City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 21 Meeting?

In the final of three council workshops in a row, we come to another session that discusses the long-term growth planning and strategizing for the Royal City. Guelph’s got to grow, but are our current growth plans enough, and what kind of adjustments do we have to make to the growth plan if they’re not? Let’s dig into another workshop about Guelph’s growth!

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.

Shaping Guelph: Growth Scenarios Workshop – City council is once again being called together to talk about the local growth strategy, and the best way that Guelph can facilitate that growth over the next 30 years. This workshop will look at three different scenarios for growth, how each of the proposed growth scenarios are to be evaluated, and what the proposed urban structure might look like.

The first potential growth scenario will see if Guelph is able to meet its growth targets with the current Official Plan, plus the endorsed preferred community structure for Clair-Maltby. The second scenario will see the effect if the amount of medium density housing is increased in the built-up area, while the third scenario will see if growth targets can be met by concentrating new development in just 55 per cent of the built up area.

In evaluating each of these potential growth scenarios, council will look at complete communities and livability, economic growth, transportation, cultural and natural heritage, and the impact on climate change. Council will also look at what things need to be considered in strategic grown areas, which are notable for being urban growth centres with major transit stations, infill opportunities, and access to major and arterial roads.

The preferred growth scenario and land needs assessment will be presented to council some time early this summer. No formal directions or policy will be voted on by council at this meeting.

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