City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 12 Meeting?

Like school students rushing to complete all their assignments before summer vacation, it feels like the same can be said for city council in this very busy final planning meeting before the summer break. in this session, look for new projects, a great many sign bylaw variance requests, and a decision report on Guelph’s latest housing project.

NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone or video, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on July 9. 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.


1) Hanlon Creek Business Park Potential Land Sale/Offer Update – Because this is a matter of the “proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board,” it must be discussed in-camera.

17 Mary Street Heritage Permit for New Detached Garage (HP21-0007) – This is a simple construction permit made complicated by the fact that the property is located in the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District. The garage design has been approved in consultation with planning staff, and in consultation with the property’s next door neighbour McCrae House.

60 Albert Street Heritage Permit for New Construction (HP21-0004) – Another application from the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District, but this one is for an entirely new dwelling on the property. This is the second version of the planned house to come to staff, and it is the one that they’re endorsing for council’s approval.

65 Delhi Street Zoning By-law Amendment Decision – The long and the short of it is that the City of Guelph is prepared to approve the re-zoning that will allow the heritage building at 65 Delhi to be turned into supportive housing run by the County of Wellington. Since this application came to council the first time in May, there have been some slight adjustments, including eight fewer units as noted in last week’s town hall with the Ward 2 Councillors.

Sign Variance Report for 1886 Gordon Street – The business park south of Poppy Street is looking to install a new illuminated freestanding sign in an area where freestanding signs of a certain (read: big) size are not permitted, and their especially not permitted to be illuminated. Staff are allowing the variance though because it’s a purely commercial property and there’s no negative impact on the streetscape.

Sign Variance Report for 25 Wellington Street West – The newly refurbished seniors’ building and medical office space is asking for a variance to install numerous signs around the ground floor of the building. The variance is recommended for approval after the applicant made a number of compromises.

Sign Variance Report for 74 Elizabeth Street – Two non-illuminated signs are proposed to be installed on the side of a building housing two different businesses, while two existing signs are going to be brought up to code by receiving a formal variance. It’s a commercial property, and the signs are not lighted, so staff has given them a seal of approval.

Sign Variance Report for 9 Woodlawn Road East – A new series of signs is proposed for a dental office, all of them illuminated, but only one of the four signs is being recommended for a variance. There actually might be some debate about this one.

Public Meeting 93 Arthur Street South Zoning By-law Amendment OZS21-007 – This is the next phase of the Metalworks development, a 14-storey development with 194 apartment units plus ground floor commercial space. The proposed development comes with a number of variance requests including off-site parking across the street from the building, slightly bigger floor space than allowed on the upper floors, and some adjustments to the setbacks. This is the statutory public meeting for this development, and no final decisions will be made about the project at this meeting.

Statutory Public Meeting Report 300 Grange Road Zoning By-law Amendment OZS21-006 – This empty lot east of Auden Road might be home to 21 cluster townhouse units plus two single detached residential dwellings. The two detached buildings will be facing Grange while the townhouses will be accessible via private driveway off Grange. The back portion of the oddly-shaped six-sided lot will be reserved for common amenity space. This is the statutory public meeting for this development, and no final decisions will be made about the project at this meeting. 

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