LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 13, 2017

Guelph City Council tackles its first full planning meeting of the year tonight with the contentious development of a 12-storey apartment building on Yarmouth front and centre. 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 – February 13, 2017

Live blog from the meeting starting at 6:30 pm

  1. Council meeting is beginning. Mayor Guthie updates on OMB appeals of 75 Dublin St
  2. Direction was given to staff and that is all for the closed session.
  3. No Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof tonight.
  4. Proposed Technical Revisions to Zoning By-law, & Request for an Extension of Draft Plan Approval Watson East Subdivision passes 12-0.
  5. First item up: Proposed Demolition of 18 Harcourt Drive. Janice Wright is delegating.
  6. Wright is concerned about what’s happening in Old University neighbourhood. # of significant renos and demos in the area.
  7. Wants to make sure that new builds comply with community standards. Worried about 3-storey “monster homes”
  8. The new 124 Mary St apparently sits at a weird angle now.
  9. Cllr Salisbury asks if there’s an accommodation for 3 storeys.
    Staff: It is currently permitted under zoning.
  10. Note: the owners of 18 harcourt are not asking for 3 storeys.
  11. Cllr Downer asks about how urban design guidelines impact this area.
    Staff: No UDG unless for infill.
  12. Guthrie asks about the drawings including in report, are there going to be drawings of what’s actually going there? Can council do anything?
  13. Staff: Owners can build any type of house that meets zoning bylaw. Drawings only meant to give an idea.
  14. Last item, also most contentious, 45 Yarmouth St bylaw amendment.
  15. Proposal is to build a 12-storey apartment building at 45 Yarmouth. 75 units in all.
  16. Dave Hannam of Zelinka Priamo speaking to the development. Owner’s worked hard w/staff over concerns he says.
  17. Changes from original plan: was 14 storeys, no 12. Mix of 1 & 2 bedroom units plus rentals.
  18. City review of onsite parking of the plan says it’s efficient, according to Hannam.
  19. This is what the building's going to look like from Baker St side FYI https://t.co/ryP6unY54i

    This is what the building’s going to look like from Baker St side FYI pic.twitter.com/ryP6unY54i
  20. Cllr Piper asks of there’s going to be room for landscaping. Answer: there will be, plus bike parking.
  21. Bell commends the developer for working with staff. He can support this plan, but couldn’t before.
  22. “I hope that all applications we receive from developers have such street detail,” says Bell.
  23. Second delligate Charles Minett is not here. 2 Correspondences though. Council now moves to discussion on the application
  24. Salisbury asks about communications towers. Does that come to council if the intention is to install them. Answer: they do.
  25. Cllr Gibson glad to see ground floor commercial in plan, parking during construct. and adhering to construction bylaws.
  26. 0.84 parking regulation is specific for the downtown core, asks Cllr MacKinnon. Apples specifically to this development.
  27. “I’m excited to see another crane in the sky downtown,” says Guthrie.
  28. Guthrie says that he hopes to spur on other development on Baker St. You know what…
  29. Motion to adjourn passes. and that’s a wrap. Be advised: council is back this Wednesday for #GuelphHydro meet.

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