Strategic Plan Scan: Built Environment

Guelph’s Community Plan

Built Environment

18 plans deal with built environment

Focus area: Public transit

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Public transit

Priority areas
  • Establish a Growth Management Strategy
  • Set out general policies that are intended to provide an overall guiding framework for the detailed policies of subsequent sections of the Official Plan
  • Provides policies for the City’s transportation system to facilitate efficient, safe, convenient and energy efficient movement of goods and people throughout the city
  • Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Sets out a policy framework for the efficient and adequate provision of physical and social infrastructure to sustain and support growth and quality of life
  • Provides detailed policy on how the city will be built. It sets out objectives and policies that focus on creating adaptable and well-designed infrastructure networks, buildings, sites, neighbourhoods and open spaces; Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Provides the operational framework and tools necessary to achieve the goals and objectives and implement the policies of the Plan
  • Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • Chapter 5: Movement of People and Goods – An Integrated Transportation System
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan
  • Section 11.2: Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan

Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and Plan and Mobility Services Review

City of Guelph
2010
Focus area: Public transit

Priority areas
  • 5-year ridership growth plan for conventional transit services
  • Protection for and implementation of Higher Order Transit systems and corridors to capture an increased transit share of future travel demand
  • A vision, with goals and objectives for Guelph Transit, in line with the Transportation Demand Management Plan and Development Charges Plan, supported by performance and design standards to measure and monitor success; resource requirements, implementation plan and monitoring Strategies

Focus area: Cycling/walking

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Cycling/walking

Priority areas
  • Establish a Growth Management Strategy
  • Set out general policies that are intended to provide an overall guiding framework for the detailed policies of subsequent sections of the Official Plan
  • Provides policies for the City’s transportation system to facilitate efficient, safe, convenient and energy efficient movement of goods and people throughout the city
  • Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Sets out a policy framework for the efficient and adequate provision of physical and social infrastructure to sustain and support growth and quality of life
  • Provides detailed policy on how the city will be built. It sets out objectives and policies that focus on creating adaptable and well-designed infrastructure networks, buildings, sites, neighbourhoods and open spaces
  • Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Provides the operational framework and tools necessary to achieve the goals and objectives and implement the policies of the Plan
  • Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • 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

Bicycle-Friendly Guelph: Cycling Master Plan

City of Guelph
February 2012
Focus area: Cycling/walking

Priority areas
  • Give priority to providing a comprehensive cycling network
  • Maximize cycling connections and reduce barriers to cycling
  • Develop a strategy to address end-of-trip facilities throughout the City of Guelph
  • Update Guelph’s cycling maps regularly
  • Review and suggest changes to road and intersection design practices to improve cycling and bicycle facility design
  • Form partnerships and support advocacy groups to enhance cycling
  • Enhance the recognition and influence of the Bicycle-Friendly Guelph brand
  • Collaborate with partners to reinforce safer share-the-road practices
  • Support safe cycling education and promotion
  • Develop an employer cycling recognition program
  • Create a cycling enforcement strategy
  • Enhance enforcement opportunities
  • Improve safety records
  • Review and suggest changes to municipal cycling laws and regulations
  • Establish a comprehensive monitoring plan
  • Collect baseline performance data
  • Provide regular evaluation of cycling accomplishments
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Cycling Master Plan through capital projects
  • Be project-ready to make use of new funding opportunities for infrastructure initiation
  • Conduct ongoing public engagement
  • Seek additional funding sources and partnerships
  • Review and suggest improvements to maintenance of cycling infrastructure

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

City of Guelph
July 2009
Focus area: Cycling/walking

Priority areas
  • Equitable, balanced, and justified provision and allocation of neighbourhood and community facilities based on market demand conditions and related factors
  • Strategic decisions with respect to aging parks, recreation, and culture infrastructure
  • Recreational opportunities that enable and support unstructured, self‐scheduled, multi‐ability, and low‐cost activities, in addition to local sports and other organized activities
  • Strategic partnerships with other recreation facility providers to maximize benefits to the community
  • 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
  • Proactive strategies that accommodate the unique and growing parks and recreation needs created by residential intensification and a growing emphasis on walkability
  • The downtown as a place of community and cultural focus
  • A leader among the Province’s ‘creative cities’

Think Youth: Guelph Youth Strategy

City of Guelph
2013-2018
Focus area: Cycling/walking

Priority areas
  • Sell bus tickets at all high schools
  • Provide CAN-Bike courses for all students
  • Implement a universal bus pass plan for all high school students
  • Provide free, accessible space for emerging and existing youth groups/committees
  • Build permanent public skate park
  • Promote a City-wide car free day at Guelph schools
  • Work towards a City of Guelph a sustainable transportation model

Focus area: Transportation

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Transportation

Priority areas
  • Establish a Growth Management Strategy
  • Set out general policies that are intended to provide an overall guiding framework for the detailed policies of subsequent sections of the Official Plan
  • Provides policies for the City’s transportation system to facilitate efficient, safe, convenient and energy efficient movement of goods and people throughout the city
  • Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Sets out a policy framework for the efficient and adequate provision of physical and social infrastructure to sustain and support growth and quality of life
  • Provides detailed policy on how the city will be built. It sets out objectives and policies that focus on creating adaptable and well-designed infrastructure networks, buildings, sites, neighbourhoods and open spaces
  • Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Provides the operational framework and tools necessary to achieve the goals and objectives and implement the policies of the Plan
  • Lists the Secondary Plans that have been adopted by Council and form part of the Official Plan
Relevant sections
  • Chapter 5: Movement of People and Goods – An Integrated Transportation System
  • Chapter 8: Urban Design
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan

Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and Plan and Mobility Services Review

City of Guelph
2010
Focus area: Transportation

Priority areas
  • 5-year ridership growth plan for conventional transit services
  • Protection for and implementation of Higher Order Transit systems and corridors to capture an increased transit share of future travel demand
  • A vision, with goals and objectives for Guelph Transit, in line with the Transportation Demand Management Plan and Development Charges Plan, supported by performance and design standards to measure and monitor success
  • Resource requirements, implementation plan and monitoring strategies

Older Adult Strategy

City of Guelph
October 2014
Focus area: Transportation

Priority areas
  • Older adults in Guelph will have access to a range of public, private and community-run transportation services that are accessible, safe and affordable
  • For older adults in Guelph, housing is available, affordable and supported sufficiently to allow them to choose where they will live as they age

Urban Design Action Plan

City of Guelph
November 2017
Focus area: Transportation

Priority areas
  • Create Commercial Development Built Form Standards for vacant sites, redevelopment and greyfields
  • Amend the Zoning Bylaw to include urban design regulations and update zoning in community mixed use nodes
  • Create a design toolbox to accommodate an integrated approach to placemaking
  • Invest in streetscape improvements

Think Youth: Guelph Youth Strategy

City of Guelph
2013-2018
Focus area: Transportation

Priority areas
  • Sell bus tickets at all high schools
  • Provide CAN-Bike courses for all students
  • Implement a universal bus pass plan for all high school students
  • Provide free, accessible space for emerging and existing youth groups/committees
  • Build permanent public skate park
  • Promote a City-wide car free day at Guelph schools
  • Work towards a City of Guelph a sustainable transportation model

Focus area: Infrastructure

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Establish a Growth Management Strategy
  • Set out general policies that are intended to provide an overall guiding framework for the detailed policies of subsequent sections of the Official Plan
  • Provides policies for the City’s transportation system to facilitate efficient, safe, convenient and energy efficient movement of goods and people throughout the city
  • Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Sets out a policy framework for the efficient and adequate provision of physical and social infrastructure to sustain and support growth and quality of life
  • Provides detailed policy on how the city will be built. It sets out objectives and policies that focus on creating adaptable and well-designed infrastructure networks, buildings, sites, neighbourhoods and open spaces
  • Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Provides the operational framework and tools necessary to achieve the goals and objectives and implement the policies of the Plan
  • 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 Healthy Community
  • Chapter 4: Protecting What is Valuable
  • Chapter 5: Movement of People and Goods – An Integrated Transportation System
  • 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

Bicycle-Friendly Guelph: Cycling Master Plan

City of Guelph
February 2012
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Give priority to providing a comprehensive cycling network
  • Maximize cycling connections and reduce barriers to cycling
  • Develop a strategy to address end-of-trip facilities throughout the City of Guelph
  • Update Guelph’s cycling maps regularly
  • Review and suggest changes to road and intersection design practices to improve cycling and bicycle facility design
  • Form partnerships and support advocacy groups to enhance cycling
  • Enhance the recognition and influence of the Bicycle-Friendly Guelph brand
  • Collaborate with partners to reinforce safer share-the-road practices
  • Support safe cycling education and promotion
  • Develop an employer cycling recognition program
  • Create a cycling enforcement strategy
  • Enhance enforcement opportunities
  • Improve safety records
  • Review and suggest changes to municipal cycling laws and regulations
  • Establish a comprehensive monitoring plan
  • Collect baseline performance data; Provide regular evaluation of cycling accomplishments
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Cycling Master Plan through capital projects
  • Be project-ready to make use of new funding opportunities for infrastructure initiation
  • Conduct ongoing public engagement; Seek additional funding sources and partnerships
  • Review and suggest improvements to maintenance of cycling infrastructure

Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and Plan and Mobility Services Review

City of Guelph
2010
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • 5-year ridership growth plan for conventional transit services
  • Protection for and implementation of Higher Order Transit systems and corridors to capture an increased transit share of future travel demand
  • A vision, with goals and objectives for Guelph Transit, in line with the Transportation Demand Management Plan and Development Charges Plan, supported by performance and design standards to measure and monitor success
  • Resource requirements, implementation plan and monitoring strategies

Solid Waste Management Master Plan Review

City of Guelph Guelph
2014
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Explore expanding the development approval process to promote waste diversion in multi-residential properties
  • Expand the type of collection services provided to multi-residential properties

Wastewater Treatment Master Plan

City of Guelph
April 2009
Focus area: Infrastructure

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

Water Supply Master Plan Update

City of Guelph
2014
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Review and update the existing water supply system capacity, the projected population growth and the estimated future supply demand
  • 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: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Reduce water use in existing buildings
  • Research and pilot new technologies and ensure new technology is proven
  • Easy to implement

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

City of Guelph
July 2009
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Equitable, balanced, and justified provision and allocation of neighbourhood and community facilities based on market demand conditions and related factors
  • Strategic decisions with respect to aging parks, recreation, and culture infrastructure
  • Recreational opportunities that enable and support unstructured, self‐scheduled, multi‐ability, and low‐cost activities, in addition to local sports and other organized activities
  • Strategic partnerships with other recreation facility providers to maximize benefits to the community
  • 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
  • Proactive strategies that accommodate the unique and growing parks and recreation needs created by residential intensification and a growing emphasis on walkability
  • The downtown as a place of community and cultural focus
  • A leader among the Province’s ‘creative cities’

Urban Design Action Plan

City of Guelph
November 2017
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Create Commercial Development Built Form Standards for vacant sites, redevelopment and greyfields
  • Amend the Zoning Bylaw to include urban design regulations and update zoning in community mixed use nodes
  • Create a design toolbox to accommodate an integrated approach to placemaking
  • Invest in streetscape improvements

Affordable Housing Strategy

City of Guelph
May 2017
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Removal of zoning by-law barriers
  • Inclusionary zoning
  • Affordable housing report requirement
  • Guidelines for height and density bonusing
  • Development standards
  • Exemptions from charges as a means of financially incentivizing affordable housing
  • Build on existing partnerships
  • Making appropriate linkages with relevant directions of key stakeholders
  • Supporting the revitalization of existing social housing properties

Think Youth: Guelph Youth Strategy

City of Guelph
2013 – 2018
Focus area: Infrastructure

Priority areas
  • Sell bus tickets at all high schools
  • Provide CAN-Bike courses for all students
  • Implement a universal bus pass plan for all high school students
  • Provide free, accessible space for emerging and existing youth groups/committees
  • Build permanent public skate park
  • Promote a City-wide car free day at Guelph schools; Work towards a City of Guelph a sustainable transportation model

Focus area: Downtown development

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Downtown development

Priority areas
  • Establish a Growth Management Strategy
  • Set out general policies that are intended to provide an overall guiding framework for the detailed policies of subsequent sections of the Official Plan
  • Provides policies for the City’s transportation system to facilitate efficient, safe, convenient and energy efficient movement of goods and people throughout the city
  • Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Sets out a policy framework for the efficient and adequate provision of physical and social infrastructure to sustain and support growth and quality of life
  • Provides detailed policy on how the city will be built. It sets out objectives and policies that focus on creating adaptable and well-designed infrastructure networks, buildings, sites, neighbourhoods and open spaces
  • Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Provides the operational framework and tools necessary to achieve the goals and objectives and implement the policies of the Plan
  • 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 Healthy Community
  • Chapter 5: Movement of People and Goods – An Integrated
  • Transportation System
  • 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

Urban Forest Management Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Downtown development

Priority areas
  • 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

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

City of Guelph
July 2009
Focus area: Downtown development

Priority areas
  • Equitable, balanced, and justified provision and allocation of neighbourhood and community facilities based on market demand conditions and related factors
  • Strategic decisions with respect to aging parks, recreation, and culture infrastructure
  • Recreational opportunities that enable and support unstructured, self‐scheduled, multi‐ability, and low‐cost activities, in addition to local sports and other organized activities
  • Strategic partnerships with other recreation facility providers to maximize benefits to the community
  • 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
  • Proactive strategies that accommodate the unique and growing parks and recreation needs created by residential intensification and a growing emphasis on walkability
  • The downtown as a place of community and cultural focus
  • A leader among the Province’s ‘creative cities’

Prosperity 2020

City of Guelph
Economic Development & Tourism Strategy
Focus area: Downtown development

Priority areas
  • Define an effective tourism management model for Guelph in the context of a larger Regional Tourism Organization
  • Target the downtown as a preferred location for new University or College space requirements
  • Promote the downtown as a strong location for information and technology businesses

Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP)

City of Guelph
Background report: May 2018 draft
Focus area: Downtown development

Priority area
  • Sympathetic development and building design recommendations involving cultural heritage resources

Urban Design Action Plan

City of Guelph
November 2017
Focus area: Downtown development

Priority areas
  • Create Commercial Development Built Form Standards for vacant sites, redevelopment and greyfields
  • Amend the Zoning Bylaw to include urban design regulations and update zoning in community mixed use nodes
  • Create a design toolbox to accommodate an integrated approach to placemaking
  • Invest in streetscape improvements

Focus area: Housing supply

City of Guelph Official Plan

City of Guelph
March 2018 Consolidation
Focus area: Housing supply

Priority areas
  • Establish a Growth Management Strategy
  • Set out general policies that are intended to provide an overall guiding framework for the detailed policies of subsequent sections of the Official Plan
  • Provides policies for the City’s transportation system to facilitate efficient, safe, convenient and energy efficient movement of goods and people throughout the city
  • Provides policies for municipal services including water, wastewater, solid waste and stormwater
  • Sets out a policy framework for the efficient and adequate provision of physical and social infrastructure to sustain and support growth and quality of life
  • Provides detailed policy on how the city will be built. It sets out objectives and policies that focus on creating adaptable and well-designed infrastructure networks, buildings, sites, neighbourhoods and open spaces
  • Sets out policies and permissions for the use of land within the City
  • Provides the operational framework and tools necessary to achieve the goals and objectives and implement the policies of the Plan
  • 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 Healthy Community
  • Chapter 7: Community Infrastructure
  • Chapter 8: Urban Design
  • Chapter 9: Land Use
  • Section 11.1: Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan

Older Adult Strategy

City of Guelph
October 2014
Focus area: Housing supply

Priority areas
  • Older adults in Guelph will have access to a range of public, private and community-run transportation services that are accessible, safe and affordable
  • For older adults in Guelph, housing is available, affordable and supported sufficiently to allow them to choose where they will live as they age

Affordable Housing Strategy

City of Guelph
May 2017
Focus area: Housing supply

Priority areas
  • Removal of zoning by-law barriers; Inclusionary zoning
  • Affordable housing report requirement; Guidelines for height and density bonusing
  • Development standards; Exemptions from charges as a means of financially incentivizing affordable housing
  • Build on existing partnerships
  • Making appropriate linkages with relevant directions of key stakeholders
  • Supporting the revitalization of existing social housing properties

Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Project

Guelph Local Immigration Partnership
Strategic Plan 2018-2020
Focus area: Housing supply

Priority area
  • Strengthen newcomer voice in housing issues

Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Reduction
Strategic Plan 2018-2021
Focus area: Housing supply

Priority areas
  • Homelessness
  • Housing

A Place to Call Home

County of Wellington
A Place to Call Home: A 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan for Guelph-Wellington
Focus area: Housing supply

Priority areas
  • To offer a comprehensive range of supportive housing options for residents with complex needs due to aging, disabilities, mental health issues and addictions
  • To increase the supply and mix of affordable housing options for low to moderate-income households