New Zoning Bylaw

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The City is preparing a new City-wide Zoning Bylaw to consolidate, update and replace the five separate, outdated zoning bylaws currently in effect across the City.

The new Zoning Bylaw will provide one comprehensive framework to guide and structure land use planning and development across the City.

Learn more about the New Zoning Bylaw.


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The City is preparing a new City-wide Zoning Bylaw to consolidate, update and replace the five separate, outdated zoning bylaws currently in effect across the City.

The new Zoning Bylaw will provide one comprehensive framework to guide and structure land use planning and development across the City.

Learn more about the New Zoning Bylaw.


New Zoning Bylaw Q&A

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    Hello, I am looking over the second draft. How can I make a recommendation?

    Lorimer.rw asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for reviewing the second draft! Please send your comments via email to NewZBL@cityofkingston.ca.

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    Within the new downtown Zoning, By-Law for the downtown core as it applies to DT1 and DT2 Zones the maximum residential apartment units allocated is 123 units per net hectare or per 2.47 acres. Given a large site in the downtown might be .5 of an acre and given the need for housing in this sector does a yield of 30 apartment units or less make any sense for a sizeable development site in the core of 0.5 acres? Given the 6 storey cap (subject to angular plan) assuming an apartment with commercial main floor, underground parking and a foot print of 85% lot coverage that would yield 5 floors at roughly 18,000 sq.ft. per floor that based on a 30 unit yield would be an average of just over 3,000 sq.ft per unit. Would appear based on development trends that typically unit sizes in core markets are between 450 to 900 sq.ft. and that this yield factor calculation works counter to that. Thoughts with thanks?

    Patrick Hulley asked 2 months ago

    The zoning and Official Plan policies that apply in the downtown are scheduled to be reviewed through the next phase of the Density by Design project, starting in 2022. The second draft of the new zoning by-law carried forward the permissions that currently apply in the existing zoning by-law.

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    Does the New Zoning By-Law include changes to the proposed land use designations throughout the city ? Or is this strictly the permitted uses, and any changes to a parcel's land use designation would need to come through an update of the official plan ? I like the overall direction of the by law, but the actual designations throughout the city remain very use-segregated. I would really like to see more opportunities for community oriented commercial/mixed uses outside of the few specific areas they are currently permitted to create more compact, complete communities with everyday needs/servicing within a 15 minute walk/cycle of home. Specifically, expanding existing commercial nodes in predominantly low density neighbourhoods, as well as development of new nodes in proximity to key express transit stop locations.

    FreddyJ_787 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for these thoughtful questions and comments. The only changes that are currently being proposed to the mapping in the Official Plan relate to riparian corridors (as per this discussion paper: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/38898539/Planning-Committee_Meeting-11-2021_Report-PC-21-032_Environmental-Protection-Areas-and-the-Ribbon.pdf/34ad5fd8-3ac1-ba28-e1fb-7b077f289e06?t=1619191672101). 

    So yes, you are correct that any fundamental changes to the use permission in the land use designations would need to be reflected in the Official Plan first. Staff are committed to reviewing the density and mixed use community policies in the Official Plan in the next Official Plan update (currently scheduled to begin in 2023). If changes are proposed to the OP policies through that process, corresponding amendments would then be proposed to the new zoning by-law.

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    Will the new zoning bylaw address the issue of homeowners turning their front yard (city property) into parking spaces? This is particularly a problem in the downtown where asphalt and bricks have been installed instead of planting a street tree. Mature street trees have been lost because they have no space as the road dominates public space. How can we make more room for both people and trees (not cars)?

    spatel asked 3 months ago

    The New Zoning By-law regulates privately owned properties and does not regulate the City's street right-of-way. Within the property boundary, the second draft of the New Zoning By-law regulates the maximum width of a driveway in Clause 7.5.8. relative to the lot frontage.

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    Is the new city zoning plan considering the idea of “complete neighbourhoods”? This falls within the 15-minute city idea (which many major European cities are targeting), where core services such as schools, healthcare, grocery stores and parkland are within walking or cycling distance? This “build back better” idea is thought to address some of the inequalities that were historically built into the city. In this type of neighbourhood/ community, people are driving less so more people are likely to feel safe when using active transportation. It would also be a component of addressing the climate emergency and affordable housing.

    spatel asked 5 months ago

    The passage of a new zoning by-law is required to conform with the policies of the City's Official Plan. The new zoning by-law proposes to include mixes of uses in locations where the Official Plan currently permits them, but the specific 15-minute city idea can't be brought into the new zoning by-law without first amending the Official Plan. If the next Official Plan update (currently scheduled to begin in 2023) proposes revisions to accommodate this idea, the new zoning by-law would then be amended accordingly.

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    Is there an executive summary/coles notes on the new zoning bylaw? or is the whole 283 page document new? Thank you.

    mwtilbrook asked 5 months ago

    Please review the Second Draft Highlights document for a summary of the revisions from the first draft to the second draft of the new zoning by-law.

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    The older neighbourhoods downtown include many houses which are student rentals. Will Kingston preserve the original character and architecture of these and other older original buildings against redevelopment as neighbourhood demographics change? Kingston’s architectural history is still largely intact; we cannot afford to lose it.

    Barb MacLean asked 7 months ago

    The City is currently in the process of completing the Central Kingston Growth Strategy study to guide infill and intensification in the residential neighbourhoods in the central area of the City. Zoning recommendations from the CKGS will be implemented in the New Zoning By-law. Please visit https://getinvolved.cityofkingston.ca/central-kingston-growth for more information and to participate in the creation of policies and zoning by-law regulations for the central area of the City.

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    Has the city ever considered mandating that a certain percentage of units in a new development be geared to income for low income individuals or placed on the geared to income waiting list? That way we both avoid too much class division, especially in the downtown developments where older, affordable units are being replaced with new luxury, expensive units AND we're reducing the painful wait people have waiting for GTI housing. Maybe this isn't even a possibility or something the city has power to enforce but I like the idea of helping out people who are being pushed out of gentrified areas due to the sheer un-affordability of these new units being built.

    OliOli asked 7 months ago

    In the Planning Act (the legislation that gives municipalities the ability to create a zoning by-law), requiring affordable housing is called "Inclusionary Zoning". Right now, the use of Inclusionary Zoning is restricted only to those municipalities that are prescribed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, or those municipalities who can scope the application of Inclusionary Zoning to areas within a protected major transit station area or a community planning permit system. At this time, Kingston does not meet any of the criteria required by the Planning Act, so Inclusionary Zoning cannot be used in the new zoning by-law. Information Report Number 20-229 provides some additional information about this topic, with links to other background reports.

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    plans to protect natural heritage areas

    John Armstrong asked 7 months ago

    The new zoning by-law will protect natural heritage areas in a manner that is consistent with the Official Plan. A discussion paper about environmental protection areas and the ribbon of life was the subject of a public meeting on April 29th - view the discussion paper here: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/38898539/Planning-Committee_Meeting-11-2021_Report-PC-21-032_Environmental-Protection-Areas-and-the-Ribbon.pdf/34ad5fd8-3ac1-ba28-e1fb-7b077f289e06?t=1619191672101. Written comments may be submitted to NewZBL@cityofkingston.ca.

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    Will you be adapting a rule that says all property owners who rent rooms or apartments must provide off street parking for ALL occupants who own a car or drive any type of vehicle designed for the street or highway? Will you be enforcing with follow up all parking bylaws and controlling businesses operating out of a residence in a residential area with respect to the vehicles and commercial trailers etc that are being parked on city streets in residential areas?

    Jim Rayner asked 7 months ago

    Zoning by-laws do not regulate on-street parking or regulate how enforcement is done on-street, they only apply to privately owned properties. For information about on-street parking, please visit: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/parking/on-street-parking

    Parking standards in zoning by-laws typically apply to land uses such as residential units, not renters/occupants of those units (since zoning by-laws do not regulate people). A public meeting at Planning Committee has been scheduled for June 23rd at 6 pm to receive public feedback on a discussion paper that was recently released about parking and the new zoning by-law - view the discussion paper here: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/18914138/Projects_Bylaw_ParkingDiscussionPaper.pdf/53ccdf4f-4b32-cd80-395b-90f3fb69258d?t=1622570454241

    The Planning Committee meeting will be held virtually on the Zoom platform and registration for the meeting is now available on the City's website here: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/city-calendar-events/-/calendar/QUmzuR567ExT/event/38861929

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