The annexation of the Dolime Quarry property, and is potential future as a residential neighbourhood in Guelph, took a couple of steps forward this week after two public meetings. From the council in Guelph/Eramosa Township to the council at Wellington County, the annexation has moved closer to being a done deal, and, it seems, without much public opposition.
In advance of this morning’s meeting of Wellington County Council, there was a special meeting about the proposed annexation. It was a chance for members of the public to offer their support or objection to the plan, but there were no delegates pre-registered, and no one on the call wanted to delegate either. The special county council meeting wrapped after three minutes.
The special meeting was a repeat of what happened almost 72-hours earlier at the Guelph/Eramosa Township council. Mayor Chris White called the item on the agenda, and, after a brief introduction by CAO Ian Roger, it was time to hear from delegates, but there were none who pre-registered, and no members of the public watching the meeting wanted to delegate either. There were also no questions or comments from members of council.
Wellington County council did get an opportunity to comment on the plan themselves when the regular meeting began at 10 am. The County’s Administration, Finance and Human Resources Committee had already passed two recommendations that needed to be ratified by the full council. The first motion authorized the boundary adjustment, and the second lends the City of Guelph support for a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) to rezone the Dolime Quarry property.
Soon, it will be the City of Guelph’s turn to offer input on the formal plan. As revealed earlier this month, the annexation and MZO will be discussed at Committee of the Whole on Monday July 5 at 2 pm, and then again at the regular council meeting on Monday July 19 at 6:30 pm. The agenda for July’s Committee of the Whole meeting will be posted to the City’s website sometime on Thursday afternoon.
There’s still another hurdle that the plan must clear in the County, which is the ratification of the Guelph/Eramosa Township council’s vote earlier this week. The vote will happen at the council’s next regular meeting at 2 pm on Monday July 12.
Back in 2019, the City of Guelph reached a deal with River Valley Developments, the owner of the Dolime Quarry situated just west of the Hanlon Expressway and south of Wellington Street, to shut the quarry down and redevelopment the land. Before that though, the property needs to be absorbed into the City of Guelph and annexed from its current municipality, which is the Township of Guelph/Eramosa.