Category Archives: City Hall

City to develop application for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions

September 11, 2018

Current suspension of enforcement continues during procedure development Guelph, Ont., September, 11, 2018–Last night, Guelph City Council approved the development of a new procedure to allow groups of residents to apply for temporary enforcement suspensions of driveway width infractions in their neighbourhood. “While the procedure is developed, the City will continue to enforce Zoning Bylaw (1995) – 14864 regulations related to driveway widths and issue notifications of illegal driveways, but we won’t issue charges for residential homes classified as semi-detached/duplex and on-street townhouses,” says Rob Reynen, chief building official for the City. “The specific restrictions and conditions for suspended enforcement, including the additional criteria defined by Council, are now posted in detail on the City’s website.” Procedure development The procedure for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions… Continue reading City to develop application for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions


Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension

September 11, 2018

On September 10, 2018, Council approved the development of a new procedure that would allow groups of residents in a defined area to request temporary enforcement suspensions of driveway width infractions until the comprehensive Zoning Bylaw review is complete. Details on the enforcement suspension The City will not lay charges for the following parking in residential zone regulations of the Zoning Bylaw (1995) – 14864 for homes classified as R.2 Residential semi-detached/duplex and R.3B On-street townhouse, provided driveways meet the additional criteria set by Council (see list below regulations): 4.13.7.2.3 A Driveway (Residential) in an R.2 Zone shall have a maximum driveway width of 3.5 metres. 4.13.7.2.4 Despite Section 4.13.7.2.3, a surfaced walk within 1.5 metres of the nearest foundation wall is permitted providing that… Continue reading Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application for 1467 Gordon Street

August 30, 2018

The City has received an application for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at 1467 Gordon Street are as follows: Request for variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 1.23m2 non-illuminated building sign to be located on the second storey of a building face fronting a public road allowance. Request for variances from Table 1, Row 6 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 1.23m2 non-illuminated building sign to be located on the second storey of a building face fronting an adjacent property. Delegate or submit comments The report will be addressed at the Council meeting in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application for 1467 Gordon Street


Heat warning issued for city of Guelph

August 27, 2018

Keep cool at air-conditioned City facilities and libraries Guelph, Ont., August 27, 2018 – Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Guelph. Hot and humid conditions arrive today and continue through early Wednesday. The City of Guelph reminds residents that air-conditioned City facilities and libraries are open, during regular business hours, to residents and visitors looking for a place to keep cool during the heat warning. Visit guelph.ca/coolingcentres for a list of locations and hours. When it’s hot, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reminds residents to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, and to make a habit of checking on elderly family, friends, and neighbours. It’s also a good idea to plan breaks from the heat by spending a few hours in an… Continue reading Heat warning issued for city of Guelph


Guelph makes an impression with Ontario’s new government

August 22, 2018

Mayor Cam Guthrie, Councillors Cathy Downer and Mark MacKinnon, and the City’s executive team return to Guelph today after three days of meetings with members of Ontario’s new government. Continue reading Guelph makes an impression with Ontario’s new government


Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa for 16 meetings with provincial officials

August 17, 2018

Mayor Cam Guthrie will lead a delegation from Guelph for a total of 16 meetings with government ministers, parliamentary assistants, and opposition MPPs. Continue reading Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa for 16 meetings with provincial officials


Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors

August 17, 2018

Attention: Home Builders and Residential Contractors Please be advised of the following change for all accessory apartment building permit applications made after September 1st, 2018. This will apply to all homes, regardless of age, where the HVAC system is shared between the two units. Building Services will be requiring the installation of a duct type smoke detector in the supply or return air ducts which would turn off the fuel supply and electrical power to the HVAC system upon activation of the detector. An alternative to a duct type smoke detector is to have smoke alarms connected to a relay switch on the furnace or air handling system to shut down the circulation fan upon activation of the smoke alarms. This change is being made… Continue reading Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors


Changes to bulk City water revenue meter installation standards

August 16, 2018

Attention: Homebuilders, architects, engineers, industrial, commercial and institutional Contractors Please be advised of the following changes to bulk water meter construction and installation requirements and restrictions for residential developments (including rental apartment buildings and cluster townhouse sites) and industrial, commercial and institutional developments. The following is offered in complement to Water Services’ May 2, 2018 “Changes to Water Metering Requirements for New Developments – effective July 1, 2018” notice. The respective terms of this notice will take precedent over contents of past notices and form policy and business requirements for all applicable building permits effective immediately; Planned servicing to such properties will be required to provide sufficient space for a single bulk water revenue meter, to measure all water fed to the entire private water… Continue reading Changes to bulk City water revenue meter installation standards


AA+ credit rating reaffirms Guelph’s solid financial foundation

August 15, 2018

Guelph, Ont., August 15, 2018 – The City of Guelph’s credit rating remains strong at AA+ as announced today by S&P Global Ratings (S&P). “This is great news for ensuring the long-term prosperity of Guelph,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “This rating not only reflects the City of Guelph’s solid financial position and practices, it also speaks to our vibrant economy, ability to attract new residents, employers, and investment opportunities.” S&P is an independent company that looks at corporations around the world and analyses their capacity to meet financial obligations. The City of Guelph’s AA+ rating signifies its ability to meet its financial commitments is between very strong and extremely strong. Council and City administration’s management of its finances is a big part of why the… Continue reading AA+ credit rating reaffirms Guelph’s solid financial foundation


Notice of decision meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66—Affordable Housing

August 9, 2018

Further to the Public Meeting held on June 11, 2018, Guelph City Council will consider the City initiated Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 66 for Affordable Housing at an upcoming Council meeting. The meeting will take place: Monday, September 10 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the affordable housing proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66 Purpose and effect of the proposed OPA No. 66 The purpose and effect of the proposed OPA is to update the affordable housing policies in the Official Plan in accordance with the Council approved Affordable Housing Strategy (2017). The OPA would amend Section 7.2 of the Official Plan to update the affordable housing targets, including removing the separate policy encouraging the creation of approximately 90 accessory apartment units. The policies would also be updated… Continue reading Notice of decision meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66—Affordable Housing


Radon testing of new homes – Mandatory Testing

August 7, 2018

Attention:  Home Builder As per information conveyed previously, the City will not be arranging nor paying for the mandatory radon testing of new homes built in accordance with radon compliance option #1  this coming winter. This affects all new homes in which occupancy was granted after January 31, 2018 and approximately 16 homes which failed to deploy the testing kits last winter. As the permit holder, it will be your responsibility to ensure the radon test is conducted through a certified laboratory and submitted to the City for all homes in which radon option #1 has been chosen. In early November, we will provide a list of homes requiring mandatory testing in which occupancy was granted after January 31, 2018, as well as the homes… Continue reading Radon testing of new homes – Mandatory Testing


City of Guelph gets down to business with new GM of Business Development and Enterprise  

August 3, 2018

Guelph, Ont., August 3, 2018 – There’s a new leader in the City of Guelph’s Business Development and Enterprise (BDE) office—Helen Loftin. Loftin joins the City as the new General Manager of BDE on September 10. “We’ve been looking for someone with international experience, commitment to the community and a true sense of partnership to build an even stronger local economy,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City of Guelph. “I’m confident that Helen has the leadership and foresight to set Guelph on a successful course for the future.” Loftin comes to the City with over 30 years’ experience working with government, private sector and community partners, most recently as Senior VP Marketing and Communications for Mennonite Economic Development Associates,… Continue reading City of Guelph gets down to business with new GM of Business Development and Enterprise  


Local experts gather to tackle food challenges in Guelph-Wellington

July 27, 2018

The average Canadian household throws away about $1,400 of edible food every year Guelph, Ont., July 27, 2018—Nationally, $31 billion in useful food ends up in landfills every year. This food waste has an environmental impact approximately equal to the emissions of two million cars on the road, according to social entrepreneur Chef Jagger Gordon, founder of Feed it Forward. About half of this waste happens in homes, the equivalent of $25 to $30 per week per household, and could support people who are not food secure. Our convenience lifestyles and lack of understanding about food waste are key reasons for this waste, notes University of Guelph Associate Professor Dr. Kate Parizeau. These are just a few of the compelling statistics that experts, entrepreneurs, innovators… Continue reading Local experts gather to tackle food challenges in Guelph-Wellington


City of Guelph releases 2017 Report to the Community

July 24, 2018

This isn’t a typical financial or performance report because it’s not just about us. It’s about residents, business, community groups, visitors, volunteers, and our own employees. It’s about people working together to make Guelph a great city, Continue reading City of Guelph releases 2017 Report to the Community


City announces partner for Baker District redevelopment

July 17, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 17, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce Windmill Development Group as the preferred partner to lead the planning, design and development for the Baker District project. The Ottawa-based real estate development company was named last night during a special meeting of Council at which staff presented an update on the project. “Windmill’s proven development experience, financial strength, ambition and award-winning design excellence align with the City’s vision and objectives for this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. He adds, “Awarding this project marks a critical milestone in the Baker District redevelopment project as we’re able to move forward with development concepts, getting us closer to revitalizing this underused urban space.” “We… Continue reading City announces partner for Baker District redevelopment


Councillor Cathy Downer returns to Association of Municipalities of Ontario board

July 12, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 12, 2018 – Ward 5 Councillor Cathy Downer has been acclaimed to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) board of directors for a second term as a member of the Large Urban Caucus. “I am thrilled to continue to provide Guelph’s voice at the table on the important advocacy work of AMO – including issues such as affordable housing, infrastructure, waste management, and climate change,” said Councillor Downer. “The work of AMO is particularly important with the election of a new provincial government. We must ensure that municipalities have the chance to contribute to decisions made at the provincial level.” Councillor Downer was first acclaimed to the AMO board in August 2016. In her first term, she served as co-chair of… Continue reading Councillor Cathy Downer returns to Association of Municipalities of Ontario board


City Council – July 23, 2018

July 12, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday,  July 23, 2018 – 5 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Closed Meeting Items Dolime Quarry – Mediation Update Open Meeting – 6:30 p.m.  Presentation Plastics Free Guelph – Shayne Douglas Ward, Executive Director  Committee of the Whole Consent Report CS-2018-54  2018-2019 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule IDE-2018-95 Sign By-Law Variances – 26 Clair Road West   IDE-2018-96 Sign By-Law Variances – 465 Woodlawn Road… Continue reading City Council – July 23, 2018


City approves financial incentive program for brownfield redevelopment

July 12, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 12, 2018 – On Monday evening City Council approved an update to the City’s Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP provides financial incentives to help offset the cost of environmental investigation and clean-up of brownfield sites. The CIP update includes changes to the program to make it easier to access funding. The improvements include: an increase in the environmental study grant maximum from $15,000 to $30,000 per study; clarification of the grant program requirements that will ease the application process for both staff and proponents; and an extension of the timeframe for CIP programs for another five years. “The cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites have a number of benefits for the community,” says Tim Donegani, policy planner. “Investment in… Continue reading City approves financial incentive program for brownfield redevelopment


Notice of intention to designate: Hart farmhouse

July 11, 2018

The Hart farmhouse is located within what is currently known as Lot 58 in the Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision for Hart Village. Continue reading Notice of intention to designate: Hart farmhouse


City launches new online engagement platform with Guelph’s Community Plan

July 10, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 10, 2018 – Today the City of Guelph launched its new online engagement platform. The site, Have Your Say Guelph, which will host all online engagement opportunities for City projects, currently features three different activities for the Community Plan project with more to come. “Finding new and innovative ways to reach and engage our community is important to us,” says Derrick Thomson, chief administrative officer. “We’re excited to test this new platform with the Community Plan, extending our reach into the community and meeting people where they are. These tools give us the opportunity to talk to people about our community’s direction who may not attend public events. We want the community to be heard and to know we’re listening.” The engagement… Continue reading City launches new online engagement platform with Guelph’s Community Plan


Notice: Noise exemption granted for July 20-21 at 104 Summit Ridge Drive

July 6, 2018

The City has granted Reid’s Heritage Homes an exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw. The exemption gives permission for night work from July 20 to July 21, 2018 at 104 Summit Ridge Drive to pour a concrete slab. If this exemption impacts you, please contact City bylaw at bylaw@guelph.ca or 519-822-1260 extension 2423 by July 17, 2018 to request that the decision be reviewed by City Council. For more information David Wiedrick, Manager Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing, Operations 519-822-1260 extension 3475 david.wiedrick@guelph.ca


City honours the late Marg MacKinnon with room dedication

July 4, 2018

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., July 4, 2018 – Join us for a commemorative plaque unveiling as we rename City Hall’s Room 112 in honour of the late Marg MacKinnon. Marg MacKinnon was Guelph’s second female councillor, serving from 1973 to 1986. MacKinnon was influential in the establishment of the Guelph Arts Council in 1975 and served as chair of the Citizens’ Committee for the development of River Run Centre. As a mentor, she encouraged young and recently arrived Guelphites to get involved in civic life. What Commemorative naming in honour of Marg MacKinnon Who Mayor and members of Guelph City Council City of Guelph Commemorative Naming Committee MacKinnon Family When Monday, July 9 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where City Hall, 1 Carden Street,… Continue reading City honours the late Marg MacKinnon with room dedication


July 9, 2018 – Council Planning

June 28, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday, July 9, 2017 – 4:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Closed Meeting 132 Harts Lane West, Draft Plan of Subdivision, Appeal of Draft Plan Conditions Canada Revenue Agency Payroll Compliance Matter Dolime Quarry – Mediation Process Update Open Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Council Consent Agenda IDE-2018-100 Decision Report City-initiated Administrative Amendment to Zoning By-law (1995)-14864 to Address Service Animals (File: ZC1803) IDE-2018-90 Decision… Continue reading July 9, 2018 – Council Planning


Proposed Development Charges presented to Guelph City Council

June 28, 2018

Guelph’s proposed Development Charges were presented to City Council and are scheduled to take effect March 2, 2019
Continue reading Proposed Development Charges presented to Guelph City Council


Guelph’s abuzz with Bee City designation

June 27, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 27, 2018 – If residents ever needed proof that Guelph is a hive of activity, they’d need only look at the City of Guelph’s Bee City designation from Bee City Canada. Monday night, Council approved a staff-recommended Bee City application that commits to three pollinator-friendly goals: Creating, maintaining and improving pollinator habitat Educating the community about the importance of pollinators Celebrating pollinators during International Pollinator Week and other times of the year “Being officially designated as a Bee City complements all the great work our staff and the community are already doing to encourage pollinators into our city,”  says Dave Beaton, supervisor of Trails and Natural Area Stewardship. “Currently, the City maintains pollinator habitat in parks, trails and gardens,  hosts speakers from… Continue reading Guelph’s abuzz with Bee City designation


Council approves Boulevard Maintenance business service review

June 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont.,  June 26, 2018 – Last night, City Council approved staff recommendations from the Boulevard Maintenance business service review final report keeping boulevard maintenance service levels at current standards, and implementing new processes for efficiencies. The report recommended no changes to the types or frequency of boulevard maintenance. Improvements will be made to gain efficiencies in maintaining City boulevards. The impacts of those recommendations include: Improved process and data consistency Enhanced processes to help staff forecast Increased collaboration of staff from different departments in the planning, development and inspection of boulevards Improved data collection and performance reporting Homeowners will continue to maintain the cul-de-sacs, front boulevards and side boulevards on their streets. What is a boulevard? Resources About the business service reviews Media contact… Continue reading Council approves Boulevard Maintenance business service review


Public notice: Have your say on the draft natural heritage action plan

June 25, 2018

Online feedback form open until July 24 The City’s draft natural heritage action plan is ready for your feedback. Give us your feedback So far we’ve looked at our own current environmental policies and practices and engaged staff, stakeholders and the public in sharing ideas and developing draft actions. The action plan will guide our efforts in managing our natural heritage system and water resources while continuing to support development and growth. All of that work has led to the creation of the draft action plan. Have your say  Complete a short online survey and tell us what actions within the plan are most important to you. A summary of the feedback will be shared publicly. All input is anonymous. Delegate to Committee of the Whole on… Continue reading Public notice: Have your say on the draft natural heritage action plan


Local citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards

June 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 25, 2018–  Mayor Cam Guthrie will present Mayor’s Awards to five local volunteers and community-builders on June 28 as part of the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala. Mayor’s Awards have been presented each year since 1997 to recognize individuals who are making exceptional contributions to the Guelph community. The 2018 honourees are: Anne Godfrey, a community leader, member of several local boards, mentor, and volunteer who served six terms on Guelph City Council from 1975-85. Anne played key roles in the establishment of the River Run Centre and the Willowdale day care centre and served on the boards of the Children’s Aid Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Big Sisters, the Guelph Arts Council, Women In Crisis, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Homewood… Continue reading Local citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application

June 21, 2018

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject properties are as follows: 26 Clair Road West Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 0.9m2 illuminated building sign to be a height of 2.2m above the ground surface. Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 6.2m2 non-illuminated building sign painted directly onto a wall to be a height of 2.2m above the ground surface. Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 5m2 illuminated building… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Are you on the voters’ list?

June 18, 2018

Check to see if you’re registered to vote in this fall’s municipal election Get on the list at voterlookup.ca Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2018 –If you’ve just moved to Guelph, are a new voter, or had a name or address change, you might want to check to see if you’re on the voters’ list. To cast your ballot on October 22 in the municipal election, you need to be on the voters’ list and now is the perfect time to confirm your information, or add your name with a few quick clicks online at voterlookup.ca “This voter look up tool is so easy to use and makes voting on Election Day just that much easier,” said Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for City of Guelph. “We… Continue reading Are you on the voters’ list?


Looking for members to join election audit committee by July 13

June 14, 2018

The City of Guelph and the municipalities from the Region of Waterloo are working together to form a Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC) to review candidate or registered third-party2018 election campaign finances. Committee pool Up to 10 individuals, from all applications submitted, will be placed into a pool. When a municipality receives a request for an election finance compliance audit, that city will call upon individuals from the pool to form a committee. Committee members will need to commit to a four-year term through to November 2020. Individuals, who have financial, accounting or legal expertise, and knowledge of the municipal election process, are invited to apply. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Regional Clerk for the Region of Waterloo by July… Continue reading Looking for members to join election audit committee by July 13


City receives award for stormwater management innovation

June 12, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 12, 2018–The City of Guelph and Jacobs have been recognized with a Platinum Innovation Award of Merit from the Grand River chapter of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario. The award recognizes the team’s work to reuse sediment that was removed from a stormwater management pond during cleaning last year. The award was presented on Wednesday, May 30 at the chapter’s Annual General Meeting. “The City is honoured to receive this award from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario,” said Arun Hindupur, supervisor of infrastructure engineering. “Our team works hard to minimize the impact stormwater has on our community by regular cleaning of neighbourhood ponds. This award recognizes our efforts to take this work one step further—reusing material that would otherwise be sent to… Continue reading City receives award for stormwater management innovation


Guelph-Wellington chosen for international food study

June 12, 2018

The City of Guelph and County of Wellington has been selected to collaborate with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a part of the Foundation’s Cities and the Circular Economy for Food initiative. Continue reading Guelph-Wellington chosen for international food study


Enhanced online system makes it easy to apply for a building permit

June 8, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 8, 2018—Thinking of starting a renovation or building project at home? The City has just made that process a little easier for you. You can apply for a building permit, submit and receive drawings and book inspections and track your permit’s status using an online tool from the comfort of home or the office. While we’re happy to see and help you at City Hall, you don’t have to make the trip downtown; the choice is yours. Simply create your free account at https://gpas.guelph.ca and get started. Still want to bring in hard copies? That’s okay. We’re still accepting hard copies of drawings at City Hall as we work towards electronic submissions either online or in person on a USB key at… Continue reading Enhanced online system makes it easy to apply for a building permit


City’s GM of Court Services retires after 29 years

June 6, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 6, 2018 – After a distinguished 29-year career with the City of Guelph, General Manager of Court Services, Brad Coutts, will retire on June 22. “It’s always with mixed feelings that we say good-bye to such a dedicated employee,” said Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO, Corporate Services. “Brad was instrumental in the transfer of Provincial Offences Court Administration and Prosecutions to the City of Guelph from the Province in 2000, and led the design and renovation of Guelph’s historic former City Hall into its current use as the Provincial Offences Court serving Guelph-Wellington. We wish him well in his retirement.” Brad, a graduate of Dalhousie University, is a licensed paralegal by the Law Society of Ontario and was a founding member of the… Continue reading City’s GM of Court Services retires after 29 years


Guelph-Wellington named finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge

June 1, 2018

One of 10 awarded $250,000 on road to $10 million prize Guelph, Ont., June 1, 2018 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced finalists in the national Smart Cities Challenge today, with the Guelph-Wellington County entry named one of 10 in its population category and awarded $250,000 to further develop its bid for a $10 million prize. The Guelph-Wellington bid is entered in the category for communities with populations up to 500,000, which drew more than 100 proposals. It was developed in partnership with the University of Guelph, Conestoga College and dozens of other experts, entrepreneurs, innovators and community champions. As a finalist, Guelph-Wellington will continue work with partners in the bid to win one of two $10 million prizes to be announced by the federal… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington named finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge


Changes to permanent sign program

May 31, 2018

Attention:  Sign companies In order to improve safety and facilitate improved turnaround times relating to the permanent signs, the following changes will come into effect July 1, 2018: Permits for freestanding signs over 1.8m above ground level will be required to be designed and reviewed by a professional engineer. Permits for projecting building signs (including addresses) weighing more than 25kg will be required to be designed and reviewed by a professional engineer. In addition to the “Application for a Permit to Construct”, a “Sign permit details – Permanent Signs” will also be required to be submitted with all permanent sign permit applications. For your convenience, these forms are available online together as part of a new “Permanent sign application package” at guelph.ca/signs. Permits relating to… Continue reading Changes to permanent sign program


Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations

May 29, 2018

Council approves City’s continuing partnership with task force Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2018—Last night, Guelph City Council acknowledged, in principle, the role of Our Energy Guelph as the implementer of the Community Energy Initiative going forward, and approved the City of Guelph’s continued association with Our Energy Guelph as a primary stakeholder and partner. Council also approved Our Energy Guelph’s recommendations for the community as outlined in the updated community energy plan, including a target for Guelph to become a net zero carbon community by 2050. The 2007 Guelph Community Energy Plan, now the Community Energy Initiative, was the first of its kind in North America. In 2016, Council directed staff to initiate an update. A community-based task force was recruited to lead the update… Continue reading Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations


Committee of the Whole Agenda – June 5, 2018

May 24, 2018

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City Council – May 28, 2018

May 24, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday,  May 28, 2018 – 4:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Closed Meeting Items Downtown Guelph Business Association Board of Directors Appointment Employee Code of Conduct Breach Land Sale Transaction for 200 Hanlon Creek Blvd. between 785412 Ontario Ltd. (Everest Holdings) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Solid Waste Resources Business Service Review Final report – Confidential Material Recover Facility Update Potential Disposition… Continue reading City Council – May 28, 2018


Notice of intention to pass an amending by-law: removal a Holding (H) symbol

May 24, 2018

The lands affected by the proposed amendment are municipally known as 214 College Avenue E and legally described as Part of Lot 5, Concession 2, Division G Continue reading Notice of intention to pass an amending by-law: removal a Holding (H) symbol


Guelph-Wellington is creating Canada’s first circular food economy

May 22, 2018

Imagine a food system where there’s no such thing as waste, every citizen has access to healthy food, and new businesses are created as a result The City of Guelph and County of Wellington will build Canada’s first circular food economy: enhancing access to nutritious food, turning “waste” into resources, and creating new jobs and economic opportunities. This vision was unveiled today at the Arrell Food Summit in Guelph and Toronto, and is part of the Guelph-Wellington 50x50x50 by 2025 initiative: increasing access to affordable, nutritious food by 50%, creating 50 new circular businesses and collaborations and increasing circular economic revenues by 50% by recognizing the value of “waste” — all by 2025. “Guelph-Wellington already enjoys the reputation of being a hub of food innovation… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington is creating Canada’s first circular food economy


Come see what we do!

May 22, 2018

Join City staff on May 24 to celebrate Public Works Week Guelph, Ont., May 18, 2018 – In celebration of Public Works Week, we’re hosting an open house at 45 Municipal Street on Thursday, May 24. The family-friendly event will run from 3–7 p.m. featuring: City equipment and vehicles including an ambulance, Guelph Transit bus, zamboni and collections flusher City bylaw display including demonstrations of license plate recognition Construction and forestry teams explaining their work Traffic signal displays Food trucks providing food and drinks Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Guelph Food Bank. About National Public Works Week Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored Public Works Week across Canada and the United States. This year’s theme… Continue reading Come see what we do!


2018 Building Permit fees

May 16, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the Committee of the Whole of City Council supported proposed changes to the building permit fee schedule. City Council is scheduled to approve the proposed fee schedule at their May 28, 2018 meeting. Continue reading 2018 Building Permit fees


Notice of intention to pass an amending bylaw: removal a Holding (H) symbol

May 9, 2018

In accordance with Section 36 of the Planning Act R.S.O 1990 c.P.13., Guelph City Council on May 14, 2018 intends to pass a Zoning Bylaw amendment to remove a Holding (H) symbol from the City of Guelph Zoning By-law (1995)-14864. The lands affected by the proposed amendment are municipally known as 73 Arthur Street South or Phase 3 of 5 Arthur Street South and legally described as Part of Grist Mill Lands, East side of Speed River, Plan 113 and Part Lot 76, and Lots 77, 78, 79, 80, 81 and 82, Plan 113, (as amended), designated as Parts 11, 12 and 13, 61R11955, together with an easement over Part 17, 61R11955 as in Instrument No. WC212993; City of Guelph. The present zoning was passed by Guelph City Council on August 25, 2014. The R.4B-15.3… Continue reading Notice of intention to pass an amending bylaw: removal a Holding (H) symbol


Proposed Official Plan Amendment meeting: Affordable housing

May 9, 2018

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act where the proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for Affordable Housing will be considered. The meeting will take place: Monday, June 11 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 1 Carden Street, Guelph Council Report – Public Meeting Proposed Official Plan Amendment About the affordable housing proposed OPA Purpose and effect of the proposed Official Plan Amendment The purpose and effect of the proposed OPA is to update the affordable housing policies in the Official Plan in accordance with the Council approved Affordable Housing Strategy (2017). The OPA would amend Section 7.2 of the Official Plan to update the affordable housing targets, including removing the separate policy encouraging the creation of approximately 90 accessory apartment units. The policies would also be… Continue reading Proposed Official Plan Amendment meeting: Affordable housing


On-street parking restrictions may be temporarily lifted

May 9, 2018

Update May 25, 2018: Council approved the motion to temporarily lift parking restrictions just outside the downtown, allowing for all-day parking on residential streets. May 9, 2018 – On Monday, May 14, 2018, City Council will consider a motion to temporarily lift the parking restriction streets just outside the downtown to allow all day on-street parking. This motion is part of the City’s plan to address the downtown parking shortage which has resulted from the closure of the West Parkade and Wilson Street parking lot. If this motion is approved, it would create 145-175 spots for all-day parking by temporarily changing some no parking or two-hour on-street parking restrictions to allow all day on-street parking. Prior to considering this motion, the City implemented a number… Continue reading On-street parking restrictions may be temporarily lifted


Emailing of Inspection Reports

May 7, 2018

On June 1, 2018, Building Inspectors will no longer leave field reports on site Continue reading Emailing of Inspection Reports


Changes to water metering requirements for new developments, part 2 – effective July 1, 2018

May 2, 2018

This notice provides supplementary information to the Building Services and Water Servicesnotice released on February 12, 2018. Continue reading Changes to water metering requirements for new developments, part 2 – effective July 1, 2018