Author: mayorpaterson

A New Future for Belle Park

At our meeting next week, City Council will be looking to approve final plans for a new Belle Park. This park is one of the City’s largest, with lots of green space and waterfront, and it’s also an easy walk from downtown to the south and from the Third Crossing to the north. This park…
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A Plan for New Affordable Housing in the City Core

Housing remains one of my top priorities. I want to ensure different types of housing are built across all areas of our city. That includes making significant investments in affordable housing, where the city works with both private developers and non-profit agencies to provide rental housing options to lower income households. I’m happy to report…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – September 4th

Additional Information: Agenda  Discounted Fees for Municipal Programs and Services  Development of Affordable Housing – 1316-1318 Princess Street  2019 Budget Update – County of Frontenac Services

Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – August 14th

Additional Links: Agenda Deep Water Dock and Cruise Ship Potential Alternative Location Amendment to Fees and Charges Bylaw to Remove Fees for Green Bin, Source Separated Organics at Schools Motion to prepare a By-Law to prohibit open doors and windows when air conditioning is in operation (pg. 18)  

Four Points on the Environmental Impact of Cruise Ships

As we move forward with plans for a deep water dock in Kingston, there have been a number of questions about the environmental impact of cruise ships. City Council has made both economic development and climate action priorities, and here are four reasons why welcoming tourism growth from cruise ships and environmental leadership remain compatible:…
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What’s Next for Downtown Development?

I was disappointed to hear that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal  (LPAT) turned down the proposal by Homestead Land Holdings for two apartment buildings at the base of Queen Street in the downtown. This development enjoyed strong support not only from City Council but from the wider community. It’s unfortunate that it will not move…
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A Potential Cruise Ship Dock at the Marine Museum

Last week we heard the great news that the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes will be returning to its original home on Kingston’s waterfront, thanks to an anonymous benefactor who purchased the property at 55 Ontario Street. This is an exciting opportunity not only for a revitalized museum space, but for other uses at…
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Kingston Leading the Country in Housing Growth

A report from Statistics Canada shows that Kingston has experienced by far the highest growth in the value of building permits issued compared to every other city in Canada! This table ( shows that building permits issued in our community increased by a whopping 445% between May of 2018 to May 2019. This is great…
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Exploring a Potential Downtown Campus Next to the Leon’s Centre

This week marks a key step towards a downtown campus for St. Lawrence College. City Council gave the green light to explore a specific location for this new campus; the City-owned parking lot next to the Leon’s Centre. One of my goals over the next few years is to see the entire area between Princess…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – July 10th

Additional Links  Agenda  St. Lawrence College Downtown Campus Partnership Wolfe Island Ferry Kingston Dock Redevelopment Project Update Election Sign Bylaw