City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 28 Meeting?

As October comes to an end, there’s not much that’s scary about the regular council meeting this month (unless you were hoping that staff might change their mind about allowing delegations at a certain new committee).

IDE-2019-104 Natural Heritage Advisory Committee Terms of Reference – Staff has included a memo of some notes following up on questions asked, and comments made, at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

First, the Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) is not replacing the Environmental Advisory Committee and the Rover Systems Advisory Committee, according to staff. The old committees deal with “development applications and City capital projects that required Environmental Impact Studies or Environmental Assessments,” which, as previously reported, is work handled mostly in house by staff now. Meanwhile the NHAC will focus on “city plans, strategies and studies related to the Natural Heritage System.”

Second, staff proposes a change in language to make it clear the reporting system for NHAC. Removed is the line, “The mandate of the NHAC is to provide input and perspectives to City staff and Council on…” and it will be replaced with “The NHAC reports to City Council through the Policy Planning and Urban Design Division of Planning and Building Services within Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. NHAC agendas and minutes are posted on the City of Guelph website and reported to City Council.”

Third, there’s some clarity on the circumstances of when a meeting is called, and who gets to call it. It affirms that the chair will have equal say with the staff liaison as to when a meeting of the NHAC and what matters will be on the agenda.

And finally, on the big question of whether or not delegates should be allowed, staff endorsed the original terms which doesn’t allow delegations. “Staff have recommended the new NHAC as a means to enhance existing community engagement processes that already occur in relation to the development of city plans, strategies and studies,” says the report. “The formation of the committee itself is an enhancement to engagement.”

The memo also seems to note that the NHAC is empowered to do more broad public engagement, and that there are still opportunities for people to offer their feedback at council and Committee of the Whole meetings.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 7. (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

OMC-2019-02 Funding to Support Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO)
IDE-2019-111 Servicing Policy for Properties Located Outside of Guelph Municipal Boundary
IDE-2019-106 Sign By-law Variances – 65 Gordon Street
IDE-2019-107 Sign By-law Variances – 243 Woodlawn Road West
IDE-2019-108 Sign By-law Variances – 395 Southgate Drive
IDE-2019-109 Sign By-law Variances – 32 Clair Road East
IDE-2019-91 Planning Our Future: Growth Plan Conformity Project Initiation
IDE-2019-92 Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review Discussion Paper and Guelph Parking Standards Review Discussion Paper

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