Community input sought for new public nuisance by-law

GUELPH, ON, November 13, 2012 – The City of Guelph invites community members to participate in one or both upcoming town halls to learn more about the development of a new public nuisance by-law, ask questions, voice concerns and support, and provide comments.

The City, with the assistance of Guelph Police Services, has developed a public nuisance by-law. The purpose is to provide by-law officers and police with tools to address minor, unwanted behaviour or activities on City-owned property and in certain limited cases, private land, without laying criminal charges.

Of significance, the draft by-law provides tools to address:

  • Activities that endanger the public using City facility
  • Activities that damage City facilities or land, including protests, rallies or camping
  • Parties on private property that may affect public safety

To inform the final draft public nuisance by-law, the City hopes to hear from a variety of community members.

The final draft by-law and report containing all feedback received by the City, will be submitted to Council for consideration in 2013.

Residents are asked to register in advance for each town hall by contacting Beth Bergevin at 519-822-1260 x 2042 or beth.bergevin@guelph.ca.

WHAT

Telephone town hall discussion

WHO

Doug Godfrey, the City’s manager of Bylaw Compliance and Security

Chief Bryan Larkin, Guelph Police Services

WHEN

Wednesday, November 21, 7 to 8 p.m.

If unable to register in advance, the phone number to call at 7 p.m. is 1-855-269-4484.

WHAT

Town hall meeting

WHO

Doug Godfrey, the City’s manager of Bylaw Compliance and Security

Chief Bryan Larkin, Guelph Police Services

WHERE

City Hall, Galleria, 1 Carden Street

WHEN

Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bus tickets and childcare are available for registered participants.

Community members unable to attend either town hall can send the City their comments by December 7, by email at public-input@guelph.ca, voicemail by calling 519-822-1260x 2422, fax 519-822-1751 or mail to Public nuisance bylaw comments, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3A1.

More information is available at guelph.ca> city hall > by-laws & policies > draft by-laws.

For more information

Doug Godfrey
Manager, Bylaw Compliance and Security
Operations, Transit & Emergency Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2520
doug.godfrey@guelph.ca