Category Archives: Planning and Building

Proposed development public meeting: 120-122 Huron Street

January 17, 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 applications. The meeting will take place: Monday, February 12 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph About the planning application 120-122 Huron Street (City File: ZC1709)—Ward1 The subject site is 2.5 hectares in size and is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Huron Street and Alice Street. A Zoning Bylaw Amendment is proposed to change the zoning from the existing B.4-1 (Specialized Industrial) Zone to an R.4A-? (Specialized Apartment Residential) Zone to permit the redevelopment of the existing industrial building into an 86 unit apartment building together with the development of 96 stacked and cluster townhouses. The planner to contact for… Continue reading Proposed development public meeting: 120-122 Huron Street


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

December 28, 2017

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: 120-130 Silvercreek Parkway North Request for a variance from Table 2, Row 2 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit an illuminated freestanding sign to be located 34m from a freestanding sign on the same property. 111-193 Silvercreek Parkway North Request for a variance from Table 2, Row 13 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a menu board with a height of 2.43m above the adjacent roadway and sign face of 4.5m2. Delegate or submit comments These reports will before the Committee of the Whole at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 15,… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

December 19, 2017

Initial concept plan for Guelph’s southernmost neighbourhood Guelph, Ont., December 19, 2017 – Last night, Council approved the Conceptual Community Structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Study. “The conceptual community structure gives us a general blueprint for where land uses will be throughout the Clair-Maltby community,” explains Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “It shows potential locations for housing, roads, trails, parks, schools and more for this southernmost area of Guelph.” The approved conceptual community structure: balances the protection of the natural heritage system and natural land features like the Paris Moraine with future development of the area; proposes a transportation network that supports all modes of travel with roads, bicycle infrastructure, recreational trails and pedestrian walkways that provide strong connections… Continue reading Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


Notice of Passing of Designation Bylaw: 13 Stuart Street

November 30, 2017

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 bylaw to designate portions of the property 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 (2017–20227) to designate portions of the property known as 13 Stuart Street dated at Guelph, Ontario, November 27, 2017. Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk City Hall, 1 Carden St. Guelph, ON N1H 3A1 November 30, 2017 For more information Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner 519-822-1260 extension 2496 stephen.robinson@guelph.ca


Help shape the vision for Guelph’s commercial development

November 23, 2017

Provide feedback on your shopping experiences and preferences Guelph, Ont., November 23, 2017– Join us for a public workshop on Wednesday, November 29 to help create a vision for Guelph’s commercial spaces, including shops and services. “We are reviewing and updating our commercial policy to reflect recent changes in shopping and service patterns,” explains Joan Jylanne, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “We want to hear from Guelph residents, businesses and service providers to help us develop a commercial vision and principles for Guelph.” The public workshop will include: A presentation about the project and highlights from the Commercial Analysis and Background Report An opportunity for participants to provide feedback on their personal shopping and service experiences and preferences Interested participants are asked… Continue reading Help shape the vision for Guelph’s commercial development


Council approves Guelph’s urban design manual

November 14, 2017

Volumes 1 and 2 now available Guelph, Ont., November 14, 2017 – Last night, City Council approved two volumes of Guelph’s Urban Design Manual—Volume 1: Urban design vision and Volume 2: Urban design action plan. “The Urban Design Manual will provide a thoughtful and consistent approach to urban design in Guelph,” says David de Groot, senior urban designer with the City of Guelph. “As more people come to live and work in Guelph, urban design plays an increasingly important role in planning and developing more intensified and complete mixed-used neighbourhoods.” Volume 1 describes the urban design vision that will create a complete and distinctive community for Guelph citizens and visitors. Volume 2 details the action plan for shaping urban design in Guelph and is divided… Continue reading Council approves Guelph’s urban design manual


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

November 13, 2017

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign Bylaw (1996)-14864, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject properties are as follows: 367 Woodlawn Road West Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a freestanding sign with a sign area of 16.7m2 and a height of 7m above the adjacent roadway to be set back 1.6m from the nearest public road allowance. 383 Woodlawn Road West Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a freestanding sign with a sign area of 14m2 and a height of 6.25m above the adjacent roadway to be set back 0.1m from the nearest public road allowance. 389 Woodlawn Road West Request for variances… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


Notice of tree removals: 120 Huron Street

November 10, 2017

The City of Guelph has recently received a request for the removal of 700 trees on private property located at 120 Huron Street. The removals have been requested to allow for the cleanup of contaminated soil. The site currently includes a wooded area dominated by Balsam Poplar, White Ash, Manitoba Maple and Eastern White Cedar. This wooded area has been studied and while it provides canopy cover, it is not a protected natural heritage feature. Furthermore, the soils underneath this wooded area are contaminated and the trees need to be removed for it to be cleaned up. There is no redevelopment application at this time. Future development proposals will include opportunity for public input. The requested tree removals have been approved by the City and… Continue reading Notice of tree removals: 120 Huron Street


Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017

November 9, 2017

149 war casualties honoured as of November 2017 The City is proud to announce two new veteran-named streets in Guelph. Ambrous Crescent and Skinner Drive were named in honour of Archibald Charles Ambrous and Arthur Skinner. Guelph’s first known Veteran street name is McCrae Avenue, named in 1941 after World War I hero, John McCrae, and later renamed McCrae Boulevard in 1956. Since 1990, more war casualties have been honoured by naming 75 per cent of new city streets after Veterans. To date, 149 city streets have been named after Guelph’s war heroes, people of historical significance, and City staff who died while employed by the City. If you would like further information or to suggest a street name, please contact Planning Services at 519-837-5616.… Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017


Join city planners to celebrate World Town Planning Day

November 3, 2017

Open house and downtown walking tour planned for November 8 Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2017—In celebration of World Town Planning Day, City planning staff invite the community to an open house and downtown walking tour on Wednesday, November 8. 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 1 p.m. “This is a great opportunity to learn what goes into planning a vibrant community like Guelph,” explained Melissa Aldunate, manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design. “We’re looking forward to connecting with people from Guelph to share how we plan and explain the vision for growth and development in the City to 2031.”” Open house guests can… Continue reading Join city planners to celebrate World Town Planning Day


Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street

October 31, 2017

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 122 Cardigan 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. Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street


Notice of Intention to Designate: 43 Arthur Street South

October 31, 2017

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 43 Arthur Street South 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 property The property at 43 Arthur Street South is situated on the east side of the Speed River and south of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks in the City of Guelph. The legal description of the subject property is: Part of the Grist Mill Lands East side of River Speed, Plan 113, more particularly described as Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 & 14, Reference Plan 61R-21139. Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated) The subject… Continue reading Notice of Intention to Designate: 43 Arthur Street South


Notice of open house: Concept plans ready for the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor

October 18, 2017

The City is unveiling urban design concept plans at an open house for key sites along the Gordon Street corridor between Harvard Road and Clairfields Drive. Join us to view project materials, meet the project team, ask questions and provide comments. The open house will take place on: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:30-5:30 p.m. (presentation at 3:45 p.m.) or 6:30-8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:45 p.m.) Salvation Army Guelph Citadel 1320 Gordon Street The Gordon Street Visioning Document, including more detail on the location of keys sites of the intensification corridor will be available for review on October 17, 2017 at guelph.ca/urbandesign. For more information Please contact us if you have questions, comments, would like to be added to the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor mailing list,… Continue reading Notice of open house: Concept plans ready for the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor


You’re invited to a workshop to help plan the Clair-Maltby neighbourhood

September 19, 2017

Help shape southern Guelph Guelph, Ont., September 19, 2017 – Join us for our second community visioning workshop for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and Master Environmental Servicing Plan. Participate in a group-based, hands-on community planning and mapping exercise to help develop plans for a new Guelph neighbourhood. The workshop exercise will include identifying the best locations for: different land uses (residential, employment and commercial); community focal points (schools, parks, community centres, shops and services); trails, roads and transit; parks and open space; and above-ground infrastructure (e.g. water tower). To join the workshop, please register by Friday, September 22. If you require assistance with registration please call Planning Services at 519-837-5615 extension 2459. When Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. Where City Hall, Meeting Room C 1 Carden… Continue reading You’re invited to a workshop to help plan the Clair-Maltby neighbourhood


Updated zoning bylaw supports investment and development in downtown Guelph

July 25, 2017

Building heights, bike parking among updated regulations                     Guelph, Ont., July 25, 2017– On July 24, Guelph City Council approved the updated downtown zoning regulations in line with Guelph’s Downtown Secondary Plan. “We’ve modernized our approach and aligned our zoning regulations with Guelph’s vision for downtown as established through the Downtown Secondary Plan,” says Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner at the City of Guelph. “Now, fewer development proposals will require zone changes as part of the development approval process.” The changes made to permitted land uses and regulations are meant to encourage development downtown, and support a more active, urban environment south of the CN rail line. The Downtown Secondary Plan was approved  in 2012 with… Continue reading Updated zoning bylaw supports investment and development in downtown Guelph


Tree removal at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South starts late July

July 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont., July 14, 2017 – The City will issue a tree permit allowing the property owner of 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South, also known as the LaFarge lands, to begin tree removal in July. The tree permit, to be issued in accordance with Guelph’s Tree Bylaw, allows for the removal of 1,950 trees. Those trees along the Howitt Creek stream corridor and the railway lines will remain untouched and the large bur oak on the site will be protected. “We are working with the property owner to ensure compensation is provided for the removed trees,” explains April Nix, environmental planner with the City of Guelph. “Throughout the process, we will continue to ensure the property owner complies with Guelph’s tree bylaw, while providing protection of… Continue reading Tree removal at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South starts late July


City hall focuses on building partnerships with business community

July 11, 2017

Guelph is making it easier for business to do business with city hall. The City offers more support, better tools, and easier processes for businesses moving to Guelph and applying for planning and development approvals Continue reading City hall focuses on building partnerships with business community


Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Phase 1 report, recommended vision and guiding principles

June 22, 2017

On July 4, 2017 the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Phase 1 report and recommended vision and guiding principles will be presented to the Committee of the Whole. Phase 1 of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan began in early 2016 and concludes with the presentation of the Secondary Plan vision and guiding principles to Council. The recommended vision and five (5) guiding principles focus on spaces that are: Vibrant and urban Green and resilient Healthy and sustainable Interconnected and interwoven Balanced and liveable Work completed throughout Phase 1 includes: Refinement of the study timeline; Finalization of the secondary plan boundary; Development and refinement of background reports and technical work plans for all components of the study; Development of a problem/opportunity statement for the Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP);… Continue reading Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Phase 1 report, recommended vision and guiding principles


Learn more about building permits at your local home improvement store

April 26, 2017

                    Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2017 – 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 29 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Home Hardware, 575 Wellington Street West, Guelph Saturday, May 13 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rona, 55 Dawson Road, Guelph For more information Ian Malcolm, Technical Lead, Residential Inspections Building Services 519-837-5615 extension 2514 ian.malcolm@guelph.ca  


What’s your vision for Guelph’s last greenfield area?

April 24, 2017

Guelph, Ont., April 24, 2017 – Join us at the first information session and workshop for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and Master Environmental Servicing Plan: Drop in anytime between 6:30 and 9 p.m. to review project information, meet the project team, ask questions or provide comments. Attend a formal presentation, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., to learn more about the project and work completed to date. Register in advance for a workshop to develop the vision and guiding principles for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The vision and guiding principles for the project will inform our future decisions about the secondary plan, including potential land uses, transportation connections, infrastructure, parks and trails, and overall development for Guelph’s southernmost lands. Where Bishop… Continue reading What’s your vision for Guelph’s last greenfield area?


Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan: Notice of Study Commencement, Public Information Centre No. 1 and Visioning Workshop

April 6, 2017

Join us for a Public Information Centre (PIC) and Visioning Workshop about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and Master Environmental Servicing Plan.  Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:30-9 p.m. Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School, Gymnasium 200 Clair Road West, Guelph Attend the visioning workshop to help establish a vision, goals and guiding principles for the study. These will inform future decisions regarding the secondary plan. 6:30-7 p.m. Sign-in and display board viewing 7-7:30 p.m. Presentation 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Workshop exercise Individual top priorities Group visioning Group guiding principles Group precedent ranking 8:30-9 p.m. Report back and next steps How to Participate Drop-in anytime from 6:30-9 p.m. to review project information, meet the project team, ask questions or provide comments. To participate in the workshop exercise, registration by Tuesday, April… Continue reading Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan: Notice of Study Commencement, Public Information Centre No. 1 and Visioning Workshop


Status of building inspection notices for evacuated properties

March 23, 2017

When buildings in Guelph are evacuated because of a flood or fire, the City’s Building Services staff assesses the property and determines whether it’s safe for occupancy. Continue reading Status of building inspection notices for evacuated properties


Help develop design standards for townhouses and midrise buildings

March 16, 2017

Join us for a public workshop Guelph, Ont., March 16, 2017 – The City is developing new standards for townhouses and midrise buildings that will include building design, building height, landscaping, public and open spaces, parking and property access. Attend a public workshop to help us establish these draft design directions. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to work in smaller groups to discuss and provide input on key design elements for townhouses and midrise buildings. Join for one of two sessions: Wednesday, March 22 3:30-5:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Guelph City Hall, Room 112 Please register your attendance by Tuesday, March 21. If you require assistance with registration, please call Planning Services at 519-837-5615 extension 2459. The resulting built form standards will enable design… Continue reading Help develop design standards for townhouses and midrise buildings


Public workshop: Built Form Standards for townhouses and midrise buildings

March 1, 2017

We’re creating built form standards for townhouses and midrise buildings to promote design excellence across the city. Join us for a public workshop to help establish draft design directions. Participants will be asked to work in small groups to discuss and provide input on key issues related to townhouses and midrise buildings, including building height and massing, landscaping and open space, amenity space, and parking and access. Attend one of two public workshops: Wednesday, March 22 3:30-5:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Room 112, City Hall, Guelph Please register by Tuesday, March 21 if you plan to attend. If you require assistance with registration please call Planning Services at 519-837-5615 extension 2459. Unable to attend? Check out the materials on guelph.ca/urbandesign available after March 28 and email… Continue reading Public workshop: Built Form Standards for townhouses and midrise buildings


Pilot programs announced as Guelph wraps first round of Civic Accelerator

February 23, 2017

City’s Water Services and Planning departments to test new tools Guelph, Ont., February 23, 2017 – The City of Guelph’s Civic Accelerator, which turns the City into a research, development and commercialization lab for civic technology, closed its first round with a Demo Day held yesterday at the University of Guelph. The event hosted representatives of the federal and provincial government, other municipal governments, angel investors, corporate leaders, Accelerator participants and partners, academics and students. Civic Accelerator Demo Day hosted on February 22, 2017 at the University of Guelph Alert Labs and Milieu Technologies showcased products that won each a spot in the Civic Accelerator for their unique ability to solve challenging City issues. “The Civic Accelerator turns local government into the first customer, and… Continue reading Pilot programs announced as Guelph wraps first round of Civic Accelerator


City seeks Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Community Working Group members

February 9, 2017

Guelph, Ont., February 9, 2017 – The City is recruiting members to form a community working group to provide guidance on the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan. “We’re looking for individuals who want to help turn the last unplanned area of Guelph into a vibrant and healthy community,” says Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “The Community Working Group will provide one forum for community input into the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan to ensure it reflects balanced opinions and considerations from all stakeholders.” The deadline to apply is midnight on Wednesday, February 22. Interested individuals are encouraged to send their name, contact information and the stakeholder group—from the list below—that they represent to clair-maltby@guelph.ca  or City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3A1.… Continue reading City seeks Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Community Working Group members


Help create Guelph’s urban design manual

November 18, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 18, 2016 – The City of Guelph invites members of the community to provide feedback on the draft Urban Design Manual at a public workshop on Thursday, December 1. “Good urban design is crucial to building an attractive, well-functioning and sustainable Guelph,” says David de Groot, senior urban designer with the City of Guelph. “We’re asking the community to share with us how urban design in our city can be improved, to inform Guelph’s Urban Design Manual.” The public workshop is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, at City Hall in room 112. Participants are asked to register by November 30, to attend one of the two available sessions that run 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants who require… Continue reading Help create Guelph’s urban design manual


Council approves four dollar monthly residential stormwater service fee

November 3, 2016

2017 Non-tax-supported budget receives Council approval Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2016—Earlier this evening, Council approved the City’s Water, Wastewater Services and Stormwater Services, Ontario Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets for 2017. This is the first year that Stormwater Services is included in the non-tax-supported budget. “We have seen what the strong financial policies of Water and Wastewater Services can do to close the infrastructure gap and ensure healthy reserves,” says James Krauter, acting city treasurer. “The approval of the stormwater service fee will provide stable and dedicated funding for this critical service much like we have for water and wastewater.” Approved 2017 water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2017 Recommended rates and fees 2016 2017 change Water volume – $/cubic metre (m3)… Continue reading Council approves four dollar monthly residential stormwater service fee


Provincial land use planning review

August 26, 2016

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs is gathering feedback from municipalities, the public, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders on proposed changes to four provincial land use plans: The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe The Greenbelt Plan Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Niagara Escarpment Plan The City of Guelph will provide comments to the Ministry on the proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016, the one plan of the four under review that impacts Guelph’s growth management, planning, zoning and development activities. The City will group its comments using the following eight themes, identified by the Ministry: Building complete communities Supporting agriculture Protecting natural heritage and water Growing the Greenbelt Addressing climate change Integrating infrastructure Improving plan implementation Measuring performance, promoting awareness… Continue reading Provincial land use planning review


Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator

August 17, 2016

The City of Guelph’s new Civic Accelerator, which turns the City into a research, development and commercialization lab for civic technology, has selected winners for the Planning Notifications and Water Data challenges issued on June 20. Continue reading Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator


Guelph supports redevelopment of contaminated sites

July 26, 2016

City releases development guidelines Guelph, Ont., July 26, 2016–Guelph is taking action to support the redevelopment of properties that are suspected or known to have some environmental contamination. “We’re updating our process to make development of contaminated or potentially contaminated properties more efficient,” said Terry Gayman, manager infrastructure, development and environmental engineering for the City of Guelph. Guelph released new guidelines for development of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites to help developers restore the sites according to provincial and/or municipal regulations, current industry standards and best management practices. The City is using the guidelines to: Protect the City’s water resources Ensure the condition of the land is appropriate for the proposed use Avoid inappropriate restrictions on land use Identify the need for site remediation/risk assessment… Continue reading Guelph supports redevelopment of contaminated sites


Integrated Operational Review annual report July 5

July 13, 2016

On July 5, 2016, City staff presented the Integrated Operational Review annual report.

The report described our accomplishments so far, outlined next steps, and emphasized the need to continuously modernize and improve the City’s approach to planning and development applications. Continue reading Integrated Operational Review annual report July 5


Local brownfield could become affordable housing

May 19, 2016

Guelph City Council supports the idea of a mixed-use commercial, residential and affordable housing development at 200 Beverley Street—the former International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) property. Continue reading Local brownfield could become affordable housing


Guelph is creating spaces for people as we grow

May 18, 2016

Guelph’s Market Square and pollinator park are listed among 15 “Thriving Places” in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Continue reading Guelph is creating spaces for people as we grow


City, Guelph Police break ground on headquarters renovation

April 21, 2016

Guelph, Ont., April 21, 2016 – Today, at a groundbreaking event, the City of Guelph and Guelph Police Service (GPS) announced the official start of construction on the police headquarters renovation. The $34.1 million renovation project, slated for completion in spring 2019, will equip Guelph with a police headquarters that meets the needs of the community’s police services today and into the future. The current police headquarters was built in 1960 when Guelph’s population was 38,000. In 1989, the building was retrofitted and a west wing added. “This groundbreaking event is another step towards the completion of a modern police building that will enable us to better serve our community,” said Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter. The construction work will bring the facility up to… Continue reading City, Guelph Police break ground on headquarters renovation


Changes coming to parts of guelph.ca

April 19, 2016

Starting at the end of April, parts of guelph.ca will be updated and re-organized. These webpage changes will make it easier for online users to find, understand and participate in planning and development decisions. Development application instructions will be clearly laid out, and related documents will be grouped together. Webpages will be organized by subject— not by department—so you can search the site, and find what you need without worrying about which City department it comes from. These preliminary website updates are the first phase of many improvements being made on the City’s website. Like any web update, there may be a few bumps and broken links along the way. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give these easy steps a try: Use the search… Continue reading Changes coming to parts of guelph.ca


City seeks input on affordable housing strategy

February 1, 2016

Guelph, ON, February 1, 2016 – Residents are invited to participate in one of two City-hosted public meetings on February 9 to review and validate Guelph’s draft directions for affordable housing. “The City has a role to play in ensuring affordable housing is available for Guelph residents,” explains Joan Jylanne, senior policy planner. “We are asking for community input to inform an affordable housing strategy that supports secure affordable, private sector housing for low- and moderate-income households.” Registration for the public meetings is required by February 4 at guelph.ca/housing by clicking on the Affordable Housing button. For registration assistance, call Madeleine Myhill at 519-837-5616 extension 2459. For those unable to attend, an online feedback form will be available on guelph.ca from February 8 to 22.… Continue reading City seeks input on affordable housing strategy


Guelph’s first heritage conservation district receives official designation

January 21, 2016

Guelph, ON, January 21, 2016 – Guelph’s first heritage conservation district (HCD), the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District, is now designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. “The Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District is the first area in our city to have its properties’ cultural heritage features recognized and protected,” says Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner. “The HCD designation also allows for new construction, alterations or demolitions on properties in the district provided the neighbourhood’s cultural heritage is conserved.” This official designation follows the Ontario Municipal Board’s (OMB) recent dismissal of the appeals against the Brooklyn and College Hill HCD. The OMB decision recognizes the City met all requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act in designating the district. The City’s Brooklyn and… Continue reading Guelph’s first heritage conservation district receives official designation


2016 budget highlights

December 16, 2015

A look at some of the budget details On December 10, 2015, City Council approved a $216 million operating budget and a $61 million capital budget for 2016. This represents a 2.99 per cent tax increase over 2015. In approving the budget, Council approved $3.6 million in reductions to the base budget which included adjustments to purchased goods and services, revenue including a 15 per cent increase to vendor fees at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, and service level changes for Guelph Transit (described below). Within the capital budget, Council approved 124 projects including but not limited to Transit fare box replacement, vehicle and equipment lifecycle replacements, bridge replacements/upgrades (including Niska Bridge), South End Community Park continued implementation, and downtown parkade construction. The following identifies the… Continue reading 2016 budget highlights


Council approves first step in Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan process

December 15, 2015

Guelph, Ont., December 15, 2015 – Last evening Council approved the terms of reference for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan study—the first step in the planning process to develop the southernmost portion of the city. “The approved terms of reference outlines the project’s scope and purpose including the studies required to explore land use, infrastructure, transportation connections, natural heritage features, and parks and trails within Guelph’s last unplanned 520 hectares,” says Stacey Laughlin, the City’s senior policy planner. The City developed the terms of reference with input from the County of Wellington, the Township of Puslinch, Grand River Conservation Authority, local property owners, developers and community members. Establishing the terms of reference is part of the first phase of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan study. In 2016,… Continue reading Council approves first step in Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan process


City introduces program to reduce radon gas exposure

August 20, 2015

Guelph, ON, August 20, 2015 – Starting September 1, the City will implement the Radon Gas Mitigation Program for all new buildings constructed in Guelph. “Radon gas exists everywhere, including in Guelph,” explains Rob Reynen, Manager of Inspection Services, Building Services. “The Radon Gas Mitigation Program aims to address potential exposure to radon gas and reduce health risks to building occupants in our community.” Radon gas mitigation measures must be implemented in compliance with the Ontario Building Code for certain building permits applied for after August 31, 2015. As part of the new program, a builder must put in place one of three radon gas mitigation options when constructing a new low-rise residential dwelling in Guelph: Option #1: a rough-in soil gas pipe and mandatory… Continue reading City introduces program to reduce radon gas exposure


City updating Downtown Zoning By-law

August 19, 2015

Guelph, ON, August 19, 2015 – The City is undertaking a review to update the Downtown Zoning By-law regulations and downtown commercial zones. “The purpose of the Downtown Zoning By-law review is to support and sustain a vibrant Downtown Guelph,” explains David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer. “The review will ensure an updated Zoning By-law aligns with the existing Downtown Secondary Plan and supports appropriate investment and development in our city’s core.” Topics to be addressed during the review include: Downtown Secondary Plan densities, land use permissions, building heights and other policies,  Urban design regulations and standards, Zoning implications related to cultural heritage, brownfield sites and servicing, and, Recommending private parking regulations, including bicycle parking. The City will be meeting with agencies, landowners, businesses, stakeholders and… Continue reading City updating Downtown Zoning By-law


City improving development planning processes

June 29, 2015

Guelph’s IOR Annual Report illustrates significant cultural shift Guelph, ON, June 29, 2015 – The City of Guelph has released the Integrated Operational Review (IOR) Annual Report, which will be shared with the Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Committee at its July 7 meeting. The report highlights progress made to date on making Guelph a more welcoming place for business and investment and includes 23 recommendations that aim to strengthen the City’s development approval processes. “By working collaboratively across City departments, examining existing processes and identifying opportunities for improvement, with involvement from the development industry and business community, Guelph can continue to bring about the changes needed to build a welcoming city for business and investment,” says Todd Salter, general manager of Planning, Urban Design and… Continue reading City improving development planning processes


City moving forward with Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

June 23, 2015

Guelph, ON, June 23, 2015 – Last night, Guelph City Council approved the project initiation phase of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan. The Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan will establish a range and mix of land uses for the southern portion of the city, between Clair Road and Maltby Road. “Thoughtful development of this last unplanned greenfield area supports the City’s overall planning vision for a complete and healthy community, while addressing projected population and employment growth,” said Melissa Aldunate, manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design. Highlights of the plan will include: servicing and infrastructure, including sewer, water and hydro natural heritage features, including urban forestry integrated transportation system, including public transit, pedestrian and bicycle connections parks and trails The City will work with agencies, property owners,… Continue reading City moving forward with Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


2015 Integrated Operational Review (IOR) Update

April 8, 2015

Introducing the first Integrated Operational Review (IOR) update of 2015 and summary of key IOR initiatives and events. A focused approach One of the immediate priorities identified as part of IOR implementation, in summer 2014, was the mapping of all development approval processes (DAPs). Since fall 2014, City staff mapped all DAPs and identified opportunities for process enhancements. By using DAPs as the foundational building block for IOR, subsequent priorities such as implementing the mandatory Pre-consultation Process and establishing the Development Review Committee can be put into action and become solid testing grounds for the revised DAPs. Goals for 2015 These four goals focus on IOR implementation. Goal 1: Complete process mapping for DAPs, formalize process enhancement recommendations and begin implementation (January-June 2015) Goal 2:… Continue reading 2015 Integrated Operational Review (IOR) Update


Site work to begin at 0 Paisley Road

March 10, 2015

Partial tree removal and grading expected to begin this spring Guelph, ON, March 10, 2015 – The City will issue tree and site alteration permits allowing the property owner to begin tree removal and grading at 0 Paisley Road. An agreement reached between the property owner and the City permits certain treed portions of the site to be preserved, while other treed portions are cleared and graded. The agreement meets the overall intent of the City’s Official Plan as it relates to the Natural Heritage System and supports the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) approved this settlement on March 6, 2015. “The City takes great care to protect ecological areas with all development projects,” explains Todd Salter, general manager, Planning Services.… Continue reading Site work to begin at 0 Paisley Road


City receives heritage landscape award for Market Square design

November 13, 2014

Guelph, On, November 13, 2014 – The design, preservation and enhancement of Guelph’s Market Square has earned the City a heritage landscape award. The City, along with Janet Rosenberg and Associates, was presented the Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award last Friday at the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s seventh annual awards dinner in Toronto. Named for Margaret and Nicholas Hill, the award recognizes an individual, group, or project that has heightened awareness and appreciation of Ontario’s significant landscapes, or endeavoured to preserve a noteworthy example of the product of human interaction. “The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario applauds the City of Guelph for its vision and commitment in creating this wonderful space with its combination of heritage and community pleasure,” said Susan Ratcliffe, awards… Continue reading City receives heritage landscape award for Market Square design


Guelph’s Official Plan protects Guelph’s rivers, wetlands and natural spaces

July 23, 2014

Natural Heritage System policies now in effect Guelph, ON, July 23, 2014 – The City of Guelph’s Official Plan Amendment for the Natural Heritage System (OPA 42) was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on June 4 and is now in effect. “The City’s Natural Heritage System is a combination of natural heritage features and areas including wetlands, rivers, woodlands, valleylands, wildlife habitats, restoration areas and wildlife crossings,” explained Melissa Aldunate, manager of policy planning and urban design. “The approval of OPA 42 brings into effect new Official Plan policies that demonstrate Guelph’s environmental commitment by providing a strong framework for long-term protection of the City’s Natural Heritage System.” On June 4, the City submitted OPA 42, also known as the Natural Heritage System, to… Continue reading Guelph’s Official Plan protects Guelph’s rivers, wetlands and natural spaces


City tests draft concept plan for St. George’s Square redesign

May 30, 2014

City seeks further public input on draft downtown documents; hosts open house Guelph, ON, May 30, 2014 – In advance of Monday’s open house on the future transformation of downtown Guelph streets and public spaces, City staff will paint temporary lines in St. George’s Square to help demonstrate the proposed concept for the redevelopment of the square. “We are using temporary paint to mark out what the draft concept plan looks like on the ground and test how a redesigned square could feel,” says David de Groot, a senior urban designer with the City. In 2012, Council adopted the Downtown Secondary Plan, which anticipates more residents and businesses downtown. To continue supporting growth and intensification in the downtown core, the City is updating the Downtown… Continue reading City tests draft concept plan for St. George’s Square redesign


Downtown Guelph Open House: Streetscape, Built Form and St. George’s Square

May 28, 2014

Council adopted the Downtown Secondary Plan (DSP) in 2012, which anticipates more residents and businesses Downtown. Based on this, the City is updating the Downtown Streetscape Manual (previously called the Downtown Public Realm Manual, 2001) and the Downtown Built Form Standards (previously called the Downtown Private Realm Manual, 2001). Join the conversation The City held an open house on June 2, 2014 to provide input to help improve Downtown Guelph’s streets and public spaces (Downtown Streetscape Manual), St. George’s Square (St. George’s Square Concept Plan), and private buildings (Downtown Built Form Standards). The documents guide change in the downtown regarding new buildings, on-street parking, flexible streets, sidewalk space, street trees and other matters. Open House Presentation Public Meeting Boards Copies of the Streetscape, Built Form… Continue reading Downtown Guelph Open House: Streetscape, Built Form and St. George’s Square