Since 1970, our rigorous and well-focused two-year Master of Planning (M.PL.) program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field and to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving urban environment.
In 1998, the City of Kingston amalgamated with two adjacent townships to form one large municipal government. Since amalgamation, the City of Kingston has struggled to develop a unified planning vision and strategy. The Urban Growth Strategy study, began in June 2002, is the first comprehensive review of the growth issues faced by the amalgamated City of Kingston. The Official Plans prepared by the three former municipalities were based upon independent approaches to development. However, with the new City, there is a need for a single, unified concept to guide decisions on City-wide issues. This Strategy provides an integrated approach to coordinated growth management of the City for the next 25 years (i.e. to 2026). However, the strategy has raised many interesting and far-reaching planning questions and concerns, principle among them are to what extent is growth to occur as “in-fill” and how much growth is to occur at the periphery. Where to draw the urban growth boundary in Kingston is proving to be a highly controversial and divisive issue within the community.
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