Category Archives: Planning and Building

Congratulating Guelph’s Urban Design Awards winners

October 12, 2021

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Have your say about proposed updates to Guelph’s Development Charges Bylaw

October 7, 2021

We’re making updates to the City’s Development Charges (DC) Bylaw and we want your feedback. Attend a special Council meeting on October 20. Continue reading Have your say about proposed updates to Guelph’s Development Charges Bylaw


Special Meeting of City Council, October 6, 2021 on 797 Victoria Road North

October 5, 2021

Continue reading Special Meeting of City Council, October 6, 2021 on 797 Victoria Road North


Special Meeting of City Council, September 30, 2021, 4 p.m. on 797 Victoria Road North

September 30, 2021

Continue reading Special Meeting of City Council, September 30, 2021, 4 p.m. on 797 Victoria Road North


Questions and answers about the archaeological excavation of the Baker and Wyndham parking lots

September 17, 2021

The work the Province requires us to do for the archaeological clearance of the site requires a mechanical excavation of the entire area to identify and remove any artifacts or remains. Continue reading Questions and answers about the archaeological excavation of the Baker and Wyndham parking lots


Join us September 22 as we talk about next steps for Clair-Maltby

September 9, 2021

Join us as Council discusses proposed amendments to Guelph’s Official Plan to finalize our shared vision for the planned Clair-Maltby community in Guelph’s south end. Continue reading Join us September 22 as we talk about next steps for Clair-Maltby


Notice of study commencement: Macdonell and Allan Structures Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

August 12, 2021

The City of Guelph has initiated a Municipal Class EA (Class EA) for improvements and modifications to the Macdonell and Allan structures. Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Macdonell and Allan Structures Municipal Class Environmental Assessment


Notice of study commencement: Wyndham Street Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

August 12, 2021

The City of Guelph has initiated a Municipal Class EA (Class EA) to confirm the required improvements to Wyndham Street North. Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Wyndham Street Municipal Class Environmental Assessment


Council unanimously approves urban design plan for Baker District redevelopment

July 21, 2021

Continue reading Council unanimously approves urban design plan for Baker District redevelopment


Public notice for new signs

July 1, 2021

Sign variance applications will be discussed at the Council Planning meeting on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading Public notice for new signs


Updated Sign Bylaw will improve customer service

June 25, 2021

On July 5, City Council will discuss proposed updates to Guelph’s Sign Bylaw including delegating staff the authority to grant minor sign variances. Continue reading Updated Sign Bylaw will improve customer service


Join us June 24 to help realize your vision for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

June 16, 2021

Have your say on the proposed Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan through a series of online public information sessions on June 24. Continue reading Join us June 24 to help realize your vision for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


City recommends cultural heritage protection for Ontario Reformatory lands and buildings

June 3, 2021

On June 14, City Council will discuss recommendations to designate the provincially-owned Ontario Reformatory lands and buildings at 785 York Road under the Ontario Heritage Act. Continue reading City recommends cultural heritage protection for Ontario Reformatory lands and buildings


Help update Guelph’s Official Plan

May 20, 2021

Provide input on proposed policy changes to Guelph’s Official Plan by participating in two virtual workshops and completing an online survey. Continue reading Help update Guelph’s Official Plan


Spray foam insulation changes

May 14, 2021

The Regulations Amending the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 Sections 64.5 and 65.03 now prohibit any person from importing or manufacturing plastic foam or rigid foam products containing HFC used as a foaming agent. Continue reading Spray foam insulation changes


Council approves names for Guelph parks and a trail

April 27, 2021

City Council approved names submitted by the community and the Commemorative Naming Committee for three new Guelph parks and a trail in Guelph. Continue reading Council approves names for Guelph parks and a trail


Notice of decision meeting: Recommendations for the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood

April 22, 2021

Notice of decision meeting: Recommendations for the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood Continue reading Notice of decision meeting: Recommendations for the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood


Building Services April 18, 2021 notice to customers

April 19, 2021

The Provincial government reinstated the list of essential construction, with modifications. Please review the list of construction projects and other activities deemed essential. Continue reading Building Services April 18, 2021 notice to customers


Help shape how Guelph grows and develops

April 9, 2021

Continue reading Help shape how Guelph grows and develops


Wellington County proposes purchase of City-owned building for transitional shelter housing

March 23, 2021

Wellington County proposes purchase of City-owned building for transitional shelter housing Continue reading Wellington County proposes purchase of City-owned building for transitional shelter housing


Building Services February 16, 2021 notice to customers

February 16, 2021

As you may be aware, the Provincial government has lifted essential workplace limits on construction in Guelph as of today, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Moving forward, please follow the process below for building inspections. Continue reading Building Services February 16, 2021 notice to customers


Help confirm land use plans for York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood

February 4, 2021

Join our virtual public open house on February 18 and take the survey by February 25. Continue reading Help confirm land use plans for York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood


Building Services January 15, 2021 notice to customers

January 25, 2021

As you may be aware, the Provincial government reinstated the list of essential construction. Please review the list of construction projects and other activities deemed essential. Continue reading Building Services January 15, 2021 notice to customers


Notice of passing of Designation Bylaw – 120 Huron Street

December 17, 2020

City Council passed Bylaw Number (2020)-20556 dated December 14, 2020 to designate portions of 120 Huron Street as being of cultural heritage value or interest. Continue reading Notice of passing of Designation Bylaw – 120 Huron Street


Recommended updates to Zoning Bylaw will create more housing options in Guelph

December 3, 2020

On December 14, City Council will discuss recommendations to update policies and regulations for additional residential dwelling units—known as accessory apartments, basement apartments and coach houses. Continue reading Recommended updates to Zoning Bylaw will create more housing options in Guelph


Streets named after Veterans in 2020

October 28, 2020

This year we are honoured to add two street names: Harrington Road and Ferris Circle. Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2020


Help us name new Guelph trail and parks

October 28, 2020

Guelph’s getting a new recreational trail and three parks, and we need your help naming them. Submit name suggestions by November 20. Continue reading Help us name new Guelph trail and parks


Recommended updates create more user-friendly sign bylaw

September 24, 2020

On October 5, City Council will discuss recommendations to update Guelph’s Sign Bylaw including changes that make it clearer and more user-friendly. Continue reading Recommended updates create more user-friendly sign bylaw


Help plan the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood

September 17, 2020

Provide your feedback about what works well and what could change in the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood by October 9. Continue reading Help plan the future of the York Road and Elizabeth Street neighbourhood


Notice of study completion: Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Schedule ‘B’ Gordon Street improvements

September 17, 2020

To improve the safety and mobility for all road users, City of Guelph is proposing a continuous two-way left-turn lane on Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road and Lowes Road with off-street multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Continue reading Notice of study completion: Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Schedule ‘B’ Gordon Street improvements


Help guide where new housing gets added in Guelph

August 26, 2020

Complete the survey by September 24 to help us decide where new housing could be added throughout the developed, or built-up, areas of our city. Continue reading Help guide where new housing gets added in Guelph


Recommended improvements on Gordon Street would improve traffic flows

August 13, 2020

Guelph City Council to discuss recommended changes for Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road and Lowes Road Continue reading Recommended improvements on Gordon Street would improve traffic flows


City welcomes Krista Walkey as new general manager of Planning and Building Services

June 26, 2020

The City of Guelph welcomes Krista Walkey as it’s new general manager of Planning and Building Services. Continue reading City welcomes Krista Walkey as new general manager of Planning and Building Services


Guelph’s COVID-19 recovery efforts well underway

June 17, 2020

Guelph City Council approves downtown dining district, increasing support for local non-profit organizations and reinstating parking fees, transit fares Continue reading Guelph’s COVID-19 recovery efforts well underway


Council approves Clair-Maltby open space system strategy

May 25, 2020

Guelph Council approved the Clair-Maltby open space system strategy which plans for 38 hectares of open space, equal to almost 47 Canadian football fields. Continue reading Council approves Clair-Maltby open space system strategy


Postponed: March 23 open house shows Urban Design Master Plan for Baker District

March 15, 2020

Open houses (March 23 and April 2) are postponed. You’re invited to attend one of two open houses as we show how the community’s feedback over the past 18 months has influenced the Urban Design Master Plan for the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Postponed: March 23 open house shows Urban Design Master Plan for Baker District


Mandatory water meter inspections

March 4, 2020

All water meters installed for new construction within the City of Guelph shall be inspected by Building Services. Continue reading Mandatory water meter inspections


Staff-recommended open space strategy for Clair-Maltby to be discussed at Council in March

February 20, 2020

City staff is bringing its recommendation for the Clair-Maltby open space system strategy to Council’s Committee of the Whole on March 2. Continue reading Staff-recommended open space strategy for Clair-Maltby to be discussed at Council in March


City’s Chief Planner retiring in May

February 5, 2020

Continue reading City’s Chief Planner retiring in May


Council approves update to Guelph’s commercial policy

January 28, 2020

The commercial policy framework specifies the location, amount and function of retail and service land throughout Guelph. Continue reading Council approves update to Guelph’s commercial policy


Changes to development charges in Guelph

January 23, 2020

These changes impact when the City can charge for development charges, when they are due, and who is eligible for payment deferral. Continue reading Changes to development charges in Guelph


2020 Development Charge Rates (ICI)

January 21, 2020

Changes to the Development Charge By-law including rates are coming into effective March 2, 2020. The new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2020. Continue reading 2020 Development Charge Rates (ICI)


2020 Development Charge Rates (Residential)

January 21, 2020

Changes to the developments charge by-law including the rates are coming into effective March 2, 2020. The new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2020.  Continue reading 2020 Development Charge Rates (Residential)


Mandatory electronic building permit applications and inspections

December 17, 2019

Starting in the new year, the City will require that all building permit applications and inspection requests be submitted electronically through the Guelph Permit and Application System. Continue reading Mandatory electronic building permit applications and inspections


2020 Building Code changes

December 17, 2019

The 2012 Building Code was recently amended to include a number of changes to the Code, Supplementary Standards and Appendix A. Continue reading 2020 Building Code changes


Council approves design standards for new commercial developments in Guelph

December 10, 2019

Guelph approves new commercial built form standards to govern the design of commercial development outside the downtown core. Continue reading Council approves design standards for new commercial developments in Guelph


Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension

June 12, 2019

Details about the current suspension of enforcement for driveways of semi-detached/duplex and on-street townhouses in Guelph. Continue reading Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension


Background and updates on recent Development Charge changes and the new Community Benefits Charge Framework (Bill 108)

May 31, 2019

Continue reading Background and updates on recent Development Charge changes and the new Community Benefits Charge Framework (Bill 108)


New Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw with enhanced safety requirements

May 28, 2019

On May 27, 2019, Guelph City Council passed a new Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub By-law No. (2019) – 20408 that features enhanced safety requirements for any new swimming pool or hot tub applications from May 27 onward.   Continue reading New Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw with enhanced safety requirements


Smoke alarm requirements for accessory apartments

March 29, 2019

Smoke alarms are required on all floor levels, in all bedrooms throughout the entire house and in the hallway(s) outside of bedrooms.  All smoke alarms are required to be interconnected.  Existing smoke alarms are acceptable provided they are compatible with the new alarms and can be interconnected.  All smoke alarms shall have a strobe light signaling component. Continue reading Smoke alarm requirements for accessory apartments