A solution for Dolime Quarry and City of Guelph
The approved plan at a glance
Whether to pursue the proposed solution was an important City Council decision. City Council and City staff shared this proposal with our community before Council made its decision. Our Community, Our Water included in-person and online opportunities for our community to learn more about the proposed solution to revitalize the Dolime Quarry site and protect our drinking water. A report summarizing your feedback was shared with the community and Council in February 2020.
City staff and the owner of the Dolime Quarry reached an agreement to implement the Council-approved plan in early 2021. In December 2021, the Province of Ontario approved moving Guelph’s boundary to include the quarry lands, and a Minister’s Zoning Order to allow future residential development on the property.
The City and quarry owner have signed an agreement that publicly commits to a thorough public planning process, similar to a secondary plan, to determine the specific residential uses that are appropriate on the property. Land use studies and planning for the residential development are expected to begin in 2022.
The City’s Southwest Guelph Water Supply Environmental Assessment includes a testing program to monitor water quality and quantity at the Dolime Quarry. Results from the testing program will be used inform the need for, and design and function of a water management system to protect Guelph’s drinking water for the long-term. The testing program will determine how much additional water supply is available to meet Guelph’s growing needs and the environmental impacts of using groundwater resources historically used in quarry operations.