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Petitioning Councillor Liz Schell and 13 others

Draft a Parkland By-Law that Protects Parks and Grows Greenspaces in Kingston, Ontario

On Feb. 7, 2013, Commissioner Hurdle, Community Services, of the City of Kingston presented to the public (at the Planning Committee Meeting of the City Council) a draft Parkland By-Law that would negatively affect the ratio of parkland to people in this city.

In a period of rapid climate change, it contains provisions at considerable variance with provincial standards and those of other Ontario cities.

It would discourage developers from creating and preserving parkland, thereby threatening the integrity of what the city's external consultant called " a high quality public realm [that] has a tremendous value” for all."

As citizens, residents, taxpayers of and visitors to one of Canada’s historic cities, we urge city staff and the City Council to formulate and pass a new by-law that respects the city’s Strategic Plan and the goals of the Sustainable Kingston Plan which calls for “actively conserving, protecting, restoring, enhancing, and expanding natural areas and green space for public enjoyment, community health, and ecosystem resiliency.”

Letter to
Councillor Liz Schell
City Councillor Kevin George
City Councillor Rob Hutchison
and 11 others
City Councillor Jeff Scott
City Councillor Bill Glover
City Councillor Jim Neill
City Councillor Lisa Osanic
Mayor M. Gerretson
Councillor B. Reitzel
Councillor S.Berg
Coucillor R. Downes
Councillor B. Paterson
Councillor K. George
City Councillor Dorthy Hector
Dear Kingston City Councillors:

The City's Strategic Plan dictates “creating and protecting greenspaces." Yet on February 7th (2013) a draft Parkland By-Law was presented to the public at the Planning Committee Meeting of the Kingston City Council that does not respect either the spirit or the letter of the City’s Strategic Plan. Indeed, it will negatively affect the public because it:

Fails to take into account the need to redouble efforts to grow city greenspaces in the face of rapid climate change; Contains provisions at variance with provincial standards and the practices of other Ontario cities;
Discourages developers from creating and preserving parkland and even foresees passing along costs to acquire greenspaces to taxpayers;
Threatens the integrity of what the city’s external consultant calls, “a high quality public realm [that] has a tremendous value” for all.

We request that city staff and council develop a new draft Parkland By-law in line with the Strategic Plan and the goals of the Sustainable Kingston Plan which calls for “actively conserving, protecting, restoring, enhancing, and expanding natural areas and green space for public enjoyment, community health, and ecosystem resiliency.”