Downtown Zoning Bylaw update

75 Dublin Street North

Staff recommended Downtown Zoning Bylaw

On July 24, 2017 the recommended Downtown Zoning Bylaw was approved by Council, with amendments to 130 Macdonell Street and 70 Fountain Street/75 Farquhar Street. The staff report and recommended Downtown Zoning Bylaw is available online.

About the project

We’re updating the Downtown Zoning Bylaw and reviewing downtown commercial zones to:

  • Support a vibrant Downtown Guelph;
  • Line up the existing Zoning Bylaw with the Downtown Secondary Plan; and
  • Support appropriate development downtown.

This project will implement the vision established through the Downtown Secondary Plan.

For more information

To be added to the mailing list for this project or to set up a meeting with City staff, please contact:

David de Groot, Senior Urban Designer
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
Planning and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2358

Background information

Draft Downtown Zoning Bylaw

The draft of the Downtown Zoning Bylaw was brought to Council for a Statutory Public Meeting September 12, 2016.

8 MBDraft Downtown Zoning Bylaw – September 2016

This version includes all proposed changes to Zoning By-law (1995)-14864, as amended.

8 MBDraft Downtown Amending Zoning Bylaw – September 2016

The draft Zoning Bylaw is based on the recommendations of the Downtown Zoning Bylaw Update discussion paper that was received at the April 20, 2016 Council meeting.

The draft Downtown Zoning Bylaw includes regulations related to the following:

  • Permitted land uses (e.g. retail establishment, office, etc.);
  • Built form (e.g. building massing which includes building length, floorplate size and stepbacks);
  • Building height;
  • Tower separation;
  • Active frontage (i.e. to ensure that Guelph’s main streets are commercial, pedestrian-oriented streets in defined areas of downtown); and,
  • Vehicle and bicycle parking.

Downtown Zoning Bylaw discussion paper

3 MBDowntown Zoning By-law Discussion Paper – April 2016

Council received the Downtown Zoning Bylaw Update discussion paper at a meeting on April 20, 2016.

The discussion paper includes:

  • A review of other municipal practices;
  • Zoning options for Downtown Guelph (including analysis of those options); and
  • Recommended revisions to the Zoning Bylaw.

This paper begins the conversation on what can be implemented through zoning regulations versus matters better suited for the Downtown Built Form Standards, other municipal bylaws, or site plan control. The recommendations of this report will assist in developing a new draft Zoning Bylaw for Downtown Guelph.

The discussion paper includes six topics:

  1. Pre-zoning sites
  2. Land use
  3. Building height and floor space
  4. Urban Design Standards
  5. Cultural heritage resources
  6. Vehicle and bicycle parking

Open house material

Downtown zoning by-law open house, June 22, 2016

The Downtown Zoning Bylaw Update: Downtown Secondary Plan Implementation and Proposed Project Charter report was considered and approved by Council on June 22, 2015.