Williamsville Development

Nearly Summer

Dear Neighbours,

There are several things to take note of for Williamsville, including a request for feedback and some upcoming events:

Expansion of the University District – We need your feedback

The City has received a request from the Alma Mater Society to implement Phase 2 of the University District signage and extend the northern boundary of the University District from Johnson Street to Princess Street in accordance with the map below. The Alma Mater Society is interested in comments from residents of Williamsville District where the expansion of the University District would take place. Further information is in this letter from the AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Matt Kussin where you can also find links to the map and other AMS initiatives.

By return email to Joan Bowie, could you indicate your thoughts. Some possible responses for your consideration:

  • I am in favour of the proposed expansion of the University District to Princess Street.
  • I think that the University District is a good idea but that it should remain as it is for now.
  • I am in favour of extending the University District north from Johnson Street to Brock Street
  • I have another idea __________________________________________________

Please send your comments by email to Joan Bowie at joanbowie@cogeco.ca Thanks

Mother’s Day opening was a huge success at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

The market, featuring all local produce and crafts, runs outdoors every Sunday 9 to 2 at 303 York St. As well as local food to take home, there is a food court, music and a children’s entertainment tent. For details of what is happening visit the market’s Facebook page.

Also located at the Memorial Centre this summer are cycling ambassadors who run a program to promote safe cycling. Sponsored by Cycle Kingston out of the Memorial Centre, they are running a Pedal and Paddle summer camp, which runs July 6 to 10 and again on July 13 to 17 and is for kids 12 to 14.

Cycle Week – June 1 to 7

To help celebrate Cycle Week the Williamsville Community Association, Cycle Kingston and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market are hosting “Bike to Market Day” on Sunday May 31st. This event will feature games and biking decorating for children in the area of the Farmers’ Market. Please check back to the Market Facebook page for more details closer to the date.

4.Victoria Park Revitalization Meeting June 3 at 7:00 PM

At St. Joseph/St. Mary’s School Gym (671 Brock St.). Join City staff and Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. as two design concepts for Victoria Park are presented. Come out and review the designs and offer your feedback on which design you would like to see built.

Kingston Kid’s Triathlon – Saturday June 20

Starting at 8:00am to noon at the Memorial Centre. For more info see the triathlon’s website or email ktownkidstri@gmail.com to volunteer.

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.

November Update

Dear Neighbours,

The municipal election is now over and Jim Neill was re-elected in Williamsville. If you need to contact Jim he can be reached at jneill@cityofkingston.ca

The weather is starting to change, but there are still a few warm days for walks and tidying up the garden, leaf pick-up is nearly upon us, and it looks like Princess Street and the other side streets are nearing completion for the season. Here are a number of events for November and early December:

1. Thursday November 6 – our neighbours in Kingscourt have a meeting in the QECVI library starting at 7:00pm

2. Saturday November 8 – St. Luke’s Fall Bazaar and Luncheon – from 10:00am to 2:00pm at 236 Nelson Street. Lunch is $7.00 per person for soup and dessert.

3. Sunday November 9 – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is in the Bennett Barn from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Continue to get locally grown fresh produce and locally made crafts. If you can spare a few hours the Market is looking for volunteers to help with set-up, at the info booth, and take-down. Please contact mcfm.marketing@gmail.com if you can help out.

4. Monday November 10 – Queen’s public consultation for Richardson Stadium revitalization takes place at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) starting at 6:30pm. Residents of Williamsville may be interested in attending as the stadium is very close to the west end of our district.

5. Wednesday November 12 – Our Neighbourhood is holding a general meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church at 263 Victoria Street at Earl.

5. Monday November 17 – Williamsville Community Association has its regular working group meeting. If you are interested in attending please contact us for details.

6. Saturday December 6 – Breakfast with Santa & St. Nick – 9:00am to noon at St. Luke’s 236 Nelson St at Princess. There will be a yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities, all free.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

More Fall Events

Dear Neighbours,

Summer is definitely in decline but we are hoping for some warm fall days (and evenings) so we can continue to enjoy outdoor activities. Here are a few things that are coming up:

  1. Sunday September 21st – Williamsville Fall Fun Fit & Food event at the Memorial Centre Market – join us for fun activities from 9am to 2pm including family yoga, drum circle, old fashioned races for kids, massage, historic walking tour of the M-Cente grounds, jujitsu and healthy food with the market vendors. Enter the draw for prizes from our Williamsville fitness and good food businesses including Taylored Training, Cycle Path, Janati Yoga, Health for Life Clinic and John’s Delicatessen.

10:00 Family yoga
11:00 Drumming workshop & circle
12:00 Old-fashioned races for kids!!
12:30 Memorial Centre History walk
12:30 Demonstration by Ju Jitsu Kingston

A day of community and wellness hosted by the Williamsville Community Association and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market.

  1. Friday September 26th – Hockey Night in Kingston – presented by St. Luke’s at the K-ROCK Centre. St. Luke’s Floor Hockey program will be featured at the Kingston Frontenac’s opening night game. We are providing tickets for our players.  There will be a reserved area for anyone from St. Luke’s or associated with St. Luke’s who would like to attend. Tickets are $14 each.

If you wish to attend, please call the church office 613-542-5501 to reserve your tickets no later than Tuesday 23 September at noon. Tickets will be available at the church office during business hours Thursday and Friday that week (Sept 25 and 26).

  1. Kingston municipal election is Monday October 27th – there are several mayoral candidates and district candidates events and all public are welcome to attend. Also below you will find info from No Casino Kingston Coalition on the ballot question and links on how to get on the voters list.
  2. A) Williamsville District Candidates – Monday October 6th, 7-9pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson and Princess. Meet Jim Neill and Ed Smith during a question and answer session with a moderator featuring several key issues as well as questions from the floor. Presented by the Williamsville Community Association.
  3. B) Kingscourt-Rideau District Candidates – Thursday October 2nd, 7:30pm at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School on 7th Avenue. Candidates Tom Gingrich, Kevin Holland and Mary Rita Holland have agreed to be present. The public is welcome to attend and ask questions of the candidates. Presented by the Kingscourt Community Association.
  4. C) Mayoral All Candidates – Wednesday October 8th, 7-9pm at Artillery Park Gym. Organized by Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour and McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association.
  5. D) Mayoral All Candidates – Tuesday October 21st, 7-9pm at Wallace Hall, Queen’s University. Presented by Queen’s Alma Mater Society. All are welcome.

A message from NCK Coalition regarding the ballot question:
Dear Williamsville resident,
The City of Kingston will hold municipal elections on Monday October 27 2014, with remote (telephone and internet) voting commencing on October 14th and advance polls open on October 18th. (Key Dates)

Attached to the ballot will be the following question:
Are you in favour of a casino being located in the City of Kingston? Yes. No.
No Casino Kingston has registered to campaign on this question, and we hope that you will help us. Our aims are to inform citizens of the negative impact a local casino would have on our community (the economic losses alone would be significant); to use candidates’ meetings, emails, and social and traditional media to disseminate this information; to promote voter turnout and ultimately to win the referendum by at least 60%.

We are excited to announce the launch of the campaign at the Fall Princess St. Promenade this coming Saturday September 20th from 10 am until 4 pm. Please stop by our booth and say hi!

If you’d like to assist with the campaign, you can let your friends and associates know that there will be a question on the ballot, and that our website www.nocasinokingston.ca has a lot of useful information (collected over the last two years) available. Other ways of helping include writing letters to the editor, speaking with/asking questions of nominated candidates, displaying signs and/or making a financial contribution to the campaign.

Cheques made out to No Casino Kingston can be sent to 36 Alma St. Kingston K7K 1J6.
Sincerely,
Anne Lougheed
Chair, No Casino Kingston

Are you on the VOTERS LIST? Your can view it on-line.
Find out more on eligibility to vote here.
To find out how to add your name to the voter list visit the City Website.
And don’t forget, if you are not on the list, but are eligible to vote you can go to the polling station on election day and present the correct identification as listed in above link, and VOTE! In addition Post-secondary students There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider your “home” to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in BOTH your “home” municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.

  1. Williamsville Community Association Membership – we are looking for a membership co-ordinator to keep track of members and accept funds. If you are interested in helping with this aspect or any WCA activity please contact us.

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

September is here!

Dear Neighbours,

Hope you are enjoying this last long weekend of the summer, and now that September is here there is lots to tell you about:

1. September 10th – St Luke’s – Bridge and Luncheon Wednesday September 10th at noon. To reserve a table call 613-542-5501 Monday-Friday 9am to noon, $10 per person. Also Beef Dinner Saturday September 27th 6:00pm. Adults $15, kids under 12 years $7. Please call 613-542-5501 to reserve tickets. Corner of Princess and Nelson.

2. Starting September 20th – Kingston Archery Club offers lessons at the indoor range (St. Luke’s basement). For details and registration see http://www.kingstonarcheryclub.org/

3. September 21st – Williamsville Community Association Fall Fun Fit ‘n’ Food event at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market. Join us for fun healthy demos and seasonal fresh produce. Don’t miss family yoga, drumming workshop, old-fashioned races, history walk around the M-Centre grounds, jujitsu, massage therapy and more. Starts 10am, detailed schedule to come.

4. Fall programming at the Kingston School of Art starts soon at the corner of Princess and Victoria. For details see www.ksoa.info

5. City updates that may affect Williamsville
Film Permits Issued: Communications has issued a filming permit on behalf of the City:
 Hand Made Media Inc. for this week’s filming of a music video for the Glorious Sons. The video will be shot, in part, in the Memorial Centre parking lot. The producers were interested in the barns as a backdrop. The shoot at the Memorial Centre takes place after operational hours and is a theatrical scene involving a parked car with two passengers inside. The City has been assured this scene will not involve music, noise or lights that would disturb neighbours. Other locations involved in this video include: the Kingston Drive-In, the Plaza Gentleman’s Club, the Kozy Inn and a private apartment on Brock Street. The City has reserved appropriate parking on behalf of the production.

Solid Waste:
2 untagged garbage bag collection:
Residents of Kingston will be entitled to place out curbside two untagged bags or containers of garbage for collection on their first collection day after the Labour Day holiday (Monday September 1st). Bags or containers of garbage must weigh under 22 kilograms (44 pounds) and be smaller than 135 litres in capacity.


Post-secondary student initiatives: With the return of students to Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and RMC, the Solid Waste Division will be participating in a number of events through the month of September in an effort to share information on the City of Kingston’s Solid Waste programs. Staff will be attending the Graduate Students Orientation (September 2) and the Sidewalk Sale (September 5) at Queen’s University and the Kingston Connect event (September 9) at St. Lawrence College. In partnership with the Queen’s University Alma Mater Society, recycling box giveaways have been coordinated for September 12, 15 & 16; students will be able to pick up new Blue and Grey recycling boxes from the corner of University Avenue and Union Street from 10 a.m. to noon on the above dates.

Utilities Kingston
Be Aware: Utilities Kingston does not Conduct Door-to-Door Sales
Utilities Kingston has received several calls from concerned customers who have been approached at their doors. These individuals falsely represent themselves as being affiliated with Utilities Kingston in an attempt to remove or change out water heater rentals, or access furnaces and air conditioners. We do not go door-to-door to rent water heaters and have not given permission for these companies to remove Utilities Kingston water heaters from customer premises. It is the customer’s responsibility to contact us before allowing another company to remove a Utilities Kingston water heater. Otherwise, charges may incur. Concerned residents can visit our website at www.utilitieskingston.com to learn what to do when approached at the door. For example, we let them know they always have a 10-day cooling-off period when signing a contract in their home. Residents should make sure to get a copy of the contract before the salesperson leaves their house, and review it thoroughly.

6. Williamsville District Candidates Meeting – Williamsville Community Association is planning a district candidates meeting for early October. Candidates Jim Neill and Ed Smith will attend. Details to follow. The municipal election is Monday October 27th.

7. Princess Street Reconstruction – is proceeding and we ask as always for your continued support of our Williamsville businesses through this final phase of the project.

Please note: A temporary water shut down is currently scheduled to take place on Wednesday September 3rd from 5 a.m. until noon. This shut down will impact properties on Princess Street between Nelson Street and Frontenac Street, and is required to complete work on the water main in the intersection of Princess Street and Albert Street. Properties that will be impacted by the shutdown will receive hand-delivered notice of the shutdown from Utilities Kingston a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Thanks, Derek Ochej City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator, (613) 546-4291 ext 2703 dochej@cityofkingston.ca

The next WCA working group meeting is September 15th. Please get in touch if you are interested in attending.
Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

Happy Summer

Dear Neighbours,

We hope you are enjoying the long summer days and warm evenings.

Frontenac Street – Please be advised that the Planning Department has recommended Patry’s Frontenac Street development for approval. It is on the Planning Committee agenda for their meeting on Thursday 3rd July at 6:30pm at City Hall. Although the public are not generally allowed to speak, a good attendance will illustrate the importance of this project to the neighbourhood and the district.

Please attend if you can.

Princess Street – re-construction project is continuing to move forward. Please support our Williamsville businesses.

M-Centre Market – Sunday’s from 9am to 2pm, see everyone there to enjoy local produce and crafts.

April is Here

Dear Neighbours,

Now that April is here, we are seeing an increase in activities, particularly outdoor. With so much happening, here are some things to to take note of:

1. Monday April 14 – Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall Meeting – starting at 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall on Nelson Street at Princess.

There will be two presentations, one by KEDCO and the second by Podium Developments, on their vision and ideas for our Williamsville Main Street. As part of this we will have a breakout session and opportunity to discuss issues and concerns. The agenda is as follows:

Agenda
7:00: Intros & welcome, WCA update, Membership presentation
7:30: KEDCO’s vision for Williamsville – Donna Gillespie
7:50: Podium’s plans for mainstreet – Bernard Luttmer
8:15: Breakout sessions
8:30: Report back on key items
8:40: General questions
9:00: The End

We hope you will join us for this opportunity to hear about what is happening in Williamsville and to voice your ideas and opinions.

2. Williamsville reconstruction schedule update – work has begun. Here is the most recent update from the City. If you are not on the update email list, please contact Derek Ochej at the numbers below or email dochej@cityofkingston.ca.

This is a friendly reminder from the City of Kingston Engineering Department that the first phase of the Williamsville reconstruction project will be starting on Monday April 7th. Below is the most current work schedule for the first phase of the project:

  • Starting Monday April 7th until late April the intersection of Macdonnell Street and Princess Street will be closed to traffic. Detours for Princess Street traffic will be set up at Drayton Avenue and Alfred Street. Local traffic for deliveries and customers will be allowed to pass through the detours to access businesses and signage will be placed indicating businesses remain open.
  • In late April, once work is completed in the intersection of Macdonnell Street and Princess Street, the intersection will be re-opened to traffic and the detour route will move from Alfred Street to Macdonnell Street. Crews will continue work on Princess Street between Macdonnell Street and the Medical Arts Pharmacy until mid-May before moving to the second phase of the reconstruction.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or phone (613-328-2509).

Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703

3. Road closures starting Monday April 7th – several in Williamsville and adjacent area.

  • Princess Street from Macdonnell to Tower Street until Tuesday June 24th
  • Palace Road from Carruthers Ave. to Park Street until Tuesday April 29th
  • Barbara Avenue from Division to Alfred Cr. until Tuesday June 17th

4. Contact info for 663 Princess Street (Victoria and Princess) – we have been advised that if you have issues with anything happening at the Princess and Victoria Street property, besides contacting the city, you can also contact on-site personnel at 613-246-3018 or kevan@stelmachpm.com.

5. Wednesday April 9th – St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon starting at noon at 236 Nelson Street. Only $10 per person. Call 613-542-5501 or 613-548-3096 to reserve your table.

6. Our Neighbourhood update – The following message is from Our Neighbourhood regarding the recent OMB hearing.

The key issue at stake during this Hearing was whether the policies of the Official Plan for the City of Kingston are sufficient to protect the stability of existing neighbourhoods throughout the City. The application under Appeal proposes to insert a high density residential building (at 118 units per net hectare) in the midst of the Sunnyside neighbourhood (Our Neighbourhood) which has enjoyed ongoing stability under the current A Zoning (at 30 units per net hectare) for the past 38 years. A decision to deny our Appeal (ie. approve By-law 2013-152) will confirm that the Official Plan needs amendment if it is to achieve one of its primary goals of protecting stable neighbourhoods.

We believe that the current Official Plan (prepared at an estimated cost of $10 Million), which conforms to both the 2005 and 2014 Provincial Policy Statements, contains a commitment to protect neighbourhood stability and guidelines to achieve City housing intensification targets through appropriate infill within neighbourhoods. The developer and the City argued that the Application was located in an area of transition while we argued that the area was stable and that the proposal constitutes a serious destabilizing influence. We also pointed out that, if the area is found to be in transition, an amendment to the Official Plan is required, presumably to establish guidelines for the type and intensity of anticipated new development. The City produced no credible evidence to demonstrate that the area is in transition while our evidence confirmed neighbourhood stability. We fail to understand why the City chose to stand with the developer at the Hearing instead of defending the Official Plan.

Great personal and financial cost has been occasioned by the supporters of Our Neighbourhood in doing a job which should have been done by the City. This is an area that needs the leadership of the Mayor and the strong support of the Planning Department to ensure the long term protection of neighbourhoods whose importance is clearly described in the City’s Official Plan.

Finally, it is puzzling that the media has chosen not to cover the Hearing despite being sent a daily summary of events.

We now await the Decision of the Ontario Municipal Board.

For historic and ongoing information related to the Johnson Street Appeal, including these News Flashes, please visit the ‘Articles’ tab on our web site at: www.ourneighbourhood.ca.

We sincerely thank all of you who have supported us with memberships and donations and request your further support going forward, as we have not yet raised enough to cover the costs incurred to date, especially if you have not yet contributed. Our Neighbourhood‘s membership base has continued to grow during the Hearing and we now have 142 individual members registered, from 92 households. Once we have confirmed our costs related to the OMB Appeal, and the amount raised through memberships and donations, we will hold a general meeting to discuss the way forward.

Rob Fonger & John Dixon

7. Kingston School of Art – spring classes begin mid-April. For more info and program details see www.ksoa.

8. Seeking input to proposed building code changes – from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding increasing number of storeys in wood construction.

Ontario CodeNews Issue 228 – Numéro 228 CodeNews


March 25, 2014


Proposed Amendments to the Building Code for Mid-Rise Wood Construction

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Building Code to permit the construction of up to six storey wood-frame buildings. The Building Code currently permits the construction of up to four storey wood-frame buildings.
MMAH is seeking your views on these proposals. Stakeholders and the public have until May 4, 2014, to submit comments on the regulatory proposal posted to the Ontario Regulatory Registry. Click http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=15462&language=en for more information on the proposed changes to the Building Code and to submit comments.

9. Porch Jazz – the annual Kingston Porch Jazz Parade is being planned to run through Williamsville on Sat June 21st. If you’re not familiar with the parade, check out the following links: http://kingstonjazzfestival.ca/event/porch-jazz/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN9_V7gwvLU. The Jazz Festival is looking for front porches on Chatham and York Streets. For more information contact Greg Tilson, Artistic Director, Kingston Arts Council www.artskingston.ca or greg@artskingston.ca 613-546-2787.

10. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – opens Sunday May 11th and runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm every Sunday. Come see your neighbours and friends at the market – where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

March Into April

Dear Neighbours,

There are a few items to take note of in the upcoming days and weeks. The next meeting of the WCA working group is Monday March 24th (tomorrow evening). Please contact us if you are interested in attending:

1. Temporary road closure to erect tower crane – please note that Victoria Street between Princess and South Bartlett will be closed on Tuesday March 25th and Wednesday March 26th between 7:00am and 5:00pm for Patry Inc. Developments to erect a tower crane. If you have any problems please contact Dan Franco of the city’s Engineering Department dfranco@cityofkingston.ca We understand the site has been released hence the work that is taking place. We also understand that the Fire Marshall has not yet finalised the report, however, it will not be a public document and can only be obtained through Freedom of Information.

2. Our Neighbourhood OMB hearing Wednesday March 26th The following message is from Our Neighbourhood.
Development Crisis on Johnson Street – consider attending the hearing

Many of you are aware of the Johnson Street development which City Council has approved for the north side of Johnson Street between Toronto and Macdonnell Streets. Five single-family homes will be torn down and replaced with 29 units with a total of 108 bedrooms. The City has approved this monster high-density development in a neighbourhood that is zoned for one- and two-family homes. Some of our Williamsville and Sydenham District neighbours have formed a group Our Neighbourhood to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

You can help by:
· Taking out a membership in Our Neighbourhood it’s only $20 (per household).
· Making a donation to Our Neighbourhood to help defray the costs of the OMB appeal.

· Attending the OMB hearing that will begin Wednesday 26 March at 10 a.m. in Kingston City Hall.

Please consider how you can help. This could happen in any neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood may be next.
Further information is available at www.ourneighbourhood.ca

3. Williamsville reconstruction schedule update – As you have likely noticed, crews have continued work on the service excavations throughout the first phase of the construction zone for the Williamsville reconstruction project. At this point in time, the contractor anticipates that the service excavations between Macdonnell St and the Medical Arts building will be taking place until early April.

Starting in early April, the intersection of Princess St and Macdonnell St will be closed as crews begin the complete excavation of the intersection for the sewer and water main replacements. While this intersection is closed, through westbound traffic on Princess St will be detoured at Alfred St, with eastbound Princess St traffic being detoured at Drayton Ave. This work should take three weeks to complete, with the intersection of Princess St and Macdonnell St re-opening to traffic in late April on a gravel surface. More details about the schedule for the surface restoration (concrete curbs, sidewalks, etc) will be made available in the near future.

Once the intersection of Princess St and Macdonnell St has re-opened, crews will continue work westerly on Princess St, between Macdonnell St and the Medical Arts building, with the road being completely closed to vehicular traffic. At this time westbound traffic will be detoured at Macdonnell St and eastbound traffic will continue to be detoured at Drayton Ave (see map below). Excavation work is anticipated to be completed in this section by early May, with the restoration of the surface to be completed afterwards.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or phone (613-328-2509).

Thanks,

Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator(613) 546-4291 ext 2703

4. Ongoing at the Window Art Gallery until March 30th – visit the group exhibition and sale from the Thousand Islands Fine Art Association. At Victoria St. at Princess St., Kingston. ON windowartgallerykingston.com 613-549-1528
Monday, Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 12 noon – 8 p.m.
For more info and program details see www.ksoa.info

6. Wednesday April 9th– St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon starting at noon at 236 Nelson Street. Only $10 per person. Call 613-542-5501 or 613-548-3096 to reserve your table.

7. Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall Meeting – is coming up on Monday April 14th, starting at 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall on Nelson Street at Princess. Agenda forthcoming.

Williamsville Reminders

Dear Neighbours,

Just a few reminders and some additional upcoming events

1. Tuesday March 11th – Councillor Jim Neill’s Town Hall – Councillor Jim Neill has organized a neighbourhood meeting for Tuesday 11 March 2014 at which City staff from Development & Planning, Building Permits and Property Standards, Parking and By-Law enforcement will be available to respond to questions. Please plan to attend.

When: Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson Street

2. Saturday March 15th Ham Dinner – Join our friends at St. Luke’s for their Ham Dinner, 6:00pm at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson St. Reserve your tickets early only $15 per person. Call 613-542-5501 Monday to Friday 9am to noon.

3. 493-513 Frontenac Street development proposal – The developer is proposing to tear down four houses and the former Keith Hay shop and build a five-storey, 76 unit building that will have 250 occupants. Neighbours are very alarmed by the plans. The Planning Committee meeting held March 6th was attended by about 50 people with 12 attendees making presentations outlining their concerns with what the plans for the property. The neighbours need your support. Letters can still be sent to Planner Karen Fraser at kfraser@cityofkingston.ca. Please let us know if you wish to receive additional details.

4. Wednesday March 19th Queen’s RAQ on Student Housing – Retirees’ Association of Queen’s is hosting a panel discussion “Queen’s Student Housing: Issues and Influences” with Brent Bellamy (General Manager, Kingston Housing Coop – Science 44 Coop), Laeeque Daneshsmend (Deputy Provost, Queen’s University), Sheldon Laidman (Acting Director, Planning & Development, City of Kingston) and a representative of the Alma Mater Society at Queen’s, chaired by Eleanor Rogers (School of English (Retired)).

Biosciences Building 116 Barrie Street Rm. 1103 starting at 7:30pm.

5. Window Art Gallery March 5th to 30th – visit the group exhibition and sale from the Thousand Islands Fine Art Association. At Victoria St. at Princess St., Kingston. ON windowartgallerykingston.com 613-549-1528
Monday, Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 12 noon – 8 p.m.
For more info and program details see www.ksoa.info

6. Our Neighbourhood OMB hearing Wednesday March 26th The following message is from Our Neighbourhood.
Development Crisis on Johnson Street
Many of you are aware of the Johnson Street development which City Council has approved for the north side of Johnson Street between Toronto and Macdonnell Streets. Five single-family homes will be torn down and replaced with 29 units with a total of 108 bedrooms. The City has approved this monster high-density development in a neighbourhood that is zoned for one- and two-family homes. Some of our Williamsville and Sydenham District neighbours have formed a group Our Neighbourhood to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

You can help by:
· Taking out a membership in Our Neighbourhood it’s only $20 (per household).
· Making a donation to Our Neighbourhood to help defray the costs of the OMB appeal.
· Attending the OMB hearing that will begin Wednesday 26 March at 10 a.m. in Kingston City Hall.

Please consider how you can help. This could happen in any neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood may be next.
Further information is available at www.ourneighbourhood.ca

7. Wednesday April 9th – St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon starting at noon at 236 Nelson Street. Only $10 per person. Call 613-542-5501 or 613-548-3096 to reserve your table.

Nearly March Update

Dear Neighbours,

As we creep towards March, and hopefully spring, here are some upcoming items to be aware of:

1. Our Neighbourhood meeting Saturday March 1st. The following message is from Our Neighbourhood.
Development Crisis on Johnson Street
Many of you are aware of the Johnson Street development which City Council has approved for the north side of Johnson Street between Toronto and Macdonnell Streets. Five single-family homes will be torn down and replaced with 29 units with a total of 108 bedrooms. The City has approved this monster high-density development in a neighbourhood that is zoned for one- and two-family homes. Some of our Williamsville and Sydenham District neighbours have formed a group Our Neighbourhood to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

You can help by:
· Taking out a membership in Our Neighbourhood it’s only $20 (per household).
· Making a donation to Our Neighbourhood to help defray the costs of the OMB appeal.
· Attending a meeting of Our Neighbourhood on Saturday 1 March, 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Victoria and Earl Streets

· Attending the OMB hearing that will begin Wednesday 26 March at 10 a.m. in Kingston City Hall.
Please consider how you can help. This could happen in any neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood may be next.
Further information is available at www.ourneighbourhood.ca

2. Thursday March 6th Planning Committee – a new development proposal has come forward for 495-513 Frontenac Street, previously turned down by both the city and the Ontario Municipal Board. The public meeting for this development takes place at Planning Committee Thursday March 6th starting at 6:30pm at City Hall. This is the only chance for public comment to take place so please plan to attend. Even if you do not wish to speak, please attend in support of your neighbours. If you wish to receive additional details on the proposal please let us know.

3. Tuesday March 11th – Neighbourhood Meeting on the Big Fire Many questions about the big fire have been raised over the past two months. Councillor Jim Neill has organized a neighbourhood meeting for Tuesday 11 March 2014 at which City staff will be available to respond to questions. Put the date in your calendar.

When: Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson Street

4. Saturday March 15th Ham Dinner – Join our friends at St. Luke’s for their Ham Dinner, 6:00pm at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson St. Reserve your tickets early only $15 per person. Call 613-542-5501 Monday to Friday 9am to noon.

5. Williamsville Princess Street Reconstruction – If you drive along Princess Street you will have noticed that there are things happening. Preliminary work is taking place with exploratory test pits and new traffic lights at Macdonnell and Concession Streets. The main work will be phased starting with the intersection of Princess and Macdonnell possibly in March. During this period, the official detour route will be Concession – Alfred. Once the Princess & Macdonnell intersection is complete, the work will move west to 800 Princess, at which time the official detour will be Concession – Macdonnell. Work will then proceed from Bath Rd to Regent St. followed by the section between 800 Princess and Regent. Additional work is expected to take place on Tower and Drayton Streets. The sections on Frontenac and Albert Streets should occur in 2015, unless weather permits earlier.

Timelines are weather dependant – Macdonnell to 800 Princess – to mid-March
– Bath to Regent – to end of April
– 800 Princess to Regent – after these

For further information or if you have questions please contact Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703 or 613-328-2509 or email dochej@cityofkingston.ca

6. Sunday May 11th – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Opening Day – the moment you have all been waiting for! Yes, the farmers’ market returns to the M-Centre every Sunday to the end of October 9:00am to 2:00pm. Bet you can’t wait to go where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

Finally – if you have any concerns in Williamsville or even broader city issues contact your Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill at jneill@cityofkingston.ca or call 613-544-2465.