Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 5 Meeting?

This is the last Committee of the Whole meeting before the fall, and like any season finale, it seems like a lot of different issues are coming to a head. Among those issues are the advisory committee review, the new sign bylaw, speed limits, a refreshed Farmers’ Market, and the beginning of the end for the Dolime Quarry. Pack a lunch, this one might take a while…

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 Friday July 2. 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.

STAFF RECOGNITIONS:

1) Prasoon Adhikari, Supervisor in Environmental Engineering, received the Diamond Award for the Snow Disposal Facility under the Municipal Infrastructure Category from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Ontario.

2) Scott Cousins, Hydrogeologist, has achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

3) Graham Nasby, Water SCADA and Security Specialist, has received the 2020 International Society of Automation (ISA) Water/Wastewater Division Member of the Year Award.

4) Dr. Liraz Fridman, Transportation Safety Specialist, has received the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Young Transportation Professional Award.

2022 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule – This item is pretty straight forward because as you might have guessed, this is the council and committee calendar for next year. A few items of note: the last meeting before the election is September 14, the last meeting of the term is November 1, and the inaugural meeting of the next term is November 15.

Advisory Committees of Council Governance Policies Update – You may remember that earlier this year there was a motion to look at the rules governing advisory committees. Staff has come back to council with some proposed changes stemming from feedback gathered from committee members and councillors, as well as staff themselves, who are recommending that the committee chairs get to approve the agenda, that the chair will be able to present alongside staff to city council, that there be mandatory once per term reporting, and that all sub-committees and working groups be required to comply with the Procedural Bylaw. It is not being recommended though that councillors sit on advisory committees, as it would add significantly to their workload.

Organics Waste Processing Facility ContractWellington Organix Inc. is under contract to operate the City of Guelph’s Organics Waste Processing Facility, but it doesn’t quite align with the OWPF’s other contract to process organic waste from the Region of Waterloo. A slight council-approved adjustment needs to be made to line-up the timelines on both contracts.

649 Scottsdale Drive: Refusal to Issue Permit, 2021-207 Renewal – The owner of a property at the corner of Scottsdale and Cole wanted to get some trees removed because apparently the trees were causing building and signage visibility issues. Upon inspection by City staff though it was discovered that 12 of the 13 trees in question were actually in fair to good condition, so the permit to cut down the trees is being refused, but it needs the ratification of council.

Guelph Farmers’ Market: Refreshing Our Local Tradition – With annual sales of approximately $4.5 million, the Guelph Farmers’ Market is not a small piece of the city’s economic pie. Staff committed to a three-year consultation process about the future of the Market, and came up with five-goals to move it forward, but there’s a problem: the lack of resources to help make those goals a reality. Hence, City staff is proposing that they enter into a negotiation with 10C to manage and operate the Farmers’ Market Building and  grounds, and to look at increasing staff resources to maintain the current level of service. A staff report will come back with an update sometime before the end of the year.

New Sign Bylaw and Amendment to Bylaw Number – Finally, Guelph’s nearly three-decade old sign bylaw will get an upgrade after two years of community engagement, back-and-forth with business owners, and input from council itself. The final version of the new sign bylaw will offer more user-friendly options organized by location and type of sign, there are updated regulations for visibility and sightlines, new limits on the brightness and intensity of signs, and new regulations to preserve the heritage characteristics of buildings. Staff will also be given authority to approve minor variances to the bylaw so they will not longer need to come back to council. If approved, the new regulations will go into effect on July 19 after they’re ratified by council.

Speed Limit Reductions – A collision occurs on Guelph streets once every four hours, at least one cyclist and one pedestrian is struck every 10 days, and a fatality occurs every 130 days. Those are some pretty horrid statistics, so City staff are proposing some changes. Speed limits will be reduced from 50 kilometres per hour to 40 kilometres per hour in 48 different Guelph neighbhourhoods, the speed limit will also be reduced to 40 in the downtown core where the limit’s not already posted at 40, and speed limits will also be reduced on 12 collector and arterial roads. The City will also be initiating an automated speed enforcement program that will use cameras and speed measurements to enforce speed limits made up of two mobile cameras that will be moved to a different community safety or school zone every one or two months.

Dolime Settlement Pathway Update – As previously reported, the City of Guelph is making its formal move to annex the Dolime Quarry property, and rezone it for residential use with the assistance of a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO). Along with the proposed plan for acquiring the lands, staff will reveal the results of their public engagement process on this matter, where it terms out that most of Guelph had no feelings one way or the other about the annexation; 81 per cent of survey respondents had a positive to neutral opinion on the matter.

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