Accessory Structures

DID YOU KNOW?  Accessory structures include buildings less than 10 square metres, temporary shelters (i.e. vinyl shelters), garages, greenhouses, pump houses and sheds).  They are permitted in all zones, subject to certain provisions.

Not sure if you are compliant with the Zoning By-law?  Use the Guide below:

Good to Go:

  • Your structure exists to aid and to contribute to the function of a principal use
  • Your structure is on the same lot as the principal use

Cannot Exceed:

  • 10% coverage of total lot area
  • 7.0 m in height

Cannot Be Located:

  • Closer to the front lot line or waterfront than the minimum distance required by this By-law for the main building on the lot
  • In the required front yard or the required exterior side yard in the case of a corner lot
  • Closer than 1m to any side or rear lot line
  • Within 2m of the main building or structure
  • Closer to the street than the main building is to that street, except in the case of:
    o Waterfront properties in the R1-Residential First Density Zone; R2-Residential Second Density Zone. The accessory structure shall be located at least 3m from the rear lot line.
    o A property in the RR-Rural Residential, BSL-Black Sturgeon Lake (Restricted Development Area)
    o A property in the RU-Rural Zone

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact one of the staff of the City of Kenora Planning Department:

Planning Analyst – Kylie Hissa 807-467-2292 or khissa@kenora.ca
City Planner – Devon McCloskey  807- 467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Accessory Structures Handout

Notice of Complete Application To Purchase City Property

The Corporation of the City of Kenora has received an application from an abutting land owner to purchase City Property for lot addition at Dowcett Street and Veterans Drive. The property includes the western portion of an unopened lane, as well as unserviced lots located north of the property. Refer to the sketch below for an illustration.

The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the by-law that will be under consideration to declare the lands available for disposal. The By-law will be placed on the Council Agenda for consideration on June 19th, 2018.

The subject lands are described as being a 0.1 ha parcel located along the western portion of Sultana Ave, as well as Lots 5 and 6, on Plan M106, which are both approximately 0.04 ha. The lands are vacant and only available for limited use due to their size and serviceability constraints.

Inquiries and submissions can be made to Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059, by email at dmccloskey@kenora.ca, or at the address below.

Information about the application is also available to the public, by appointment, during regular office hours at the City of Kenora, Planning Department, 2nd Floor, 60 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora, Ontario, P9N 4M9

Location Map for Property Purchase Dowcett Street

Proper Needle Disposal

Please be advised the City of Kenora reminds residents that needles or sharps must be disposed of properly for the safety of City staff and the general public.

Needles are NOT accepted in the Bluebox, in the garbage, nor at the Recycle Depot.

The Transfer Station will only accept needles at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot, which opens June 7, from 9 am to 2 pm every Thursday.  Needles must be packaged in a sealed hard plastic container, such as a peanut butter jar, for safe disposal.

There are over 30 individual sharp containers, yellow or black boxes, posted throughout the City for residents to easily access for safe disposal also.

Additionally, residents may contact the Northwestern Health Unit about the safe needle disposal program at www.nwhu.on.ca or 807-468-3147.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation.

How Your Provincial Vote Affects the Services You Depend on Every Day

AMO Provincial Election Advertorial – 2018

You may not realize it, but how you vote in the June provincial election will shape the government services in your home town. That is because provincial laws and policies touch the municipal services that you depend on every day, like the water you drink, the roads you drive and even policing. They also affect how much they cost.

“It makes sense to review all the provincial rules and demands made on municipal governments, with an eye to making services better,” said Lynn Dollin, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Did you know that besides providing daily services, municipalities also own about 60% of public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, transit and arenas? But they collect only 9-cents of every household tax dollar. The federal government collects 47-cents and the province gets 44-cents.

Municipal governments look mainly to property taxes and user fees to raise the money they need to keep services running. And for funding big projects – like new roads, replacing bridges or building arenas – municipalities depend heavily on other governments, which have more of the taxing powers.

Growing costs and dire infrastructure needs have created an annual gap of almost $4.9 billion, according to AMO, which represents almost all 444 of Ontario’s municipalities. Municipal governments don’t have many tools to bridge this gap. They can only raise property taxes, delay projects or cut municipal services to save money.

Only the province has the power to improve legislation, eliminate rules or give new sources of revenue for both big and small municipalities.

For example, municipal staff must file hundreds of reports to the Province every year – but only a handful are read by provincial staff. That time and money could be directed to public services.

A lot of municipal budgets are under pressure from arbitrated wage settlements for workers who can’t strike, like fire and police. Changes by the province could help ensure that what a community can afford to pay is truly considered. Then raises for emergency service workers wouldn’t grow at a much greater rate than other staff in the same municipality.

Another strain on municipal budgets is paying for provincial responsibilities, like hospital construction or recruiting family doctors to come to their communities.

“When provincial candidates come knocking at your door, you need to ask them how they’ll support critical local services,” Dollin said. “You especially need to make sure they won’t add to your property taxes by downloading new costs or responsibilities.”

AMO has developed a list of questions you can ask MPP candidates.  Visit www.amo.on.ca/askthecandidate to learn more or watch the video at: http://bit.ly/LocalShareLocalSayVideo

 

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment File D14-18-04

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment To Comprehensive Zoning By-Law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Notice is hereby given, that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-Law No. 59 – 2018 at their Regular Meeting held Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-18-04.

Location of Property: 100 Kelly Lake Road, described as Part Broken Lot 10, Concession 5 and 6, Melick. Please refer to the location sketch below:

Location Map D14-18-04

Purpose and Effect: to change the zoning of the western portion of the lot, 1.10 ha in size, from TR – Tourist Recreational Zone to BSL – Black Sturgeon Lake (Restricted Development Area) Zone. The approval will allow for a severance application to be considered for the creation of one (1) lot, to separate the existing single-detached dwelling from the Tourist Camp.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: an application for consent to sever was given provisional by the Planning Advisory Committee on May 15th, 2018, under file no. D10-18-05.

The Last Date for Filing a Notice of Appeal is Wednesday, June 13th, 2018.

Notices of appeal may only be made on the basis that:

i. the by-law is inconsistent with a policy statement issued under subsection 3 (1), fails to conform with or
conflicts with a provincial plan or fails to conform with an applicable official plan
ii. it is accompanied by the fee required by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act being $300.00,
payable to the Ontario Minister of Finance.
iii. is filed with Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Additional Information relating to the zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 24th day of May, 2018

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment File D14-18-03

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment To Comprehensive Zoning By-Law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Notice is hereby given, that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-Law No. 60 – 2018 at their Regular Meeting held Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-18-03.

Location of Property: The property is located at 1731 Railway Street, described as PIN# 42176-0338, Part of Block B, Plan M-28, being Part of Location D-52. Please refer to the location sketch below.

D14-18-03 Location Map

Purpose and Effect: to change zoning of the subject property from Residential – Third Density Zone (R3) to R3[39], a site specific Third Density Zone, to grant relief from provisions of the Zoning By-law including the interior side yard provisions of 2.5 to 0 metres; exterior side yard from 4 metres to 0.35 metres; to increase lot coverage from 40% to 55%; to amend the definition of a “Street” as it pertains to the subject lot, to allow for frontage on a private road, as a site specific provision.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: the City has also received an application for site plan approval, and an application for condominium is anticipated.

The Last Date for Filing a Notice of Appeal is Wednesday, June 13th, 2018.

Notices of appeal may only be made on the basis that:

i. the by-law is inconsistent with a policy statement issued under subsection 3 (1), fails to conform with or
conflicts with a provincial plan or fails to conform with an applicable official plan
ii. it is accompanied by the fee required by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act being $300.00,
payable to the Ontario Minister of Finance.
iii. is filed with Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Additional Information relating to the zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 24th day of May, 2018

Council Approves 2018 Operating Budget

Today Council approves the 2018 Operating Budget. The 2018 Capital Budget was approved on February 20. The budget includes a number of critical projects initiated by staff, council and community input.

Some of the more significant impacts the City faced in 2018 included:

  • Loss of Provincial funding of $322K
  • Increased requests from Mandated External Organizations totalling $102K
  • Combined net wage impacts of $267K
  • Continued need to work to address the City’s significant infrastructure deficit

Major capital projects planned for 2018 include:

  • Aerial Fire Truck ($1.2 million)
  • Art Centre ($4 million)
  • Seventh Avenue South Bridge ($2 million)
  • Transit Bus ($.51 million)
  • Handi Transit Bus ($.13 million)

Other projects of interest in the 2018 budget include:

  • Dufrense Island North Entrance Construction expected to be completed in 2018
  • The City has seen several new signs in 2018 as it continues with its Wayfinding Implementation projects

Overall financial highlights of the approved 2018 budget include:

  • $53.8 million in combined operating, capital, non-capital special projects / unusual spending and reserve appropriations, broken out as follows: $30.1 million in operating expenses; $1.8 million in reserve appropriations; $19.6 million in capital expenses; and $2.3 million in non-capital special projects / unusual spending
  • Combined this represents $25.4 million in net tax levy requirement

The 2018 reassessment resulted in an increase in the residential tax base of 5.7%. Of this, 4.9% related to increased values on existing homes, with the balance of the increase resulting from new construction.

Council knew it had to make every effort to help reduce the impact of these assessment increases on the average homeowner. Therefore, again in 2018, council elected to use Revenue Neutral Tax Ratios. This is a tax tool that maintains the tax burden by class, regardless of where the assessments rose the most. This was done to avoid shifting more of the tax burden onto the residential ratepayers.

Today’s budget represents a 2.6% decrease in the City’s residential municipal tax rate. Because of the change in assessments, some homeowners will see their tax bills increase and some homeowners will see their tax bills decrease.

What does this mean for the average homeowner? For a property with no changes (changes such as a new garage or an addition), on average, the assessment rose by 5.25% but the municipal property tax rate decreased by 2.6%. A property worth $166,750 in 2017 would have paid $2,390.49 in municipal taxes. In 2018, this same property, on average, is assessed at $175,500 and will pay $2,442.97 in taxes. This is a $52.48 dollar increase for the year.

We on Council believe that this budget, in conjunction with the strong financial management by City Council over recent years, will continue to maintain the City’s financial strength and stability.

We would like to recognize the time and efforts made by City staff and management, who worked so diligently in partnership with Council, towards developing a budget that maintains services and strengthens Kenora.

Jon Ranger, Budget/Special Projects Officer (807) 467-2010
jranger@kenora.ca
www.kenora.ca

City Wide Fire Ban Remains in Effect

Please be advised the complete fire ban issued on May 15, 2018 will remain in effect regardless of the recent rain and cool temperatures. The rain to date has not been enough to change the dry conditions. The forecast shows a long dry period and high temperatures for the long weekend and the following week making the fire ban more critical.

The City of Kenora fire ban will remain in effect until the Restricted Fire Zone from the MNRF is lifted.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Todd Skene, Fire and Emergency Services Manager, 807-467-2090.

City Approves Warranty Service Line Program

The City has endorsed Service Line Warranties Canada (SLWC) to offer Kenora residents an optional water and sewer line warranty program.

This voluntary program provides homeowners the opportunity to invest in an insurance plan to cover repair costs of water and sewer lines on their property. Many homeowners may not be aware that they are responsible for the maintenance, repair, or replacement of service lines from their home to the curb stop, where the lines separate from the City’s main line. Should there be a break or a freeze to their line which causes damage, these costs can be quite high.

In the coming months, Service Line Warranty Canada will be mailing letters to Kenora residents about registering for the warranty program. Residents are under no obligation to register for the program and it is simply an insurance option for our homeowners. The program offers three options for residents to consider. One plan covers the water line from the property line into the home, another offers protection for the sewer line from the property line into the home, and the third instrument offers protection against issues arising with the plumbing in the home.

Service Line Warranties Canada (SLWC) is an insurance company that works with the Local Authority Services (LAS), which was created by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). They have been providing service line protection to residents across Canada since before 1996.

Coney Island Footbridge Removal May 8, 2018

Please be advised the Coney Island footbridge will be removed for the season on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. This work depends on weather conditions and weather fluctuations. Should there be unfavourable weather on Tuesday, City crews will remove the footbridge by the end of the day on Friday, May 11, 2018.