City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 25 Planning Meeting?

In the second of two council meetings to end the month, the planning agenda for January will be debated and discussed. From a couple of decisions on previously approved properties, to a new planning amendment, to what will likely be another conversation about a much maligned plan for local heritage, here’s the agenda for this month’s planning meeting.

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 January 25. 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: 120 Huron Street Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments – Back at September’s planning meeting, an application came forward to build a fifth floor on the Uniroyal plant building in the Ward to add 30 units of affordable housing to the 87 units proposed for the building’s conversion. Staff have approved the proposed plan, and are asking council to do the same.

Decision Report: 1159 Victoria Road South Red-line Amendment to an approved Draft Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment – At that same meeting in September, council heard a plan to add two new residential lots to a previously approved subdivision. Staff has given their green light to this plan too, but council will need to ratify.

Recommended Cultural Heritage Action Plan – The CHAP was passed 10-3 at Committee of the Whole this month, but with a few amendments including a direction to staff to prioritize Indigenous community engagement, and identify heritage resources for council consideration in the 2022 budget. This is item technically part of the consent agenda for the meeting, but look for councillors to request that it be pulled for discussion even if there are no further delegations on the matter.

Statutory Public Meeting Report: 77 Victoria Road North Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments – In the first planning amendment proposal of the year, the property owner of 0.3 hectares just north of St. James Catholic School is looking to build 24 stacked, three-storey townhouses. The land is currently zoned “Institutional”, but the existing land use in the Official Plan is “Low Density Residential” but this will require a “Specialized Residential Cluster Townhouse” Zone. Since this is the Statutory Public Meeting for this project, any formal decision about the future of this site will be made a future meeting.

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