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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

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.