LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 20, 2017

It should be relatively brief this Monday night as there are only a few items on the planning agenda. 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 – March 20, 2017

Live blog from the meeting starting at 6:30 pm

  1. Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof. Regrets from @DanGibsonCllr and @ward6mark tonight.
  2. Council approves demolition of 14 Maple Street passed 11-0
  3. Next up: zoning change on 7 and 9 Eden Street. Property owner wants to build a carriage house there.
  4. This is the statutory public meeting, no decision will be made tonight.
  5. The applicant will be registering an accessory apartment later.
  6. Cllr Piper asks if this is an application brought because something’s been built without permits.
    Answer: Yes.
  7. There are some building non-compliance issues, bylaw will be addressing those in the final report.
  8. The coach house was a conversion from a garage. Construction was finished 7 years ago.
  9. “That should have been done, the owner’s aware of that, and he wants to take steps to put this right,” says the architect.
  10. There will be improvements to the coach house and make it look less like a garage.
  11. No more questions for the architect. Back to council discussion.
  12. Cllr Salisbury asks about the penalty for a situation like this.
  13. Salisbury clarifies: is there penalty to make sure “people do this in the right order.” But staff says there’s penalty or premium for situ.
  14. Salisbury asks about the consequences if permits are not granted.
    A: That would be through prosecution division.
  15. Permit has not been issued because coach house doesn’t meet the compliance use and the bylaw.
  16. Staff cautions council to keep the matters separate so far as tonight’s meeting is concerned. Van Hellemond is satisfied.
  17. Mayor’s motion concerning library governance is attached. That will likely be a part of April’s committee meet.

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