Nearly Spring Update

Dear Neighbours,

Spring is nearly upon us, the days are getting longer and there is lots coming up. Here are a few things regarding our Williamsville community and the broader Kingston community – please read to the end.

1. March Break at Kingston School of Art & More
March Break Art Camp at the Kingston School of Art is a fun week of creativity and friendship! In an enthusiastic environment, your child will have the opportunity to explore a variety of art medium including drawing, watercolours, acrylic painting, collage, printmaking, storytelling and illustration. Children will create fun art projects to keep them busy during the whole week. You can see their beautiful projects at the end-of-week art exhibition. 5-12 year olds. Single days $55.00 each or Full Week $250.00

Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 15, 2013, 9:00am – 4:30pm (Drop off – 8:45am)
Friday, March 22, 7 p.m. Free movie night at the Kingston School of Art. Join us for part 3 of the Great Courses series on the Louvre and its collections. This episode will cover some of the French artists whose work is in the Louvre. The series concludes at the end of April with a look at more French artists and their works.

Weekend Art Workshops at the Kingston School of Art, plus ongoing art courses for adults and youth, starting at frequent intervals. Check the webpage for details. www.ksoa.info

KSOA Kids Summer Art Camps: Your child will enjoy the creative experience of working in many art mediums as well as a fun filled day of games, outdoor activities & field trips (weather permitting). Weekly from July 2nd to Aug 30th 2013. Single days $55.00 each or Full Week $250.00

2. Kingston Bike Summit & Other Cycling News
Cycling in Kingston Public Forum – Monday, March 18, 2013, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Press Lounge at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.
Come provide your input on improving cycling in Kingston. Listen to renowned speakers talk about cycle-friendly initiatives in other communities.
No registration required.

More information is available on www.sharetheroad.ca/kingston-bike-summit-s16338

Bike Summit – Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:00 am 4:30 pm in Wallace Hall, John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), Queen’s University
In August 2012, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition awarded Kingston a Bronze Level award as part of its ‘Bike Friendly Communities’ program. To help Kingston work towards achieving a Silver level award, the Bike Summit will bring together community stakeholders in a discussion on how to improve cycling in Kingston.

The Summit offers a chance for community stakeholders to come together to build capacity, leverage relationships, and facilitate conversations around cycling in Kingston. This is an opportunity for members of Council, City employees, Tourism Kingston, Kingston Police Force, cycle advocates, bike retailers, area businesses, educational institutions and various community stakeholders to come together and learn about:
best practices,
inspiring success stories,
ongoing projects, and
provincial initiatives.

Lunch and a light breakfast will be served.
Full agenda and registration details are available at: www.sharetheroad.ca/kingston-bike-summit-s16338
3. Earth Hour Saturday March 23 – what are you doing? – perhaps a candlelit dinner or board game, a get together with friends, whatever you do, turn everything off and go dark between 8:30 and 9:30pm. Check the Earh Hour website at http://earthhour.org/WWF for ideas or head downtown for:

Kingston Unplugged Saturday March 23, 6:30 to 9:30 at the Market Square
Join Kingstonians celebrating Earth Hour together while raising awareness of environmental issues. The sixth Annual Kingston Unplugged Concert invites residents to enjoy performances by local artists, appearances by engaging speakers, sustainability displays, vendors and more; all at no cost and powered by solar and wind charged batteries. 

4. Williamsville General Town Hall Meeting in May –  planning is underway so please watch for further details on date, location and agenda.

5. Memorial Centre Market is gearing up to start in the spring. Watch for further details on the start date.

6. Princess & Victoria Development update – this development was recommended by the City planner and Planning Committee and approved by Council in early March despite the serious concerns raised by many neighbours –

http://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/154902/PLN_A0413-13030.pdf/f2c8a6ba-8b1e-4597-9d09-4a80176a4ee2
Councillors Jim Neill and Liz Schell moved a motion that the Site Plan stage (normally a staff process) be held at Planning Committee due to the many concerns raised by neighbours and Williamsville residents regarding adherence to the Williamsville Main Street Study. Many Williamsville residents and property owners participated in the study and this will be the first major development to take place in Williamsville since the plan was adopted by Council. No date has yet been set for the Site Plan to come back to Planning Committee.

7. Proposed District Boundaries Re-alignment – new boundaries based on population distribution are being discussed. Several possibilities have been outlined, but the staff recommended option would see Williamsville be joined with Kingscourt to the north of us. We feel that it is important to keep the main street intact within one district so that the Williamsville Main Street Study will remain relevant.

8. City’s proposed Parkland By-Law – FYI: http://www.cityofkingston.ca/cityhall/committees/planning/agendas.asp This promises to reduce parkland requirements in the downtown in order to encourage development – and may have a profound effect on park space and park use in Williamsville.

Having trouble accessing any City report or any City info? Contact the clerk’s office.