City updating Downtown Zoning By-law

Guelph, ON, August 19, 2015 – The City is undertaking a review to update the Downtown Zoning By-law regulations and downtown commercial zones.

“The purpose of the Downtown Zoning By-law review is to support and sustain a vibrant Downtown Guelph,” explains David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer. “The review will ensure an updated Zoning By-law aligns with the existing Downtown Secondary Plan and supports appropriate investment and development in our city’s core.”

Topics to be addressed during the review include:

  • Downtown Secondary Plan densities, land use permissions, building heights and other policies, 
  • Urban design regulations and standards,
  • Zoning implications related to cultural heritage, brownfield sites and servicing, and,
  • Recommending private parking regulations, including bicycle parking.

The City will be meeting with agencies, landowners, businesses, stakeholders and community members over the next few months to introduce the Downtown Zoning By-law review and gather feedback. Interested property owners and community members are encouraged to contact David de Groot at 519-822-1260 extension 2358 or

A discussion paper outlining topics to be addressed as part of the bylaw review will be presented to Council in late 2015. A public open house will be held in early 2016 to gather feedback on the proposed by-law amendment before it is presented to Council for final approval.

For more information

David de Groot, Senior Urban Designer
Policy Planning and Urban Design
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2358