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

November’s planning meeting will be a relatively straightforward affair with only two items on the agenda this month. On the one hand, there’s a decision to be made on a fairly well-known piece of property in the north end, and on the other there’s some very important work that’s set to formally begin to update the document on which all planning decisions are based.

NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on Friday November 6. You can also submit written delegations and correspondences for agenda items.

NOTE #2: The meeting will be closed to the public, though it will be live-streamed on the City of Guelph’s website here.

Decision Report: 816 Woolwich Street Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Last year, the proposal for this site came to council for its second crack at getting an Official Plan Amendment; it was a plan that called for 195 stacked townhouse units, a five-storey mixed-use (retail/residential) building, an office building and the retention of the existing Curling Club building. After staff consultation, council is being asked to approve a plan that lets the developer keep the townhouses plus five more, and with added height to four-storeys, while changing the mixed-use building to a 48-unit apartment building instead. The commercial building also gets to stay, and the Curling Club building will still be preserved.

Special Meeting of Council to Commence the Five-year Review of the Official Plan -Municipalities have to review their Official Plan every five years. The last time that the Official Plan was reviewed in Guelph it was 2012, and it didn’t go into effect until 2017, which means that the City of Guelph needs to file an updated Official Plan by July 2022. Some of this work has already begun with the Growth Vision and Principles at the June meeting, and a workshop last month about where to situate growth, but the work formally begins here. The purpose of this meeting is to review the requirements of the Planning Act, discuss the revisions that may be required, and create awareness that the Official Plan review process is under way. The formal public consultations will start in the new year, and a draft amendment is expected before the end of 2021.

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