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Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Village Visioning UPDATE

As part of the visioning process the Kingston Penitentiary Visioning group came up with four different approaches to developing the site. Members of the greater kingston community as well as a representative from the PDCA executive are members of the visioning group which includes folks with a wide variety of experience, knowledge and visions.

The Visioning Consulting Team has collated the data from the online feedback form and from public consultations and will hold two public workshop events on Monday February 27 at 4:30 and at 6:30. Please visit this page for more information and to register if you are interested in attending.

You can also view our statement of feedback submitted to the Project Team at their request, which outlines some of the concerns we've heard from our community members.

Proposed Interim Control Bylaw

At its Jan.10, 2017 meeting, council directed staff to report back on Jan. 24 on how best to word an Interim Control Bylaw prohibiting any new development of, or alterations to, one-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, row dwellings, group dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and multiple family dwellings within the Sydenham, Portsmouth and Williamsville districts.

At its Jan. 24, 2017 meeting, council asked staff to undertake a land-use study of the City's existing policies and regulations on residential intensification within the same area and make recommendations addressing development and/or conversion pressures to guide the future of these areas. Council also asked that a public meeting be held to receive feedback from residents on the draft Interim Control Bylaw and other policy changes and report back to Council with options/recommendations in April.

The city has opened an online survey to gather feedback from the city residents, particularly those who will be affected by the impact of the possible bylaw. It is important that you participate in the survey. Please remember that this survey is about a bylaw that prohibits any addtions or alterations to homes in the districts. City bylaws do not have control over the type of resident or of internal renovations, they can only address external development.

For more information please read Paige Agnew's Blog page.