Category Archives: Planning and Building

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

February 12, 2018

Attention: Homebuilders, architects, engineers, industrial/commercial/institutional contractors Continue reading Changes to water metering requirements for new developments – effective July 1, 2018


City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award

February 8, 2018

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has awarded the City of Guelph a Sustainable Community Award in the category of sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design for the Guelph Innovation District secondary plan. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities praised the plan’s carbon-neutral vision and its efficient, sustainable design which reduces transportation needs. Continue reading City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award


Proposed development meeting: 75 Dublin Street North

February 1, 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: Tuesday, February 27 6 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 75 Dublin Street North (City File: OP1706)—Ward 3 The subject site is 0.15 hectares in size and is located at the north-east corner of Cork Street West and Dublin Street North. An Official Plan Amendment is proposed to permit the development of a five storey apartment building where four storeys is the maximum permitted height. The site was subject to a City-initiated Official Plan Amendment in 2016 that was refused by Council, as well as a site-specific zoning amendment that… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 75 Dublin Street North


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

December 28, 2017

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: 120-130 Silvercreek Parkway North Request for a variance from Table 2, Row 2 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit an illuminated freestanding sign to be located 34m from a freestanding sign on the same property. 111-193 Silvercreek Parkway North Request for a variance from Table 2, Row 13 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a menu board with a height of 2.43m above the adjacent roadway and sign face of 4.5m2. Delegate or submit comments These reports will before the Committee of the Whole at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 15,… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

December 19, 2017

Initial concept plan for Guelph’s southernmost neighbourhood Guelph, Ont., December 19, 2017 – Last night, Council approved the Conceptual Community Structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Study. “The conceptual community structure gives us a general blueprint for where land uses will be throughout the Clair-Maltby community,” explains Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “It shows potential locations for housing, roads, trails, parks, schools and more for this southernmost area of Guelph.” The approved conceptual community structure: balances the protection of the natural heritage system and natural land features like the Paris Moraine with future development of the area; proposes a transportation network that supports all modes of travel with roads, bicycle infrastructure, recreational trails and pedestrian walkways that provide strong connections… Continue reading Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Updated zoning bylaw supports investment and development in downtown Guelph

July 25, 2017

Building heights, bike parking among updated regulations                     Guelph, Ont., July 25, 2017– On July 24, Guelph City Council approved the updated downtown zoning regulations in line with Guelph’s Downtown Secondary Plan. “We’ve modernized our approach and aligned our zoning regulations with Guelph’s vision for downtown as established through the Downtown Secondary Plan,” says Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner at the City of Guelph. “Now, fewer development proposals will require zone changes as part of the development approval process.” The changes made to permitted land uses and regulations are meant to encourage development downtown, and support a more active, urban environment south of the CN rail line. The Downtown Secondary Plan was approved  in 2012 with… Continue reading Updated zoning bylaw supports investment and development in downtown Guelph


Tree removal at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South starts late July

July 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont., July 14, 2017 – The City will issue a tree permit allowing the property owner of 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South, also known as the LaFarge lands, to begin tree removal in July. The tree permit, to be issued in accordance with Guelph’s Tree Bylaw, allows for the removal of 1,950 trees. Those trees along the Howitt Creek stream corridor and the railway lines will remain untouched and the large bur oak on the site will be protected. “We are working with the property owner to ensure compensation is provided for the removed trees,” explains April Nix, environmental planner with the City of Guelph. “Throughout the process, we will continue to ensure the property owner complies with Guelph’s tree bylaw, while providing protection of… Continue reading Tree removal at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South starts late July


City hall focuses on building partnerships with business community

July 11, 2017

Guelph is making it easier for business to do business with city hall. The City offers more support, better tools, and easier processes for businesses moving to Guelph and applying for planning and development approvals Continue reading City hall focuses on building partnerships with business community


Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Phase 1 report, recommended vision and guiding principles

June 22, 2017

On July 4, 2017 the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Phase 1 report and recommended vision and guiding principles will be presented to the Committee of the Whole. Phase 1 of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan began in early 2016 and concludes with the presentation of the Secondary Plan vision and guiding principles to Council. The recommended vision and five (5) guiding principles focus on spaces that are: Vibrant and urban Green and resilient Healthy and sustainable Interconnected and interwoven Balanced and liveable Work completed throughout Phase 1 includes: Refinement of the study timeline; Finalization of the secondary plan boundary; Development and refinement of background reports and technical work plans for all components of the study; Development of a problem/opportunity statement for the Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP);… Continue reading Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Phase 1 report, recommended vision and guiding principles