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.