New Parkland Dedication Bylaw in effect January 31

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Guelph, Ont., January 29, 2019 – Council has approved a new Parkland Dedication Bylaw that will be implemented January 31.

Last night, Council approved the new Parkland Dedication Bylaw with the following changes:

  • That downtown’s high-density residential development rate be capped at 20 per cent of the land or equivalent market value of the land.
  • That outside downtown, high-density residential development be capped at 30 per cent of the land or equivalent market value of the land.
  • That renovations to single and semi-detached homes be exempt from parkland dedication.
  • That the bylaw be reviewed in two years to assess the impact of the increased parkland dedication rates on growth in Guelph.

“We’re happy to have an updated bylaw,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation. “We also think checking in after two years to see how the bylaw is working will benefit our community.”

Parkland dedication is just one way the City uses to grow Guelph’s open spaces. 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.

For more information

Heather Flaherty, General Manager
Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2664
heather.flaherty@guelph.ca