Guelph, Ont., January 4, 2019 — Council will consider an updated Parkland Dedication Bylaw at the January 14 Committee of the Whole meeting. The Bylaw will then go to Council for a final decision on January 28.
Parkland dedication ensures that as Guelph grows, our parks and open spaces grow too. The Parkland Dedication Bylaw requires developers to either transfer land for park use or for other public recreation purposes, or provide payment in lieu of parkland, as governed by the Planning Act.
“The bylaw update we’re recommending to Council maximizes the parkland dedication rate for commercial, industrial and residential subdivision development applications as per the Planning Act,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation with the City of Guelph. “This will help ensure that City parks grow as our population and development increases.”
The proposed bylaw recommends it be reviewed every four years. It also sets a parkland dedication rate cap at 20 per cent of the total value of high-density and infill residential development instead of the current five per cent within downtown, and 10 per cent outside downtown.
Residents interested in the Committee of the Whole meeting can attend on January 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. or watch the live stream of the meeting at guelph.ca/live. Residents who wish to delegate must submit a delegation form no later than January 11 at 10 a.m.
Heather Flaherty, General Manager
Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2664