Parkland Dedication Bylaw review and update

The City of Guelph is updating its Parkland Dedication Bylaw.

The goal of the Parkland Dedication Bylaw is to make sure that, as Guelph grows, our parks and open spaces grow with it.

Parkland dedication enables the City to require developers to dedicate developed land by turning a percentage into park or other public recreational purposes or payment instead of land. This is required under section 42(1) of the planning Act.

Read the draft bylaw

The City is in the final phase of the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review. We’re looking for your feedback on the draft bylaw to help inform Council’s decision in summer 2018.

Timelines

Phase 1- Research (spring 2017)

City conducted background research, reviewed and analyzed the existing parkland dedication bylaw as well as best practices from around Ontario.

Phase 2- Engagement (spring 2017)

Internal stakeholders within the City of Guelph and key external stakeholders were consulted to determine the interests, concerns and options for parkland dedication policies moving forward.

Phase 3- Feedback (summer and fall 2017)

Key Stakeholders were consulted on June 29th and again on October 5, 2017 through focus groups. General public was informed and engaged through open house on October 5, 2017. A paper and online survey was conducted to gain feedback from general public.

The City began to draft guidelines and framework for an updated, bylaw based on stakeholder feedback.

Phase 4- Draft (Spring 2018)

The City has prepared a draft parkland dedication bylaw and is looking for feedback from the public and key stakeholders to refine the final draft by May 3.

Phase 5- summer 2018

A staff report with the proposed draft bylaw will be presented to Council for approval.

Frequently asked questions

What is parkland dedication?

Section 42 of the Planning Act allows municipalities to require all new development and redevelopments to contribute to the expansion of the city’s parks and open space system. Parkland dedication can be required in the form of land for park or other public recreational purposes or payment in-lieu of the land conveyance.

Why do we need a bylaw?

Section 42 of the Planning Act requires the council of a local municipality to enact and enforce a bylaw applicable to the whole municipality or to any defined areas within that municipality to be able to collect parkland dedication as a condition of development or redevelopment of land.

Why is the City updating the Parkland Dedication Bylaw?

The bylaw has not been fully reviewed and updated since 1989, and in that time, development has changed in the city. We are updating the bylaw to ensure that our parks and open spaces expand as our developments do.

Updating the bylaw also increases certainty, predictability and transparency in the parkland dedication process for all stakeholders.

Would this bylaw be applicable to all the building permit applications?

Yes. Staff would review each development application received under section 42 of the Planning Act including building permit applications to determine whether parkland dedication is required.

Would this bylaw apply to the draft plans of subdivision and draft plans of condominium applications?

No. Section 51.1 of the Planning Act doesn’t require the council of a local municipality to enact a bylaw. Parkland dedication is required as a condition of the development approval and the parkland dedication policies contained in the Official Plan are applicable to draft plans of subdivision applications.

Would this bylaw apply to committee of adjustment applications?

No. Section 53 of the Planning Act doesn’t require the council of a local municipality to enact a bylaw. Parkland dedication is required as a condition of the development approval and the parkland dedication policies contained in the Official Plan are applicable to the committee of adjustment applications. However, the Committee of Adjustment may choose to defer the parkland dedication requirement to the building permit stage.

Resources

For more information

Jyoti Pathak
Park Planner, Open Space Planning
519-822-1260 extension 2431
jyoti.pathak@guelph.ca