA met with other residents, Queen’s students and staff, city staff and councillors, and landlords for the University District Summit organized by the AMS Municipal Affairs Commission. The goal of the well organized meeting was to look for solutions to problems surrounding where and how students live. Much of the discussion was based on the results of this survey which appears to show that the majority of students who replied would prefer to live in a “family detached house” for up to 5 students. We expect to receive a summary of the input from the day long event.

Please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and activities in our neighbourhoods and community.

The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association is Monday February 20th. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved in Williamsville activities.

Happy 2017!

Dear Neighbours,

Greetings and best wishes for 2017 as we start this new year. We hope that you had a peaceful holiday, and we look forward to good things for Williamsville in the year to come. Here are a few items to get you started:

1. Thursday January 12 – Williamsville North On-Street Parking Public Info Session

The City began consultation and evaluation work in the neighbourhood last summer looking at the on-street parking regulations and whether changes, including on-street permits, were warranted to address some of the parking issues that have been observed. Since the first public information session last June City staff have been mapping the area, consulting with stakeholders and developing a proposal to recommend to Council.

Prior to finalizing the recommendation to Council staff will host an information session outlining the proposed changes on Thursday, Jan 12 at 6:00p.m. in the meeting room at Princess Street United Church (484 Albert Street). This meeting will allow residents and stakeholders to view the potential changes to parking regulations at both a neighbourhood and street level and will afford staff an opportunity to answer any questions and hear comments about the proposal. Mapping of the proposed on-street parking regulations for the Williamsville area north of Princess Street can be found on the City’s website.

The project website allows an opportunity for you to review the information before the meeting or to provide comments if you are not able to attend in person. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or wish to provide comments back to Ian Semple electronically please send him an email or give a phone call (work: 613-546-4291 ext. 2306 or cell: 613-453-1585).

At the information session staff will also provide a brief presentation beginning at 6:15 p.m. that speaks to:

  • Rationale for undertaking the on-street parking study and the size of area that was considered
  • Resident and other stakeholder comments received to date and how these comments have been incorporated into the proposal
  • An overview of the changes proposed for on-street parking
  • Review of the residential parking permit, the need for the permit, and the associated fee
  • Next steps

2. AMS Housing Survey

Please assist our friends of Queen’s Alma Mater Society. This is an opportunity for those living near campus to “rate” and/or discuss their experiences in terms of interactions with students and their housing. This survey is distributed to students, landlords, and residents, in order to get a range of opinions; and will be used to drive the discussions occurring at the University District Summit being planned for February.

AMS Commissioner of Municipal Affairs Francis Campbell attends WCA monthly meetings and asks that you please assist the Queen’s AMS with feedback through the survey.

myAMS | @AMS_MAC | University District

3. Electric pole line reconstruction to affect Williamsville district

Ongoing until March 2017, Utilities Kingston will reconstruct overhead pole lines in the Williamsville district that have reached the end of their useful life. The utility is providing this notice to let customers know about power outages, street disruptions and tree trimming that will be needed over the coming months to help facilitate the work. The project will help ensure the continued safety and reliability of the Kingston Hydro electricity distribution system that is operated and maintained by Utilities Kingston. The work is part of a capital plan, approved by the Ontario Energy Board in Kingston Hydro’s five-year electricity distribution plan that determined the company’s electricity distribution rates effective January 1, 2016 through to 2020.

The following streets will be affected:

  • Division Street, between Concession and Princess . Adelaide Street, between Division and Alfred . Stanley Street, between Division and Alfred
  • York Street, between Division and Pine . Chatham Street, between York and Princess . Linton Street, off Chatham . Elm Street, between Chatham and Alfred

As part of this work, Utilities Kingston will:

  • Install new utility poles, reducing the number of poles from 69 to 60 for efficiency.
  • Install nearly three kilometres of overhead electric lines.
  • Replace 20 transformers.
  • Relocate hydro poles to the opposite side of the street on Division Street (between Concession and Pine, and Colborne and Raglan). This will improve safety and allow us to bring equipment up to today’s standards.

The work will also result in improved system redundancy to reduce future power outages. Residents should be prepared for the following disruptions over the coming months:

Power outages:

This reconstruction project will require power outages. Utilities Kingston will make every effort to provide as much notice to customers as possible, using news releases, social media and website updates, as appropriate.

Street disruptions:

This work will also require lane reductions, lane closures and road closures. The availability of parking may also be reduced at times.

Tree trimming and removals:

To maintain proper clearances around power lines for safety reasons, Utilities Kingston will trim or remove some trees. Did you know? For every one tree removed, Kingston Hydro funds the planting of two trees in the city.

If you’re considering new trees or shrubs near power lines, know the right trees to plant in the right place for electrical safety – with information from the Electrical Safety Authority. For more information, including updates on planned power outages, please visit the Utilities Kingston website or call customer service at 613-546-0000.

4. Window Art Gallery – Two Print Makers Under Pressure – Featuring Barb Carr and Jane Hamilton-Khaan

Reception Sunday January 15 from 3-5pm or drop in anytime at 647a Princess Street at the corner of Victoria. (Gallery hours) For a preview of some of the pieces, see the Window Art Gallery website.

5. Memorial Centre Market – now open Sundays in Princess Street United Church Hall

The market is open Sundays 10am to 2pm at Princess St. United Church Hall, 484 Albert Street, corner of Princess & Albert now through April. There’s still a great variety of produce, crafts and prepared meals, as well as music and kids activities.

Please support our Williamsville businesses and agencies!
The next WCA working group meeting takes place Monday January 23rd at 7:00pm. Please let us know if you would like to get involved.

Goodbye to Fall

Dear Neighbours,

Although we had a long run of very pleasant fall weather, the reality of the change of season has hit with lots of the white stuff. There are, however, many events and activities in and around Williamsville in the coming weeks that you may be interested in. We are sad to hear that John’s Delicatessen has closed, it will be greatly missed in the neighbourhood. We ask that you please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and organizations. They have much to offer.

City of Kingston Zoning By-Law Update

Come chat with City planners about draft City-wide Zoning Bylaw

“We know Kingstonians are interested in zoning – and the introduction of the draft of the City-wide Zoning Bylaw makes this the perfect time to sit down and talk about what’s in the draft, answer zoning questions and get feedback from the public,” says Laura MacCormick, project manager, planning, building and licensing.

The first draft of the City of Kingston’s new City-wide Zoning Bylaw is now available online.

Drop by to speak with City planning staff during any of these Zoning Chats:

  • Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8 a.m. to noon in John Counter Room, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Monday, Nov. 28 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Glenburnie Fire Hall, 1485 Unity Rd.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – 6 to 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 – 2 to 6 p.m. in John Counter Room, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 – 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 – 8 a.m. to noon, 1211 John Counter Blvd.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 – Noon to 3 p.m., Gore Rd. Fire Hall, 211 Gore Rd.

Right now, the City has five zoning bylaws regulating property-use in Kingston. Once completed, the City-wide Zoning Bylaw will guide how people use land and buildings – and what kinds of buildings can be built where.

Zoning bylaws outline permitted:

  • Types of buildings.
  • Location.
  • Building height.
  • Property size.
  • Parking and other amenities and features.

The existing zoning bylaws are also online here.

Farmers’ Market Update

The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market has moved into the Bennett Barn for November and December. The Holiday Market hours are Sunday 10AM to 2PM. Lots to see, buy and eat, gifts, crafts and more.

Information from the Coalition of Kingston Communities

Wednesday November 23, 6:00pm, Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario St. Salon A. ALL WELCOME!

The Fight for Open Government – One Year On – Last November, 20 community groups established the Coalition of Kingston Communities to improve processes of civic engagement and City accountability.

  • We provided meaningful critiques of City planning
  • We urged a necessary Council integrity investigation
  • We called the City to account on projects contrary to established policies
  • We provided systematic scrutiny of proposed changes to the Official Plan
  • We spoke up for the Heritage Kingston committee

BUT THE PROBLEMS AT CITY HALL CONTINUE… Projects proceeding without proper process. Public input AFTER decisions. KEDCO’s accountability unresolved. Heritage committee sidelined. OMB appeals. Council integrity questioned. Public relations, NOT public engagement. We need you! Tell us about your neighbourhood’s problems! Let’s find solutions together!

Princess Street United

There are a variety of events at the corner of Princess & Albert.

  • Saturday November 26 Christmas Bazaar 10 am – 2 pm.
  • Saturday December 10 Nightlight Christmas Dinner. Volunteers are needed to assist, if you can help please contact the office 613-542-6112.
  • Tuesday December 13 Arty Party in the Gym 6 – 8pm. Cost: $40 – An evening of socializing and painting! Your friendly and helpful instructor Alanah, will guide you step by step through an evening of creativity and fun. No experience required, and no stress allowed. It will take approximately 2 hours to complete your masterpiece, which will make a fantastic gift to give this holiday season. All supplies are included in the ticket price. Have fun, get creative, and make something special this Christmas season. Participants are asked to bring hors d’ouevres or a snack to share. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. Reserve your spot by contacting the office 613-542-6112.
  • Wednesday December 21 Packing & Delivery Day of Christmas Baskets at Sydenham Street Church. Helpers needed!
  • Saturday December 3 at St. Luke’s – Annual breakfast with Santa and St. Nicholas. Starts at 9:00am to noon at 236 Nelson St. Come for a yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities. Free event.

Have you tried Don Cherry’s feature nights yet?

Why not head over for: 2 for 1 wings every Monday; free pool every Sunday; open mic/karaoke every Thursday at 8:30pm. Find them at 692 Princess St. near Victoria.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group is Monday November 28. If would like to get involved please contact us.

More Fall Williamsville Happenings

Dear Neighbours,

As the days get shorter and cooler, there are many things happening in Williamsville neighbourhoods in the coming weeks.

The following item is for information to anyone interested from the Sunnyside neighbourhood parkland.

1. Notice Re: Meeting Concerning St. Joseph/St Mary Site

Council will be considering a motion to reconsider their current proposal for the above site on November 1. Many people have asked those who are involved with the neighbourhood issue how they might contact councillors and what they might write. Therefore, on Tuesday, October 25, people who are interested in discussing the ‘next steps’ in this ongoing debate are invited to come to a meeting at St. Luke’s Church Hall from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This will not be a meeting with city staff – just those who are interested in pursuing more parkland for this site.

If you cannot make it and would like to discuss this, please email John Clements or email Constance Adamson.

2. Wednesday October 26 – Annual Town Hall with Councillor Jim Neill

Join Councillor Neill from 6:00-9:00pm at Princess Street United – Princess St. at Albert for presentations and discussion on several items.

AGENDA:

  • 6:15 – 7:00:  Neighbourhood Groups. (Our Neighbourhood & Williamsville Association)
  • 7:00 – 7:30:  Planning & Williamsville Corridor.
    • Zoning & OP. Proposed Podium Development. (Director Paige Agnew and/or Designate)
  • 7:30 – 8:00:  Housing and Parks.
    • St. Mary’s/St. Joseph’s Update. (Director Sheldon Laidman and/or Designate)
    • Parks Update – Victoria Park and M-Centre. (Commissioner Lanie Hurdle and/or Designate)
  • 8:00 – 8:30:  Public Transit and Neighbourhood Parking. (Director Sheila Kidd and/or Designate)
  • 8:30 – 9:00:   District Councillor Jim Neill – Q & A.

3. October 30: Pumpkin Carving – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

Market-goers and vendors can purchase a pumpkin, and make use of provided tools to carve their jack-o-lanterns! No mess at home! Come out and have fun at the M-Centre Market while picking up local produce and crafts.

4. Wednesday November 16 – St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon

Takes place at 236 Nelson St. at noon. Make sure to reserve your table, $10 per person, by calling 613-542-5501. And don’t forget the annual fall bazaar and luncheon takes place Saturday October 29 at St. Luke’s 10am to 2pm.

5. Saturday November 26 – Princess St. United Christmas Bazaar

Takes place at 484 Albert St. at Princess, 10am to 2pm. Baked goods, crafts, items for all ages. Soup, sandwich and dessert lunch. For info call 613-546-7151 or 613-544-3259

If you are interested in getting involved with activities in Williamsville please contact us.

Parkland in Williamsville

Dear Neighbours,

The Williamsville Community Association has received a message from the neighbourhood in the Churchill Park area:

On Sept. 6, City Council endorsed a plan that split the St. Joseph’s/St. Mary’s School property (corner of Brock and Napier Streets) into affordable housing, private market housing and parkland. Council did this even though they purchased the lot for parkland and even though there was:

  • absolutely no public consultation: No community engagement occurred prior to the Sept. 6 proposal despite City Council’s stated strategic priority of open government and civic engagement.
  • scant time for public comments: When a consultation meeting was finally held Oct. 3, the public had less than a week to provide further feedback.
  • blatant disregard for City plans, policies, data: The City’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan says that preserving parkland and open spaces should be a priority and that this includes purchasing surplus school sites for parkland. Also, the most recent census figures (2011) show that the Williamsville District, where the school property is located, is one of the most deficient neighbourhoods in the city in terms of parkland per capita. And a City report admits that acquiring additional parkland in the area is increasingly a challenge.

All those who are concerned about the future of green space in our neighbourhoods are invited to act now as City Council intends to deal with this at the Council Meeting of October 18th.

Thanks for your attention to this.

End of Summer

Labour Day is upon us and soon we will all be back to our regular routines or new ones. There are a number of Williamsville items to review and fall activities soon to start.

1. Williamsville Parking Survey

As a follow up to the on-street parking program information session that was held in your neighbourhood in June the City has prepared an online survey to gather additional input from residents. The survey is on the City’s website now. It is short survey geared towards the on-street parking needs specific to the residential users in your neighbourhood but any and all comments are welcome. The survey closes September 9.

The City’s parking website has also been updated with the presentations from the information session, frequently asked questions, and a map of the potential area.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact Ian Semple directly at 613-546-4291 ext. 2306 or isemple@cityofkingston.ca

2. Kingston Gets Active Month

September 2 to 30 – encourages healthy living with 151 free activities. Improve your health by trying a new sport or participating in a wellness challenge during Kingston Gets Active Month. The event offers 151 free activities at facilities throughout the city. The City of Kingston is one of many community organizations offering free activities during the month-long campaign.

During Kingston Gets Active, you can:

  • Try a new sport such as fencing, swimming, yoga, curling, cheerleading, kickboxing or skating.
  • Pick up a free Kingston Transit pass at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre to help you get to KGA Month activities.
  • Like Kingston Gets Active on Facebook to receive daily updates on free activities being offered.
  • Borrow a free Play Kit from the KGA Play Library.

The schedule of KGA Month activities and locations can be found online. Kingston Gets Active is an effort by Canadian Sport for Life Kingston, which seeks to improve the quality of sport and physical activity of Kingston residents.

3. Fall Programs Start in Williamsville – there are many organizations offering a variety of activities and programs in Williamsville, so why not check them out.

  • Kingston Archery Club – beginner lessons start September 24 http://kingstonarcheryclub.org/current-lessons
  • Kingston School of Art – programs start September 19 http://www.ksoa.info/
  • YMCA – programming throughout the fall
  • Janati Yoga – still has community yoga at the M-Centre Farmers’ Market Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 until Thanksgiving. Fall programs also available
  • Taylored Training – fitness studio offers a three week trial
  • 5678 Dance Studio – term starts September 12

4. New Development Proposal for Williamsville

The City has provided notice of a new development proposal for Princess Street to stretch the whole block from Frontenac to Albert on the north side. Podium Development is proposing to construct an 11-storey building comprised of 456 units with 610 bedrooms (309 units will be bachelor apartments, the rest will be mostly two bedroom units with some a few one bedroom and some three bedroom units) with 132 parking spaces. There will be commercial space on the ground floor. There are a number of significant variances being requested. The parkland dedication land will be provided on the south side of Princess Street running from Albert Street to Taylored Training. Although not yet confirmed, it is anticipated that the public meeting for the project will be held on Thursday 6 October in the Council Chambers at City Hall. If you would like more details, go to the DASH website. Scroll down to Supporting Information to see all the consultant’s reports. The best one to have a look at is the Planning Justification/Rationale. If you have any problems accessing the material contact John Grenville (john.grenville@cogeco.ca) and he will send you a copy.

5. Town Hall with Councillor Jim Neill

Pencil in Thursday October 13 at Calvin park Library for this opportunity for an update from Williamsville’s Councillor.

6. Empty Bowls October 23

Martha’s Table 17th annual fundraiser is held at the University Club. Tickets are only $35 each – with admission you get to choose a one of a kind hand made pottery bowl, choose soup from at least 18 local restaurants, enjoy dessert and tea/coffee, silent auction room all surrounded by live music!

As always we ask that you support our Williamsville businesses and services.
The next meeting of the WCA working group takes place September 19. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.

Hot Summer Happenings

Yes it’s a hot one, and we hope that you are having fun, staying cool, and keeping safe through this summer. Here are a few items of interest and a request for volunteers.

1. August 21st – Picnic in the Park

The Williamsville Community Association is working with the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market to organize fun and games for all ages for Picnic in the Park. This event will be held on Sunday August 21st. Come and enjoy some fresh corn and watermelon with your friends and neighbours. There will be music plus all the regular market booths.

We need some volunteers to help with the games and to sit at our community table to tell people about our association. Please call Joan at 613 545-9862 if you have a couple of hours to spare to help out between 10AM and 1PM.

2. Official Plan Open House

Draft 4 is now available for review. There is an open house Wednesday August 10th at City Hall starting at 5:00pm and presentation on Draft 4 at 6:00pm.

“We continue to refine the Official Plan Update with input from the public and we want to show how that input has been reflected in this latest revision of this important, city-shaping document,” says Greg Newman, manager, policy planning. Get more information about the plan from the City’s website.

3. Construction at the M-Centre

If you have noticed something going on at the grandstand, here’s what’s happening. There is also some work happening around the barns.

The grandstands at the Memorial Centre are undergoing a facelift. Work to repair the concrete grandstands begins July 27 and take approximately three weeks. For safety purposes, construction fencing will be put up around the grandstands and that area of the facility will be unavailable for public use until the work is completed. The rest of the Memorial Centre remains open to residents. Memorial Centre is located at 303 York St. and is home to the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, held on Sundays during the summer months. Construction updates will be posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and online.

If you have any questions pleas contact Adam McCluskey, PMP Manager, Recreation Facilities Community Services Group City of Kingston

See this link to the Whig for an article on the work.

4. Age Friendly Project research

Can you help with this research? Do you consider your community AGE-FRIENDLY? If you have views on this question, and would like to be interviewed by a member of a research team from Queen’s University, please contact us:

  • By phone 613-533-6000 ext. 75641
  • By email 12jlc13@queensu.ca

The interview will take 15 to 30 minutes at a location and time which is mutually convenient for you and the interviewer.

Visit this website for more information about the Age-Friendly Communities – Friendly for Whom Project (The AFC Project).

5. Pedestrian Safety on Sir John A. update

The staff proposal will be presented and considered at the City Council meeting tomorrow evening. City Hall Chamber, 7:30 pm – 11 pm, Item N. For media coverage on the issue, visit the Whig.

See the documents associated with the proposal on the City website.

As always, please support our Williamsville businesses and agencies.