Category Archives: City Hall

Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaw: 13 Stuart Street

November 30, 2017

In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18 in the City of Guelph, in the Province of Ontario. Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph has passed the following bylaw to designate portions of the property as being of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV, Sec. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18: Bylaw Number (2017–20227) to designate portions of the property known as 13 Stuart Street dated at Guelph, Ontario, November 27, 2017. Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk City Hall, 1 Carden St. Guelph, ON N1H 3A1 November 30, 2017 For more information Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner 519-822-1260 extension 2496 stephen.robinson@guelph.ca


Special Council Meeting – December 5, 2017

November 23, 2017

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. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 2:00 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Special Council – Council Deliberation and Approval of Tax Supported Operating Budget CON-2017.50 2018 Tax Support Operating Budget (Referred from the November 8, 2017 Special Council Meeting – Presentation of the 2018 Tax Supported Operating Budget Meeting) C-CON-2017.19 2018 Non-Union Compensation Increase  CON-2017.52 Budget Impacts per Ontario Regulations 284/09 and Budget Public Sector Accounting… Continue reading Special Council Meeting – December 5, 2017


Help shape the vision for Guelph’s commercial development

November 23, 2017

Provide feedback on your shopping experiences and preferences Guelph, Ont., November 23, 2017– Join us for a public workshop on Wednesday, November 29 to help create a vision for Guelph’s commercial spaces, including shops and services. “We are reviewing and updating our commercial policy to reflect recent changes in shopping and service patterns,” explains Joan Jylanne, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “We want to hear from Guelph residents, businesses and service providers to help us develop a commercial vision and principles for Guelph.” The public workshop will include: A presentation about the project and highlights from the Commercial Analysis and Background Report An opportunity for participants to provide feedback on their personal shopping and service experiences and preferences Interested participants are asked… Continue reading Help shape the vision for Guelph’s commercial development


City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement

November 20, 2017

The agreement takes effect immediately. More information will be available on guelph.ca once both parties have signed the agreement. Continue reading City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement


Improved energy commitments for Guelph residents

November 17, 2017

  News release from Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph Guelph, Ontario, November 17, 2017—Investing in local infrastructure helps create good middle class jobs, tackle climate change and improve Canadians’ quality of life. That’s why the Government of Canada is partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities—and municipalities such as Guelph—to help achieve these national objectives. Today, Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities,  Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart highlighted $175,000 in federal funding for an update to Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI). This project is funded through a new funding program delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP). The project is… Continue reading Improved energy commitments for Guelph residents


City Council – November 27, 2017

November 17, 2017

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, November 27, 2017 – 6:00 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Closed Meeting Public Appointment to Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Directors 2018 Non-Union Compensation Increase Committee of the Whole Consent Report: COW-CS-2017.18 Shared Cost Allocation Basis – Wellington Dufferin – Guelph Public Health  COW-CS-2017.19 Changes to Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Program   COW-CS-2017.20 Fall 2017 Public Appoints to Various Advisory Boards and Committees  COW-PS-2017.13 Street Ownership and Maintenance… Continue reading City Council – November 27, 2017


Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017– If after a major snowfall, you’re asking where’s the plow, you can now check online. The City of Guelph has launched two new services — Plow Tracker, that will show snow plow locations, and one to advise residents of plow outs. The online Plow Tracker map will show residents the location of both City and contracted snow plows on primary, secondary and residential streets, as well as the location of the City sidewalk snow plows. Icons on the Plow Tracker map will distinguish between City-operated snow plows (in blue), contractor plows (in green) and sidewalk plows (in orange). “Our plow operators are ready for this winter season,” said Doug Godfrey, manager of operations for the City. “The Plow Tracker map… Continue reading Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts


Council approves Guelph’s urban design manual

November 14, 2017

Volumes 1 and 2 now available Guelph, Ont., November 14, 2017 – Last night, City Council approved two volumes of Guelph’s Urban Design Manual—Volume 1: Urban design vision and Volume 2: Urban design action plan. “The Urban Design Manual will provide a thoughtful and consistent approach to urban design in Guelph,” says David de Groot, senior urban designer with the City of Guelph. “As more people come to live and work in Guelph, urban design plays an increasingly important role in planning and developing more intensified and complete mixed-used neighbourhoods.” Volume 1 describes the urban design vision that will create a complete and distinctive community for Guelph citizens and visitors. Volume 2 details the action plan for shaping urban design in Guelph and is divided… Continue reading Council approves Guelph’s urban design manual


Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year

November 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 13, 2017– Guelph has made the Culture Days Top Ten Cities and Towns list for 2017. Guelph moved up two spots in the ranking, placing eighth in the Populations of 50,000 to 499,999 category, tying with Thunder Bay. This is Guelph’s third year in a row as a top 10 city. “Guelph’s creative community has, once again, pulled out all the stops for Culture Days,” says Patti Broughton, executive director for Guelph Arts Council. “Guelph deserves this recognition as one of Canada’s great creative cities, full of year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to engage in the arts.” Guelph hosted over 40 different activities, events and exhibitions during the eighth annual Culture Days weekend in late September. Each year, Culture Days releases… Continue reading Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

November 13, 2017

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign Bylaw (1996)-14864, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject properties are as follows: 367 Woodlawn Road West Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a freestanding sign with a sign area of 16.7m2 and a height of 7m above the adjacent roadway to be set back 1.6m from the nearest public road allowance. 383 Woodlawn Road West Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a freestanding sign with a sign area of 14m2 and a height of 6.25m above the adjacent roadway to be set back 0.1m from the nearest public road allowance. 389 Woodlawn Road West Request for variances… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


Notice of tree removals: 120 Huron Street

November 10, 2017

The City of Guelph has recently received a request for the removal of 700 trees on private property located at 120 Huron Street. The removals have been requested to allow for the cleanup of contaminated soil. The site currently includes a wooded area dominated by Balsam Poplar, White Ash, Manitoba Maple and Eastern White Cedar. This wooded area has been studied and while it provides canopy cover, it is not a protected natural heritage feature. Furthermore, the soils underneath this wooded area are contaminated and the trees need to be removed for it to be cleaned up. There is no redevelopment application at this time. Future development proposals will include opportunity for public input. The requested tree removals have been approved by the City and… Continue reading Notice of tree removals: 120 Huron Street


Special Council Meeting – November 22, 2017

November 9, 2017

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. Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – 6:00 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Delegations: Brendan Johnson, Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition Erin Harvey, Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition Helen Fishburn, Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition Alisha Arnold, Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group Jennifer Macleod, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Raechelle Devereaux, Guelph Community Health Centre Maryann Sly-Kensley, Guelph Community Health Centre Arif Hasham, Guelph Police Service Karen Kew, Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington Kithio… Continue reading Special Council Meeting – November 22, 2017


Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017

November 9, 2017

149 war casualties honoured as of November 2017 The City is proud to announce two new veteran-named streets in Guelph. Ambrous Crescent and Skinner Drive were named in honour of Archibald Charles Ambrous and Arthur Skinner. Guelph’s first known Veteran street name is McCrae Avenue, named in 1941 after World War I hero, John McCrae, and later renamed McCrae Boulevard in 1956. Since 1990, more war casualties have been honoured by naming 75 per cent of new city streets after Veterans. To date, 149 city streets have been named after Guelph’s war heroes, people of historical significance, and City staff who died while employed by the City. If you would like further information or to suggest a street name, please contact Planning Services at 519-837-5616.… Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017


Special City Council – November 15, 2017

November 8, 2017

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. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 2:00 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Items for Discussion: CON-2017.51 2018 Local Boards and Shared Services Budgets Presentation: 2018 Local Boards and Shared Services Budgets County of Wellington Social Services 2018-2027 Ten Year Plan  Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


City of Guelph and Guelph Transit union reach tentative agreement

November 6, 2017

GUELPH, ON, November 6, 2017 — The City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189, representing the City’s full- and part-time transit employees, have reached a tentative collective agreement. “We’re pleased to reach this agreement without any disruption to City transit services,” said David Godwaldt, Guelph’s general manager of Human Resources. “We want to thank the union for working with us to negotiate an affordable settlement that protects taxpayers’ interests and provides fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.” Details of the settlement will not be released until the union and Guelph City Council vote to ratify the tentative agreement. The agreement goes to City Council for ratification on November 13, and the union will hold a ratification vote on November 19. “During… Continue reading City of Guelph and Guelph Transit union reach tentative agreement


Join city planners to celebrate World Town Planning Day

November 3, 2017

Open house and downtown walking tour planned for November 8 Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2017—In celebration of World Town Planning Day, City planning staff invite the community to an open house and downtown walking tour on Wednesday, November 8. The open house will be held in the City Hall Galleria from noon until 2 p.m. with the walking tour scheduled to depart from City Hall at 1 p.m. “This is a great opportunity to learn what goes into planning a vibrant community like Guelph,” explained Melissa Aldunate, manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design. “We’re looking forward to connecting with people from Guelph to share how we plan and explain the vision for growth and development in the City to 2031.”” Open house guests can… Continue reading Join city planners to celebrate World Town Planning Day


Council approves 2018 non-tax supported operating budget and 2018 capital budget

November 2, 2017

Guelph City Council approved the 2018 non-tax supported operating budget and the 2018 capital budget. Continue reading Council approves 2018 non-tax supported operating budget and 2018 capital budget


November 13, 2017 – Council Planning

November 2, 2017

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Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street

October 31, 2017

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 122 Cardigan 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. Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street


Notice of Intention to Designate: 43 Arthur Street South

October 31, 2017

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 43 Arthur Street South 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 property The property at 43 Arthur Street South is situated on the east side of the Speed River and south of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks in the City of Guelph. The legal description of the subject property is: Part of the Grist Mill Lands East side of River Speed, Plan 113, more particularly described as Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 & 14, Reference Plan 61R-21139. Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated) The subject… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 43 Arthur Street South


City presents operating budget to Council

October 26, 2017

2018 proposed tax-supported operating budget now available at guelph.ca Guelph, Ont., October 26, 2017 — The City has released the recommended 2018 tax-supported operating budget to Council and the community. The recommended budget will be presented to Council on November 8 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. Delegations for this budget will be heard on November 22. The City’s 2018 recommended base budget of $232,907,226 represents a 2.19 per cent increase over 2017. The tax-supported operating budget includes funds needed to address legislative requirements and other pressures from other levels of government, while addressing Council direction and continuing to support current levels of service and affordability. “This budget represents an earnest effort on the part of City staff to bring the base budget in as… Continue reading City presents operating budget to Council


Special City Council – November 8, 2017

October 26, 2017

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Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25

October 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 20, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie will host the first-ever Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty at Guelph City Hall on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Guelph-Wellington Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health nurse Elaine Weir. Bridges Out of Poverty, under the umbrella of Circles Guelph Wellington, is an innovative local program that educates individuals from the middle or upper class on what it means to live in poverty. As part of the event, information tables from local organizations will be set up in the Galleria. The event is free but registration is required at http://mayorspovertydialogue.eventbrite.ca What Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty Who Mayor Cam Guthrie Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25


Guelph supports Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2

October 19, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 19, 2017 – The City of Guelph, University of Guelph and area regions have come together to support the Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2. Amazon, the U.S. tech giant in the business world, sought bids from across North America in search of a location for its second headquarters. Toronto Region’s bid provides 10 sites as possible locations for Amazon HQ2. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for the entire Innovation Corridor. Guelph is pleased to bring our strengths to the table to make Toronto Region’s bid even more competitive. Those strengths include a pool of highly skilled talent and the research strengths of the University of Guelph,” said Guelph’s Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Guelph provides a unique offering of skilled local talent with… Continue reading Guelph supports Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2


Special City Council – November 2, 2017

October 19, 2017

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. Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 2:00 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Items for Discussion: CON-2017.47  2018 Non-Tax Supported Operating Budget CON-2017.48  2018-2027 Capital Budget and Forecast Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


Notice of open house: Concept plans ready for the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor

October 18, 2017

The City is unveiling urban design concept plans at an open house for key sites along the Gordon Street corridor between Harvard Road and Clairfields Drive. Join us to view project materials, meet the project team, ask questions and provide comments. The open house will take place on: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:30-5:30 p.m. (presentation at 3:45 p.m.) or 6:30-8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:45 p.m.) Salvation Army Guelph Citadel 1320 Gordon Street The Gordon Street Visioning Document, including more detail on the location of keys sites of the intensification corridor will be available for review on October 17, 2017 at guelph.ca/urbandesign. For more information Please contact us if you have questions, comments, would like to be added to the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor mailing list,… Continue reading Notice of open house: Concept plans ready for the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor


2017 Citizen Survey results

October 13, 2017

Survey results show Guelph residents are satisfied with their overall quality of life Continue reading 2017 Citizen Survey results


Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16

October 13, 2017

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017– Join Mayor Cam Guthrie and community agencies for a Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use on Monday, October 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. This is a free event; all are welcome and no RSVP is required. In the midst of a national opioid crisis, substance use in our city concerns us all. Learn about what’s being done in the areas of community safety, treatment, harm reduction, and prevention. An open question and answer session will follow. What Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use Who Speaker list: Mayor Cam Guthrie Adrienne Crowder, Manager, Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service Chief Stephen Dewar Colin McVicker, Program… Continue reading Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16


Special City Council – October 26, 2017

October 13, 2017

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. Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 2:00 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Items for Discussion: CON-2017.47  2018 Non-Tax Supported Operating Budget CON-2017.48  2018-2027 Capital Budget and Forecast Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


2018 budget discussions start now

October 12, 2017

2018 proposed non-tax-supported operating budget and capital budget now open for public comment Guelph, Ont., October 12, 2017 – The City has released the 2018 recommended operating (non-tax- supported) and the capital (non-tax and tax-supported) budgets to City Council and the community. The non-tax-supported operating budget focuses on the services residents pay for through rates, fees and charges such as stormwater management, water and wastewater. The capital budget and forecast outlines the budget required to sustain our current infrastructure and build for the future. New this year, the non-tax and tax-supported capital budget will be presented together. “The need is real when it comes to sustaining our critical infrastructure,” said Trevor Lee, deputy chief administrative officer, Corporate Services. “By presenting the non-tax-supported operating and the… Continue reading 2018 budget discussions start now


City Council – October 23, 2017

October 12, 2017

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, October 23, 2017 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Presentations Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results  CON-2017.46 Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results Committee of the Whole Consent Report: COW-IDE-2017.37 Water and Wastewater Rate Review – Billing Exemptions Study  COW-IDE-2017.38 Pedestrian Crossover Implementation   COW-GOV-2017.2 2018 Council and Committee Meeting Calendar  COW-GOV-2017.3 Election Policies Items for Discussion: CON-2017.45  Land Sale Transaction for 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. between 1651807 Ontario Inc.… Continue reading City Council – October 23, 2017


Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming

October 12, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 12, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino convened a meeting this morning with City, University, emergency services, Guelph General Hospital, public health, and student leaders to debrief on what occurred during Homecoming 2017 and discuss strategies for the future. “The President and I convened this group of leaders because we are committed to working together to address the noise and disruption in our neighbourhoods, caused by a small number of people,” said Mayor Guthrie. “The e-mails and phone calls I received after Homecoming were some of the most upsetting I have received in my time on Council. This situation is not good for anybody – for neighbours and families; for students who take pride in being a… Continue reading Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming


Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September

October 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – Guelph Transit’s boarding and ridership numbers for September show an overall increase of 44 per cent over 2016. Last month, 759,053 trips were taken compared to 524,694 during the same time last year. There was also a 15 per cent increase in fare paying riders. “The numbers clearly show that last month’s route realignment is off to an impressive start and that we’re meeting our goal to put buses where and when people need them the most,” says Mike Spicer, Guelph Transit general manager. “This is great news for Guelph Transit and the entire city,” adds Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I’m thankful for the leadership at Guelph Transit, being able to achieve these results within the existing 2017 budget. I’m… Continue reading Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September


City releases update on construction project management

October 3, 2017

The City of Guelph has released its second Corporate Project Management Office annual report updating citizens on its project management and risk mitigation process related to construction projects. Continue reading City releases update on construction project management


City receives $115,400 from Ontario government

October 2, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017– The City of Guelph has received grants totalling $115,400 from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs. The grants will help offset day-to-day operating and maintenance costs at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and West End Community Centre. In addition, two special grants, totalling $30,000, will cover items not funded by the maintenance and operating grants. At the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, the $15,000 special grant will pay for promotional signs for the Guelph-Wellington Seniors Association travel group, seating for the front lobby, chairs for the boardroom, fitness equipment for strength training and balance, brochure printing costs, training equipment, and First Aid certification training for volunteers. The $15,000 special grant for the West End Community Centre will pay for fitness equipment for… Continue reading City receives $115,400 from Ontario government


Notice: Noise control bylaw exemption – Ontario Ministry of Transportation

October 2, 2017

Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation Bylaw (2010) – 18935, the City has granted the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) a bylaw exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw.
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October 10, 2017 – Council Planning

September 29, 2017

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. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Council Consent Agenda CON-2017.42   43 Arthur Street South:  Notice of Intention to Designate Pursuant to Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act CON-2017.43   122 Cardigan Street (Kelly’s Inn):  Notice of Intention to Designate Pursuant to Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act CON-2017.44 Review of City of Guelph Development Application Fees Public Meeting to Hear… Continue reading October 10, 2017 – Council Planning


Notice: Fireworks bylaw exemption – University of Guelph

September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017 Under the authority of the City of Guelph’s Fireworks Bylaw (1993)–14362, an exemption has been granted to the University of Guelph (50 Stone Road East) to permit the discharge of fireworks on a date otherwise identified within the bylaw. Specifically, the applicant has been granted an exemption to allow for the discharge of fireworks to occur between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on October 2, 2017 at Alumni Stadium (26 Powerhouse Lane). If you have questions or concerns regarding this exemption, please contact the City’s Fire Prevention Office at 519-763-8111. For more information Tony Sabatini Chief Fire Prevention Officer Guelph Fire Department 519-822-1260 extension 2140 tony.sabatini@guelph.ca  


City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process

September 22, 2017

City’s Executive Team shared new reporting tools with Guelph’s business community Key Facts: Visit the City’s performance reporting dashboard Learn more about Guelph’s Community Plan Guelph, Ont., September 22, 2017– At an event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning, the City’s Executive Team launched a new performance reporting dashboard and the beginning of a community planning exercise for Guelph. “The City’s new performance dashboard provides accessible, straightforward indicators of how we’re doing across seven broad categories,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Thomson. “The dashboard is still in its initial beta stage, and we invite our citizens and business leaders to let us know how it could be improved and what data they would like to see included.” “The Guelph Chamber of Commerce… Continue reading City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process


City of Guelph wins award of excellence for Mind Your Business enewsletter

September 22, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017 – The City of Guelph economic development enewsletter, Mind Your Business (MYB), is the winner of the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 19 during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 17–20 in Toronto. “On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, we extend congratulations to the City of Guelph. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community – their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark,” says Michael Langley, CEO of Greater MSP and 2017… Continue reading City of Guelph wins award of excellence for Mind Your Business enewsletter


Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health

September 21, 2017

18th annual event to mark World Mental Health Day takes place October 12 Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017– The public is invited to attend a free presentation about seniors and mental health on Thursday, October 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Jody Weiler, a specialized geriatric clinician at the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington with 20 years’ experience working with seniors, families, and care teams, will debunk some of the common myths about mental health and aging. Ross Knechtel, a local Senior of the Year who has lived with a mental health issue for most of his life, will share his personal story and strategies for positive mental health. Ross serves… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health


You’re invited to a workshop to help plan the Clair-Maltby neighbourhood

September 19, 2017

Help shape southern Guelph Guelph, Ont., September 19, 2017 – Join us for our second community visioning workshop for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and Master Environmental Servicing Plan. Participate in a group-based, hands-on community planning and mapping exercise to help develop plans for a new Guelph neighbourhood. The workshop exercise will include identifying the best locations for: different land uses (residential, employment and commercial); community focal points (schools, parks, community centres, shops and services); trails, roads and transit; parks and open space; and above-ground infrastructure (e.g. water tower). To join the workshop, please register by Friday, September 22. If you require assistance with registration please call Planning Services at 519-837-5615 extension 2459. When Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. Where City Hall, Meeting Room C 1 Carden… Continue reading You’re invited to a workshop to help plan the Clair-Maltby neighbourhood


City considering changes to vacant unit tax rebate program

September 18, 2017

Have your say! Guelph, Ont., September 18, 2017 – Guelph taxpayers, including commercial and industrial property owners, are asked to weigh-in on the City of Guelph’s Vacant Unit Rebate program. The Vacant Unit Rebate program provides a tax rebate to commercial or industrial property owners who have vacancies within their building(s). Owners must apply and meet eligibility criteria before being awarded a rebate of 30 per cent (vacant commercial space) or 35 per cent (vacant industrial space). In 2016, a total of $807,000 in rebates was provide to 133 commercial or industrial properties in Guelph. Of that, $472,000 was the City’s portion. Provincial changes related to the administration of vacancy rebates allows the City to review its program and consider alternative options. “The goal is… Continue reading City considering changes to vacant unit tax rebate program


City Council – September 25, 2017

September 14, 2017

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, September 25, 2017 – 5:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street (see September 5, 2017 Committee of the Whole Agenda for full reports. Amendments are marked with an * and can be viewed in the Council agenda) Closed Council Meeting: C-CON-2017.17 Successor to Wellbeing Grants Panel Member Presentations Guelph Public Library – New Main Library Business Plan Development 2017 City of Guelph’s United Way Campaign … Continue reading City Council – September 25, 2017


City shares early findings from Solid Waste Resources business service review

September 7, 2017

Five of six Guelph waste services meet or exceed financial benchmarks Guelph, Ont., September 7, 2017– A special Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 18 at 7 p.m. at which staff will present initial findings of the Solid Waste Resources (SWR) business service review in an interim report. Council won’t be asked to make any decisions at the meeting; there are no staff recommendations in the report, merely an overview of findings to date. The report details that, while service review work is ongoing, initial findings show that five of six City of Guelph waste services are in line and cost competitive with comparator municipalities. The SWR business service review examines waste services in six service groups: Curbside waste collection including leaf and… Continue reading City shares early findings from Solid Waste Resources business service review


Sixteen new reduced speed school zones in effect for start of school year

September 1, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 1, 2017—More roads around schools will now have reduced speed limits in place for the beginning of the new school year. The City is adding 16 reduced speed school zones across the City, including along roads with direct school activity, such as roads behind or beside schools. The new reduced speed school zones were approved by Guelph City Council in May and will all be in place for the start of the new school year next week. “We’re almost finished installing all the signs for the new reduced speed school zones, and they’ll all be in place by Tuesday morning,” said Steve Anderson, Supervisor of Traffic Engineering for the City. “The reduced speed limits take effect as soon as the signs are… Continue reading Sixteen new reduced speed school zones in effect for start of school year


September 11, 2017 – Council Planning

August 31, 2017

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, September 11, 2017 – 5:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Public Meeting to Hear Applications under Sections 17, 34 and 51 of the Planning Act 89 Beachwood Avenue Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File:  ZC1706 For more information Refer to meeting details for the full agenda and consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


City maintains AA+ credit rating for a fifth year

August 25, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 25, 2017 – Yesterday, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) announced the City of Guelph’s credit rating is strong and remains at AA+ with stable outlook. “This is an independent, third-party confirmation of the City’s solid financial position and practices. It sends a strong signal that our municipal finances are in excellent shape,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “For five years, the City has maintained the AA+ rating which reflects our strong financial position and staff and Council’s commitment to making strategic financial decisions,” says Derrick Thomson, chief administrative officer. According to S&P, the rating (AA+) reflects Guelph’s “healthy liquidity, robust budgetary performance, and very low debt burden.” The stable outlook reflects the expectation that the City will maintain its   liquidity position, the tax-supported debt… Continue reading City maintains AA+ credit rating for a fifth year


Guelph’s priorities on the agenda at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

August 16, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 16, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and a delegation of City Councillors and staff return home today after three days of meetings with Provincial leaders at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa. In meetings with government cabinet ministers, ministry staff, and opposition party leaders, the Guelph delegation brought forward local issues and initiatives, including the Guelph Innovation District property on York Road; the remediation of the former IMICo site at 200 Beverley Street; the need for more affordable housing in the city; maximizing use of Guelph’s Provincial Offences court; and planning for high-speed rail and two-way, all-day GO rail service. “The AMO conference is a great opportunity to get Guelph’s priorities in front of key Provincial ministers and… Continue reading Guelph’s priorities on the agenda at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference


City releases municipal guide to navigating the sharing economy

August 15, 2017

Download the guide Ottawa, Ont., August 15, 2017 – Today, the City of Guelph released “Navigating the sharing economy: A 6-decision guide for municipalities” in Ottawa at the Association of Municipalities Ontario annual conference. “Many of the opportunities and issues associated with the sharing economy fall within the purview of municipal government,” said Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I’m proud of the leading role Guelph has played in creating a tool that will help local councils and communities analyze the impact of various sharing economy services on their own residents and businesses so they can make decisions based on local needs.” “Sharing economy initiatives are being shaped by zoning codes, hotel and taxi licensing regulations, transit and all manner of distinctly local policy,” said the City… Continue reading City releases municipal guide to navigating the sharing economy