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.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT (BY-LAW NO. 84-2019) IS TO:
• 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.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT (BY-LAW NO. 85-2019):
• 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

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
807-467-2010
jranger@kenora.ca

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.

Road Closure 3rd St S

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

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-05

Corporation of the City Of Kenora
Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-19-05
Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P13, s. 34

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, at the following time and location:

Statutory Public Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application during their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

You are also invited to attend The Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regular meeting, who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, commencing at the following time and location:

PAC Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Purpose and Effect: to change the zoning of the subject property from LC-Local Commercial [34] with Bed and Breakfast to R3-Residential Third Density, to allow for development of those uses permitted within the R3 zone, including a single family dwelling with flexibility for other R3 permitted uses with legal non-complying requirements in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Zoning By-law.

Location of Property: 127 Fifth Avenue South; generally known as “The Kendall House”. Refer to the map below.

Public Meeting:
Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the PAC or Statutory Public Meeting, and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are aware of any person interested in or affected by the application who has not received a copy of this notice you are requested to inform that person of this meeting.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before May 16th, 2019 and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed:
a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Appeal of a decision of the Municipality in respect of this amendment to the Zoning By-Law may be made by any person or public body not later than 20 days after notice of the decision is given.

Notice of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Pihulak, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Additional Information is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, if you require more information: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

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 9th day of May, 2019

Map Location D14-19-05

Notice of Completion Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-06

Corporation of the City of Kenora
Notice of Completion Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-19-06
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Sections 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a City-initiated Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to the City of Kenora Zoning By-law, Council Adoption December 15, 2015 (By-law No. 101-2015), as amended, at the following time and location:

Statutory Public Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

You are also invited to attend The Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regular meeting, who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, commencing at the following time and location:

PAC Public Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Purpose and Effect: to establish a Residential – Small Home Zone (SH) in Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, as amended, which will address permitted uses and regulations related to minimum lot area and minimum gross floor area. The zone contains more flexible regulation to enable the development of small homes in the City.

Description of the Lands: The City will review site specific applications for Zoning By-law Amendment, no locations are proposed at this time.

Public Meetings: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the PAC and/or Statutory Public Meeting, and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are the owner of any land that contains seven or more residential units, please post this notice in an area that is visible to all of the residents.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before May 16th, 2019, and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

Notice Of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Pihulak, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2.

Additional Information about this matter, including information about appeal rights is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca, to make an appointment.

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 9th day of May, 2019

Cemetery Spring Clean-Up

To Family and Friends of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery

Please be advised that the cemetery staff have started spring clean-up of the cemetery grounds in preparation for seasonal maintenance. Personal items have been gathered from graves and are ready for pick-up from the same location as previous years.

Family and friends are asked to collect all belongings by June 1, 2019.

The City of Kenora thanks the public for their cooperation and understanding as cemetery groundskeeping begins.

Lake of the Woods Cemetery

HotSpot Parking Launches in Kenora

Pay-by-phone parking has come to Kenora. Local residents are now able to benefit from HotSpot Parking’s mobile-based pay-by-phone parking solution.

HotSpot Parking, a Canadian company, officially launched its product in Kenora today. Today’s announcement marks a continuation of the company’s Ontario expansion.

“At HotSpot, we’ve mastered providing commuters in mid-sized cities with convenient, affordable parking solutions from their smartphone,” said Phillip Curley, HotSpot CEO. “We’re very excited about bringing our affordable, high-quality service to the people of Kenora. Our goal is to make an often-confusing parking world a little more navigable – and more affordable!”

Through its pay-for-membership model, HotSpot’s mobile app offers users convenient parking solutions including:

• Remote parking top-ups so users no longer have to run back to the meter;
• Access to all metered parking in Kenora; and
• Consistent service throughout the City.

One of HotSpot’s most popular features is its easy refund for unused parking hours. That means if parkers don’t use all of the time allotted to them, they can be credited for that time and apply it to future parking solutions, making HotSpot a major money-saver.

“We are thrilled to partner with HotSpot to bring their pay-by-phone parking app to Kenora. We encourage residents and visitors to download the app to experience the convenience and benefits of this innovative service,” said Heather Lajeunesse, Enforcement Division Lead for the City of Kenora. “Most of us do everything from our phone, and now parking customers will be able pay electronically and monitor their parking time without returning to their vehicles. While coins are still accepted for parking throughout the City, this option will reduce the number of coins people have to carry around as well as the amount of work it takes to gather and roll coin.”

Curley says HotSpot hopes to bring more innovative products to Kenora residents in the months to come.