City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 27 Meeting?

February closes with a a meeting that looks to fill some board vacancies, accelerate commercial development in the east end, and look at the possibility of making Guelph a Sanctuary City.

CLOSED MEETING – Public Appointments to the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors; Guelph Innovation District – Expression of Interest.

PRESENTATION – Medal presentation to the Guelph Gryphons Gurls U14 Ted Rep team for winning the Ontario Soccer Association’s Indoor Cup.

CON-2017.3 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Board of Directors Vacancy – Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon has resigned from the WDG Public Health Board of Directors, and Mayor Cam Guthrie is nominated to take his place. The City can appoint a maximum of three people to sit on the board, and they can be either a member of council or a member of the public who serves a term to coincide with the current term of council.

CON-2017.4 Public Appointments to the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors – Likely, we’ll get those names after the closed portion of the meeting.

CON-2017.5 Exploring Opportunities to Accelerate Large Neighbourhood Commercial Growth in East Guelph – In a motion by Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson, council looks to help spur on new commercial development in the area of Guelph east of Victoria Rd, which needs some immediate attention because of “over 1,000 additional residential units currently approved for construction.” The motion asks for staff to consider other opportunities to attract and commercial investment and development in the York Road Intensification Corridor in conjunction with the ongoing comprehensive commercial policy review. Staff will bring reports back to council as opportunities become available.

Notice of Motion provided by Councillor James Gordon re: Guelph as a Sanctuary City – Gordon’s controversial motion to follow the lead of Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, and London, and name Guelph a Sanctuary City comes forward. Along with the designation, the motion will ask the Intergovernmental Relations, Policy and Open Government staff to consult with stakeholders, the police and other sanctuary cities in Ontario about how to proceed and come back to council with a report in the third quarter of 2017.

Reports from Committee-of-the-Whole on February 6:
COW-PS-2017.1 Ellis Creek Park: Conceptual Master Plan
COW-AUD-2017.1 Outstanding Motions of the Audit Committee

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