Williamsville Development

Spring has Arrived in Williamsville!

Dear Neighbours,

The Williamsville Annual Town Hall was held on April 12th. Ryan Leary, City of Kingston Senior Planner, Heritage, was the main presenter. His talk focused on Kingston history and recent efforts to inventory the built heritage resources in the Williamsville area particularly along the Princess Street corridor. Councillor Jim Neill and community organizations actively involved in our lives in Williamsville also made short presentations. Thank you to Pat Hodge for her work putting together this successful town hall.

There are several planning items that may be of interest to Williamsville residents.

1. May 2nd. City Council: Interim Control By-Law

Staff have considered the feedback received from the public, along with the merits, limitations and risks of using an Interim Control By-Law and recommend that an Interim Control By-Law in the Near Campus Neighbourhoods not be implemented at this time. Instead, staff recommend an alternative approach that includes short and long-term recommendations. The full report is available on the City’s website.

2. May 8th: Public Consultation

A public consultation session will look at options and receive input for closure of Napier Street, betw03een Brock and Mack. The meeting will be held on Monday May 8 between 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Winston Churchill School, 530 Earl St. For additional information go to the Napier Street Closure project page. Offer your comments by Friday, May 12 to Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager.

3. May 10th: Prestige Development

Councillor Jim Neill and developer Darryl Firsten invite you to the following meeting concerning a proposed major development in the WMSS area.

  • When: 6:30-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 10th
  • Where: M-Centre Front Foyer
  • What: Development introduction for Prestige Development at Nelson/Princess (former Keg site)
  • Who: ALL RESIDENTS WELCOME! Developers & their planner, City planners, Community members, District councillor

Agenda will include Q & A from floor to Developers & Planners & Councillor Neill.

Please invite your neighbours!

4. OMB Appeal 671 Brock Street

The community group opposed to the development of St Joseph/ St Mary school site have filed appeals to the OMB. They have formed the Sunnyside Neighbourhood Association and will be looking for support from everyone who is concerned about the proposed development and its implications for this Williamsville neighbourhood. For more information please contact John Clements.

5. Jane’s Walk: May 5th -May 7th

This year’s Jane’s Walks are an eclectic mix of the old and the new, of neighbourhoods and campuses. Imagine the war ships that were built on RMC’s grounds, once the dockyard of the Royal Navy. As you walk along Bagot St. hear the oral histories recorded by the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project. Discover the historic neighbourhoods of Barriefield and Kingscourt with current residents as your guide. Explore the site of the old Morton brewery that has become a modern arts hub for the city and Queen’s, encompassing the Tett Centre and the Isabel.

More details of the walks, start times, accessibility and start location can be found on the Jane’s Walk website. The walks are free and take place Friday May 5th, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th mornings and afternoons, rain or shine.

6. The Farmers’ Market at the Memorial Centre

Every Sunday on the grass 9AM to 2PM. For more information, please visit the Market’s Facebook page.

  • May 7: Grand Reopening, featuring live music by Bobby Smith, crafts and activities celebrating spring.
  • May 14: Mother’s Day Picnic, featuring crafts, music by Kitchen Gypsies and treats for mom. Representatives from the YMCA’s Youth Recreation and Summer Camp will lead activities for children.

7. Friends of the Memorial Centre

The Kingston Memorial Centre is an active, living, historic legacy that has benefited Williamsville residents for generations. We are looking for help and ideas from interested locals who want to see it sustained and preserved. We invite your input.

Friends of the Memorial Centre is a committee of neighbourhood folks who are working to:

  1. Communicate with both Council and city officials about the monitoring of current maintenance issues at the facility and then by lobbying for regular and reliable grounds upkeep.
  2. Collaborate with the Kingston and District Agricultural Fair and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market on projects of mutual interest.
  3. Assist with the creation and implementation of any new ideas and projects that Williamsville residents would like to see happen at the site.

Contact: Richard Gold, chairman and current spokesperson for “the Friends”

If you are also interested in being on our committee’s e-mail list, please contact us about that as well.

Please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and activities in our neighbourhoods and community.

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.

Hot Summer Happenings

Yes it’s a hot one, and we hope that you are having fun, staying cool, and keeping safe through this summer. Here are a few items of interest and a request for volunteers.

1. August 21st – Picnic in the Park

The Williamsville Community Association is working with the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market to organize fun and games for all ages for Picnic in the Park. This event will be held on Sunday August 21st. Come and enjoy some fresh corn and watermelon with your friends and neighbours. There will be music plus all the regular market booths.

We need some volunteers to help with the games and to sit at our community table to tell people about our association. Please call Joan at 613 545-9862 if you have a couple of hours to spare to help out between 10AM and 1PM.

2. Official Plan Open House

Draft 4 is now available for review. There is an open house Wednesday August 10th at City Hall starting at 5:00pm and presentation on Draft 4 at 6:00pm.

“We continue to refine the Official Plan Update with input from the public and we want to show how that input has been reflected in this latest revision of this important, city-shaping document,” says Greg Newman, manager, policy planning. Get more information about the plan from the City’s website.

3. Construction at the M-Centre

If you have noticed something going on at the grandstand, here’s what’s happening. There is also some work happening around the barns.

The grandstands at the Memorial Centre are undergoing a facelift. Work to repair the concrete grandstands begins July 27 and take approximately three weeks. For safety purposes, construction fencing will be put up around the grandstands and that area of the facility will be unavailable for public use until the work is completed. The rest of the Memorial Centre remains open to residents. Memorial Centre is located at 303 York St. and is home to the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, held on Sundays during the summer months. Construction updates will be posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and online.

If you have any questions pleas contact Adam McCluskey, PMP Manager, Recreation Facilities Community Services Group City of Kingston

See this link to the Whig for an article on the work.

4. Age Friendly Project research

Can you help with this research? Do you consider your community AGE-FRIENDLY? If you have views on this question, and would like to be interviewed by a member of a research team from Queen’s University, please contact us:

  • By phone 613-533-6000 ext. 75641
  • By email 12jlc13@queensu.ca

The interview will take 15 to 30 minutes at a location and time which is mutually convenient for you and the interviewer.

Visit this website for more information about the Age-Friendly Communities – Friendly for Whom Project (The AFC Project).

5. Pedestrian Safety on Sir John A. update

The staff proposal will be presented and considered at the City Council meeting tomorrow evening. City Hall Chamber, 7:30 pm – 11 pm, Item N. For media coverage on the issue, visit the Whig.

See the documents associated with the proposal on the City website.

As always, please support our Williamsville businesses and agencies.

It’s Summer

Yes, summer is here and there are lots of things that need attention, but most of all it’s a time for fun, family and some relaxation. There are a few things upcoming for Williamsville that you may wish to take note of:

1. July 6 – Richardson Stadium Revitalization

There is a Richardson Stadium revitalization information session happening on July 6 as part of Queen’s ongoing consultation and outreach process. Members of the project team will be on hand to provide an update to the community on the construction of the stadium and to answer any questions or address concerns about the project.

The information session takes place Wednesday, July 6 at 6 pm in room 101 of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building at 28 Division St. Further information is available on the Richardson Stadium revitalization website.

2. July 10 – M-Centre Market moves to the grass

Yes, starting Sunday the market will locate in the lush shade of the grassed area in front of the arena building. Check their Facebook page for updates and events and happenings.

3. Parking Ratios for New Developments

The City of Kingston invites local builders and residents to a meeting on proposed updates to parking ratios for building projects in the Williamsville Main Street, downtown and harbour areas and the Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw. Two meetings take place:

  • Wednesday July 13th from 1 pm in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Thursday July 14th, 9 am in Meeting Rm C, INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.

“Because the City wants to continue to encourage intensification in its core, we need to find a fair way to address the potential parking demand associated with greater use of our downtown and Williamsville areas,” says Marnie Venditti, senior manager, client relations and development services. Builders are required to supply a certain number of parking spaces for a site under development. The proposed updates outline suggested parking ratios that are appropriate for the types of redevelopment expected in these areas and reflect active transportation options, such as transit, cycling and walking. The updated parking ratios will provide a basis for an updated Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw and offer an additional opportunity for builders to meet the number of parking spaces required for their building site. The City’s planning division and transportation services department have been working with the consultant MMM Group to finalize the proposed updates to the bylaws which will change a number of the parking ratios required by City zoning and expand the City’s Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw’s scope and area.

An information report on this effort will go to the planning committee at its July 7 meeting.

Marnie Venditti, MCIP, RPP
Senior Manager, Client Relations & Development Services
Building Planning and Licensing Services

4. City still seeks input on upgrades to Memorial Centre and Third Avenue playgrounds

The meeting is over but you can still provide input by email. Send comments by email to Laurie Paquin by July 15.

Concept plans are on the City’s website.

Information on Third Ave and other parks – just scroll down to Memorial Centre Park or whichever park you would like to find out about.

Please note that all the existing playground equipment at the M-Centre will stay, but may be moved to add the proposed new structures.

As always, please continue to support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and organizations.
The next meeting of the WCA takes place July 18th. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.

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.

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


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.