Category Archives: City Hall

Proposed development meeting: 855 and 927 Victoria Road South

January 18, 2019

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development applications. The meeting will take place: February 11, 2019 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 855 and 927 Victoria Road South (File: OZS18-007) — Wards 5 and 6 The subject lands are comprised of two separate parcels of land located at the north-west corner of Victoria Road South and MacAlister Boulevard. The northern parcel is municipally known as 855 Victoria Road South and is approximately 2.25 hectares in size and has approximately 204 metres of frontage along Victoria Road South. The southern parcel is municipally known as 927 Victoria Road South and is approximately 2.58 hectares in size and has… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 855 and 927 Victoria Road South


City shares Guelph Transit business service review final report

January 17, 2019

The final report for the Guelph Transit business service review will be presented to Council on Tuesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. Continue reading City shares Guelph Transit business service review final report


Electronic Submission of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Building Permits

January 14, 2019

The City is now accepting building permit applications for New Buildings, Additions and Renovations for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional projects through Building Services Online. Continue reading Electronic Submission of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Building Permits


City process for Niska Road project holds up in court

January 8, 2019

A decision by the Superior Court of Justice supports the integrity of the City of Guelph’s process for the Niska Road and bridge construction project. Continue reading City process for Niska Road project holds up in court


Baker District workshop sets stage for vision, goals

January 4, 2019

You’re invited to attend one of two drop-in workshops on January 15 as we gather community input to help shape the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Baker District workshop sets stage for vision, goals


Proposed development meeting: 190, 202, 210 and 216 Arkell Road

January 3, 2019

Public meeting for planning applications Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development applications. The meeting will take place: January 28, 2019 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 190, 202, 210 and 216 Arkell Road (File: OZS18-008)—Ward 6 The subject site is approximately 2.5 hectares in size and is located on the north side of Arkell Road, across from the end of Summerfield Drive. A Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision are proposed to permit the development of 66 townhouses on site. The developer has proposed a new street to join Dawes Avenue to the east and Summerfield Drive to the south. Thirty-four on-street townhouses are proposed along… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 190, 202, 210 and 216 Arkell Road


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

December 27, 2018

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject property are as follows: 160 Chancellors Way Request for variances from Section 2(2) and Section 7(1)(f ) of the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit one (1) illuminated freestanding sign with a sign face area of .77m2 and a height of 1.77m above the adjacent roadway within a 7m by 5m driveway sightline triangle at the west driveway of 160 Chancellors Way. Request for variances from Section 2(2) and Section 7(1)(f ) of the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit one (1) illuminated freestanding sign with a sign face area 3.79m2 (changeable copy of 1.08m2) with a height of… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


2019 budget discussions start now

December 20, 2018

The City of Guelph has released the 2019 non-tax supported operating budget and the 2019 capital budget and forecast Continue reading 2019 budget discussions start now


Damage Deposits

December 20, 2018

At the end of 2018, the City will no longer collect damage deposit fees with building permit and swimming pool permit applications. Continue reading Damage Deposits


Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant earns silver level recognition from the Grand River Conservation Authority

December 20, 2018

City recognized for efforts to improve wastewater quality Guelph, Ont., December 20, 2018 —The City received silver level recognition for its wastewater treatment plant from the Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Wide Optimization Program. The recognition comes from the City’s efforts to improve the wastewater that it returns to the Speed River through multi-level treatment. “We’re honoured to receive this recognition for our ongoing efforts towards excellence in wastewater treatment,” says Tim Robertson, Division Manager, Environmental Services. “Through the dedication of our knowledgeable staff, and working with our colleagues at the Grand River Conservation Authority, we continue to fine-tune our processes to get better performance and reduce the environmental impact of Guelph’s wastewater.” Based on data from 2017, the silver recognition is proof of how… Continue reading Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant earns silver level recognition from the Grand River Conservation Authority


City Council opts into cannabis retail stores

December 18, 2018

Guelph City Council voted last night to opt in to cannabis retail stores within the city with authority to comment on storefronts. Continue reading City Council opts into cannabis retail stores


Guelph releases proposed Development Charges and background study

December 12, 2018

Proposed development charges remain competitive with rates in nearby cities, such as Kitchener and Cambridge.
Continue reading Guelph releases proposed Development Charges and background study


Mandatory electronic permits and online inspections for home builders

December 11, 2018

Starting January 1st, 2019 the City of Guelph, Building Services will be requiring Home Builders to submit all building permit applications electronically and book all inspections through Building Services Online. Continue reading Mandatory electronic permits and online inspections for home builders


Live streaming of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings now available

November 30, 2018

Watch live streaming of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings on guelph.ca/live. Continue reading Live streaming of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings now available


Overnight on-street parking restrictions begin December 1

November 30, 2018

Check the signs on your street! Starting December 1, the overnight on-street parking restrictions take effect for winter. Continue reading Overnight on-street parking restrictions begin December 1


Council Planning – December 10, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

November 29, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday, December 10, 2018 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Council Consent Agenda IDE-2018-131 Decision Report 278 College Avenue West Zoning By-law Amendment File: ZC1801 Ward 5 CS-2018-27 2018 Third Quarter Operating Variance Report Public Meeting to Hear Applications under Sections 17, 34 and 51 of the Planning Act IDE-2018-138 Statutory Public Meeting Report 361 Whitelaw Road Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law… Continue reading Council Planning – December 10, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.


Council as Striking Committee – December 10, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

November 29, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday, December 10, 2018 – 5:00 p.m Closed Meeting Items: CS-2018-69 December 2018 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees, Local Boards, Agencies, Commissions, and Associations Open Meeting:  5:30 p.m. Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street CS-2018-68 December 2018 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees, Local Boards, Agencies, Commissions and Associations CS-2018-67 2018-2022 Council Appointments For more information Refer to guelph.ca/agendas for the consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will… Continue reading Council as Striking Committee – December 10, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.


Special City Council Meeting – December 13, 2018 Council Orientation – Service Area Night Corporate Services and Public Services

November 29, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 6:00 p.m Meeting Room C, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Special Council  Workshop-Council Orientation- Service Area Night Corporate Services  Corporate Services Presentation   Key Projects  Development Charges Background Study and By-Law Multi-year Budgeting Council Composition, Employment Status and Ward Boundary Review Labour Relations Public Services Public Services Presentation Key Projects: Municipal Accommodation Tax Cannabis Animal Control Review Transit Service Review Guelph-Eramosa Contract Community… Continue reading Special City Council Meeting – December 13, 2018 Council Orientation – Service Area Night Corporate Services and Public Services


Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw review

November 29, 2018

The Swimming Pool By-law is currently under review. You are invited to help us draft the revised bylaw by identifying what’s working in the current bylaw, what’s not, and what’s missing at a public meeting. Continue reading Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw review


Special Council – December 6, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.

November 22, 2018

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 6:00 p.m Meeting Room C, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Special Council Workshop – Council Orientation – Night 2 2018-2022 Council Orientation For more information Refer to guelph.ca/agendas for the consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaws 147, 148, 150 Delhi Street (Homewood Cultural Heritage Landscapes), 221 and 229 Woolwich Street

November 22, 2018

In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18 in the city of Guelph, in the province of Ontario Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph has passed the following bylaws to designate portions of various properties as being of cultural heritage value or interest under section 29, Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18: By-law Number (2018–20344) to designate portions of the property known as 147 Delhi Street (Homewood Ancillary Landscape) dated at Guelph, Ontario, November 19, 2018. By-law Number (2018–20345) to designate portions of the property known as 148 Delhi Street (Riverslea Estate Landscape) dated at Guelph, Ontario, November 19, 2018. By-law Number (2018–20346) to designate portions of the property known as 150 Delhi Street (Homewood Therapeutic Landscape) dated at… Continue reading Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaws 147, 148, 150 Delhi Street (Homewood Cultural Heritage Landscapes), 221 and 229 Woolwich Street


Join us to hear about plans for the Baker District redevelopment

November 15, 2018

The City of Guelph, along with Windmill Development Group and Invizij Architects Inc., is hosting two open houses on Thursday, November 29 to provide our community with an overview of the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Join us to hear about plans for the Baker District redevelopment


Proposed development meeting: 1657 and 1665 Gordon Street

November 15, 2018

Public meeting for planning applications Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development applications. The meeting will take place: December 10, 2018 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning applications 1657 and 1665 Gordon Street (File: OZS18-003)—Ward 6 The subject lands are located on the west side of Gordon Street, south of the Gordon Street/Clairfields Drive West intersection. The subject lands are approximately 1.049 hectares in size with frontage along Gordon Street and Gosling Gardens. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to change the zoning from the “Residential Single Detached” (R.1B) Zone to a “Specialized Residential Cluster Townhouse” (R.3A-?) Zone to permit the development of 78 stacked townhouse units. The subject… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 1657 and 1665 Gordon Street


Proposed development meeting: 50-52 Dean Avenue

November 15, 2018

Public meeting for planning applications Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development applications. The meeting will take place: December 10, 2018 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning applications 50-52 Dean Avenue (File: OZS18-002)—Ward 5 The subject property is located on the south-east corner of Dean Avenue and Caledonia Street and is approximately 617 square metres in size. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to change the zoning from the “Residential Single Detached” (R.1B) Zone to a “Specialized Semi-Detached/Duplex” (R.2-?) Zone to recognize the existing semi-detached dwelling. The planner to contact for this application Abby Watts, Development Planner 519-837-5616 x 3314 abby.watts@guelph.ca Speak at the meeting or provide… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 50-52 Dean Avenue


Proposed development meeting: 361 Whitelaw Road

November 15, 2018

Public meeting for planning applications Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development applications. The meeting will take place: December 10, 2018 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning applications 361 Whitelaw Road (File: OZS18-005)—Ward 4 The subject site is approximately 7 hectares in size and is located at the south-west corner of Paisley Road and Whitelaw Road. Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are proposed to permit the development of the site as a high density residential area. The developer proposes to divide the site into three distinct areas. The northern portion of the site closest to Paisley Road is proposed to have 5 apartment buildings, 8-10 storeys high with… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 361 Whitelaw Road


Proposed development meeting: 127 Cityview Drive North

November 15, 2018

Public meeting for planning applications Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development applications. The meeting will take place: December 10, 2018 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning applications 127 Cityview Drive North (File: OZS18-006)—Ward 1 The subject property is located on the east side of Cityview Drive North between Lee Street and Cedarvale Avenue. William C. Winegard Public School is located directly behind the subject property. A Zoning By-law Amendment is proposed to rezone the subject lands from the current UR (Urban Reserve) Zone to a specialized R.1C-? (Single Detached Residential) Zone to permit the development of two single detached dwellings. A future consent for severance application will be… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 127 Cityview Drive North


Clair-Maltby Public Workshop: Policy Directions

November 15, 2018

Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and Master Environmental Servicing Plan Tuesday, December 4 1:30–4 p.m. or 6:30–9 p.m. Salvation Army Guelph Citadel 1320 Gordon Street, Guelph Join us for focused conversations and a discussion to help establish and refine the policy directions that will inform the creation of the secondary plan for the Clair-Maltby area. A Draft Policy Directions report will be available no later than Monday, November 26 on guelph.ca/clair-maltby. This draft report will summarize key draft directions for future policies based on what we’ve heard through the project so far. Your input, ideas and comments at the public workshop will inform the final Policy Directions report. Register to participate Register to attend either the 1:30 to 4 p.m. or 6:30 to 9 p.m. session by Thursday, November 29. Registration is free. Unable to attend?… Continue reading Clair-Maltby Public Workshop: Policy Directions


City sharing plans for growth and development

November 6, 2018

Open house and downtown walking tour planned for November 7 Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2018—In celebration of World Town Planning Day, City planning staff invite the community to an open house and downtown walking tour on Wednesday, November 7. The open house will be held in the City Hall Galleria from noon until 2 p.m. with the walking tour scheduled to depart from City Hall at 12:30 p.m. Open house guests can connect with City planners to ask questions and learn about the City’s Official Plan, natural and cultural heritage planning efforts, highlights of recent development activities, and the role of City planners play in shaping our community. For more information Melissa Aldunate Manager, Policy Planning and Urban Design, Planning Services 519-822-1260 extension 2361 melissa.aldunate@guelph.ca


Guelph’s official 2018 municipal election results are in

October 24, 2018

After 33,732 total ballots were cast, Guelph residents have elected the next City Council and school board trustees. Continue reading Guelph’s official 2018 municipal election results are in


Guelph’s unofficial 2018 municipal election results

October 22, 2018

After 33,732 total ballots cast, the following are the unofficial 2018 Guelph municipal election results. Continue reading Guelph’s unofficial 2018 municipal election results


Monday, October 22 is election day!

October 18, 2018

Voters’ have one last chance to cast their ballot for Mayor, Councillor and school board trustees on October 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Continue reading Monday, October 22 is election day!


Canada Post mail service disruption

October 17, 2018

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has given strike notice to Canada Post. Guelph mail services could be disrupted by the legal rotating strikes. Continue reading Canada Post mail service disruption


Guelph-Wellington to create Canada’s first food smart community

October 16, 2018

Our Food Future is a bold vision of a sustainable and thriving food economy. Continue reading Guelph-Wellington to create Canada’s first food smart community


Local innovation focus for international municipal exchange

October 11, 2018

Knowledge sharing of innovative solutions was the focus of international visits between the City of Guelph and City of Rijeka, Croatia in September and October. Continue reading Local innovation focus for international municipal exchange


City of Guelph wins three awards of excellence for business programs

October 4, 2018

Guelph, Ont., October 4, 2018—For the second year in a row the City of Guelph has claimed awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. This year the City of Guelph’s Business Development and Enterprise Services department won the following awards: Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Hanlon Creek Business Park sales video (Video/Multimedia Promotion) Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for the 2017 Economic Snapshot (General Purpose Print Promotion) Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Downtown Community Improvement Program (Neighbourhood Development) The awards were presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 2 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. “This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses. We congratulate all the award winners, and… Continue reading City of Guelph wins three awards of excellence for business programs


Notice of passing of heritage designation bylaws

September 27, 2018

In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18 in the City of Guelph, in the Province of Ontario Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph has passed the following bylaws to designate portions of various properties as being of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV, Sec. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18: Bylaw Number (2018–20297) to designate portions of the property known as 43 Arthur Street South dated at Guelph, Ontario, July 9, 2018. Bylaw Number (2018–20298) to designate portions of the property known as 122 Cardigan Street dated at Guelph, Ontario, July 9, 2018. Bylaw Number (2018–20299) to designate portions of the property known as 55 Delhi Street… Continue reading Notice of passing of heritage designation bylaws


City to develop application for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions

September 11, 2018

Current suspension of enforcement continues during procedure development Guelph, Ont., September, 11, 2018–Last night, Guelph City Council approved the development of a new procedure to allow groups of residents to apply for temporary enforcement suspensions of driveway width infractions in their neighbourhood. “While the procedure is developed, the City will continue to enforce Zoning Bylaw (1995) – 14864 regulations related to driveway widths and issue notifications of illegal driveways, but we won’t issue charges for residential homes classified as semi-detached/duplex and on-street townhouses,” says Rob Reynen, chief building official for the City. “The specific restrictions and conditions for suspended enforcement, including the additional criteria defined by Council, are now posted in detail on the City’s website.” Procedure development The procedure for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions… Continue reading City to develop application for temporary driveway enforcement suspensions


Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension

September 11, 2018

On September 10, 2018, Council approved the development of a new procedure that would allow groups of residents in a defined area to request temporary enforcement suspensions of driveway width infractions until the comprehensive Zoning Bylaw review is complete. Details on the enforcement suspension The City will not lay charges for the following parking in residential zone regulations of the Zoning Bylaw (1995) – 14864 for homes classified as R.2 Residential semi-detached/duplex and R.3B On-street townhouse, provided driveways meet the additional criteria set by Council (see list below regulations): 4.13.7.2.3 A Driveway (Residential) in an R.2 Zone shall have a maximum driveway width of 3.5 metres. 4.13.7.2.4 Despite Section 4.13.7.2.3, a surfaced walk within 1.5 metres of the nearest foundation wall is permitted providing that… Continue reading Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application for 1467 Gordon Street

August 30, 2018

The City has received an application for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at 1467 Gordon Street are as follows: Request for variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 1.23m2 non-illuminated building sign to be located on the second storey of a building face fronting a public road allowance. Request for variances from Table 1, Row 6 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 1.23m2 non-illuminated building sign to be located on the second storey of a building face fronting an adjacent property. Delegate or submit comments The report will be addressed at the Council meeting in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application for 1467 Gordon Street


Guelph makes an impression with Ontario’s new government

August 22, 2018

Mayor Cam Guthrie, Councillors Cathy Downer and Mark MacKinnon, and the City’s executive team return to Guelph today after three days of meetings with members of Ontario’s new government. Continue reading Guelph makes an impression with Ontario’s new government


Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa for 16 meetings with provincial officials

August 17, 2018

Mayor Cam Guthrie will lead a delegation from Guelph for a total of 16 meetings with government ministers, parliamentary assistants, and opposition MPPs. Continue reading Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa for 16 meetings with provincial officials


Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors

August 17, 2018

Attention: Home Builders and Residential Contractors Please be advised of the following change for all accessory apartment building permit applications made after September 1st, 2018. This will apply to all homes, regardless of age, where the HVAC system is shared between the two units. Building Services will be requiring the installation of a duct type smoke detector in the supply or return air ducts which would turn off the fuel supply and electrical power to the HVAC system upon activation of the detector. An alternative to a duct type smoke detector is to have smoke alarms connected to a relay switch on the furnace or air handling system to shut down the circulation fan upon activation of the smoke alarms. This change is being made… Continue reading Accessory Apartments- Duct Type Smoke Detectors


Changes to bulk City water revenue meter installation standards

August 16, 2018

Attention: Homebuilders, architects, engineers, industrial, commercial and institutional Contractors Please be advised of the following changes to bulk water meter construction and installation requirements and restrictions for residential developments (including rental apartment buildings and cluster townhouse sites) and industrial, commercial and institutional developments. The following is offered in complement to Water Services’ May 2, 2018 “Changes to Water Metering Requirements for New Developments – effective July 1, 2018” notice. The respective terms of this notice will take precedent over contents of past notices and form policy and business requirements for all applicable building permits effective immediately; Planned servicing to such properties will be required to provide sufficient space for a single bulk water revenue meter, to measure all water fed to the entire private water… Continue reading Changes to bulk City water revenue meter installation standards


AA+ credit rating reaffirms Guelph’s solid financial foundation

August 15, 2018

Guelph, Ont., August 15, 2018 – The City of Guelph’s credit rating remains strong at AA+ as announced today by S&P Global Ratings (S&P). “This is great news for ensuring the long-term prosperity of Guelph,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “This rating not only reflects the City of Guelph’s solid financial position and practices, it also speaks to our vibrant economy, ability to attract new residents, employers, and investment opportunities.” S&P is an independent company that looks at corporations around the world and analyses their capacity to meet financial obligations. The City of Guelph’s AA+ rating signifies its ability to meet its financial commitments is between very strong and extremely strong. Council and City administration’s management of its finances is a big part of why the… Continue reading AA+ credit rating reaffirms Guelph’s solid financial foundation


Notice of decision meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66—Affordable Housing

August 9, 2018

Further to the Public Meeting held on June 11, 2018, Guelph City Council will consider the City initiated Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 66 for Affordable Housing at an upcoming Council meeting. The meeting will take place: Monday, September 10 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the affordable housing proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66 Purpose and effect of the proposed OPA No. 66 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… Continue reading Notice of decision meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 66—Affordable Housing


Radon testing of new homes – Mandatory Testing

August 7, 2018

Attention:  Home Builder As per information conveyed previously, the City will not be arranging nor paying for the mandatory radon testing of new homes built in accordance with radon compliance option #1  this coming winter. This affects all new homes in which occupancy was granted after January 31, 2018 and approximately 16 homes which failed to deploy the testing kits last winter. As the permit holder, it will be your responsibility to ensure the radon test is conducted through a certified laboratory and submitted to the City for all homes in which radon option #1 has been chosen. In early November, we will provide a list of homes requiring mandatory testing in which occupancy was granted after January 31, 2018, as well as the homes… Continue reading Radon testing of new homes – Mandatory Testing


City of Guelph gets down to business with new GM of Business Development and Enterprise  

August 3, 2018

Guelph, Ont., August 3, 2018 – There’s a new leader in the City of Guelph’s Business Development and Enterprise (BDE) office—Helen Loftin. Loftin joins the City as the new General Manager of BDE on September 10. “We’ve been looking for someone with international experience, commitment to the community and a true sense of partnership to build an even stronger local economy,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City of Guelph. “I’m confident that Helen has the leadership and foresight to set Guelph on a successful course for the future.” Loftin comes to the City with over 30 years’ experience working with government, private sector and community partners, most recently as Senior VP Marketing and Communications for Mennonite Economic Development Associates,… Continue reading City of Guelph gets down to business with new GM of Business Development and Enterprise  


Local experts gather to tackle food challenges in Guelph-Wellington

July 27, 2018

The average Canadian household throws away about $1,400 of edible food every year Guelph, Ont., July 27, 2018—Nationally, $31 billion in useful food ends up in landfills every year. This food waste has an environmental impact approximately equal to the emissions of two million cars on the road, according to social entrepreneur Chef Jagger Gordon, founder of Feed it Forward. About half of this waste happens in homes, the equivalent of $25 to $30 per week per household, and could support people who are not food secure. Our convenience lifestyles and lack of understanding about food waste are key reasons for this waste, notes University of Guelph Associate Professor Dr. Kate Parizeau. These are just a few of the compelling statistics that experts, entrepreneurs, innovators… Continue reading Local experts gather to tackle food challenges in Guelph-Wellington


City of Guelph releases 2017 Report to the Community

July 24, 2018

This isn’t a typical financial or performance report because it’s not just about us. It’s about residents, business, community groups, visitors, volunteers, and our own employees. It’s about people working together to make Guelph a great city, Continue reading City of Guelph releases 2017 Report to the Community


City announces partner for Baker District redevelopment

July 17, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 17, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce Windmill Development Group as the preferred partner to lead the planning, design and development for the Baker District project. The Ottawa-based real estate development company was named last night during a special meeting of Council at which staff presented an update on the project. “Windmill’s proven development experience, financial strength, ambition and award-winning design excellence align with the City’s vision and objectives for this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. He adds, “Awarding this project marks a critical milestone in the Baker District redevelopment project as we’re able to move forward with development concepts, getting us closer to revitalizing this underused urban space.” “We… Continue reading City announces partner for Baker District redevelopment