Proposed Official Plan Amendment meeting: Affordable housing

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act where the proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for Affordable Housing will be considered. The meeting will take place:
Monday, June 11
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1 Carden Street, Guelph

Council Report – Public Meeting

Proposed Official Plan Amendment

About the affordable housing proposed OPA

Purpose and effect of the proposed Official Plan Amendment

The purpose and effect of the proposed OPA is to update the affordable housing policies in the Official Plan in accordance with the Council approved Affordable Housing Strategy (2017). The OPA would amend Section 7.2 of the Official Plan to update the affordable housing targets, including removing the separate policy encouraging the creation of approximately 90 accessory apartment units. The policies would also be updated to refer to the target where the City may require the submission of an Affordable Housing Report as part of a development application. Chapter 12: Glossary is also proposed to be amended to add a definition for “primary rental” and amend the definition for “affordable housing” in accordance with the Affordable Housing Strategy.

Subject Lands

The Proposed Official Plan Amendment applies to all land within the municipal boundaries of the City of Guelph. Lands within the City of Guelph which are affected by this proposed Official  Plan Amendment may be the subject of an application under the Planning Act for a minor variance or consent, for an amendment to the Zoning By-law or for approval of a plan of subdivision. For information about other planning applications affecting lands within the City of Guelph, please contact Planning, Urban Design and Building Services at 519-837-5616 or email

The planner to contact for this proposed official plan amendment:

Joan Jylanne, Senior Policy Planner
519-837-5616 x 2519

Speak at the meeting or provide written comments

If you wish to speak to City Council about the proposed Official Plan Amendment please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5603 or email no later than Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. to register as a delegation.

If you prefer to comment in writing, please send your written comments to the City Clerk’s Office no later than Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Important information about making a submission

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the City of Guelph to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Guelph before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Guelph before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable
grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

For more information

Planning documents and background material for this application is available for viewing during regular office hours at:

Planning and Building Services
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street

Copies of the staff report will be available at noon on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Contact the City Clerk’s Office

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Guelph on the proposed official plan amendment you must make a written request to:

Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1
519-837-5603 or TTY 519-826-9771
Fax 519-763-1269