City seeks feedback on proposed changes to Planning Committee procedures

Changes may be on the horizon for the City’s Planning Committee.  

On May 3, City Council directed staff to investigate, and report back on the possibilities of reworking the schedule, meeting time, procedures and duration of Planning Committee meetings by looking into best practices and bylaws of comparable Ontario municipalities and undertaking a public engagement.  

“Proposed changes aim to enhance how the committee functions,” says Derek Ochej, Acting Deputy City Clerk. 

Staff have identified several potential changes to the procedures of the Planning Committee, on which they are seeking public input.  

“Community members can participate in committee meetings, and so their input is valuable in shaping these procedures,” adds Ochej.  

Planning Committee’s role is to report to Council on applications submitted pursuant to the Planning Act, including Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendment applications. Meetings involve lengthy, complex, and technical provincial regulations and municipal processes. The proposed changes seek to create more efficient meetings with regular breaks to improve the meeting experience for staff, committee members, applicants and the public. 

City staff will compile survey responses with a review of other municipal planning committee structures and present a report to Council in September. 

How to get involved: 

  • Complete a brief online survey on Get Involved Kingston by 4 p.m. on Aug. 5. 
  • Offer your input by mail. Call 613-546-0000 or email [email protected] to request a postage-paid and pre-addressed envelope. 
  • Offer feedback by phone by calling 613-546-0000 and speak to City staff.