Strategic Plan Scan: Natural Environment

Guelph’s Community Plan

Natural Environment

12 plans deal with the natural environment

Focus area: Natural heritage

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • Chapter 3: Planning a Complete and Health Community
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable
  • Chapter 6: Municipal Services and Infrastructure
  • Chapter 8: Urban Design
  • Chapter 9: Land Use
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan
  • Section 11.2: Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan

Natural Heritage Action Plan

City of Guelph
September 2018
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority areas
  • Watershed Planning to Manage Growth and Infrastructure: Supporting growth through watershed planning, Environmental monitoring / science-based decision making
  • Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation: Understand and enhance our biodiversity, Continuous improvements in institutional processes and practices, Plant and wildlife habitat management in the urban setting
  • Resilience and Restoration Planning: Urban ecosystem resilience to support a healthy community, Restore urban ecosystems to support biodiversity, Continuously improve institutional processes and practices
  • Fostering Community Support, Raising Awareness and Engagement: Education, outreach and stewardship

Water Supply Master Plan Update

City of Guelph
May 2014
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority areas
  • Investigate existing and new water supply options, including water conservation strategies, considering water quality and quantity, water supply security, economic factors, environmental concerns and relevant regulations
  • Provide implementation recommendations for preferred water supply alternatives to meet the future demand

Urban Forest Management Plan

City of Guelph
February 2012
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority areas
  • Develop and maintain a good understanding of the City’s urban forest
  • Assess and monitor the state of the City’s urban forest management program at regular intervals
  • Continually seek creative ways to leave space for and integrate existing trees into new and infill developments
  • Plant the right tree in the right place
  • Consider new technologies to integrate trees downtown and in other built-up settings
  • Improve resilience to climate change and other stressors by managing the urban forest for optimal species and structural diversity, and health
  • Strive to maintain City trees in a healthy and safe condition
  • Recognize the value of and invest in the City’s green infrastructure on a long-term basis
  • Take an adaptive management approach to urban forest initiatives at all levels

Recreation, Parks & Culture Strategic Master Plan & South End Centre Component Study

City of Guelph
July 2009
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority areas
  • A connected parks and trails system that inspires an awe of nature: A greener community that protects and enhances greenway corridors, trails, parks, and open space for current and future generations,
  • A community that is physically connected through greenways, trails, open space corridors, rivers, and natural areas,
  • Coordinated stewardship and management of parks, the natural environment, and the watershed,
  • Sufficient parkland to meet the active and passive recreational needs of residents,
  • Capitalize on the City’s extensive parks system to encourage its use as a ‘living community centre’ that provides animated spaces serving as activity hubs

Urban Design Action Plan

City of Guelph
November 2017
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority area
  • In conjunction with future development, implement civic space and other public improvements in the community mixed-use nodes Develop and maintain a good understanding of the City’s urban forest
  • Assess and monitor the state of the City’s urban forest management program at regular intervals
  • Continually seek creative ways to leave space for and integrate existing trees into new and infill developments
  • Plant the right tree in the right place
  • Consider new technologies to integrate trees downtown and in other built-up settings
  • Improve resilience to climate change and other stressors by managing the urban forest for optimal species and structural diversity, and health
  • Strive to maintain City trees in a healthy and safe condition
  • Recognize the value of and invest in the City’s green infrastructure on a long-term basis
  • Take an adaptive management approach to urban forest initiatives at all levels

Recreation, Parks & Culture Strategic Master Plan & South End Centre Component Study

City of Guelph
July 2009
Focus area: Natural heritage

Priority areas
  • A connected parks and trails system that inspires an awe of nature: A greener community that protects and enhances greenway corridors, trails, parks, and open space for current and future generations,
  • A community that is physically connected through greenways, trails, open space corridors, rivers, and natural areas,
  • Coordinated stewardship and management of parks, the natural environment, and the watershed,
  • Sufficient parkland to meet the active and passive recreational needs of residents,
  • Capitalize on the City’s extensive parks system to encourage its use as a ‘living community centre’ that provides animated spaces serving as activity hubs

Focus area: Land use

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Land use

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant section
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable

Focus area: Water

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Water

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable
  • Chapter 6: Municipal Services and Infrastructure
  • Chapter 8: Urban Design
Natural Heritage Action Plan

City of Guelph
September 2018
Focus area: Water

Priority areas
  • Watershed Planning to Manage Growth and Infrastructure: Supporting growth through watershed planning, Environmental monitoring / science-based decision making
  • Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation: Understand and enhance our biodiversity, Continuous improvements in institutional processes and practices, Plant and wildlife habitat management in the urban setting
  • Resilience and Restoration Planning: Urban ecosystem resilience to support a healthy community, Restore urban ecosystems to support biodiversity, Continuously improve institutional processes and practices
  • Fostering Community Support, Raising Awareness and Engagement: Education, outreach and stewardship

Water Supply Master Plan Update

City of Guelph
May 2014
Focus area: Water

Priority areas
  • Investigate existing and new water supply options, including water conservation strategies, considering water quality and quantity, water supply security, economic factors, environmental concerns and relevant regulations
  • Provide implementation recommendations for preferred water supply alternatives to meet the future demand

2016 Water Efficiency Strategy Update

City of Guelph
September 2016
Focus area: Water

Priority area
  • Reduce water use as part of new growth; Reduce water use in existing buildingsWatershed Planning to Manage Growth and Infrastructure: Supporting growth through watershed planning, Environmental monitoring / science-based decision making
  • Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation: Understand and enhance our biodiversity, Continuous improvements in institutional processes and practices, Plant and wildlife habitat management in the urban setting
  • Resilience and Restoration Planning: Urban ecosystem resilience to support a healthy community, Restore urban ecosystems to support biodiversity, Continuously improve institutional processes and practices
  • Fostering Community Support, Raising Awareness and Engagement: Education, outreach and stewardship

Recreation, Parks & Culture Strategic Master Plan & South End Centre Component Study

City of Guelph
July 2009
Focus area: Water

Priority areas
  • A connected parks and trails system that inspires an awe of nature: A greener community that protects and enhances greenway corridors, trails, parks, and open space for current and future generations
  • A community that is physically connected through greenways, trails, open space corridors, rivers, and natural areas
  • Coordinated stewardship and management of parks, the natural environment, and the watershed
  • Sufficient parkland to meet the active and passive recreational needs of residents,
  • Capitalize on the City’s extensive parks system to encourage its use as a ‘living community centre’ that provides animated spaces serving as activity hubs

Focus area: Air

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Air

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant section
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable

Focus area: Climate change

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Climate change

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable
  • Chapter 8: Urban Design
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan
  • Section 11.2: Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan

Solid Waste Management Master Plan Review

City of Guelph
May 2014
Focus area: Climate change

Priority areas
  • Municipal: Explore alternative methods for recovery of designated materials, Promote “waste less” principles and policies, share and reuse initiatives, Transfer responsibility for public space waste collection throughout the City to Solid Waste Resources, Explore alternatives to landfill, Align with the Provincial Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, G7 Plastics Charter, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste and other enhanced diversion strategies;
  • Residential: Establish a Food Waste Reduction Campaign, Reinstate the twice per year curbside yard waste collection service, Outreach for residential waste minimization and diversion programs;
  • Multi-Residential: Outreach for multi-residential waste minimization and diversion programs, Explore expanding the development approval process to promote waste diversion in multi-residential properties;
  • Construction and Demolition: Develop a construction and demolition (C&D) waste diversion strategy

Urban Forest Management Plan

City of Guelph
February 2012
Focus area: Climate change

Priority areas
  • Develop and maintain a good understanding of the City’s urban forest
  • Assess and monitor the state of the City’s urban forest management program at regular intervals
  • Continually seek creative ways to leave space for and integrate existing trees into new and infill developments
  • Plant the right tree in the right place
  • Consider new technologies to integrate trees downtown and in other built-up settings
  • Improve resilience to climate change and other stressors by managing the urban forest for optimal species and structural diversity, and health
  • Strive to maintain City trees in a healthy and safe condition
  • Recognize the value of and invest in the City’s green infrastructure on a long-term basis
  • Take an adaptive management approach to urban forest initiatives at all levels

Asset Management Plan

City of Guelph
2017 Interim Update
Focus area: Climate change

Priority areas
  • Managing risks through: Understanding potential vulnerabilities to climate change, implementing appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies Municipal: Explore alternative methods for recovery of designated materials, Promote “waste less” principles and policies, share and reuse initiatives, Transfer responsibility for public space waste collection throughout the City to Solid Waste Resources, Explore alternatives to landfill, Align with the Provincial Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, G7 Plastics Charter, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste and other enhanced diversion strategies;
  • Residential: Establish a Food Waste Reduction Campaign, Reinstate the twice per year curbside yard waste collection service, Outreach for residential waste minimization and diversion programs;
  • Multi-Residential: Outreach for multi-residential waste minimization and diversion programs, Explore expanding the development approval process to promote waste diversion in multi-residential properties;
  • Construction and Demolition: Develop a construction and demolition (C&D) waste diversion strategy

Focus area: Energy

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Energy

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable
  • Chapter 5: Movement of People and Goods – An Integrated Transportation System
  • Chapter 8: Urban Design
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan
  • Section 11.2: Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan

Community Energy Initiative

Our Energy Guelph
2018 Update
Focus area: Energy

Priority areas
  • Managing risks through: Understanding potential vulnerabilities to climate change, implementing appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies Municipal: Explore alternative methods for recovery of designated materials, Promote “waste less” principles and policies, share and reuse initiatives, Transfer responsibility for public space waste collection throughout the City to Solid Waste Resources, Explore alternatives to landfill, Align with the Provincial Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, G7 Plastics Charter, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste and other enhanced diversion strategies;
  • Residential: Establish a Food Waste Reduction Campaign, Reinstate the twice per year curbside yard waste collection service, Outreach for residential waste minimization and diversion programs;
  • Multi-Residential: Outreach for multi-residential waste minimization and diversion programs, Explore expanding the development approval process to promote waste diversion in multi-residential properties;
  • Construction and Demolition: Develop a construction and demolition (C&D) waste diversion strategy

Focus area: Waste

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Waste

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for: Natural heritage protection, Water resource protection, Energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan

Solid Waste Management Master Plan Review

City of Guelph Guelph
2014
Focus area: Waste

Priority areas
  • Municipal: Explore alternative methods for recovery of designated materials, Promote “waste less” principles and policies, share and reuse initiatives, Transfer responsibility for public space waste collection throughout the City to Solid Waste Resources, Explore alternatives to landfill, Align with the Provincial Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, G7 Plastics Charter, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste and other enhanced diversion strategies;
  • Residential: Establish a Food Waste Reduction Campaign, Reinstate the twice per year curbside yard waste collection service, Outreach for residential waste minimization and diversion programs;
  • Multi-Residential: Outreach for multi-residential waste minimization and diversion programs, Explore expanding the development approval process to promote waste diversion in multi-residential properties;
  • Construction and Demolition: Develop a construction and demolition (C&D) waste diversion strategy

Smart Cities

City of Guelph/County of Wellington
2018
Focus area: Waste

Priority areas
  • Cultivating access to nutritious food within our community
  • Valuing waste as a resource

Focus area: Wastewater

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Wastewater

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for natural heritage protection, water resource protection, energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan

Wastewater Treatment Master Plan

City of Guelph
May 2014
Focus area: Wastewater

Priority area
  • Prepare for wastewater treatment capacity of 144 ML/d by 2054

Focus area: Solid Waste

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Solid Waste

Priority areas
  • Protecting what is valuable establishes policies and development criteria for natural heritage protection, water resource protection, energy conservation measures
  • Municipal Services and Infrastructure: Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Land Use: Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Secondary Plans: Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant section
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan

Solid Waste Management Master Plan Review

City of Guelph Guelph
2014
Focus area: Solid Waste

Priority areas
  • Municipal: Explore alternative methods for recovery of designated materials, Promote “waste less” principles and policies, share and reuse initiatives, Transfer responsibility for public space waste collection throughout the City to Solid Waste Resources, Explore alternatives to landfill, Align with the Provincial Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, G7 Plastics Charter, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste and other enhanced diversion strategies;
  • Residential: Establish a Food Waste Reduction Campaign, Reinstate the twice per year curbside yard waste collection service, Outreach for residential waste minimization and diversion programs;
  • Multi-Residential: Outreach for multi-residential waste minimization and diversion programs, Explore expanding the development approval process to promote waste diversion in multi-residential properties;
  • Construction and Demolition: Develop a construction and demolition (C&D) waste diversion strategy

Focus area: Agriculture

Smart Cities

City of Guelph/County of Wellington
2018
Focus area: Agriculture

Priority areas
  • Cultivating access to nutritious food within our community
  • Valuing waste as a resource
Relevant section
  • Chapter 3: Planning a Complete and Healthy Community