City seeks input on parkland dedication strategy

Open house October 5 at City Hall

Guelph, Ont., September 22, 2017 – The City of Guelph is inviting members of the public to attend an open house on Thursday, October 5, in updating its parkland dedication strategy.

“Parkland dedication is one of a number of tools that the City uses to secure additions to its park system through the development approval process; it’s also a tool that can be employed to manage or facilitate growth in Guelph,” says Jyoti Pathak, a park planner with the City.

The first session is from 2-4 p.m., followed by an evening session from 6-8 p.m. Both sessions take place at City Hall and there is a formal presentation within the first half hour.

City staff and The Planning Partnership—project consultants—will talk about the project, including background research that is informing the work, input received from key stakeholders to date, and the draft framework for parkland dedication in Guelph.

Attendees will have opportunity to ask questions about the project and provide feedback. There will also be an online survey available starting October 6 at guelph.ca/haveyoursay. Deadline for input is October 20.

About the project

The City is reviewing and updating its parkland dedication strategy to meet the province’s Planning Act (Section 42) and to implement the revised parkland dedication policies adopted by City Council under Section 7.3 of Official Plan Amendment 48.

The existing Parkland Dedication Bylaw was adopted in 1989, with two amendments in 1990 and 2007. Since then, planning in Ontario broadly, and Guelph specifically, has evolved a great deal and an update is required.

The Planning Partnership is leading the review and update. The team is working closely with City staff and specialists in municipal law, financial analysis, market research and real estate appraisal. Proposed updates to the bylaw will progress through multiple phases of community and stakeholder engagement as well as consultation with City staff.

Learn more about the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review and update.

Media contact

Luke Jefferson
Manager Open Space Planning
519-822-1260 extension 2527
luke.jefferson@guelph.ca