City completes engagement on proposal to address its concerns with Dolime Quarry operations

Hundreds of local residents participate in-person and online

Guelph, Ont., December 10, 2019—The City of Guelph’s Our Community, Our Water nine-week public education and engagement program around the proposal to close and revitalize the Dolime Quarry has ended. City staff are now compiling all community feedback into a report that will be shared with Council and the community in March 2020.

Our Community, Our Water gave residents in-person and online opportunities to learn more about how the quarry site revitalization proposal would protect the long-term quality and quantity of Guelph’s drinking water.

More than 230 residents from the City and Guelph-Eramosa Township attended the community open houses and pop-up information sessions to get more information, ask questions, and share their feedback. Hundreds more joined the conversation online through social media and the City’s online engagement portal Have Your Say.

“We know that Guelph residents and businesses expect to be consulted about the decisions that stand to affect them. It was important to us from the beginning that we bring this proposal to our community so people could learn, ask questions, and provide feedback,” said Jennifer Rose, General Manager of Environmental Services for the City of Guelph. “We’re very happy to see so much public interest in this proposal. We know this has been a subject of interest in our community for many years. Now community feedback will form part of Council’s considerations as it makes a decision.”

Next Steps

All community feedback will be captured and summarized in a report to be shared in early 2020, when City Council is expected to make its decision about whether to pursue the proposed solution.

In making its decision, City Council will consider water, financial, technical and planning aspects of the proposed solution, as well as comments received from the public, and it will be guided by Guelph’s community values as identified through the Community Plan.

Once City Council has made a decision, the City will provide an update on next steps.

Key Figures

  • Two formal open houses and four pop-up events hosted by the City
  • Over 230 in-person community open house and pop-up participants
  • 88 surveys answered in-person and online
  • 16 questions submitted online
  • Over 2,200 unique web page visits and over 7,200 video views
  • Over 110,000 social impressions and 1,800 engagements
  • 47 comments submitted through social media

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Media Contact

Laura Mousseau, Communications Manager
Corporate Communications and Customer Service
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2463
laura.mousseau@guelph.ca