Kingston city council chooses priorities for remainder of term
After spending three days at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business, Kingston city councillors have determined the five areas in which they’d like to make significant advances during the remainder of their term.
The university hosted councillors and city staff for three days as part of this week’s strategic priority meetings.
The five areas council hopes to tackle by the end of its term in 2022 are affordable housing, transportation, climate action, economic development and fostering healthy citizens and spaces.
Seeing climate action on the list shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Kingston city council became only the third municipality in Canada to declare a climate emergency earlier this month.
Addressing housing concerns in Kingston isn’t a new goal, either, as Mayor Bryan Paterson has already assembled a task force to tackle the issue. Kingston’s vacancy rate is one of the lowest in the country, but council now has a goal to raise the vacancy rate to three per cent by 2022.
Councillors were given the chance to speak about the list, with most of them praising the three-day session and the results it yielded.
However, while these five issues have been chosen, the exact wording of the terms are still up for debate. Council also still needs to approve its strategic priorities, which will happen during an upcoming council meeting.
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