The annexation of the Dolime Quarry property in the west end of the city south of Wellington Street took another step closer to joining the City of Guelph on Monday. The Guelph/Eramosa Township Council had one last vote to say that they’re ready to nip and tuck the quarry land, and now the the final move is in the hands of the City of Guelph.
The municipal boundary adjustment was number 8.7 on the council’s meeting agenda behind some noise bylaw exemptions, a new street name, and the second quarter departmental work plans report. There was also a closed session on the “proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal purposes” that lasted for approximately six minutes before council continued with business on the agenda.
In fact, council spent more time waiting for one last councillor to join them before moving in-camera than they did go into the actual closed session.
When the time came, Mayor Chris White put the motion on the floor: that council approve the boundary adjustment, support the City of Guelph’s request for a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) to establish a principle of residence, and that the mayor and clerk execute the boundary adjustment agreement after the review of the township CAO and the solicitor.
Council had no comments or questions on the matter, and White called the vote after saying, “I think we’ve been at this for a while, the bottom line is that we are moving the quarry lands into the city [of Guelph] and then they proceed to work with them as they see fit.”
The vote was passed unanimously, and before proceeding with further new business, White observed, “It’s been a bit of a long road.”
The final move now has to be made by the City of Guelph itself. When the matter came to Guelph Committee of the Whole last week, there was no substantive change to the recommendation from City staff, and the direction was unanimously approved by committee. Next week’s regular council meeting will give council and the public one last opportunity for comment or critique before all the formal work is complete.
Last month, the County of Wellington passed two motions at their Administration, Finance and Human Resources Committee meeting, while a Special Meeting of Council a week later to hear public delegations on the annexation received no requests from the public to speak on the matter.
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.