Urban design

 The City’s urban design plans and policies make Guelph a beautiful, sustainable and enjoyable place where people want to live, work and play.

Creating Guelph’s urban design manual

The City is creating an urban design manual to provide a thoughtful and consistent approach to urban design by:

The urban design manual will include three volumes.

  • Volume 1: Urban design vision
  • Volume 2: Urban design action plan
  • Volume 3: Urban design standards and directions

Community mixed-use nodes: neighbourhood connecting points

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.

Intensification corridors: development along Guelph’s main roads

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.

City-wide standards

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.

Downtown Guelph Streetscape Manual, built-form standards and St. George’s Square concept

Placemaking is an urban design process that helps cities to achieve engaging, practical, and well-designed public spaces. As downtown Guelph continues to grow, it’s important to understand what the community and businesses need with respect to parks, squares, and streets. Incorporating these needs into Guelph’s future design allows downtown’s public spaces to be recognized as the city’s civic heart and economic engine.

Downtown Guelph Streetscape Manual, built-form standards and St. George’s Square concept

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.

2009 Urban Design Action Plan

Other urban design documents

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