City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 10 Meeting?

This month’s planning meeting of city council will be very busy. There are a couple of new public meetings on a couple of interesting new projects, plus a decision report on a previous, some-what controversial project in the west end of town. If planning in a more general, macro sense is more your speed, staff will present their final vision for the east end of the city.

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 May 7. 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.

Places of Worship By-law Exemption – A report speaking to this item will be included in the revised agenda released on Friday May 7.

Statutory Public Meeting Report 65 Delhi St Zoning By-law Amendment, File OZS21-004, Ward 2 – The County of Wellington bought this heritage building from the City of Guelph and they want to turn it into transitional housing. Transitional housing is defined as a type of housing that’s “intended to support timelimited stays of three months to three years and establishes a safe, supportive environment where residents can begin to rebuild their support network, with services including but not limited to counselling, job training and placement, community activities, and help with live skills.” The plan calls for 36 suites, plus common spaces like a kitchen, washrooms, and an office area. Since this is the statutory public meeting for this item, no final decision will be made at this meeting, and council will only vote to receive the application. 

Statutory Public Meeting Report 33-41 Arkell Road and 1408 Gordon Street Zoning Bylaw Amendment, File: OZS21-002, Ward 2 – This application is for a mixed-use retirement community that will include 47 retirement apartments, 99 independent living suites and 88 assisted and memory care units. The site will also have 257 square metres of commercial space, plus common amenities like a swimming pool, fitness rooms, dining facilities, and outdoor amenities. Since this is the statutory public meeting for this item, no final decision will be made at this meeting, and council will only vote to receive the application.

Decision Report 85 and 89 Willow Road Zoning By-law Amendment, File: OZS21-001, Ward 3 – Staff are giving their approval to the proposed five-storey, 32-unit supportive housing project from Kindle Communities and the SkyDev subsidiary of Skyline. The plan will have only a couple of minor changes to the application including the addition of a specialized zoning regulation, and a redesigned vehicle entrance to the building site (no more roundabout!). Staff is recommending that council approve the plan.

York Road/Elizabeth Street Recommended Land Use Study – Not much has changed from when the draft land use plan was presented in March, so some of the final conclusions and recommendations here will sound familiar. Among the proposals for this area are improved active transportation with a focus on links to downtown, an engineering review of the Cityview/York intersection, a review of properties to add to the Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage, the possible conversion of 106 Beaumont into a neighbourhood park, and some modifications to the Mixed Business land designation. The recommendations could be incorporated into a new Official Plan amendment by the end of the year.

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