Nearly March Update

Dear Neighbours,

As we creep towards March, and hopefully spring, here are some upcoming items to be aware of:

1. Our Neighbourhood meeting Saturday March 1st. The following message is from Our Neighbourhood.
Development Crisis on Johnson Street
Many of you are aware of the Johnson Street development which City Council has approved for the north side of Johnson Street between Toronto and Macdonnell Streets. Five single-family homes will be torn down and replaced with 29 units with a total of 108 bedrooms. The City has approved this monster high-density development in a neighbourhood that is zoned for one- and two-family homes. Some of our Williamsville and Sydenham District neighbours have formed a group Our Neighbourhood to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

You can help by:
· Taking out a membership in Our Neighbourhood it’s only $20 (per household).
· Making a donation to Our Neighbourhood to help defray the costs of the OMB appeal.
· Attending a meeting of Our Neighbourhood on Saturday 1 March, 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Victoria and Earl Streets

· Attending the OMB hearing that will begin Wednesday 26 March at 10 a.m. in Kingston City Hall.
Please consider how you can help. This could happen in any neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood may be next.
Further information is available at www.ourneighbourhood.ca

2. Thursday March 6th Planning Committee – a new development proposal has come forward for 495-513 Frontenac Street, previously turned down by both the city and the Ontario Municipal Board. The public meeting for this development takes place at Planning Committee Thursday March 6th starting at 6:30pm at City Hall. This is the only chance for public comment to take place so please plan to attend. Even if you do not wish to speak, please attend in support of your neighbours. If you wish to receive additional details on the proposal please let us know.

3. Tuesday March 11th – Neighbourhood Meeting on the Big Fire Many questions about the big fire have been raised over the past two months. Councillor Jim Neill has organized a neighbourhood meeting for Tuesday 11 March 2014 at which City staff will be available to respond to questions. Put the date in your calendar.

When: Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson Street

4. Saturday March 15th Ham Dinner – Join our friends at St. Luke’s for their Ham Dinner, 6:00pm at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson St. Reserve your tickets early only $15 per person. Call 613-542-5501 Monday to Friday 9am to noon.

5. Williamsville Princess Street Reconstruction – If you drive along Princess Street you will have noticed that there are things happening. Preliminary work is taking place with exploratory test pits and new traffic lights at Macdonnell and Concession Streets. The main work will be phased starting with the intersection of Princess and Macdonnell possibly in March. During this period, the official detour route will be Concession – Alfred. Once the Princess & Macdonnell intersection is complete, the work will move west to 800 Princess, at which time the official detour will be Concession – Macdonnell. Work will then proceed from Bath Rd to Regent St. followed by the section between 800 Princess and Regent. Additional work is expected to take place on Tower and Drayton Streets. The sections on Frontenac and Albert Streets should occur in 2015, unless weather permits earlier.

Timelines are weather dependant – Macdonnell to 800 Princess – to mid-March
– Bath to Regent – to end of April
– 800 Princess to Regent – after these

For further information or if you have questions please contact Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703 or 613-328-2509 or email dochej@cityofkingston.ca

6. Sunday May 11th – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Opening Day – the moment you have all been waiting for! Yes, the farmers’ market returns to the M-Centre every Sunday to the end of October 9:00am to 2:00pm. Bet you can’t wait to go where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

Finally – if you have any concerns in Williamsville or even broader city issues contact your Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill at jneill@cityofkingston.ca or call 613-544-2465.