City of Kingston proposes changes to zoning bylaw for trade shows

City of Kingston proposes changes to zoning bylaw for trade shows
On Thursday, The City of Kingston’s planning committee will consider changes to a zoning bylaw to make it easier for them to host non-sporting events, such as home and garden shows, boat shows and others.

“We felt that in order to host certain types of events that the community wanted, we had to update our existing bylaws,” said Lanie Hurdle, the acting Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kingston.

The amendment to the bylaw would allow trade shows and specific day retail sales at the following municipally owned facilities:

The bylaw comes weeks after the Limestone Arts Show was cancelled just days before it was to be held at the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex in the neighbourhood of Westbrook.

“When [HarbourEdge] took over management of the sportsplex, it examined the city’s zoning by-laws and confirmed that trade shows are permitted,” said Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex in the letter.

“[A] dispute erupted when the city decided that it did not want the sportsplex to host further trade shows, driven by the city’s obvious desire to create a trade show monopoly in city owned facilities.”

The City of Kingston says they tried to work with the owner of the dome for a few years, even providing conditional licences, but in the case of the art show, the facility submitted an incomplete application.

“We had agreed that we were going to be looking at complete applications and compliance and we had to go in a different direction,” said Hurdle.

According to the dome, HarbourEdge is suing the City of Kingston and intends to vigorously pursue the City for the damages to the full extent permitted by law.
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