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

June’s planning meeting has two relatively small items, and one pretty big item. Heritage is the theme, more specifically protecting heritage and in this case the location is the old Reformatory lands on York Road. In a move that’s been years in the making, city council will be considering formal heritage designations for the property, but not for every building that currently sits on that land.

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 June 11. 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.

CLOSED SESSION – Hanlon Creek Business Park: Potential Land Sale/Offer. This matter will be discussed in-camera because it’s a matter or “proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.” This closed meeting item may have something to do with another item being discussed in the open session.

62 Mary Street Heritage Permit for New Construction (HP21-0006) – The property owner is proposing to build a detached accessory building in the back, but considering that this within the boundaries of Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District, there’s an additional level of approval that the plan needs before it can proceed. So because the proposed building “has been designed in such a way that it is a product of its own time and is seen as a contemporary interpretation of historic form and style,” staff is prepared to allow its construction.

Statutory Public Meeting Report 29-31 Fountain Street West Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment – This is a relatively simple re-zoning matter, but it is a proposed changed from Residential Single Detached” (R.1B) Zone to a “Specialized Residential SemiDetached” (R.2??). The re-zoning will allow for the construction of two new accessory buildings on either side of the semi-detached dwelling that’s already on the property. This is just a statutory meeting for this re-zoning plan, and no formal decision will be made at this time. Council will only vote to receive the staff report.

Notice of Intention to Designate 785 York Rd under section 29, Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act – It seems like we’re getting close to the sale of the Guelph Reformatory lands, so Infrastructure Ontario is asking Guelph to take the initiative and formally designate buildings and structures on the property as having significant heritage features. The buildings, which were constructed in the 1910s and 1920s, contain a long list of cultural heritage aspects that should be protected, and it’s always been intended that a formal cultural designation would be made as part of the Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan.

However, there’s going to be some controversy because because the City is only asking that eight parts of the total site be protected under the Municipal Register: the chapel building, service tunnel, the powerhouse and chimney stack, the wood kiln building, the planning mill and stores, the wollen mill building, the railway bridge, and the quarry area. At their April meeting, Heritage Guelph unanimously rejected the staff recommendation being brought to this meeting, and passed a motion recommending that “a Heritage Conservation District, including but not limited to the structures, features and lands already noted in the 2018 Strategic Conservation Plan” should proceed instead.

Any, and every, heritage designation agreed on at the meeting will be brought to city council for approval if no objections are received within 30 days.

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