Mid-Rise and Tall Building Policy

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What is Density by Design?

Density by Design is the City of Kingston’s project to develop mid-rise and tall building design policies. These policies will guide the future development of buildings above 4 storeys in Kingston to ensure compatibility with existing development. They will also outline specific architectural design requirements for mid-rise and tall buildings City-wide.

This project will complement other work the City is doing to support intensification and will provide clear direction on the design of mid-rise and tall buildings in the City. It will result in the preparation of draft policies for inclusion in the Official Plan.

Density by Design Banner


What is Density by Design?

Density by Design is the City of Kingston’s project to develop mid-rise and tall building design policies. These policies will guide the future development of buildings above 4 storeys in Kingston to ensure compatibility with existing development. They will also outline specific architectural design requirements for mid-rise and tall buildings City-wide.

This project will complement other work the City is doing to support intensification and will provide clear direction on the design of mid-rise and tall buildings in the City. It will result in the preparation of draft policies for inclusion in the Official Plan.

Why does design matter?

Design matters because it shapes how residents interact with their City. Effective mid-rise and tall building design policies present an opportunity to support Kingston’s goal of providing more affordable housing options to residents while encouraging environmental sustainability and creating vibrant hubs of activity within the City. Furthermore, effective policies can work to conserve and enrich built heritage in the City.

What’s next?

The project team will begin hosting public sessions with residents in late-April to seek input on the forthcoming mid-rise and tall building design policies. This consultation will educate and inform residents on the basics of design features for buildings greater than 4 storeys, and on the importance of design in creating liveable spaces that support community.

It is not the intent of these policies to outline where mid-rise or tall buildings will be located in the City. Phase 2 of this work will follow in 2020 that will explore the appropriate location of these types of buildings relative to the Official Plan.

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