Council approves City purchase of Guelph Innovation District lands

Guelph, Ont., November 30, 2017—City Council has approved a staff recommendation to submit the City’s Letter of Intent to purchase 98 hectares (243 acres) in the Guelph Innovation District lands, formerly known as the York District lands.

“We’re pleased Council has approved this start to bold and innovative development in our city,” says Scott Stewart, deputy chief adminstative officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City. “We’re excited to be one step closer to making the Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan come to life.”

The City will be submitting their Letter of Intent to the Province immediately. The purchase will include the former Wellington Detention Centre lands, the Guelph Research Station lands and 15 hectares (38 acres) of conservation lands. The purchase does not include the Guelph Correctional Facility and associated lands.

If successful, ownership of the lands would be transferred from the Province to the City, and the City would start the process to find a suitable developer who would develop the lands to achieve the goals of the Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan. The conservation lands would not be included in development plans.

Council also gave staff approval to continue working on this project throughout the upcoming municipal election period so that the City can keep this important development moving.

The Guelph Innovation District includes a total of 436 hectares (1,077 acres) of land located south of York Road and east of Victoria Road North. Council approved the Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan in 2014, and Guelph’s official plan was amended to include the secondary plan in 2017. The secondary plan includes an innovative mix of land uses including an urban village, a mixed-use main street, a research park, and reuse of existing natural and cultural heritage features already located on the land. The development of the Guelph Innovation District is a City initiative that will help Guelph meet the Province’s urban growth targets.

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City of Guelph
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