City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 9 Meeting?

This month’s planning meeting looks deceptively light, but with the latest redevelopment of the Lafarge site in the offing, look for there to be a lot of opinions registered on the subject.

Note: If you want to register as a delegate for any of these items on the Committee agenda, then you have to get in touch with the City Clerk’s office by 10 am on Friday March 6.

IDE-2020-27 Federation of Canadian Municipalities: Sustainable Communities Award Application – Staff are looking for council’s approval to apply for a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the new snow dump facility on Wellington Street West, which is “an example of innovation in sustainable and environmentally-friendly approaches to managing snow collected from streets and sidewalks.” The facility, which opened earlier this year, uses a system where snow melts on a pad so that the run-off is collected and treated before being released back into the water supply. The project received a $3.5 million grant from Infrastructure Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund in 2019, but there’s sadly no new money from the FCM for this award.

IDE-2020-20 Statutory Public Meeting Report 35, 40 and 55 Silvercreek Parkway North Proposed Draft Plan of Subdivision, Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment File OZS19-016 Wards 3 and 4 – This is definitely going to be one of the biggest projects in town if it gets approved, and it’s on one of the most controversial pieces of property in the city too. The plan by Silvercreek Guelph Developments Ltd. proposes to take the Lafarge site and split it between high density residential along the north end of Silvercreek South and the southern end by the train tracks, medium density in the northeast quadrant, commercial-mixed use in the centre on the western end, and greenspace and parks in the southwest corner and the centre part of the eastern portion. There will be a total of 772 units including 572 apartments and 200 townhouses, plus 6,500 square metres of commercial floor space and 4.86 hectares of open space, including 2.59 hectares for stormwater management. This is the statutory public meeting for this project. No final decisions will be made at the meeting as council will simply be voting to accept the report.

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