November 14, 2017
October 18, 2017
Creating Guelph’s urban design manual
Guelph is growing, and the way we are growing is changing. As more people come to live and work in Guelph, urban design plays an important role in planning and developing more intensified and complete mixed-used neighbourhoods.
The goal of Guelph’s Urban Design Manual is to provide a thoughtful and consistent approach to urban design in our city.
To create the manual, we’ve reviewed urban design policy and best practices, and consulted with industry and community stakeholders. About 200 people participated in the manual developmeny process. When it is complete, the manual will include three volumes:
- Volume 1: Urban design vision
- Volume 2: Urban design action plan
- Volume 3: Urban design standards and directions (further information below)
Urban Design Manual
On November 13, 2017 the recommended Urban Design Manual (volumes 1 and 2) and supporting staff report was approved by Council.
Volume 3: Urban design standards and directions
Volume 3 continues to be developed and will include:
Urban Design Concept Plans for Community mixed-use nodes
Nodes are central or connecting points in a neighbourhood where there is a mix of residential, commercial and institutional buildings. For example, a node could include a mix of shops, community centres, libraries and medium- to high-density housing.
The urban design manual will include urban design concept plans for four main nodes: Watson/Starwood, Paisley/Imperial, Gordon/Clair and Woodlawn/Woolwich. A concept plan has already been completed for the Silvercreek Junction node.
Urban Design Concept Plans for Select Intensification corridors
Intensification corridors along major roads or high-use transit routes can accommodate higher-density mixed-use development. Guelph’s urban design manual will include urban design concept plans for select intensification corridors such as York Road, Gordon Street and Woolwich Street.
Gordon street intensification corridor concept plan
The manual will include City-wide standards to provide design direction for private investment and new commercial, townhouse and mid-rise development, and recommend directions for a comprehensive update to the City’s Zoning Bylaw based on these standards.
Other urban design documents
- 5 Arthur Street South Urban Design Master Plan, 2015 (22MB pdf)
- Stone Road Corridor Urban Design Guidelines, 2000
- Draft Hanlon Creek Urban Design Guidelines
- Urban design concept plans
- 2008 Guelph Market Place Strategic Urban Design Plan
2009 Urban design action plan
The purpose of the 2009 Urban Design Action Plan is to prioritize goals and set a course of action aimed at building better communities. It also establishes urban design objectives for specific areas expected to see the most change over the next few decades.
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, Urban Design and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2358