Notice of public meeting and decision meeting of Council
In accordance with sections 17 and 21 of the Planning Act, a joint public meeting and decision meeting of City Council will be held to consider the proposed Official Plan Amendment.
Statutory public meeting and decision meeting
Tuesday, July 11
This is a hybrid City Council meeting that can be watched online at guelph.ca/live or in person Council Chambers, 1 Carden Street, Guelph.
The purpose of the joint public meeting and decision meeting is to share information about the amendment, consider public comments, and City staff will provide a recommendation to Council on the proposed Official Plan Amendment.
Purpose and effect of the Official Plan Amendment
The proposed Official Plan Amendment is being introduced to delegate authority to City staff to approve minor Zoning Bylaw Amendments. Official Plan policies are required to delegate this authority to staff. Minor Zoning Bylaw Amendments is amendment to the Zoning Bylaw that fulfills a technical requirement, provides a temporary use, or makes revisions to improve clarity and usability of the Zoning Bylaw.
The proposed Official Plan Amendment applies to all land within the municipal boundaries of the City of Guelph.
Official Plan Amendment No. XX (OPA XX)
Format of the Amendment
This section of the Amendment sets out additions and changes to the text and mapping in the Official Plan. Sections of the Official Plan that are proposed to be added or changed are referred to as “ITEMS” in the following description. Text that is proposed to be amended is illustrated by various font types (e.g. struck-out is to be deleted and bold text is to be added). Unchanged text represents existing Official Plan policy that is being carried forward that has been included for context and does not constitute part of Amendment XX. New sections that are proposed to be added to the Official Plan are shown in standard font type with titles appearing in bold. Italicized font indicates defined terms or the name of a provincial act or title of a document.
Implementation and Interpretation
The implementation of this amendment shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Act. The further implementation and associated interpretation of this amendment shall be in accordance with the relevant text and mapping schedules of the existing Official Plan of the City of Guelph and applicable legislation.
Amendment XX should be read in conjunction with the current Official Plan (February 2022 Consolidation, as amended) which is available on the City’s website at guelph.ca, or at the Planning Services office located at 1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON on the 3rd Floor.
Details of the Proposed Amendment
ITEM 1: The purpose of ‘ITEM 1’ is to add a new policy to Section 10.4 to enable Council to delegate authority to a committee of Council or an individual who is an officer, employee or agent of the City for minor Zoning By-law Amendments.
Section 10.4 is hereby amended as follows:
11. City Council may, by bylaw, delegate approval authority for minor amendments to the Zoning By-law. Such minor Zoning By-law amendments may include:
- Removal of a holding (H) symbol, as per Section 10.5.
- Passing a Temporary Use By-law, as per Section 10.6.
- Correcting of minor errors and omissions.
- Minor text amendments to add clarity for the intent of regulations.
- Housekeeping updates to reflect changes to job titles, names of City departments, external agencies and organizations, or other policy documents and legislation.
- Removal of site-specific zoning that is more restrictive than the parent zone.
A Statutory Public Meeting shall not be required for a minor amendment to the Zoning By-law described above unless concerns have been identified by written submission during the commenting period identified in an applicable Notice of Application.
ITEM 2: The purpose of ‘ITEM 2’ is to amend Section 10.5 to so that Council may delegate authority to City staff for the removal of holding (H) symbols, subject to the policy requirement that City staff are satisfied that all requirements or conditions of the City have been satisfied to ensure appropriate development.
Section 10.5 is hereby amended as follows:
- The City may remove the holding (H) symbol in the implementing Zoning By-law where Council, or their designate, is satisfied that all requirements or conditions of the City have been satisfied to ensure appropriate development. The satisfactory completion of conditions may include, but not be limited to, appropriate financial and servicing requirements, approval of studies and the signing of necessary agreements under the provisions of the Planning Act.
- Where the holding symbol (H) is in effect, the use of land may be restricted to the following:
i) Agricultural uses, excluding livestock-based agricultural uses;
ii) Uses existing at the date of passing of the Holding By-law;
iii) Open space; and
iv) Other uses deemed appropriate by Council, or their designate, and which do not adversely impact the future development potential of the lands and which are compatible with surrounding land uses.
ITEM 3: The purpose of ‘ITEM 3’ is to amend Policy 10.6.1 to permit designated staff through delegated authority to pass a Temporary Use By-law, subject to the satisfaction that the proposed temporary use will meet certain conditions.
Policy 10.6.1 is hereby amended as follows:
- Council, or their designate, may pass a Temporary Use By-law to authorize the temporary use of land, buildings or structures for any purpose that is otherwise prohibited by the Zoning By-law in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Act. Prior to the passing of a Temporary Use By-law, Council, or their designate, shall be satisfied that the proposed temporary use meets the following conditions:
i) That it is compatible with neighbouring land use;
ii) That adequate parking can be provided on-site;
iii) That sufficient services such as water, sewage disposal and roads can be provided;
iv) That an adverse impact on traffic will not be created;
v) That the construction of a permanent building or structure is not required; and
vi) That the use is in general conformity with the intent and policies of this Plan.
For more information
The staff report will be available on June 29, 2023 after 12 p.m. at guelph.ca/agendas.
The planner to contact for the Official Plan Amendment is:
Lucas Mollame, Policy Planner I
519-822-1260 extension 3879
How to get involved:
Any person may attend the meeting and/or provide verbal or written comments on the application.
When we receive your registration, we will send you a confirmation message and instructions for participating in the hybrid public meeting will be provided. Instructions will also be provided during the meeting to ensure those watching online and attending in-person will be given the opportunity to speak.
To speak to the amendment, please notify the Clerk’s Department no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023, by any of the following ways:
- Register online at guelph.ca/delegation
- By phone at 519-837-5603 or TTY 519-826-9771
- By email to [email protected]
When we receive your registration, we will send you a confirmation message and instructions for participating in the remote Council meeting. Instructions will also be provided during the meeting to ensure those watching the remote public meeting will be given the opportunity to speak.
To submit written comments and be included in the Council Agenda, we request written comments no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023, by any of the following ways:
- By email to [email protected] and [email protected] (attachments must not exceed 15 MB)
- In person at the ServiceGuelph Counter at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph
- By regular mail or courier to Guelph City Clerk, 1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1 or place them in the mail slot beside the main entrance to City Hall no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023.
How to stay informed:
If you wish to be notified of the City Council decision on this application you must make a written request to the City Clerk by way of email or regular mail as listed above.
If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Guelph to the Ontario Land 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 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 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 Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
Notice of collection of personal information:
Personal information is being collected in order to gather feedback and communicate with interested parties regarding this Official Plan Amendment. Information provided or presented at a public meeting is considered a public record and may be posted on the City’s website or made public upon request.
This information is collected under the authority of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, cP.13. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Information and Access Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or [email protected].
Alternative accessible formats are available by contacting [email protected] or TTY 519-826-9771