Bus Stop Temporary Closure Effective June 3, 2019

Please be advised that effective Monday, June 3, 2019, the following bus stops on Park Street will be temporarily closed during downtown revitalization construction:

• Bus stops 50 and 51;
• Bus stop 52.

Please use alternate bus stops as indicated in the diagrams:

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The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience during this improvement project.

Bus Routes

Notice of Decision for City-initiated Amendments

Notice of Decision for a City-initiated Official Plan Amendment, File No. D09-19-01, to the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015) and a City-initiated Zoning By-law Amendment, File No. D14-19-04, to the City of Kenora Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 17 and 34

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-law No. 84-2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, under Section 17 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended.

AND TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-law No. 85-2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended.

DESCRIPTION OF LANDS: As all lands within the City of Kenora are affected by the proposed City-initiated amendments to the Official Plan (By-law No. 75-2015) and Zoning By-law (By-law No. 101-2015), no key map is provided.

• Amend Section 3.20 Public Uses to permit a public use, including but not limited to an institutional use, housing, and supportive housing, but excluding a correctional facility, in the following land use designations, without the need for an Official Plan Amendment, and with consideration for the policies in the Land Use Compatibility Section of the Official Plan: Established Area; Residential Development Area; Harbourtown Centre; and Commercial Development Area.

• Amend Section 2 Definitions to add a new definition for “Public Use”;
• Amend Section 2 Definitions by replacing “Public Authority” with “Public Agency”, and by amending the definition;
• Amend the definitions of “Conservation” and “Sewage Facility” in Section 2 Definitions to replace references to “public authority” with “public agency”; and
• Amend Section 3.34.5 Public Uses to add a new provision to allow a public use, including but not limited to an institutional use, housing, and supportive housing, but excluding a correctional facility, to the following zones: Residential – First Density Zone (R1); Residential – Second Density Zone (R2); Residential – Third Density Zone (R3); Local Commercial Zone (LC); General Commercial Zone (GC); Highway Commercial Zone (HC); and Institutional Zone (I).

EFFECT OF PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ON THIS DECISION: No written submissions were received, however, the City gave consideration to those comments and questions that were raised at the public meeting, noting the existing housing shortage in Kenora, evidenced through the current waiting lists for social housing units, as well as additional demand for other housing throughout the housing continuum, and that the results of the 2018 Election Survey, showed that 70% of respondents said affordable housing is what Council should focus on over the next four years.

ANY PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY MAY APPEAL THIS DECISION to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal by filing with Heather Pihulak, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019. The notice of appeal must:
i) Set out the reasons for the appeal. The reasons for the appeal must include an explanation of how the proposed Official Plan Amendment and/or Zoning By-law Amendment: are inconsistent with a provincial policy statement issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act; fail to conform with or conflict with a provincial plan; or fail to conform with the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015);
ii) Set out the specific part or parts of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and / or Zoning By-law Amendment to which the appeal applies; and
iii) Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 in the amount of $300.00, payable by cheque to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

The proposed Official Plan Amendment (By-law No. 84-2019) is exempt from approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The decision of the Council of the City of Kenora is final if a notice of appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality or planning board 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 the appeal unless, before the plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: 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 30th day of May, 2019

Glen Cameron Drive Paving Works May 27, 2019

Please be advised beginning May 27th, Moncrief Construction Limited (MCL) will begin paving Glen Cameron Drive.

The road will remain open; however, motorists are reminded to slow down and take care through constructions zones and while workers are present.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation.

paving Glen Cameron Drive

Bridge Washing Beginning May 27, 2019

Please be advised City of Kenora roads crew will be carrying out bridge washing beginning this week. This routine maintenance is necessary to clear any build-up on the railings, sidewalks, gutters, catch basins and most importantly to clean all bridge joints of any winter control sand build-up.

Signs will be posted in the work area and traffic will be controlled by flag persons. When approaching the working equipment, motorists are asked to be cautious and obey the signs and flag persons.

The public is thanked for their cooperation and patience as this maintenance work is completed by the City of Kenora.

National AccessAbility Week Photo Contest

It’s National AccessAbility Week – May 26 June 1, 2019

The City of Kenora’s Accessibility Advisory Committee encourages citizens to notice accessibility in our community.

Take photos of accessible features you see throughout our community. Post your photo to Instagram or Facebook with #NAAW2019 and #AccessibleKenora.

At the end of the week, anyone who posted a photo will be entered into a draw for a City prize AND any business featured in a photo will receive a certificate of recognition from the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Also, check out the City’s social media this week.  Some of the City’s accessible features will be showcased.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Bridge Art Pieces Survey Results

Community Supports Public Display

The City of Kenora is pleased to share the results of the recent bridge art pieces survey which was launched as a follow up to the Community Conversation open house that was held on March 20, 2019.

This survey provided an additional opportunity for the public to share their thoughts about the future placement of the returned art pieces. The survey and the Community Conversation were necessary fact-finding steps to know if there was a desire to explore the future of the art pieces further. Overall, the results have shown support for a permanent display of the figures.

The online survey prompted 554 responses over three weeks, from March 20 to April 10, 2019. The survey asked six specific questions to gauge how people felt about the art pieces, if the pieces should be displayed, and how important the figures are to Kenora’s heritage. The data showed an overwhelming 94% of respondents support having the pieces displayed publically, and 91% of the respondents feel the pieces are significant to our community’s history.

Given the positive feedback, the next steps will involve reviewing the hundreds of comments received in the survey and to arrange further consultation with Indigenous Elders.

We are pleased with the number of respondents and the honesty in the comments received. Having this feedback will guide respectful decision-making as we move forward.

Quick Facts:
• 554 responses
• 54% (296) feel the art pices are an extremely important part of our history and 37% (171) feel the pieces are very important
• 94% (512) feel the art pices should be publically displayed

City Looking for Assistance to Recover Heritage Art Pieces

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight – UPDATED

Load Restriction Lifted as of May 17, 2019

Please be advised the load restriction on local roads put in place on March 23rd was lifted as of Friday, May 17, 2019.

The seasonal restriction comes off earlier than posted on the roadside signs. This means heavier vehicles may now travel on those previously limited roadways.

The City thanks the public for their patience and cooperation.

Council Approves 2019 Tax Rates

Today, May 21, 2019, Council approves the 2019 Tax Rates for the City of Kenora. The 2019 Capital Budget was approved on December 18, 2018 and the Operating Budget on March 19, 2019.

The 2019 assessment resulted in an increase in the residential tax base of 5.2%. Of this, 4.7% related to increased values on existing homes, with the balance of the increase resulting from new construction.

It was acknowledged that there were many budget challenges to overcome in 2019. Council knew it had to make every effort to help reduce the impact of these assessment increases on the average homeowner. Therefore, again in 2019, 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. Also in 2019 the Vacant Unit Rebates for any partial vacancies or building portions have been eliminated and the tax reductions for vacant land, units, and excess land have been reduced to 15% for the commercial, and industrial property classes.

Today’s budget represents a 0.9% 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 typical property with no changes (changes such as a new garage or an addition), the assessment rose by 4.7% but the municipal property tax rate decreased by 0.9%. A property worth $171,000 in 2018 would have paid $2,089.63 in municipal taxes. In 2019, this same property, on average, is assessed at $179,500 and will pay $2,173.85 in taxes. This is an $84.22 dollar increase from the prior year. These amounts are for municipal taxes only and do not include the education taxes.

“Development of the 2019 budget was a challenging one for Council and our taxpayers are always at the forefront of views when determining the impacts of establishing the tax rates. Council gave close consideration to all projects and evaluated the necessities of each level of service and strategies. Council will continue to maintain the City’s financial strength through strong fiscal management and grow our community within our strategic vision.” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

Jon Ranger, Deputy Treasurer

Property Taxes

Third Street South Road Closures

Please be advised that sections of Third Street South will be closed to all traffic as per the following schedule:

1) May 27 – July 22, 2019 – Third Street South between Sixth Avenue South and Seventh Avenue South; and

2) July 22 – September 16, 2019 – Third Street South between Fifth Avenue South and Sixth Avenue South.

The closures are necessary to allow Titan Contractors to replace sewer and water lines in the area.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience as this infrastructure improvement is completed.

Questions or concerns about the road closure should be directed to Titan Contactors, admin@titancontractors.ca, 807-548-5666.

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Kenora Recreation Centre Day Parking Enforced

Kenora Recreation Centre Lots 5 & 7 Parking Enforcement Effective May 31, 2019

Please be advised that effective May 31st, 2019, day time parking in Lots 5 & 7 will be enforced.

As per the City of Kenora Traffic By-law 180-2015 and Parking and Structure By-law 82-2018 the following will come into effect as of May 31st, 2019:

Lot 5 & 7 $5.00 per day – purchase at ticket machine or through Hotspot App
Monthly – $75.00 – purchase at Kenora Recreation front desk
Lot 5 Vehicles with trailers only permitted
Lot 7 Vehicles in excess of 6.7 meters not permitted unless Lot 5 is full
No overnight parking between 2:00 am and 6:00 am in Lots 5 & 7

Lot 6 Overnight parking only – Vehicles in excess of 6.7 meters permitted
Nightly: $7.00 plus applicable taxes
Weekly: $35.00 plus applicable taxes
Monthly: $130.00 plus applicable taxes
Seasonal: $390.00 plus applicable taxes

Overnight parking vouchers can be purchased at the Kenora Recreation front desk, and must be placed face up on the vehicle front dashboard.  Additionally, overnight passes are available for purchase through the Hotspot App.

Josh Nelson, Tourism & Recreation Division Lead
jnelson@kenora.ca (807) 467-2986

Board Members Required For Museum Board

City Council is seeking citizens interested in serving as a Member of the Lake of the Woods Museum Board.  The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2022 (at the pleasure of Council).

Lake of the Woods Museum Board controls and manages the Lake of the Woods Museum in the collection, preservation, and exhibition of objects that best serve to illustrate the founding, settlement, and development of Rat Portage, Kenora, Keewatin, Jaffray Melick and Lake of the Woods from 1700 to present.

If you are passionate about your community and have an interest in the Museum, please submit your application form to:

Kelly Galbraith, Deputy Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

On or before: Monday, May 27, 2019

Application Forms and a copy of the eligibility requirements are available at City Hall, or a copy of the application form can be obtained by visiting Kenora.ca / Government / Forms

Victoria Day Holiday Hours

The Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre is open on the Victoria Day holiday from 9 am to 4 pm.

All other City buildings and facilities are closed.

For after hours troubles, call 807-467-2080.

Emergency services on duty as usual.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.