Category Archives: City Hall

Canada Day holiday hours for City facilities and services

June 21, 2018

Holiday hours for the City of Guelph facilities and programs. Continue reading Canada Day holiday hours for City facilities and services


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application

June 21, 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 properties are as follows: 26 Clair Road West Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 0.9m2 illuminated building sign to be a height of 2.2m above the ground surface. Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 6.2m2 non-illuminated building sign painted directly onto a wall to be a height of 2.2m above the ground surface. Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 5m2 illuminated building… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Are you on the voters’ list?

June 18, 2018

Check to see if you’re registered to vote in this fall’s municipal election Get on the list at voterlookup.ca Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2018 –If you’ve just moved to Guelph, are a new voter, or had a name or address change, you might want to check to see if you’re on the voters’ list. To cast your ballot on October 22 in the municipal election, you need to be on the voters’ list and now is the perfect time to confirm your information, or add your name with a few quick clicks online at voterlookup.ca “This voter look up tool is so easy to use and makes voting on Election Day just that much easier,” said Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for City of Guelph. “We… Continue reading Are you on the voters’ list?


Looking for members to join election audit committee by July 13

June 14, 2018

The City of Guelph and the municipalities from the Region of Waterloo are working together to form a Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC) to review candidate or registered third-party2018 election campaign finances. Committee pool Up to 10 individuals, from all applications submitted, will be placed into a pool. When a municipality receives a request for an election finance compliance audit, that city will call upon individuals from the pool to form a committee. Committee members will need to commit to a four-year term through to November 2020. Individuals, who have financial, accounting or legal expertise, and knowledge of the municipal election process, are invited to apply. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Regional Clerk for the Region of Waterloo by July… Continue reading Looking for members to join election audit committee by July 13


City receives award for stormwater management innovation

June 12, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 12, 2018–The City of Guelph and Jacobs have been recognized with a Platinum Innovation Award of Merit from the Grand River chapter of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario. The award recognizes the team’s work to reuse sediment that was removed from a stormwater management pond during cleaning last year. The award was presented on Wednesday, May 30 at the chapter’s Annual General Meeting. “The City is honoured to receive this award from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario,” said Arun Hindupur, supervisor of infrastructure engineering. “Our team works hard to minimize the impact stormwater has on our community by regular cleaning of neighbourhood ponds. This award recognizes our efforts to take this work one step further—reusing material that would otherwise be sent to… Continue reading City receives award for stormwater management innovation


Guelph-Wellington chosen for international food study

June 12, 2018

The City of Guelph and County of Wellington has been selected to collaborate with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a part of the Foundation’s Cities and the Circular Economy for Food initiative. Continue reading Guelph-Wellington chosen for international food study


Enhanced online system makes it easy to apply for a building permit

June 8, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 8, 2018—Thinking of starting a renovation or building project at home? The City has just made that process a little easier for you. You can apply for a building permit, submit and receive drawings and book inspections and track your permit’s status using an online tool from the comfort of home or the office. While we’re happy to see and help you at City Hall, you don’t have to make the trip downtown; the choice is yours. Simply create your free account at https://gpas.guelph.ca and get started. Still want to bring in hard copies? That’s okay. We’re still accepting hard copies of drawings at City Hall as we work towards electronic submissions either online or in person on a USB key at… Continue reading Enhanced online system makes it easy to apply for a building permit


City’s GM of Court Services retires after 29 years

June 6, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 6, 2018 – After a distinguished 29-year career with the City of Guelph, General Manager of Court Services, Brad Coutts, will retire on June 22. “It’s always with mixed feelings that we say good-bye to such a dedicated employee,” said Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO, Corporate Services. “Brad was instrumental in the transfer of Provincial Offences Court Administration and Prosecutions to the City of Guelph from the Province in 2000, and led the design and renovation of Guelph’s historic former City Hall into its current use as the Provincial Offences Court serving Guelph-Wellington. We wish him well in his retirement.” Brad, a graduate of Dalhousie University, is a licensed paralegal by the Law Society of Ontario and was a founding member of the… Continue reading City’s GM of Court Services retires after 29 years


Guelph-Wellington named finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge

June 1, 2018

One of 10 awarded $250,000 on road to $10 million prize Guelph, Ont., June 1, 2018 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced finalists in the national Smart Cities Challenge today, with the Guelph-Wellington County entry named one of 10 in its population category and awarded $250,000 to further develop its bid for a $10 million prize. The Guelph-Wellington bid is entered in the category for communities with populations up to 500,000, which drew more than 100 proposals. It was developed in partnership with the University of Guelph, Conestoga College and dozens of other experts, entrepreneurs, innovators and community champions. As a finalist, Guelph-Wellington will continue work with partners in the bid to win one of two $10 million prizes to be announced by the federal… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington named finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge


Changes to permanent sign program

May 31, 2018

Attention:  Sign companies In order to improve safety and facilitate improved turnaround times relating to the permanent signs, the following changes will come into effect July 1, 2018: Permits for freestanding signs over 1.8m above ground level will be required to be designed and reviewed by a professional engineer. Permits for projecting building signs (including addresses) weighing more than 25kg will be required to be designed and reviewed by a professional engineer. In addition to the “Application for a Permit to Construct”, a “Sign permit details – Permanent Signs” will also be required to be submitted with all permanent sign permit applications. For your convenience, these forms are available online together as part of a new “Permanent sign application package” at guelph.ca/signs. Permits relating to… Continue reading Changes to permanent sign program


Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations

May 29, 2018

Council approves City’s continuing partnership with task force Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2018—Last night, Guelph City Council acknowledged, in principle, the role of Our Energy Guelph as the implementer of the Community Energy Initiative going forward, and approved the City of Guelph’s continued association with Our Energy Guelph as a primary stakeholder and partner. Council also approved Our Energy Guelph’s recommendations for the community as outlined in the updated community energy plan, including a target for Guelph to become a net zero carbon community by 2050. The 2007 Guelph Community Energy Plan, now the Community Energy Initiative, was the first of its kind in North America. In 2016, Council directed staff to initiate an update. A community-based task force was recruited to lead the update… Continue reading Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations


Committee of the Whole Agenda – June 5, 2018

May 24, 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. Committee of the Whole –  Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Closed Meeting – 1:00 p.m. Dolime Quarry – Potential Settlement Pathway Financing Framework (Item has been removed from the Agenda) Agreement of Purchase and Sale Negotiations for 200 Beverley Street Open Meeting – 2 p.m. Presentations: Staff recognition for completion of Masters of Public Administration – Ronald Maeresera, Senior… Continue reading Committee of the Whole Agenda – June 5, 2018


City Council – May 28, 2018

May 24, 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,  May 28, 2018 – 4:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Closed Meeting Items Downtown Guelph Business Association Board of Directors Appointment Employee Code of Conduct Breach Land Sale Transaction for 200 Hanlon Creek Blvd. between 785412 Ontario Ltd. (Everest Holdings) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Solid Waste Resources Business Service Review Final report – Confidential Material Recover Facility Update Potential Disposition… Continue reading City Council – May 28, 2018


Notice of intention to pass an amending by-law: removal a Holding (H) symbol

May 24, 2018

The lands affected by the proposed amendment are municipally known as 214 College Avenue E and legally described as Part of Lot 5, Concession 2, Division G Continue reading Notice of intention to pass an amending by-law: removal a Holding (H) symbol


Guelph-Wellington is creating Canada’s first circular food economy

May 22, 2018

Imagine a food system where there’s no such thing as waste, every citizen has access to healthy food, and new businesses are created as a result The City of Guelph and County of Wellington will build Canada’s first circular food economy: enhancing access to nutritious food, turning “waste” into resources, and creating new jobs and economic opportunities. This vision was unveiled today at the Arrell Food Summit in Guelph and Toronto, and is part of the Guelph-Wellington 50x50x50 by 2025 initiative: increasing access to affordable, nutritious food by 50%, creating 50 new circular businesses and collaborations and increasing circular economic revenues by 50% by recognizing the value of “waste” — all by 2025. “Guelph-Wellington already enjoys the reputation of being a hub of food innovation… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington is creating Canada’s first circular food economy


Come see what we do!

May 22, 2018

Join City staff on May 24 to celebrate Public Works Week Guelph, Ont., May 18, 2018 – In celebration of Public Works Week, we’re hosting an open house at 45 Municipal Street on Thursday, May 24. The family-friendly event will run from 3–7 p.m. featuring: City equipment and vehicles including an ambulance, Guelph Transit bus, zamboni and collections flusher City bylaw display including demonstrations of license plate recognition Construction and forestry teams explaining their work Traffic signal displays Food trucks providing food and drinks Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Guelph Food Bank. About National Public Works Week Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored Public Works Week across Canada and the United States. This year’s theme… Continue reading Come see what we do!


2018 Building Permit fees

May 16, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the Committee of the Whole of City Council supported proposed changes to the building permit fee schedule. City Council is scheduled to approve the proposed fee schedule at their May 28, 2018 meeting. Continue reading 2018 Building Permit fees


Notice of intention to pass an amending bylaw: removal a Holding (H) symbol

May 9, 2018

In accordance with Section 36 of the Planning Act R.S.O 1990 c.P.13., Guelph City Council on May 14, 2018 intends to pass a Zoning Bylaw amendment to remove a Holding (H) symbol from the City of Guelph Zoning By-law (1995)-14864. The lands affected by the proposed amendment are municipally known as 73 Arthur Street South or Phase 3 of 5 Arthur Street South and legally described as Part of Grist Mill Lands, East side of Speed River, Plan 113 and Part Lot 76, and Lots 77, 78, 79, 80, 81 and 82, Plan 113, (as amended), designated as Parts 11, 12 and 13, 61R11955, together with an easement over Part 17, 61R11955 as in Instrument No. WC212993; City of Guelph. The present zoning was passed by Guelph City Council on August 25, 2014. The R.4B-15.3… Continue reading Notice of intention to pass an amending bylaw: removal a Holding (H) symbol


Proposed Official Plan Amendment meeting: Affordable housing

May 9, 2018

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act where the proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for Affordable Housing will be considered. The meeting will take place: Monday, June 11 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 1 Carden Street, Guelph Council Report – Public Meeting Proposed Official Plan Amendment About the affordable housing proposed OPA Purpose and effect of the proposed Official Plan Amendment 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… Continue reading Proposed Official Plan Amendment meeting: Affordable housing


On-street parking restrictions may be temporarily lifted

May 9, 2018

Update May 25, 2018: Council approved the motion to temporarily lift parking restrictions just outside the downtown, allowing for all-day parking on residential streets. May 9, 2018 – On Monday, May 14, 2018, City Council will consider a motion to temporarily lift the parking restriction streets just outside the downtown to allow all day on-street parking. This motion is part of the City’s plan to address the downtown parking shortage which has resulted from the closure of the West Parkade and Wilson Street parking lot. If this motion is approved, it would create 145-175 spots for all-day parking by temporarily changing some no parking or two-hour on-street parking restrictions to allow all day on-street parking. Prior to considering this motion, the City implemented a number… Continue reading On-street parking restrictions may be temporarily lifted


Emailing of Inspection Reports

May 7, 2018

On June 1, 2018, Building Inspectors will no longer leave field reports on site Continue reading Emailing of Inspection Reports


Changes to water metering requirements for new developments, part 2 – effective July 1, 2018

May 2, 2018

This notice provides supplementary information to the Building Services and Water Servicesnotice released on February 12, 2018. Continue reading Changes to water metering requirements for new developments, part 2 – effective July 1, 2018


Council passes Election Sign Bylaw

May 1, 2018

The bylaw comes into effect ahead of 2018 municipal election Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2018 – Council passed an Election Sign Bylaw that regulates the use of election signs  to minimize  interference along roadways.  The new bylaw will be in effect for the start of municipal election nominations on May 1. “This new election sign bylaw sets out clear guidelines for placement and size of signs to ensure pedestrian and vehicular sight lines are free of obstruction, ” says David Wiedrick, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing. The approved bylaw regulates: The size of election signs to a maximum of 0.47 square metres and a maximum display height of 2.13 metres The placement of election signs to the ward in which the candidate is… Continue reading Council passes Election Sign Bylaw


Guelph-Wellington in the running for Smart Cities Challenge

April 27, 2018

Pitch to be Canada’s first circular food economy could net region $10 million prize Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2018– The City of Guelph and County of Wellington are vying to win the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge with a proposal to create the first circular food economy in Canada. The vision behind the proposal was unveiled today at an event where Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, Wellington County Warden Dennis Lever, and Chief Administrative Officers of the City and County thanked Guelph’s Member of Parliament, Lloyd Longfield, for his pledge to champion it on Parliament Hill. Through the Smart Cities Challenge, communities were asked to identify a complex social problem, and propose a new way of solving it using innovation, data, and connected technology. The… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington in the running for Smart Cities Challenge


City, County, and partners to unveil vision of circular food economy

April 25, 2018

Project could win $10 million from Smart Cities Challenge Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., April 25, 2018 – Mayor Cam Guthrie, Warden Dennis Lever, City of Guelph CAO Derrick Thomson, County of Wellington CAO Scott Wilson, and dozens of local leaders will gather at Guelph City Hall Friday morning to celebrate Guelph-Wellington’s Smart Cities Challenge submission, and thank Guelph’s Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield for championing the application in Ottawa. The Smart Cities Challenge is a Government of Canada competition with a prize for the winning municipality of up to $10 million. The Guelph-Wellington application proposes to create Canada’s first circular food economy in order to ensure affordable, healthy, and sustainable food for all. What Launch of Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Challenge application… Continue reading City, County, and partners to unveil vision of circular food economy


See all Guelph’s current development applications on one interactive map

April 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 25, 2018­—Have you ever wondered what development is planned or being requested for your neighbourhood? Check out the City’s Current Development Application map to see applications under review for Official Plan, Zoning Bylaw amendments and plans of subdivision. This new interactive map lets you find out more about  active development applications and links to detailed information such as background studies, public notices and Council reports and links to Planning staff contacts to answer questions or to get involved in the public planning process. The map will be updated as applications progress. If you don’t see something you’re looking for please contact Development Planning by phone at 519-837-5616 or email at planning@guelph.ca. For more information Development Planning 519-837-5616 planning@guelph.ca


Learn more about building permits at your local home improvement store

April 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 25, 2018–Are you planning to start a renovation project or build a deck, this spring? Not sure if you need a building permit, or why a building permit is important? Ask us—we’ll be at your local home improvement store at the following dates and times. Saturday, April 28 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Home Hardware, 575 Wellington Street West, Guelph Saturday, May 12 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rona, 55 Dawson Road, Guelph For more information Laurie Belanger, Technical Lead, Residential Inspections Building Services 519-837-5615 extension 2234 laurie.belanger@guelph.ca  


Notice of Intention to Designate: 55 Delhi Street

April 24, 2018

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 55 Delhi Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Description of the property The property at 55 Delhi Street is located on the northeast side of Delhi Street, north of Eramosa Road and directly to the southeast of the Guelph General Hospital. The legal description of the subject property is: Lot 34 & Part Lot 35, Plan 133 , as in MS2192; S/T MS2192, S/T Right in MS2192 & Part Lot 40, Plan 133, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4, 61R20329; T/W CS8635; Together with an easement over Part Lots 35, 36, 40 & 41, Plan 133 Des as Parts 1 to… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 55 Delhi Street


Notice of Intention to Designate: 72 Farquhar Street

April 24, 2018

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 72 Farquhar Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18. Description of the property The property at 72 Farquhar Street is located at the southeast corner of Farquhar Street and Wyndham Street South. The current legal description of the entire subject property is: Part Market Place, Plan 8, Designated as Parts 1 and 4, Reference Plan 61R-21059. Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated) The subject property is worthy of designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act as it meets three of the prescribed criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest, according to Ontario Regulation… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 72 Farquhar Street


City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack

April 24, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 24, 2018 – City of Guelph flags have been lowered in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s horrific incident in Toronto, when a van drove into pedestrians, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15. “Our hearts are in Toronto today. Guelph is united with Toronto in grief in the face of this senseless attack on innocent people,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Guelph is thinking of our neighbours in Toronto today as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. We are also thinking of the first responders who rushed to the scene, and the bystanders who witnessed this shocking attack,” said Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson. City of Guelph flags at… Continue reading City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack


The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review

April 20, 2018

Have your say between until May 3 The next phase of the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review is underway. We invite you to read the draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw and provide comments. The Parkland Dedication Bylaw requires developers to either transfer land to the City to be used as parkland or offer payment in lieu of the land. This bylaw is the City’s way of making sure that as Guelph grows, our parks and open spaces grow with it. Your feedback will help staff develop the final draft bylaw that will go to Council in summer 2018. You can mail or email your comments to Jyoti Pathak, Park Planner with the City of Guelph. Read the draft bylaw For information on the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review,… Continue reading The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review


2018 municipal election nominations open May 1

April 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 20, 2018– The 2018 municipal election kicks off on May 1, the day that candidates can officially submit their nomination papers for the offices of mayor, city councillor or school board trustee. “Running for City Council or a trustee position is a great way to make a difference in Guelph,” said Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for the City of Guelph. “We invite anyone who is considering being a candidate in the municipal election to visit our website or contact us in the Clerk’s Office as there are new rules and legislation for this election.” Nomination packages will be available for pick up at the ServiceGuelph counter at City Hall and online at guelph.ca/vote as of April 30. Candidates are asked to make an… Continue reading 2018 municipal election nominations open May 1


Have your say on the Commercial Policy Review

April 19, 2018

We are currently undertaking a Commercial Policy Review in order to develop an updated Commercial Policy framework for the City. The study will result in updated Official Plan policies and Zoning Bylaw provisions to guide commercial development. The Official Plan policies will address the horizon years of 2031 and 2041 in order to align with the Official Plan which deals with the 2031 horizon year and the next Official Plan update addressing development to 2041. We would like your input to help evaluate draft commercial policy alternatives. Your input will remain anonymous, although a summary of the survey results will be made publicly available. Take the online survey to provide your feedback on the commercial policy review. For more information Joan Jylanne, Senior Policy Planner Planning… Continue reading Have your say on the Commercial Policy Review


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application

April 19, 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 properties are as follows: 1515 Gordon Street Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit an illuminated freestanding sign to have a sign area of 4.53m2 and a height of 4.65m above the adjacent roadway. Delegate or submit comments These reports will before the Committee of the Whole in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018. If you wish to speak to either of these applications or provide a written submission, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5603 (TTY 519-826-9771) or at clerks@guelph.ca by Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. For more information Reports… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application


Proposed development meeting: 233-237 Janefield Avenue 

April 19, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street About the planning application 233-237 Janefield Avenue (File: OP1702 and ZC1702) – Ward 5 The subject site is 1.1 hectares in size and is located on the south side of Janefield Avenue between Torch Lane and Scottsdale Drive. This application has been revised. An Official Plan amendment is proposed to redesignate the medium density residential portion of the site to high density residential. A Zoning Bylaw amendment is proposed from the existing R.4A-1 (Specialized Apartment Residential) Zone and SC.1-4 (Specialized Service Commercial) Zone to an R.4B (High Density… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 233-237 Janefield Avenue 


Proposed development meeting: 300 Water Street

April 19, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street About the planning application 300 Water Street (File: OP1707 and ZC1712) – Ward 5 The subject property is located on the southwest corner of Water Street and Denver Road. The  property is approximately 0.2 hectares in size and has an exterior frontage of approximately 63.6 metres along Water Street and a frontage of approximately 57.3 metres along Denver Road. The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment is to re-designate the property to the “Low Density Residential” land use designation and add a site-specific policy. The purpose… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: 300 Water Street


Proposed development meeting: City initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment to address service animals

April 19, 2018

Public meeting for planning application Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider the following planning and development application. The meeting will take place: Monday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street About the planning application City initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment to address service animals The City is initiating an amendment to Zoning By-law Number (1995)-14864, as amended, to address service animals. The proposed amendment would add a new regulation to the Zoning Bylaw under Section 2 —Interpretation and Administration that would permit service animals on residential properties in the city of Guelph. The planner to contact for this application: Lindsay Sulatycki, Senior Development Planner 519-837-5616 x 3313 lindsay.sulatycki@guelph.ca Speak at the meeting or provide written comments If… Continue reading Proposed development meeting: City initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment to address service animals


City of Guelph Innovation Project Granted OntarioBuys Funding to Improve Municipal Sector Procurement

April 12, 2018

The City of Guelph, in partnership with the cities of London and Barrie, as well as MaRS Discovery District (MaRS), is embarking on an exciting three-year Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX) project. The MIX will open new economic opportunities to a range of businesses and help public sector institutions improve how they provide services. It is based on the success of the City of Guelph’s ground-breaking Civic Accelerator model (co-designed with the Guelph Lab) and MaRS’ Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design health innovation program. The MIX will improve and expand the practice of innovation procurement in the municipal sector and create practices that are tested, scalable and sustainable. The three cities of Guelph, Barrie and London will be collaborating with vendors and community members to design… Continue reading City of Guelph Innovation Project Granted OntarioBuys Funding to Improve Municipal Sector Procurement


Have your say on how signs are used in Guelph

April 11, 2018

We are reviewing our Sign Bylaw. At the April 10 public meeting, we identified what’s working and what’s not for the current Sign Bylaw and explored how it can better reflect business and community needs. This bylaw governs how the city regulates permanent and temporary signs, excluding election signs. Join the online conversation to provide your feedback on the Sign Bylaw. The feedback we gather will be used in preparation for a new Sign Bylaw for Council’s consideration in early 2019. For more information Zoning Services 519-837-5615 zoning@guelph.ca


Council approves new design standards for Guelph

April 10, 2018

Urban design concepts for Gordon Street also endorsed by Council Guelph, Ont., April 10, 2018—Last night Council approved new built-form standards for mid-rise building and townhouses. The standards are part of the City’s Urban Design Manual and provide clear direction on the design  of new residential and mixed-use mid-rise (four to six storeys) and townhouse (cluster, stacked and street-oriented) developments in Guelph. The standards address how a site will function  and be designed to implement the vision established in the City’s Official Plan. The document also provides recommendations for a future zoning bylaw review. “These new standards provide a thoughtful and consistent approach to evaluating building design while allowing for innovation and supporting design excellence,” says David de Groot, Senior Urban Designer. “The standards will… Continue reading Council approves new design standards for Guelph


City of Guelph flags at half mast to honour victims of Humboldt bus crash

April 9, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 9, 2018– The City of Guelph has lowered City flags to half mast in tribute to the victims of a bus crash in Humboldt, Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Fifteen people were killed and 14 others injured in the crash. “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of this terrible tragedy. We join communities across Canada in mourning this heartbreaking loss of life,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Half-masting our flag is a small way the City of Guelph can show our sympathy for the people of Humboldt. From one community to another, our thoughts and prayers are with them in Humboldt at this devastating time,” said CAO Derrick Thomson. The City flag will fly… Continue reading City of Guelph flags at half mast to honour victims of Humboldt bus crash


City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives

March 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 26, 2018 – Earlier today, the City of Guelph was honoured with a 2018 Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award at the inaugural Age Friendly Community Symposium held in Toronto. The awards celebrate the work of Ontario communities that are striving to become age friendly. “Guelph is a great place to live and age well, and I’m proud our efforts to become an age-friendly community have been recognized with this notable provincial award. It’s an award our entire community can celebrate,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. On hand to accept the award were Manon Germain, project specialist with Age-Friendly Guelph, and Adam Rutherford, programming and community development supervisor with the City. The recognition program, introduced last year by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, includes… Continue reading City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives


Public meeting: Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan update

March 26, 2018

Guelph City Council will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act to consider changes to the Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Monday, April 9, 2018 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the Brownfield Redevelopment CIP The existing Brownfield Redevelopment CIP provides financial incentives for the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties, to encourage remediation of soil and groundwater, make more efficient use of vacant or underutilised land and improve neighbourhood conditions. The Brownfield Redevelopment CIP applies to all lands within the City. CIP update The City conducted a review of the CIP’s performance over the last five years, and is proposing minor revisions to improve clarity and ease administration. One major improvement would allow late payments… Continue reading Public meeting: Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan update


Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

March 22, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting a public open house to share and discuss three concept designs for a pedestrian bridge over the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The bridge will run parallel to the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) train tracks, located just east of Wellington Street. Thursday, April 12, 2018 2–4 p.m. and 5:30–7:30 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view and provide input on three bridge concepts. The City is looking to better understand what concepts are preferred, how the bridges will be used, and any impacts the bridge may have on individuals or the neighbourhood. City Staff and project consultants will be available to answer your questions.… Continue reading Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Staffing changes being made at City’s Materials Recovery Facility will help business remain viable

March 19, 2018

The City of Guelph’s Solid Waste division is laying off 18 employees from its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Affected employees will be accommodated with jobs elsewhere in the organization wherever possible. Continue reading Staffing changes being made at City’s Materials Recovery Facility will help business remain viable


March 19, 2018 – Council Planning

March 16, 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, March 19, 2018 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street   Open Meeting Council Consent Agenda IDE-2018-29  7 and  9 Eden Street – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File # ZC1618 – Ward 4 Public Meeting to Hear Applications under Sections 17, 34 and 51 of the Planning Act IDE-2018-15  1533-1557 Gordon Street and 34 Lowes Road West Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File:  ZC1710… Continue reading March 19, 2018 – Council Planning


City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment

March 16, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 16, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce the results of the request for pre-qualifications (RFPQ) process for the Baker District redevelopment project. The four development teams, shortlisted from the 10 proposals received, are: HOK Inc. Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. Windmill Developments Triovest Reality Advisors Inc. “The successful candidates have demonstrated exceptional experience and capabilities, and we’re confident that any one of the four teams, if chosen as our preferred partner, would bring world-class development and design expertise to this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. Last November, the City embarked on an open and competitive process to pre-qualify development teams who have the financial capability, master planning and design expertise, and… Continue reading City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment


Guelph transit gets federal-provincial funding boost

March 16, 2018

A new provincial-federal agreement earmarks up to $106 million over 10 years for potential Guelph transit infrastructure projects. Continue reading Guelph transit gets federal-provincial funding boost


Clair-Maltby planning and design charrette and Public Information Centre

March 15, 2018

Help design a vibrant, urban community in south Guelph—a community that will connect to Guelph’s existing southern neighbourhoods and the rest of the city. Continue reading Clair-Maltby planning and design charrette and Public Information Centre