Council unanimously endorses Enterprise Framework

Framework, planning tool mark a shift in Guelph’s approach to city building

Guelph, On, June 19, 2014 – Guelph City Council has unanimously endorsed the Enterprise Framework and an enterprise planning tool to help move major city building initiatives from vision to implementation.

In her opening remarks, Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge noted that the Enterprise approach is about integrating the City’s planning strategies with its economic development platform to maximize the benefit to the community.

The Enterprise Framework will better allow the City to ensure major initiatives align with community and Council priorities and will include evaluation of factors such as job creation, investment and partnership leverage potential.

One such city building initiative is intensifying Guelph’s downtown core, which is being implemented through the City’s Downtown Secondary Plan and Downtown Community Improvement Plan.

The Baker District redevelopment is a major project within these downtown activation plans. Last night Council endorsed ‘private and major institutional’ as the preferred program direction for the proposed redevelopment of Baker District. Potential partners for the Baker Street redevelopment include the Guelph Public Library, Conestoga College, YMCA, and Innovation Guelph in addition to private sector involvement.

As a result of the redevelopment of the Baker Street site, staff estimates the downtown core would see about $44 million in annual retail spending among residents, students, visitors, and employees by bringing upwards of 3,700 visitors to the site each day.

Council also directed staff to identify a 350 space parking project in year one of the 2015 10-year capital budget for consideration by the next term. The project addresses current parking deficiencies and prepares for future two-way, all-day GO train service investments.

For more information

Ian Panabaker
Corporate Manager
Downtown Renewal
519-822-1260 extension 2475
ian.panabaker@guelph.ca