Community Meetings

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.

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.

Late Spring Update

There are several items coming up in the next few weeks that may be of interest from parking and pedestrian crossings to strawberry socials and archery. Please take a look and see what interests you concerning Williamsville.

1. Wednesday June 15th – On-Street Parking Program Public Information Session

The City is hosting an information session about on-street parking concerns and program options within the Williamsville area next Wednesday, June 15th at 6pm in the auditorium of St. Luke’s Church at 236 Nelson Street. City staff are aware of some of the parking concerns faced by residents in the area, primarily related to non-resident use of the on-street parking supply, raised by residents and the WCA last fall. Please attend this meeting to learn more about the program and provide input on the parking concerns that you have in the area. See the map of the area under consideration (Princess, Macdonnell, Concession, Division) and if you cannot attend you can email comments to Ian Semple, transportation service development manager at isemple@cityofkingston.ca or call 546-4291 ext. 2306.

2. June & July – Free Workshop to Manage Home Drainage

Learning how storm water and rainfall should be handled on a property can help conserve water and reduce the risk of water damage, while helping to protect neighbours from basement flooding and sewage back-ups. Utilities Kingston invites homeowners to participate in a free workshop to help them manage excess water on their property and prevent basement flooding, and comply with the City of Kingston’s “Sewer Use By-law”. Register today using the online form.

Have standing water on your property? Notice your sump pump running frequently? The Everything Drainage workshop is for you. It’s also for homeowners who would like to make every raindrop count to conserve tap water.

You will learn:

  • Home Drainage 101
  • Simple, do-it-yourself drainage solutions
  • About the Preventative Plumbing Program – the popular financial assistance program to help homeowners install plumbing measures that reduce the risk of sewage back-ups and basement flooding
  • How to manage standing or excess water using landscaping and rainscaping techniques

The three-hour workshop, offered at the times below, takes place at the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden, 1211 John Counter Blvd.

  • Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m.

To register, use our quick and easy-to-use online form or call 613-546-0000 and say ‘conservation’.

3. Pedestrian Safety While Crossing Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard

Concerns have been raised about the lack of safe pedestrian crossings between Bath Road and Johnson Street. The recently formed Sir John A Macdonald Safety Working Group has been meeting and discussing the issue with councillors for Williamsville, Portsmouth and Sydenham Districts and city staff. An online petition has been organized and outlines the details of the concerns. The working group, made up of residents from Williamsville, Portsmouth and Sydenham, would appreciate neighbourhood support to help bring about a solution. Please go to the working group’s webpage for more information and to sign the petition.

4. St. Luke’s Strawberry Social Wednesday June 22nd

The social takes place at 236 Nelson St. at 6:00pm. Adults $8, children $4. Come enjoy fresh berries atop cake and ice cream. Plus the bake table features all kinds of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, as well as fresh picked berries for sale. Don’t miss out!

5. Summer Archery Lessons

Lessons begin July 7th to August 25th. If you’re looking for something fun to try this summer why not learn archery at the Kingston Archery Club. Eight one-hour lessons for beginners and advanced beginners at the indoor range at St. Luke’s 236 Nelson St. For more information and registration details go to the club’s website.

6. Skeleton Park Festival starts June 22nd

Skeleton Park Arts Fest and the concurrent MPNA solstice games are coming soon! Why not join our neighbours to the east?

The Festival will be held this year, June 22-26. The park starts getting busy on Friday, June 24, and the busiest days in the park will be Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. See the festival website to get yourself up to date with all the coming events. Be sure to check out the Friends of Skeleton Park portion of the website to see opportunities to contribute. Please consider contributing your volunteer time, or making a financial contribution to support this great neighbourhood event.

As always please support our local Williamsville businesses and agencies, and remember the market is in full swing Sundays 9am to 2pm at the M-Centre. You might even catch a bit of cricket!

The next working group meeting of the WCA takes place Monday June 20th. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.

Spring, or is it Summer, is Here!

Dear Neighbours,

Yes, looks like spring has arrived in full force and it is now more like summer. Here are a few events and activities that you may be interested in attending, supporting or participating in:

1. Kingston Transit Service Review

Community input will help shape the Transit Service Plan for the next five years. Your feedback is important so please complete the online survey as soon as you can. Closes May 27th, 2016.

2. M-Centre Playground and Victoria Park

If you are wondering what is going on with these two Williamsville park upgrades, here is an update from the city.

They hope to meet with the community in late June on both the Memorial Centre playground expansion and the Third Avenue Park playground renovation. The concept plans are coming together well. They should be able to provide a more firm date soon.

The Victoria Park renovation project is at the contractor selection phase. It is a very complicated project, taking much more time than anticipated, and the community is thanked for its patience. If all goes according to plan, construction should start late summer/early fall. Updates will be provided when available.

3. M-Centre Market

After a successful indoor winter market, the MCFM moved outside on May 8th for the season. The market has increased in size and scope with new vendors in both crafts and food including a couple of bakeries, a cider company and a chocolatier!

Over the season many fun and food events are planned including Local Food Week, The Zucchini 500, Picnic in the Park and the Burger Bash. Regular features such as yoga classes, live music, cooking demos and the kid’s tent are up and running. Please visit their Facebook page for details of what is happening each week. Official opening is during local food week June 12th.

4. Health & Wellness Opportunities

Seminars and classes in Williamsville at Taylored Training and Janati Yoga

Taylored Training Seminar Series

Join these Williamsville fitness studio coaches for insights into a variety of fitness and wellness topics. Each month Taylored Training hosts a seminar on a focused topic in the realm of health and fitness. Although conceived and designed for members, this series is available to the Kingston Community at a nominal cost. TT’s mission is to change the way people experience fitness and more importantly to educate and inspire our community! You can keep updated on monthly seminars available by checking their website OR their facebook fanpage

Upcoming seminars at 574 Princess St. at Frontenac:
June 25th 11am
Powerlifting, Strength Training, Bone Health and Empowering Women to be Strong! Presented by Vanessa Gigiuere M.Sc, NSCA – CPT

July (Date TBD)
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (you don’t have to just ‘deal with incontinence’) – You don’t have to just ‘deal with it’. Presented by Cassie Dionne PT, BPHE, MScPT

Janati Yoga

Offers free community yoga classes at the M-Centre Market from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. See them on the lawn from 10:00 to 11:00 am. For more info on Janati Yoga visit them at 16 Bath Road, unit 21 or their website

As always, please support out Williamsville businesses and agencies.

The next WCA working group meeting is June 20th. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.

May and More

Dear Neighbours,
There’s a lot happening in May in Williamsville and across the city so here is a list of events and activities you may wish to attend. And don’t forget about Mario Andretti on Thursday May 5th at Fielding’s Tire & Auto 10:45 to 12:30.

1. Official Plan Review Process

Open House: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5:00pm Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario Street The Open House will include an informal opportunity to review the revised OP schedules and policy sections followed by a presentation by staff (at 6:30pm) and an opportunity for formal input by interested members of the public.

Public Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30pm Council Chambers, City Hall 216 Ontario Street. A statutory public meeting will discuss the third draft of the OP.

2. Jane’s Walks – May 7th and 8th

Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Best known for her influence on urban studies and her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) Jane introduced the concepts of “eyes on the street” and “social capital”. Her grassroots efforts stimulated residents’ interest in their own neighbourhoods and precipitated a world-wide phenomenon of volunteer citizen-led tours. Come for a stimulating selection of tours on a variety of subjects throughout Kingston including at the Inner Harbour, Barriefield Heritage District, Williamsville Main Street, Old Sydenham Heritage District, the Insane Asylum and Church of the Good Thief.

Our own Williamsville walk takes place Sunday May 8th starting at 10:30am departing from 449 Princess Street next to Shopper’s at Division and ends at the water tower on Tower Street. Was there really a bridge across Princess Street at Alfred? Why are there so many empty lots? Why did the British military buy all of the land between University Avenue and Nelson? What developments have been approved and are planned for Williamsville Main Street? How long has there been a water tower on Tower Street? Where is the hamlet of Williamsville? Join the tour for an eclectic mix of information and an enjoyable walk up Princess Street with your neighbours.

3. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

– you know the outdoor season has begun when … opening day is Sunday May 8th at the M-Centre from 10am to 2pm. See you at the Market!

4. City of Kingston: Developing a Communications Strategy

– The City is hosting three public workshops (registration required) to gather input into a public engagement strategy that will guide when and how the City consults with you about City work.

For full details, go to the City’s website

5. St. Luke’s Ham Dinner

– on Saturday May 14th at 6pm head over to St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson Street, for a Ham Dinner. Tickets are $15 please call 542-5501 Monday to Friday before noon to reserve yours, advance sales only.

Events coming soon to nearby neighbourhoods:

Skeleton Park Arts Festival

The festival will be held this year, June 22-26, see the website to see what’s getting put together.

Vision For Kingston Meeting

Are high rises really the best solution for population densification in Kingston’s downtown?
Panel discussion followed by Q&A. Panelists speaking from a variety of perspectives include Helen Finley (Heritage Advocate), Prof. Robert MacDermid (York University Finance Specialist), Laurie Davey-Quantick (Downtown Business Owner), Christine Sypnowich (Chair, Coalition of Kingston Communities), Patricia Streich (Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning) and John LeBlancq (Design/Builder). IN ADDITION – Tim Soper has created an AMAZING SCALE MODEL with moveable buildings showing the effects of the proposed high rises on the downtown and how alternatives can work better. Tim will be available from 6 pm to share his model and answer any questions you might have.
Date: Wed, May 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Location: Wilson Room, Downtown Public Library, Johnson St.

Commuter Challenge Info Session, May 10

This year’s Commuter Challenge will take place June 5th to June 11th, 2016. The aim is to encourage individuals in the City of Kingston to take a more sustainable form of transportation (e.g., transit, cycling, walking, carpool) for their daily commuting to work – or play! As persons and/or employees track their active commuting on the National Commuter Challenge website they will be able to see the total kilometers traveled, litres of fuel saved and reduction in carbon footprint. The info session will help you:

  • get prepared for the Commuter Challenge,
  • network with other local Commuter Challenge champions,
  • maximize employee and individual participation, and
  • come away with innovative and creative ideas for the week!

Date: Tues, May 10th, 2016
Time: 8:30 to10:00 am.
Location: KFL&A Public Health Office, 221 Portsmouth Ave Kingston Ontario
Please RSVP to peter.bearse@kflapublichealth.ca by Fri, MAY 5, 2016

Kingston Community House, 99 York St.

Annual fundraising evening in association with the Domino Theatre – 12 Angry Men
Date: Wed, May 4
Time: 8 pm
Location: Domino Theatre
More info
Contact: Daniel at 343-989-0930, or daniel.beals@gmail.com.
Kingston Community House has a 30+ year tradition of offering an affordable central space for community members and organizations to meet and come together to learn, share, and grow. Find out more on their website.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group takes place Monday May 16th. Please contact us if you wish to come out and join the discussion.

Upcoming Events & News

Dear Neighbours,

If we all think good spring thoughts it will surely come – sunshine, a little rain, migrating critters and green buds. In the mean time …

1. Pancake Breakfast and more – Sunday April 10th 10am

Until supplies run out – at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market and Princess Street United, in partnership, 484 Albert Street. Adults $5 and $2.50 for kids. The market runs Sundays 10am to 2pm until May when it will return to the M-Centre. Come for live music, kids’ activities, produce, meats, hot food, preserves, handmade items.

2. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall Meeting – Monday April 18th, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Hosted by Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, 692 Princess St. – We hope you will attend to find out more about Williamsville and meet your neighbours.

  • 7:00 – Welcome & introductions
  • WCA – annual update summary
  • Retrospective of Williamsville Main Street Study – Greg Newman, City of Kingston
  • Rebuilding a business in Williamsville – Jennifer Brejak, Don Cherry’s Sports Grill
  • Project updates – Podium Developments
  • Q & A with your Williamsville Councillor – Jim Neill
  • 9:00 to ?? – Social after meeting

We hope to see you there!

3. Official Plan Review Open House

Two open houses have been scheduled for the month of April geared to raising awareness of the Official Plan and the revisions proposed in Draft.

Open House 1: Sunday, April 17, 2016 11:30am – 3:00pm Artillery Park Aquatic Centre 382 Bagot Street
Open House 2: Sunday, April 24, 2016 11:30am – 3:00pm INVISTA Centre 1350 Gardiners Road
The Sunday open houses will involve both an informal opportunity to engage with City staff and an opportunity to participate in activities including free public swimming and skating, City-building with Lego, a “visioning wall” (i.e., draw your future City), and an “Official Plan Passport” (i.e., visit OP information booths, get your passport stamped at each booth, and collect all stamps for your chance to win a one year City of Kingston Recreation Centres Family Wellness Membership).

The City is working to release a third draft of the Official Plan by April 29, 2016; a copy will be posted on the City’s website on or before this date and will be made available at 1211 John Counter Boulevard as well as several local libraries. An Open House to discuss the third draft of the OP will be held as follows:

Open House: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5:00pm Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario Street
The Open House will include an informal opportunity to review the revised OP schedules and policy sections followed by a presentation by staff (at 6:30pm) and an opportunity for formal input by interested members of the public. A statutory public meeting will follow the above-noted open houses to discuss the third draft of the OP.

Public Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30pm Council Chambers, City Hall 216 Ontario Street
For any questions feel free to call or send me an email to:
Greg Newman, MCIP, RPP Manager, Policy Planning City of Kingston
Tel: 613-546-4291 x 3289
Email: gnewman@cityofkingston.ca

4. Events at Princess Street United in April

Here are a couple of events hosted by Princess Street United Church 484 Albert Street that you can attend:

  • Saturday April 16 8:30am -12:30pm Spring Rummage Sale
  • Thursday April 21 Dessert and Card Party ~ Euchre and Bridge at 7:00 pm Tickets $8.

Other Reminders:

5. Bridge & Luncheon – Wednesday April 13th

Noon at St Luke’s Church Hall 236 Nelson Street. Tickets are $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to reserve a table.

6. Meet Racing Legend Mario Andretti – Thursday May 5th

Don’t forget to come out and meet him right here in Williamsville at Fielding’s Tire & Auto, your Firestone dealer, 900 Princess St. from 10:45am to 12:30pm

7. Jane’s Walk – May 7th and 8th

Walks will take place in a variety of Kingston locations.
Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Here’s a 1957 quote from her when living in New York:

“No one can find what will work for our cities by … manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.”

She later moved to Toronto where she lived until her death in 2006.
“You’ve got to get out and walk” underpins the annual weekend event, held in early May to coincide with Jane Jacobs’s birthday. But “walk” is interpreted liberally, as Jane Jacobs meant that one had to get around under human power. So bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other human-moved wheels are also welcome on some of the Jane’s Walks that people create.

This year WCA will be doing a walk of Williamsville’s Main Street, and there will also be walks in Portsmouth Village, historic Sydenham District, the Inner Harbour, Barriefield Village and more. See the website for details and stay tuned as walk details are uploaded – dates and times may change so please check regularly! Do you have an idea for a walk? Would you like to contribute to building community by creating a walk? If so, please follow the directions on the website.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group is May 16th. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Spring Time

Dear Neighbours,

Soon we welcome spring and people will spend more time outdoors in our Williamsville neighbourhood. We hope you will continue to enjoy what we have in our community and support our local organizations and businesses. Here are some activities and opportunities.

1. Bridge & Luncheon – Wednesday April 13th

Noon at St Luke’s Church Hall 236 Nelson Street. Tickets are $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to reserve a table.

2. Archery Lessons start April 16th

If you’ve ever wanted to try archery, you can do it right in Williamsville with the Kingston Archery Club. For details and registration go to http://kingstonarcheryclub.org/

3. Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall – Monday April 18th

Starting at 7:00pm hosted by Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill, 692 Princess Street near Victoria. Join us for:

  • A retrospective on the Williamsville Main Street Study – Greg Newman, City of Kingston
  • An update on Williamsville happenings in the past year – WCA
  • Rebuilding a business in Williamsville – Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill
  • Development plans update – Podium Developments
  • Q & A with Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill
  • Social time with your neighbours

Come out and enjoy an informative evening in the newly opened Don Cherry’s.
We encourage you to take out membership for 2016 at this time.

4. Meet Racing Legend Mario Andretti – Thursday May 5th

Right here in Williamsville at Fielding’s Tire & Auto, your Firestone dealer, 900 Princess St. from 10:45am to 12:30pm http://www.fieldingstireauto.ca/

5. Jane’s Walk – May 7th and 8th

Walks are taking place in a variety of Kingston locations.
Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Here’s a 1957 quote from her when living in New York:

No one can find what will work for our cities by … manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.

She later moved to Toronto where she lived until her death in 2006.
“You’ve got to get out and walk” underpins the annual weekend event, held in early May to coincide with Jane Jacobs’s birthday. But “walk” is interpreted liberally, as Jane Jacobs meant that one had to get around under human power. So bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other human-moved wheels are also welcome on some of the Jane’s Walks that people create.

In 2015, there were 5 walks in Kingston on Jane’s Walk weekend. You can still see them on the Jane’s Walk website at http://janeswalk.org/canada/kingston/ even though they were held last year. This year we will be doing a walk of Williamsville’s Main Street.

Stay tuned! The website will be updated as further plans firm up. But you don’t need to just wait for information from this e-newsletter or the website. Do you have an idea for a walk? Would you like to contribute to building community by creating a walk?

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

Continues indoors at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert, Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Great selection of local foods and crafts, entertainment and kids activities http://www.memorialcentrefarmersmarket.com/

The next Williamsville Community Association working group meeting takes place Monday March 21st. Please contact us if you are interested in attending and getting involved.

Williamsville 2016

Dear Neighbours,

We are well in to the new year and even passed Groundhog Day relatively unscathed. We hope you are getting out and about in this mild and snowless winter. Here is an update on happenings and a few things you may wish to get involved with.

1. Official Plan Review Public Meeting

Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 Special Meeting of Council (City Hall) starts at 6:00pm in Council Chambers. This is a reminder about the importance of this special ‘Public’ Official Plan Review Meeting which is being held by Council to determine the scope of the work to be undertaken in updating the current Plan. All are welcome to attend and also to make an oral or written presentation if you have particular concerns.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

The Market as made a successful transition to its indoor location in Princess Street United Church Hall (corner of Princess & Albert). The market runs Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm until end of April. Come out for fresh produce, prepared foods, and a variety of local products, entertainment and kids activities. http://memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca/

3. Williamsville Historical Chronology

The chronology can be found on the web at: http://archive.cityofkingston.ca/pdf/planning/urbandesign/Williamsville_HeritageChronology.pdf

Prepared by Dr. Jennifer McKendry as part of the Williamsville Main Street Study, it provides interesting details, maps and images on the history of our Williamsville community.

4. Coalition of Kingston Communities

The Coalition was initiated after the November Official Plan public meeting. Made up of 12 community associations and community groups, the Coalition is dedicated to improving the processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff, in order to further the well being of Kingston. The Coalition is currently focussed on improving planning processes and the 5-Year Official Plan Review. http://www.thewhig.com/2015/11/23/community-watchdog-groups-form-coalition

Members of the Williamsville Community Association were involved in developing a Planning Brief for the Coalition. Currently the number of people represented by the organizations involved in the Coalition is estimated at between 3,000 and 5,000. At this point more than 20 groups have expressed an interest in the Coalition. If you have an interest in the work of the Coalition please contact us for information on how to get involved.

5. Jane’s Walks

The Williamsville Community Association is once again taking a lead role in co-ordinating Jane’s Walks across the city for the weekend of May 7th-8th, 2016. The first planning session will take place soon. If you are interested in assisting with Jane’s Walks please contact us.

6. "Our Neighbourhood" Meeting

A General Meeting of the Our Neighbourhood group will be held at the Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, on Wednesday March 2nd at 7:00pm. For more info on Our Neighbourhood http://www.ourneighbourhood.ca/

7. Looking for fun healthy activities in Williamsville?

There are many opportunities for a variety of activities in Williamsville and the very close periphery of our community. Here is a quick list of some:

If you have others that you would like to suggest, please let us know.

8. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall

The town hall is scheduled for Monday April 18th, 2016. Details coming soon.

The next meeting of the WCA working group is Monday February 15th. If you would like to get more involved in WCA or attend the next meeting please contact us.

Update Mid-November

Dear Neighbours,

The fall is whizzing by and there are always things happening. Here are a few.

1. Saturday November 21st – St. Luke’s Variety Night

In celebration of 125 years in the Williamsville Community come one come all. Home grown amateur talent at its best. Saturday November 21st at 7:00pm at the Church Hall at 236 Nelson Street, at Princess. Free will offering at the door.

2. Thursday November 26th – Community Consultation on a Year-Round Farmers’ Market

Please join the staff, board and affiliates of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market for a community consultation process on Thursday November 26th at Princess Street United Church 484 Albert Street at Princess from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The main focus is to determine how to structure a year round farmers’ market.

  • What are the important elements of a year-round market?
  • What local products are needed at a year-round market?
  • What types of events could be held at a year-round market?
  • What are the most important elements of the location/space of a year-round market?

Please RSVP by Monday November 23rd to memorialcentremarket@gmail.comShape your market. Shape your Community.

3. Petitions

There are two petitions of concern in Williamsville.

Frontenac Street traffic calming

With the pending developments on Frontenac near Princess and on Princess between Frontenac and Albert, through traffic will increase in the immediate neighbourhood between Princess and York Streets and Alfred and Albert Streets during and after construction. This petition asks Kingston City Council to install an appropriate barricade on Frontenac near Jenkins Street to allow only pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact Sue Bazely at sue@bazely.ca or Dave Gauthier at dave@davegauthier.ca

Petition wording: Given that the Williamsville Main Street Study identifies Frontenac Street between Victoria Park and the Memorial Centre as a Green Street, and the Official Plan as “residential”, and given that the Frontenac Street development (495 to 513 Frontenac) was approved by the OMB, and given that this development and other pending developments in the immediate area on Princess Street will drastically increase the volume of traffic on local streets in the neighbourhood, particularly Frontenac Street between Princess and York Streets, Jenkins Street, York Street, Alfred Street and Albert Street, in the interests of increased safety, we the undersigned request that the City of Kingston eliminate through traffic on Frontenac Street between Princess and Jenkins but maintain pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access and immediate local traffic only through use of suitable barricades prior to any construction activity.

You can also sign on line at https://www.change.org/p/kingston-city-council-local-streets-are-for-local-traffic-not-construction-vehicles-5eabb0f2-f928-43ce-8ccb-995723eb722d?recruiter=429786242&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

St Joseph/St Mary school site

Closure of St Joseph/St. Mary school at Brock and Napier Streets provides a tremendous opportunity to expand Churchill Park. This petition asks the City of Kingston to purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact John Clements at jclements48@yahoo.ca

Petition wording:  Whereas Sunnyside neighbourhood has been identified as having one of the lowest amounts of parkland (hectares/population) in Kingston and

Whereas the Parks and Recreation Master Plan advocates the acquisition of parkland/open space in the urban core and with special consideration for the purchase of surplus school sites and

Whereas St. Joseph/St. Mary’s School has historically been part of the recreation/open space in Sunnyside and
Whereas Sunnyside and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen significant urban intensification, thereby increasing the number of residents:

Therefore, be it resolved that the City of Kingston purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site.

You can also sign on line at https://www.change.org/p/kingston-city-council-increase-neighbourhood-parkland-buy-st-joseph-st-mary-s-school?recruiter=429786242&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

4. Culture Talks – Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport

Kingston November 25 Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Malting Tower 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Join Jamie Kennedy (chef), Merilyn Simonds (author, editor).

5. Ontario’s culture strategy

People, passion and ideas – it’s what culture is all about.

But what does it mean to you?  Tell us about what you value — and how you would strengthen arts and culture to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities. Your ideas will help us design Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which will set a vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide support for the sector in the years to come. This is part of our Open Government commitment to engage citizens and gather public input before policies are made. In winter 2016, we will report back about what we heard, before posting a draft strategy for public input.

Join us at one of our town halls running October to December. No registration is required. These events will invite you to participate in inspiring conversations with local arts and culture personalities. There are three ways to participate: online through Culture Talks, in-person at a local town hall, or leaving a comment online on the discussion paper. https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-culture-strategy
The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association working group is Monday December 14th. Please contact us if you wish to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Neighbours,

We hope you are enjoying this glorious fall weather. Although the autumnal equinox has passed and the days are visibly shorter, there are many activities and events going on in and around Williamsville. Here are a few upcoming and ongoing to check out.

1. Sunday October 18th – Empty Bowls in support of Martha’s Table

Takes place at The Queen’s University Club. Tickets available at Martha’s Table. For details see the event’s website.

2. Victoria Park upgrade

Demolition of wading pool and small building now underway. New construction will take place in 2016.

3. Our Neighbourhood Meeting

Proposed meeting of the membership on Wednesday October 21st at 7:00pm (Location TBA) to discuss the second draft of the Official Plan Review, how it has addressed our concerns and options for any related action. (It has also been suggested that we discuss parking north of Johnson Street at this meeting.) An appropriate venue will be confirmed once we know how many of you wish to attend. Please email Rob if you plan on attending.

4. Thursday October 29th – Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill hosts town hall meeting

6:30 to 9:30pm at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert. Tentative agenda is dependent on city staff availability.

  • 6:30-7:30: Parking, Traffic, & Streets. Senior Staff will be in attendance to answer your questions and address your concerns.
  • 7:30-8:00: Parks & Park Enhancements. Again, Staff will be present. See the new design for Victoria Park! Learn ‘what’s next’ for Williamsville.
  • 8:00-8:30: Williamsville Main Street Developments. Planning staff will be present to answer your questions on upcoming developments as well as any Official Plan & Zoning questions you might have.
  • 8:30-9:00: Williamsville Community Association Report.
  • 9:00-9:30: Councillor Jim Neill Q &A.

5. Saturday November 14th – St. Luke’s Fall Bazaar & Luncheon

10:00am to 2:00pm with lunch from 11:00 to 1:00 for $7.00. St. Luke’s Hall at the corner of Princess and Nelson.

6. Starting November and through December – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

The market will moves indoor to the barns, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, every Sunday. Also the winter market will get underway from January to April. Stay tuned for more details.

7. City of Kingston Official Plan Review – is on to the next draft.

Over the summer, we released the first draft of the Official Plan for public input, and compiled several hundred comments, questions, emails, letters, and other forms of submissions on the draft content. Since then, we have been revising text, updating mapping, and developing new policy to reflect all the feedback we gathered during the first round of consultation.

From today, October 5, until November 5, 2015, we will have the second draft posted at www.cityofkingston.ca/OPUpdate and also available in hard copy for viewing at the Central, Calvin Park, Kingscourt, Isabel Turner, and Pittsburg branches of the Public Library. Viewing copies will also be available at City Hall and the 1211 John Counter Blvd offices.

Now is the time to have a second look at what we’ve proposed based on your contributions, and provide on-the-record comments and submissions.

To finish up this round of fall public consultation there will be an upcoming Public Meeting at the Planning Committee where we will be presenting the highlights of the changes to the Official Plan and you will also be able to ask questions and make comments. Details are listed below:

Public Meeting– Official Plan Update
Planning Committee 6:30 p.m. on November 5, 2015 City Hall.
Rachel Quittkat Manager, Projects Planning, Building & Licensing Services Community Services Group City of Kingston 613-546-4291 ext. 3282

8. Martello Alley Art Gallery

Although not in Williamsville (we are sure that they wish they were), this artist enclave at 203B Wellington Street is well worth a visit. Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm http://martelloalley.com/

9. Traffic calming on Alfred St

You have likely noticed the new speed humps and curb extensions along Alfred Street between Princess and Concession. You may also have noticed increased parking on Alfred Street, north of Princess and adjacent side streets. If you have questions or concerns regarding traffic calming and parking, make sure you attend Councillor Neill’s town hall meeting on October 29th.

The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association Working Group takes place October 26th. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents
www.williamsville.ca