LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 12, 2016

Moving forward with plans for the IMACo site, and the review of the province’s plans for updating the Ontario Municipal Board are on the table for this final planning meeting of the year. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico’s preview of tonight’s meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

Guelph City Council Meeting – December 12, 2016

Live blog from the meeting starting at 6:30 pm

  1. Bradley Breedon will be making a rare regular council meeting appearance to cover for Politico starting at 6:30 pm 
  2. Brad Breedon here at Guelph City Hall covering the council meeting tonight. Clr James Gordon has just led the council in the national anthem
  3. Katie Nasswetter is at the podium to present zoning by-law amendment proposals for construction on 1/15 Stevenson St North, and 8 William St
  4. Zoning change would allow for smaller, detached houses with smaller frontages to be built. The docile at 15 Stevenson would be demolished.
  5. Vacant land behind 15 Stevenson (if approved) would be subject to a Draft Plan of Vacant Land that would have 7 new condos built there.
  6. Finally, zoning at 8 William Street would be split so a new condominium could be built on the lot. In total, 10 new homes.
  7. Supporting the proposal is a site plan, servicing plan, grading plan, and a noise survey that all support the development of these condos
  8. Moving on to concluding statements: will use vacant land to provide more affordable housing for the Guelph community.
  9. Cllr MacKinnon: you mentioned affordable housing. What aspect of that can you speak to? Answer: would be upstairs/downstairs split, 2/3 bdrm
  10. Rodney Kubis speaks about how 5/10 of the proposed homes would back onto his property line. Concerned with house density, resident turnover
  11. Rodney was turned down for a zoning variance; hes hoping now that council will do the same for the proposed rezoning in his literal backyard
  12. Vote to receive the application put forth; unanimous agreement among the Councillors.
  13. Up next, proposal to develop on empty lot at 200 Beverly Street being presented by Amer Obeidi. Hopes to “create meaningful places to live”
  14. Mr. Obeidi has a rendered video of the proposed development.Those boardwalks do look well-manicured.
  15. Steve Howard, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph is up to support the development at 200 Beverly.
  16. Mr. Howard states that this development would bring affordable housing, rental and supportive housing. “We all benefit by this project”
  17. A memorandum of understanding has been given to council to sign regarding this project.Timeline is until 2020, grounds for termination
  18. Cllr Bell: although this proposal sounds good, there is a “strong local appetite” for light industrial shops in regards to proposal.
  19. Cllr Gibson believes this proposal could be a massive boon to the city, multiplied by its proximity to the downtown area.
  20. Lastly, the proposed response on behalf of staff to the provincial review of the Ontario municipal board. Joan Jylanne has the mic
  21. Response include hiring a new Citizen Liason officer, multi OMB member hearings, having less complex tribunal processes & support mediation
  22. Vote called; passes unanimously. Cllr Salisbury motions to approve new by-laws, that is also passed unanimously.
  23. With that, vote to adjourn is passed and we’re done for the night. Thanks for tuning in, Brad Breedon signing off!

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