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 of more than four 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.

Issues & Options Report

The Issues & Options Report presents the first phase of the drafting/creation of new policy for the City of Kingston that will guide the design of future proposed mid-rise and tall buildings across the city. The eventual new policy report will be entitled "Density by Design: Kingston Mid-rise and Tall Building Policy."

The purpose of the report, which has been prepared after a first round of public consultation and the review of tall building design guidelines and policy approaches in various cities across Canada, is intended to stimulate continued discussion between and among Council, key stakeholders and the wider community about related current or emerging issues. Defining and further discussing these issues will help the project team, made up of City Planning Department Staff and planning and urban design consultant Brent Toderian of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, to work out what needs to be addressed in the policies. It will also help to shape a clear vision for the future development of mid-rise and tall buildings in the City.


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 of more than four 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.

Issues & Options Report

The Issues & Options Report presents the first phase of the drafting/creation of new policy for the City of Kingston that will guide the design of future proposed mid-rise and tall buildings across the city. The eventual new policy report will be entitled "Density by Design: Kingston Mid-rise and Tall Building Policy."

The purpose of the report, which has been prepared after a first round of public consultation and the review of tall building design guidelines and policy approaches in various cities across Canada, is intended to stimulate continued discussion between and among Council, key stakeholders and the wider community about related current or emerging issues. Defining and further discussing these issues will help the project team, made up of City Planning Department Staff and planning and urban design consultant Brent Toderian of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, to work out what needs to be addressed in the policies. It will also help to shape a clear vision for the future development of mid-rise and tall buildings in the City.


  • CBC: Wood highrises to shoot up thanks to new building codes

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    5 months ago

    On Feb. 6, the CBC published an article citing the benefits of using engineered wood products in tall building construction.

    Proponents of wood building construction have identified two major benefits:

    • Timber used in wood buildings stores carbon for the lifetime of the building (preventing it from entering the atmosphere)
    • Wood buildings reduce emissions associated with steel and cement production

    One of the current limitations is the maximum allowable height of wood buildings according to provincial building codes; however, some provinces have changed their codes to allow for taller lumber buildings.

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    On Feb. 6, the CBC published an article citing the benefits of using engineered wood products in tall building construction.

    Proponents of wood building construction have identified two major benefits:

    • Timber used in wood buildings stores carbon for the lifetime of the building (preventing it from entering the atmosphere)
    • Wood buildings reduce emissions associated with steel and cement production

    One of the current limitations is the maximum allowable height of wood buildings according to provincial building codes; however, some provinces have changed their codes to allow for taller lumber buildings.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/2vttI9U

    You can also read the post about building with mass timber on Paige’s Planning Blog here: http://bit.ly/38msj3P

  • Paige's Planning Blog: See where fellow residents would place taller buildings

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    6 months ago

    Questions about the Issues and Options Report? Sign up for a Density by Design workshop!

    • Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch (meeting room 1). Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2s2mjgx
    • Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre (meeting room A/B). Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2QwpHtx

    Questions about the Issues and Options Report? Sign up for a Density by Design workshop!

    • Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch (meeting room 1). Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2s2mjgx
    • Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre (meeting room A/B). Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2QwpHtx
  • Paige's Planning Blog: Understanding the Issues and Options Report

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    7 months ago

    On Nov. 15, my team released the Density by Design Issues and Options Report, an overview of the City’s approach for regulating mid-rise and tall buildings with a summary of proposed options. The release of this document was immediately followed by a series of stakeholder meetings, an open house and a special committee briefing on Nov. 21. At stakeholder meetings and the open houses, staff worked with residents to collect input and provide background into the factors at play with this project.

    Read more.

    On Nov. 15, my team released the Density by Design Issues and Options Report, an overview of the City’s approach for regulating mid-rise and tall buildings with a summary of proposed options. The release of this document was immediately followed by a series of stakeholder meetings, an open house and a special committee briefing on Nov. 21. At stakeholder meetings and the open houses, staff worked with residents to collect input and provide background into the factors at play with this project.

    Read more.

  • Comments from the Question & Answer Tool - Apr-Nov 2019

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    8 months ago

    Archived version of the Q&A that ran from April to November 2019.

    Archived version of the Q&A that ran from April to November 2019.

  • Paige's Planning Blog: Recapping Last Week's Density by Design Engagement Sessions

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    about 1 year ago

    In collaboration with City Planning staff and consultant Brent Toderian we facilitated a number of public events as part of the Phase 1 Engagement Plan for the Density by Design: Kingston’s Mid-rise and Tall Buildings Policy project. Over the course of the week we were able to connect with 200 + people on this important project.

    Read the complete post!


    In collaboration with City Planning staff and consultant Brent Toderian we facilitated a number of public events as part of the Phase 1 Engagement Plan for the Density by Design: Kingston’s Mid-rise and Tall Buildings Policy project. Over the course of the week we were able to connect with 200 + people on this important project.

    Read the complete post!