City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 14 Meeting?

The second of two council meetings for the second week of April will be another council workshop. If you’re at all interested in matters of parking in Guelph, whether that’s paid parking downtown, or how much space you’re going to get in your own driveway at home, then this is a meeting you will want to pay attention to even though members of the public won’t be able to participate.

NOTE #1: Since this is a council work ship, there will be no delegations or correspondences from the general public for this meeting.

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

Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review: Proposed Parking Regulation Workshop – City council continues its review of the most interesting and controversial aspects of the in-progress Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw review, and this time the topic is parking. There are a number of issues regarding parking that need to be resolved: How do we manage demand for on-street parking? How can we best maximize parking space? Are parking minimums getting in the way of the development of affordable housing?

Council will be taken though a couple of exercises to determine their thoughts on the direction that parking bylaws need to take. They will look at “Geographic-based parking”, which means minimum and maximum parking rates depending on the area of the city, as well as driveway widths and bicycle parking. Council will look at the advantages and impediments with each option as well as potential mitigation measures, and potential uncertainties with a given recommendation.

After council goes through exercises related to each of those possibilities, they will hear next steps and closing remarks. The Comprehensive Bylaw Review is still a few months away from the presentation of a draft version, which should come back to council for comments and approval sometime in the third quarter of this year.

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