Category Archives: City Hall

Victoria Day holiday hours for City facilities and services

May 17, 2018

Holiday hours for the City of Guelph facilities and programs. Continue reading Victoria Day holiday hours for City facilities and services


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 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 updated to refer to the target where the City may… Continue reading Proposed Official Plan Amendment meeting: Affordable housing


On-street parking restrictions may be temporarily lifted

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 of actions including: Free evening and weekend parking in downtown lots Public parking in the Elizabeth Street lot with shuttle service to and from the Old Quebec Street… 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


Council passes Election Sign Bylaw

May 1, 2018

The bylaw comes into effect ahead of 2018 municipal election Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2018 – Council passed an Election Sign Bylaw that regulates the use of election signs  to minimize  interference along roadways.  The new bylaw will be in effect for the start of municipal election nominations on May 1. “This new election sign bylaw sets out clear guidelines for placement and size of signs to ensure pedestrian and vehicular sight lines are free of obstruction, ” says David Wiedrick, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing. The approved bylaw regulates: The size of election signs to a maximum of 0.47 square metres and a maximum display height of 2.13 metres The placement of election signs to the ward in which the candidate is… Continue reading Council passes Election Sign Bylaw


Guelph-Wellington in the running for Smart Cities Challenge

April 27, 2018

Pitch to be Canada’s first circular food economy could net region $10 million prize Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2018– The City of Guelph and County of Wellington are vying to win the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge with a proposal to create the first circular food economy in Canada. The vision behind the proposal was unveiled today at an event where Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, Wellington County Warden Dennis Lever, and Chief Administrative Officers of the City and County thanked Guelph’s Member of Parliament, Lloyd Longfield, for his pledge to champion it on Parliament Hill. Through the Smart Cities Challenge, communities were asked to identify a complex social problem, and propose a new way of solving it using innovation, data, and connected technology. The… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington in the running for Smart Cities Challenge


City, County, and partners to unveil vision of circular food economy

April 25, 2018

Project could win $10 million from Smart Cities Challenge Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., April 25, 2018 – Mayor Cam Guthrie, Warden Dennis Lever, City of Guelph CAO Derrick Thomson, County of Wellington CAO Scott Wilson, and dozens of local leaders will gather at Guelph City Hall Friday morning to celebrate Guelph-Wellington’s Smart Cities Challenge submission, and thank Guelph’s Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield for championing the application in Ottawa. The Smart Cities Challenge is a Government of Canada competition with a prize for the winning municipality of up to $10 million. The Guelph-Wellington application proposes to create Canada’s first circular food economy in order to ensure affordable, healthy, and sustainable food for all. What Launch of Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Challenge application… Continue reading City, County, and partners to unveil vision of circular food economy


See all Guelph’s current development applications on one interactive map

April 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 25, 2018­—Have you ever wondered what development is planned or being requested for your neighbourhood? Check out the City’s Current Development Application map to see applications under review for Official Plan, Zoning Bylaw amendments and plans of subdivision. This new interactive map lets you find out more about  active development applications and links to detailed information such as background studies, public notices and Council reports and links to Planning staff contacts to answer questions or to get involved in the public planning process. The map will be updated as applications progress. If you don’t see something you’re looking for please contact Development Planning by phone at 519-837-5616 or email at planning@guelph.ca. For more information Development Planning 519-837-5616 planning@guelph.ca


Learn more about building permits at your local home improvement store

April 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 25, 2018–Are you planning to start a renovation project or build a deck, this spring? Not sure if you need a building permit, or why a building permit is important? Ask us—we’ll be at your local home improvement store at the following dates and times. Saturday, April 28 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Home Hardware, 575 Wellington Street West, Guelph Saturday, May 12 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rona, 55 Dawson Road, Guelph For more information Laurie Belanger, Technical Lead, Residential Inspections Building Services 519-837-5615 extension 2234 laurie.belanger@guelph.ca  


Notice of Intention to Designate: 55 Delhi Street

April 24, 2018

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 55 Delhi Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Description of the property The property at 55 Delhi Street is located on the northeast side of Delhi Street, north of Eramosa Road and directly to the southeast of the Guelph General Hospital. The legal description of the subject property is: Lot 34 & Part Lot 35, Plan 133 , as in MS2192; S/T MS2192, S/T Right in MS2192 & Part Lot 40, Plan 133, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4, 61R20329; T/W CS8635; Together with an easement over Part Lots 35, 36, 40 & 41, Plan 133 Des as Parts 1 to… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 55 Delhi Street


Notice of Intention to Designate: 72 Farquhar Street

April 24, 2018

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 72 Farquhar Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Description of the property The property at 72 Farquhar Street is located at the southeast corner of Farquhar Street and Wyndham Street South. The current legal description of the entire subject property is: Part Market Place, Plan 8, Designated as Parts 1 and 4, Reference Plan 61R-21059. Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated) The subject property is worthy of designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act as it meets three of the prescribed criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest, according to Ontario Regulation… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 72 Farquhar Street


City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack

April 24, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 24, 2018 – City of Guelph flags have been lowered in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s horrific incident in Toronto, when a van drove into pedestrians, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15. “Our hearts are in Toronto today. Guelph is united with Toronto in grief in the face of this senseless attack on innocent people,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Guelph is thinking of our neighbours in Toronto today as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. We are also thinking of the first responders who rushed to the scene, and the bystanders who witnessed this shocking attack,” said Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson. City of Guelph flags at… Continue reading City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack


The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review

April 20, 2018

Have your say between until May 3 The next phase of the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review is underway. We invite you to read the draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw and provide comments. The Parkland Dedication Bylaw requires developers to either transfer land to the City to be used as parkland or offer payment in lieu of the land. This bylaw is the City’s way of making sure that as Guelph grows, our parks and open spaces grow with it. Your feedback will help staff develop the final draft bylaw that will go to Council in summer 2018. You can mail or email your comments to Jyoti Pathak, Park Planner with the City of Guelph. Read the draft bylaw For information on the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review,… Continue reading The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review


2018 municipal election nominations open May 1

April 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 20, 2018– The 2018 municipal election kicks off on May 1, the day that candidates can officially submit their nomination papers for the offices of mayor, city councillor or school board trustee. “Running for City Council or a trustee position is a great way to make a difference in Guelph,” said Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for the City of Guelph. “We invite anyone who is considering being a candidate in the municipal election to visit our website or contact us in the Clerk’s Office as there are new rules and legislation for this election.” Nomination packages will be available for pick up at the ServiceGuelph counter at City Hall and online at guelph.ca/vote as of April 30. Candidates are asked to make an… Continue reading 2018 municipal election nominations open May 1


Have your say on the Commercial Policy Review

April 19, 2018

We are currently undertaking a Commercial Policy Review in order to develop an updated Commercial Policy framework for the City. The study will result in updated Official Plan policies and Zoning Bylaw provisions to guide commercial development. The Official Plan policies will address the horizon years of 2031 and 2041 in order to align with the Official Plan which deals with the 2031 horizon year and the next Official Plan update addressing development to 2041. We would like your input to help evaluate draft commercial policy alternatives. Your input will remain anonymous, although a summary of the survey results will be made publicly available. Take the online survey to provide your feedback on the commercial policy review. For more information Joan Jylanne, Senior Policy Planner Planning… Continue reading Have your say on the Commercial Policy Review


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application

April 19, 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: 1515 Gordon Street Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit an illuminated freestanding sign to have a sign area of 4.53m2 and a height of 4.65m above the adjacent roadway. Delegate or submit comments These reports will before the Committee of the Whole in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018. If you wish to speak to either of these applications or provide a written submission, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5603 (TTY 519-826-9771) or at clerks@guelph.ca by Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. For more information Reports… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application


Proposed development meeting: 233-237 Janefield Avenue 

April 19, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street About the planning application 233-237 Janefield Avenue (File: OP1702 and ZC1702) – Ward 5 The subject site is 1.1 hectares in size and is located on the south side of Janefield Avenue between Torch Lane and Scottsdale Drive. This application has been revised. An Official Plan amendment is proposed to redesignate the medium density residential portion of the site to high density residential. A Zoning Bylaw amendment is proposed from the existing R.4A-1 (Specialized Apartment Residential) Zone and SC.1-4 (Specialized Service Commercial) Zone to an R.4B (High Density… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 233-237 Janefield Avenue 


Proposed development meeting: 300 Water Street

April 19, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street About the planning application 300 Water Street (File: OP1707 and ZC1712) – Ward 5 The subject property is located on the southwest corner of Water Street and Denver Road. The  property is approximately 0.2 hectares in size and has an exterior frontage of approximately 63.6 metres along Water Street and a frontage of approximately 57.3 metres along Denver Road. The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment is to re-designate the property to the “Low Density Residential” land use designation and add a site-specific policy. The purpose… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 300 Water Street


Proposed development meeting: City initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment to address service animals

April 19, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street About the planning application City initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment to address service animals The City is initiating an amendment to Zoning By-law Number (1995)-14864, as amended, to address service animals. The proposed amendment would add a new regulation to the Zoning Bylaw under Section 2 —Interpretation and Administration that would permit service animals on residential properties in the city of Guelph. The planner to contact for this application: Lindsay Sulatycki, Senior Development Planner 519-837-5616 x 3313 lindsay.sulatycki@guelph.ca Speak at the meeting or provide written comments If… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: City initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment to address service animals


City of Guelph Innovation Project Granted OntarioBuys Funding to Improve Municipal Sector Procurement

April 12, 2018

The City of Guelph, in partnership with the cities of London and Barrie, as well as MaRS Discovery District (MaRS), is embarking on an exciting three-year Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX) project. The MIX will open new economic opportunities to a range of businesses and help public sector institutions improve how they provide services. It is based on the success of the City of Guelph’s ground-breaking Civic Accelerator model (co-designed with the Guelph Lab) and MaRS’ Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design health innovation program. The MIX will improve and expand the practice of innovation procurement in the municipal sector and create practices that are tested, scalable and sustainable. The three cities of Guelph, Barrie and London will be collaborating with vendors and community members to design… Continue reading City of Guelph Innovation Project Granted OntarioBuys Funding to Improve Municipal Sector Procurement


Proposed changes to building permit fees

April 12, 2018

Guelph Council’s Committee of the Whole will consider amendments to the Schedule of Building Permit and Administration Fees in accordance with section 7 of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c.23 (as amended) on Monday, May 7, 2018. Building permit fees are proposed to increase by 2.94 per cent, except for flat fees which are not proposed to increase. The full staff report outlining the proposed fee increases will be available online in the 2018 Committee of the Whole schedule beginning April 26. Join us Monday, May 7 2 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street Register to delegate or submit written comments Any person may attend the meeting and/or provide written or verbal comments about the proposed amendments. If you wish to address City Council regarding this… Continue reading Proposed changes to building permit fees


Have your say on how signs are used in Guelph

April 11, 2018

We are reviewing our Sign Bylaw. At the April 10 public meeting, we identified what’s working and what’s not for the current Sign Bylaw and explored how it can better reflect business and community needs. This bylaw governs how the city regulates permanent and temporary signs, excluding election signs. Join the online conversation to provide your feedback on the Sign Bylaw. The feedback we gather will be used in preparation for a new Sign Bylaw for Council’s consideration in early 2019. For more information Zoning Services 519-837-5615 zoning@guelph.ca


Council approves new design standards for Guelph

April 10, 2018

Urban design concepts for Gordon Street also endorsed by Council Guelph, Ont., April 10, 2018—Last night Council approved new built-form standards for mid-rise building and townhouses. The standards are part of the City’s Urban Design Manual and provide clear direction on the design  of new residential and mixed-use mid-rise (four to six storeys) and townhouse (cluster, stacked and street-oriented) developments in Guelph. The standards address how a site will function  and be designed to implement the vision established in the City’s Official Plan. The document also provides recommendations for a future zoning bylaw review. “These new standards provide a thoughtful and consistent approach to evaluating building design while allowing for innovation and supporting design excellence,” says David de Groot, Senior Urban Designer. “The standards will… Continue reading Council approves new design standards for Guelph


City of Guelph flags at half mast to honour victims of Humboldt bus crash

April 9, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 9, 2018– The City of Guelph has lowered City flags to half mast in tribute to the victims of a bus crash in Humboldt, Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Fifteen people were killed and 14 others injured in the crash. “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of this terrible tragedy. We join communities across Canada in mourning this heartbreaking loss of life,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Half-masting our flag is a small way the City of Guelph can show our sympathy for the people of Humboldt. From one community to another, our thoughts and prayers are with them in Humboldt at this devastating time,” said CAO Derrick Thomson. The City flag will fly… Continue reading City of Guelph flags at half mast to honour victims of Humboldt bus crash


City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives

March 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 26, 2018 – Earlier today, the City of Guelph was honoured with a 2018 Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award at the inaugural Age Friendly Community Symposium held in Toronto. The awards celebrate the work of Ontario communities that are striving to become age friendly. “Guelph is a great place to live and age well, and I’m proud our efforts to become an age-friendly community have been recognized with this notable provincial award. It’s an award our entire community can celebrate,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. On hand to accept the award were Manon Germain, project specialist with Age-Friendly Guelph, and Adam Rutherford, programming and community development supervisor with the City. The recognition program, introduced last year by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, includes… Continue reading City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives


Public meeting: Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan update

March 26, 2018

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider changes to the Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Monday, April 9, 2018 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the Brownfield Redevelopment CIP The existing Brownfield Redevelopment CIP provides financial incentives for the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties, to encourage remediation of soil and groundwater, make more efficient use of vacant or underutilised land and improve neighbourhood conditions. The Brownfield Redevelopment CIP applies to all lands within the City. CIP update The City conducted a review of the CIP’s performance over the last five years, and is proposing minor revisions to improve clarity and ease administration. One major improvement would allow late payments… Continue reading Public meeting: Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan update


Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

March 22, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting a public open house to share and discuss three concept designs for a pedestrian bridge over the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The bridge will run parallel to the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) train tracks, located just east of Wellington Street. Thursday, April 12, 2018 2–4 p.m. and 5:30–7:30 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view and provide input on three bridge concepts. The City is looking to better understand what concepts are preferred, how the bridges will be used, and any impacts the bridge may have on individuals or the neighbourhood. City Staff and project consultants will be available to answer your questions.… Continue reading Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Staffing changes being made at City’s Materials Recovery Facility will help business remain viable

March 19, 2018

The City of Guelph’s Solid Waste division is laying off 18 employees from its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Affected employees will be accommodated with jobs elsewhere in the organization wherever possible. Continue reading Staffing changes being made at City’s Materials Recovery Facility will help business remain viable


March 19, 2018 – Council Planning

March 16, 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, March 19, 2018 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street   Open Meeting Council Consent Agenda IDE-2018-29  7 and  9 Eden Street – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File # ZC1618 – Ward 4 Public Meeting to Hear Applications under Sections 17, 34 and 51 of the Planning Act IDE-2018-15  1533-1557 Gordon Street and 34 Lowes Road West Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File:  ZC1710… Continue reading March 19, 2018 – Council Planning


City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment

March 16, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 16, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce the results of the request for pre-qualifications (RFPQ) process for the Baker District redevelopment project. The four development teams, shortlisted from the 10 proposals received, are: HOK Inc. Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. Windmill Developments Triovest Reality Advisors Inc. “The successful candidates have demonstrated exceptional experience and capabilities, and we’re confident that any one of the four teams, if chosen as our preferred partner, would bring world-class development and design expertise to this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. Last November, the City embarked on an open and competitive process to pre-qualify development teams who have the financial capability, master planning and design expertise, and… Continue reading City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment


Guelph transit gets federal-provincial funding boost

March 16, 2018

A new provincial-federal agreement earmarks up to $106 million over 10 years for potential Guelph transit infrastructure projects. Continue reading Guelph transit gets federal-provincial funding boost


Clair-Maltby planning and design charrette and Public Information Centre

March 15, 2018

Help design a vibrant, urban community in south Guelph—a community that will connect to Guelph’s existing southern neighbourhoods and the rest of the city. Continue reading Clair-Maltby planning and design charrette and Public Information Centre


City settles outstanding land use appeal on official plan amendment

March 15, 2018

An appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on a site-specific land use designation in the City of Guelph’s official plan amendment has been withdrawn after a settlement agreement was reached. The site under appeal, commonly known as the Niska Lands, is owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Continue reading City settles outstanding land use appeal on official plan amendment


City wins Canadian Climate Leadership Award

March 15, 2018

GLOBE Series recognizes Guelph for being at the forefront of action on climate change Guelph, Ont., Thursday, March 15, 2018—The City of Guelph was awarded the Large Municipal Trailblazer Climate Leadership Award from GLOBE Series at last night’s GLOBE Forum in Vancouver. The awards recognize exceptional Canadian organizations that are at the forefront of action on climate change. Mayor Cam Guthrie and Scott Stewart, deputy chief administrative officer for the City’s Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise service area, were on hand in Vancouver to accept the GLOBE award. The City of Guelph was selected for one of four awards from among 86 self-nominating applicants. The City was recognized for its multi-faceted and holistic approach to fighting climate change by a panel of judges with members from… Continue reading City wins Canadian Climate Leadership Award


Thinking of running in the 2018 municipal election?

March 14, 2018

Free information sessions for those considering running for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee So, you want to run in this year’s municipal election? Start here! The City of Guelph is hosting two free information sessions to help you determine if you want to run. The sessions will take place on March 22, 6 to 8 p.m. and again April 19, 2 to 4 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph. Why attend an information session? Speakers from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs,  the City Clerk’s Office, and a municipal lawyer will discuss a variety of election topics including roles and responsibilities, rules and dates around nominations, eligibility, fundraising, advertising, changes in effect for this municipal election,… Continue reading Thinking of running in the 2018 municipal election?


City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable

March 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 12, 2018 – The City of Guelph, the University of Guelph, the Guelph Police Services, and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario have joined forces to ensure St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are safe, respectful and enjoyable for everyone. “We know people like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We are just asking that they be mindful of noise, be respectful of residential property, clean up after themselves and stay safe,” said Doug Godfrey General Manager of the Operations Department at the City of Guelph. Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, the City’s bylaw team, the University and the Police, patrol and address issues throughout the day. This year, residents can expect an increased police presence and bylaw officers patrolling throughout the day and… Continue reading City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable


Proposed development meeting: 671 Victoria Road North

March 8, 2018

Public meeting for planning applications Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, April 9 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 671 Victoria Road North (File: ZC1606)—Ward 2 The subject site is 1.25 hectares in size and is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Victoria Road North and Wideman Boulevard. A revised Zoning Bylaw Amendment is proposed to rezone the existing NC-9 (Specialized Neighbourhood Shopping Centre) Zone to an R.3A-? (Specialized Cluster Townhouse Residential) Zone to permit the development of 31 cluster townhouse units together with a small commercial plaza. The planner to contact for this application: Katie Nasswetter,… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 671 Victoria Road North


Proposed development meeting: 119 Ingram Drive and 35 Wideman Boulevard

March 8, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, April 9 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 119 Ingram Drive and 35 Wideman Boulevard (File: ZC1713)—Ward 2 The subject site is on two separate blocks, each approximately 0.34 hectares in size. The first block (the “North Block”) is bound by Ingram Street to the north, Victoria Road North to the east and Wideman Boulevard to the south. The second block (the “South Block”) is bound by Wideman Boulevard to the north, Victoria Road North to the east and Simmonds Drive to the south. A Zoning Bylaw Amendment is proposed… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 119 Ingram Drive and 35 Wideman Boulevard


Proposed development meeting: 278 College Avenue West

March 8, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, April 9 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 278 College Avenue West (File: ZC1801)—Ward 5 The subject property is approximately 0.112 hectares in size and lands are located on the south side of College Avenue West; between Vanier Drive and Centennial Road. A Zoning Bylaw Amendment is proposed from the existing R.1B Residential Single Detached Zone to a R.3A-? Townhouse (Specialized) Zone to permit a 4 storey residential building containing a total of 6 residential units in a back-to-back format. The planner to contact for this application: Rino Dal Bello,… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 278 College Avenue West


City of Guelph severance payments

March 7, 2018

Our employees work hard and are committed to serving the citizens of Guelph. However, like any large employer, we sometimes find ourselves having to dismiss an employee from service. Continue reading City of Guelph severance payments


Call for nominations: 2018 Mayor’s Awards

March 7, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 7, 2018 – Nominations are now open for the 2018 Mayor’s Awards, which recognize people who make the city a better place through volunteer service. Nominations can be submitted online at guelph.ca/mayorsawards, or by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 519-837-5643 or mayor@guelph.ca to request a nomination form. The deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. While it is not mandatory for nominees to live or work in Guelph to be eligible for the Mayor’s Award, they must volunteer in Guelph. Nominees’ achievements may include a mix of volunteer and paid efforts. Self-nominations are not eligible. The Mayor’s Awards have been presented every year since 1997, when they were established by Mayor Joe Young. Honourees have been recognized for volunteer contributions… Continue reading Call for nominations: 2018 Mayor’s Awards


City of Guelph bidding for $10 million in Smart Cities Challenge

March 6, 2018

The City of Guelph is entering the national Smart Cities Challenge for a potential prize of $10 million funding. Continue reading City of Guelph bidding for $10 million in Smart Cities Challenge


Have your say on the Starwood Park master plan: March 5 – 16, 2018

March 2, 2018

The City of Guelph is developing a park master plan for Starwood Park, located at 510 Starwood Drive in the city’s east end. To create this park plan, we need your help! The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational needs and aspirations. What we’ve heard so far The first phase of public engagement is complete. During this phase, we asked residents to review three concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. There were 24 votes for Concept 1 – The Circuit, 71  votes for Concept 2 – The Lookout, and 16 votes for Concept 3 – The Gathering. Concept 2… Continue reading Have your say on the Starwood Park master plan: March 5 – 16, 2018


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

February 22, 2018

The City of Guelphhas received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


Proposed development meeting: 98 Farley Drive

February 22, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, March 19 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning applications 98 Farley Drive (File: ZC1711)—Ward 6 The subject site is 0.89 hectares in size and is located on a through lot fronting onto both Farley Drive and Gordon Street, west of the intersection of Farley Drive and Eugene Drive. A Zoning Bylaw Amendment is proposed to rezone the existing CC-17 (Specialized Community Shopping Centre) Zone to an R.4A-? (Specialized Apartment Residential) Zone to permit the development of a five storey apartment building containing 92 dwelling units. The planner to contact for this… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 98 Farley Drive


Proposed development meeting: 1533-1557 Gordon Street and 34 Lowes Road

February 22, 2018

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider this planning and development application. Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 1533-1557 Gordon Street and 34 Lowes Road


Snow removal scheduled for downtown starting February 14

February 13, 2018

Guelph, Ontario, February 13, 2018 – The City will begin downtown snow removal in the downtown area overnight on February 14 and again on February 15 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.. We ask that residents do not park their cars on the street between those hours so that City crews can complete the work quickly and efficiently. Municipal lots, including the East Parkade, the Baker Street lot and the West Parkade will be open for anyone who needs a place to park overnight. Snow removal activities and equipment may temporarily increase noise in the downtown area. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation as they do their best to maintain the area during the winter months. Resources Plow Tracker and email… Continue reading Snow removal scheduled for downtown starting February 14