City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 19 Regular Meeting?

The regular meeting of city council comes one week early this month, but it is not the last meeting before usual summer break. Still, this should be a very busy meeting with a couple of controversial projects held over from committee, plus discussion about a couple of reports pulled from information items filed with council. Social justice, IMPACT, and likely speeding plus the sign bylaw will all be up for discussion.

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 16. 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 MEETING:

75 Dublin Street: Ontario Land Tribunal Update – The OLT (formally known as the LPAT) is meeting on July 21 to discuss the appeal of a proposed zoning bylaw amendment for a five-storey seniors’ residence next to Central Public School. Council turned down the application in 2018, but it’s been working its way through the appeals process ever since. Council will likely receive information about Wednesday’s hearing.

New Sign By-law and Amendment to By-law Number – Technically, this item is on the consent agenda because Committee of the Whole passed the staff recommendation, but there will likely be some kind of new motion to delay, defer or alter the new provisions about mobile signs. Several attempt were made at the Committee of the Whole meeting, but it proved a little complicated to come up with something on the fly, so look for some kind of formal motion at this meeting.

Corporate Update on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives – This is a report filed as an item of information on June 25, and it outlines the work that the City of Guelph has done in the last year to promote more equality and diversity inside the corporation. It’s a fairly comprehensive breakdown covering Indigenous relations, promoting diversity inside City Hall and on boards and committees, creating new networks and partnerships, and promoting Guelph-based businesses and groups run be various under-represented groups. Mayor Cam Guthrie requested to pull the report for discussion at the regular meeting of council.

City of Guelph Response: Expansion of IMPACT Program to 24/7 Coverage in Guelph – As previously reported, the Guelph Police Service and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington are asking the Provincial government for additional funding to make the Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT) program operational 24 hours a day and seven days a week. A letter presented in a report to council on July 2 was drafted and sent to members of the cabinet to formalize the request. Mayor Cam Guthrie asked to bring this item to council for further comment.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on July 5. (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

  • 2022 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule
  • Advisory Committees of Council Governance Policies Update
  • Organics Waste Processing Facility Contract Renewal
  • 649 Scottsdale Drive – Refusal to Issue Permit
  • Guelph Farmers’ Market
  • Speed Limit Reductions
  • Dolime Settlement Pathway Update

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