Municipal Plans and Proposals

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.

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.

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

Summer

Dear Neighbours,

We hope that you are enjoying these summer days and nights and taking advantage of all the events and activities on offer. Here are a few bits and pieces going on in and around Williamsville.

1. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

August 9th: 11AM (rain date August 16) Queen’s Barefoot Players present “All the Stage is a World !” This a family show.

August 23: Picnic in the Park! Corn roast,Watermelon, Games and a family performance by Gary Rasberry. The Williamsville Community Association is looking for volunteers to help with the children’s games for about an hour . Please email joanbowie@cogeco.ca for details.

And don’t forget Yoga in the Grass every Sunday at 10am with Janati Yoga

More special market events are listed here.

2. Victoria Park Upgrade

Concept plans can be seen at this link, although comments are officially closed, the city is still happy to receive input. According to a city media release July 21st:

Consultations on a plan to redesign the central area of Victoria Park continue and a final plan is expected to be posted online later this summer. The project proposes to replace the wading pool with a new spray pad feature and expand the public gathering areas as well as reconstruct the basketball and tennis court. The park revitalization works are expected to be complete in 2016.

3. Official Plan Review Update

The City is hosting a public open house on August 5th from 5 to 8pm at the Tett Centre where “Members of the public are invited to review the 5 Year Update to the Official Plan and provide their comments. Learn about the changes that have been made, view displays about the Official Plan, and talk to staff. Presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m.” The first draft can be viewed here.

Online commenting takes place until August 16, 2015.

4. A couple of interesting and fun community events not in Williamsville

Really, Really Free Market! : August 9, Sunday, 12 – 3 PM, at Douglas Fluhrer Park (rain location, 75 Queen St) A RRFM is a place where all things are free (no trade, no barter, no money)! Bring stuff to give away (not necessary), take stuff you need.

Why a really, really free market? Because while the “free market” benefits big corporations, the “really, really free market” benefits the rest of us. And because as a community we have many more resources than we do as individuals. All are welcome, please bring your kids and friends! Also snacks and games.

Contact: sayyida.jaffer@gmail.com

Loving Spoonful’s 3rd Annual Food Fiesta: August 20, Thursday, 5 PM – 8 PM, Lake Ontario Park Pavilion, 920 King St. West. This is a fund raiser, by donation, with a wide variety of local restaurants, bakeries, suppliers serving foods of various kinds.

Contact: Phone: 613 507-8848 Email: info@lovingspoonful.org

The next monthly Williamsville Community Association working group meeting is Monday August 17th, If you are interested in attending please contact us.

Williamsville Town Hall Meeting: April 20, 2015

Sue Bazely, co-chair of the Williamsville Community Association, welcomed those present and provided an introduction. She referred to our Mission Statement on view and called attention to the logo designed by local artist, Nancy Douglas.

WCA INTRO AND REVIEW OF YEAR’S ACTIVITIES

Sue Bazely reviewed activities during the past year that included:

  • A reference to the BIG FIRE at Princess and Victoria Sts. noting that there continue to be concerns re the damage caused by the fire and consequent costs. She noted that the Fire Marshal’s Report is long overdue.
  • Involvement with Queen’s University included input from Catherine Wright, Queen’s AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner, who attended our Planning Group meetings and provided information re the naming of the University District, observance of by-laws, garbage collection, recycling and housing. Ariel Gonzalez took over from Catherine Wright as the new Municipal Affairs Commissioner and was a valuable liaison with Queen’s as he provided much to our meetings. John Grenville and Joan Bowie of the Williamsville Association Planning Group attended meetings and provided in put re the Queen’s Master Plan. They also interact with Queen’s through the Near Campus Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee.
  • Involvement with Williamsville Business Owners continues to be a priority. Meetings were arranged with KEDCO and with DOWNTOWN KINGSTON BIA to discuss ways and means of involving business owners who suffered through a long summer of street disruptions due to sewer and water supply improvements.
  • Association Membership with a fee of $10 was presented and endorsed at the Town Hall Meeting in April 2014. Recruitment of members is ongoing and we are looking for someone to serve as membership secretary.
  • Planning for Fall, Fun, Fit’n Food Event on September 13 this year with Joan Bowie looking for sponsors and participants. Last year’s event took place in a heavy downpour but the activities took place and we thank Joan Bowie for her hard work as she got quite wet but continued to sell tickets for prizes.
  • Development Watch Activities with leadership from John Grenville resulted in a lobbying effort directed to our City Councillors with regard to a high density purpose-built development proposed for 495-513 Frontenac St. The Councillors turned the development down but there is a May Ontario Municipal Board hearing filed by developer Jay Patry.
  • Involvement with Other Community Groups is a priority with our Association and we welcomed members of SAVE OUR SCHOOLS and THE AGRICULATURAL ASSOCIATION to a June Meeting. A joint meeting in December was held with the SYDENHAM DISTRICT ASSOCIATION and we are also in contact with THE KINGSCOURT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. A future meeting with all community associations is planned to co-ordinate our activities.
  • Jane Jacob’s Walks will take place on May 2 and 3 with walks happening in McBurney Park on Bagot St., Barriefield Village, the Inner Harbour and the Memorial Centre. John Grenville was thanked for taking the lead in co-ordinating the walks. The website for Jane’s Walks can be found here.
  • Memorial Centre Farmers’Market continues to thrive and attract more Kingstonians wanting to buy locally grown food. The new season begins on May 13, Mother’s Day. Joan Bowie is now on the Farmers’ Market Board of Directors taking over from Sue Bazely.

MEMBERSHIP

Pat Hodge, co-chair of the Association, spoke to the merits of paid memberships in the Association citing the need for the financial ability to pay rental costs for our Town Hall meetings, the need for money to put on more and enhanced community activities such as the Fall, Fun, Fit’n Food Event, and the need to fund possible involvements in Ontario Municipal Board hearings in order to maintain our stable neighbourhoods.

Some funding is also needed to help Williamsville Princess St. business owners to come together to form a united body in order to strengthen and market these businesses.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Kid’s Triathlon: Jason Trueman spoke about the Kid’s Triathlon, June 20th, Memorial Centre, 303 York St. for kids, 4-13 yrs. He mentioned the closing of Nelson St. except for local traffic in order to keep kids safe. Police will be in attendance as well as many volunteers. It is hoped this will be an annual event. Registration is on now.
  • Farmers’ Market: Joan Bowie spoke of the Market’s Opening on May 10 from 9 am to 2 pm. There is an increase in the number and variety of vendors as well as an increase in those buying locally grown foods.

She is soliciting for sponsors for increased market events. Cycle Kingston will be at the Market on May 31

QUEEN’S AMS/ARIEL GONZALEZ, MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER

Ariel Gonzalez provided a PowerPoint display display that included the following headings;

  • The naming of the near campus neighbourhoods as the University District. Phase 1 has been in place for a year and has resulted in the dropping of the former designation as the Student Ghetto. Phase 2 extending the University District area will take place during the coming year and includes part of the Williamsville District.
  • The Neighbourhood Improvement Plan involves Marketing and Communications, Town Gown Relations, Sustainability, Student Housing and Community Safety.

Town Gown Relations included a successful Fall Queen’s Reunion that featured a street festival on Union St. This was largely judged to be a big improvement over previous Fall Reunions.

Sustainability included a Recycling Bin Giveaway, the AMS Busit Program, the Scramble Crossing at Union and University Avenue, a Greenovations Committee and a Bikes and Boards Shop.

Marketing and Communications included 112 new Street signs re the University District designation, the University District Facebook Page, Residence Posters, Orientation Week Address and Print Media

Student Housing included Housing Talks, University District Housing Website, a Housing Grievance Centre, Student Maintenance and Resource Team and University District Urban Design Study.

Community Safety included the University District Brite Program, Walkhome, Blue Light Messaging, SeQure App, and Holiday House Check.

There was interest in the SmartTeam doing neighbourhood clean-ups and some of those present indicated that they might like to sign up for this service.

Matt (didn’t get his last name), the new AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner, was present at the Town Hall and was invited to attend our monthly Planning Group meetings.

KEDCO’S NEW PLAN/DONNA GILLESPIE

Donna Gillespie, Marketing Manager, provided and spoke to a PowerPoint presentation of KEDCO’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 KINGSTON 20/20 with the goal of 5,000 jobs and $500 Million new investment.

  • now there is growth of about 600-700 jobs per year and $60M GDP growth
  • high growth potential: Agri-Business/Food Processing, Information Communication Technology, Defence and Security, R & D, Small Business, Green Chemistry, Healthcare, Tourism, and Innovation
  • existing sector strengths are: Food and Beverage, Government Services, Healthcare, Education, Logistics and Distribution, Chemicals, Small Business, Tourism and R & D.
  • KEDCO’s MISSION: Provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston’s unique assets to create jobs and investment in order to sustain, grow and transform Kingston’s economy to meet the needs of the 21st century. We aim to be one of Canada’s leading economies. (KEDCO Presentation Slides)

KEDCO’s Core Area of Focus are Business Marketing and Tourism Marketing and Development with Business Support Services provided.

KEDCO measures its performance with jobs created/retained, amount of new investment in Kingston, consultations and business assists, sales calls/company visits, economic impact of events and opportunities created.

In reply to questions re KEDCO’s role in striving to keep graduating Queen’s and St. Lawrence College students in Kingston, Ms. Gillespie replied that there is active liaison with both and that the ability to keep students here depends on jobs available.

There is interest in revitalization what is called the “old industrial area” and recognition of its potential.

CITY’S OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW/RACHEL QUITKAT/PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Rachel Quitcat of the City’s Planning Department provided a PowerPoint presentation:

  • the Planning Act requires a 5-year update of the City’s Official Plan and that involves:
  • the incorporation of past studies recommendations
  • engage stakeholders on issues and opportunities
  • enhance the Official Plan: orderly growth, good development, responsible conservation, continued prosperity and high quality of life to 2036.

Work completed and underway is taken into account and a Background Report will be presented to the Planning Committee on May 21.

Provincial Planning issues include: setting minimum density targets to promote compact development, new environmental mapping, climate change and natural hazards, promoting on-farm economic development and protecting cultural heritage and archaeological resources.

Local Planning issues include: continue revitalization and intensification, enhance urban design and innovative building design, protection for stable neighbourhoods, strengthen cultural heritage policies, strong guidance for converting employment land, planning for affordable housing, strong guidance for estate residential development, re-examine woodland mapping and policies and strive to be Canada’s most sustainable city.

There is a need for 24 more hectares of employment (industrial) land.

The Official Plan Review Process invites response from the community with the OP webpage update.

Ms. Quitcat responded to a question re the Williamsville Main St. Study to say that the Study is already implemented into the Official Plan. The by-laws are to be incorporated by next year.

PODIUM DEVELOPMENTS UPCOMING WORK/BERNARD LUTTMER AND OSKAR JOHANSSON

Architects’ drawings were on view showing the buildings to be erected at University and Princess St.

Bernard Luttmer said that they were pleased that City Council has given the development unanimous approval and construction is to begin in the summer of gateway landmark buildings. A new team of architects, Sweeny & Co. has been engaged as they specialize in integrating buildings into the community. Park space was shown with 343’ of frontage and an area of 8,000 sq. ft. Hope was expressed that the City might add to the park space.

Those present gathered to view the drawings and to ask questions. Reaction seemed to be favourable.

COUNCILLLOR JIM NEILL/QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Councilor Jim Neill praised Podium Development for their provision of significant park space. He said that too often money in lieu of park space ended up developing park space at sites other than that being developed.

In answer to a question re the decision concerning closure of KCVI and QECVI, he spoke of a plan B that would see QECVI developed as an education centre. (Since then, the Limestone Board of Education decided to build both an elementary school and a new high school on the QECVI site.)

He spoke favourably of the Council’s priorities and said that he expected more progress in comparison with the previous Council’s term that seemed to focus on projects with a lot of time spent on the casino issue and the district boundaries.

The Town Hall adjourned at approximately 9:30 pm.