November 2015 Newsletter

FKIH  November 2015 update
Hi all Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,

1) Great new Inner Harbour video.
Thanks so much to everyone involved!!!
SO MUCH FUN! HAVE A LOOK!
http://www.kingstonist.com/2015/10/30/the-gertrudes-anglin-bay-blues-36785/

2) Bringing the K&P Trail to the downtown – in progress.
More in December update.

3) Inner Harbour Heritage Trail – in progress. 
More in December update.

4) Waterfront Working Group – in progress.
More in December update.

5) Transportation Master Plan to be presented at Council meeting, Tuesday Nov. 3.
https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/8660917/COU_A1115-15175.pdf/103639db-b87a-4d3c-a4b9-b4ed6ad1aa63
Serious problems with this plan include:
a) incorrect and consequently misleading data in basic trail maps indicating trails that do not exist!,
b) inadequate targets for transit and alternative modes of transportation.  Targets in the plan do not reflect the changing lifestyles of the millennials the city wishes to attract. (Millennials have too much student debt to buy cars for 5 – 20 years). Similarly the lack of alternative modes does not reflect the current downtown demographic that believes in the importance of pedestrianizing the downtown and using alternatives to single-ownership cars.
c) The report remains at odds with the priorities expressed in the official plan.
Because of these (and other) serious failings it is our considered opinion that the plan should be rejected. Have a look and decide for yourself.

6) The second draft of the Five Year Update to the Official Plan is posted on the City of Kingston website.  Hard copies can be viewed at the Central, Calvin Park, Kingscourt, Isabel Turner and Pittsburg branches of the Public Library and at City Hall and the 1211 John Counter Blvd offices. Written submissions welcome.
VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT!!!  DO HAVE A LOOK.
DO CONSIDERING SUBMITTING YOUR OPINIONS.
AT THE VERY LEAST –
DO COME TO THE PLANNING MEETING TO HEAR WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY.

Public Meeting including presentation of highlights of changes to the Official Plan at City Hall, 6:30 p.m. on November 5, 2015
You will be able to ask questions and make comments if you wish.
All correspondence received before 3 p.m. on November 5, will be included for Planning Committee consideration at the Public Meeting that evening.
Contact: Rachel Quittkat
Manager, Projects, Planning, Building & Licensing Services,Community Services Group
City of Kingston,216 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3,
613-546-4291 ext. 3282

7) Public Meeting reconsidering Memorial Centre, Caton’s Pasture and possibly other sites as possible alternative locations for the new downtown high school:  Wilson Room, Kingston Public Library, 6:30 – 9 pm, Thurs. Nov. 5.

8) Annual General Meeting of FKIH.
Frontenac Village, Unit 69, November 12, 7 pm. 

If interested, contact inverarymary@yahoo.com

9) Getting involved on a city committee. Apply now.
http://mayorpaterson.com/2015/10/14/getting-involved-in-your-community-apply-for-a-city-committee-or-board/

10) Toonies for Turtles and ON THE WALL 2016 summertime events. Looking for volunteers.
If interested, contact inverarymary@yahoo.com.
Meetings this November, time and place TBA.

Cheers,
Mary Farrar