Kingston Planning Committee – 7 Dec 2023

| Published , updated January 25, 2024

This meeting summary was written by Parth Pasnani & GPT and originally published here. You can subscribe to Kingston Townhall Tracker here.

Main topic of discussion was review of 3 zoning amendment applications

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The Planning committee on 7 Dec 2023 discussed the following points. Meeting details can be found here.

Members present: Councillor Vincent Cinanni, Councillor Gary Oosterhof, Councillor Conny Glenn, Councillor Jeff McLaren, Councillor Lisa Osanic, Councillor Paul Chaves

  1. The intermediate planner, Chanti Birdi, shared info on proposed bylaws and guidelines in report PC-24-004

    • Proposed new by-law at Exhibit A in report PC-24-004 includes the following key changes:

      • Revision to the list of classes to development subject to and exempt from site plan control

      • Expansion of Director discretion in specified cases

      • Exemption added for group homes

      • Removal of site plan requirements based solely on proximity to arterial or collector roads

    • Proposed new guidelines at Exhibit B in report PC-24-004 include the following key changes:

      • Removal of repetitive information

      • Reference to online applications (“DASH”)

      • Reference to online resources

      • Reformatting to meet the City’s current standards

      • Updating of contact and web address information

    • Councillor Oosterhof and Councillor Osanic expressed concerns at the lack of planning oversight available to council as a result of the Provincial Planning Act

    • Feedback requested by January 15, 2024. Feedback can be sent to cbirdi@cityofkingston.ca

  2. Zoning Bylaw Amendment (File D35-004-2022):

    • The Senior Planner, Ian Clendening presented an application for 2312 Princess Street, D35-004-2022

    • There was a proposal to defer the application to allow staff more time for discussions with the public and the developer.

    • The motion to defer the application was moved and seconded by Councillors Osanic and Councillor Glenn.

    • The motion to defer was approved unanimously.

  3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment (File D14-012-2023):

    • The Intermediate planner, Amy Didrikson, presented a zoning bylaw amendment for the property at 1329-1383 Gardiners Road and 561 Macrow Street.

    • The proposal aimed to increase complementary use permissions on the property within a business park zone.

    • The application included an increase from 25% to 49% of building area for complementary uses and the addition of new permitted uses.

    • A holding overlay was proposed to limit noise-sensitive uses until a noise study is completed.

    • The committee approved the zoning amendment after a presentation and discussion.

  4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment (File D14-004-2023):

    • The Senior Planner, Chris Wicke, presented a zoning bylaw amendment for the property at 769 King Street West

    • The proposal aims to amend the zoning from an Urban Residential 10 Zone (UR10) to an Urban Residential 3 Zone (UR3) with an Exception overlay to permit development of 3 townhouse units, each with an additional residential unit for a total of 6 units

    • To address concerns of tree loss The owner has agreed to retain 3 of the boundary trees

    • Multi-unit building where previously a single detached house

    • Potential for overlook and loss of light

    • Length of construction period

    • The committee approved the zoning amendment after a presentation and discussion.

  5. Public Concerns:

    • Concerns were expressed by a neighbour regarding potential loss of privacy due to the proximity of the new townhouse complex.

    • The neighbour was worried about the impact on sunlight, privacy, and the removal of trees.

    • The developer has agreed to retain some trees, and there is a signed agreement with the neighbour to address tree-related concerns.

  6. Decision and Next Steps:

    • Zoning amendment file D35-004-2022 was deferred

    • Zoning amendment file D14-012-2023 was approved

    • Zoning amendment file D14-004-2023 was approved

    • The meeting discussed the potential impact on neighbouring , particularly regarding trees and privacy.

    • The public expressed concerns about the changes in the neighbourhood character due to increased density.

    • The next steps involve the application for consent, with the severance of lots and the retention of trees as key considerations.

The committee will next meet on 21 Dec 2023

This meeting summary was written by Parth Pasnani & GPT and originally published here. You can subscribe to Kingston Townhall Tracker here.

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