After a pause for March Break, city council will be back for the monthly planning meeting, which this month will feature just one statutory planning meeting , and the return of someone who previously applied for a sign bylaw exception with another new application that council might have to turn down. Remember, this will be a semi-in-person planning meeting though the delegates will still have to phone it.
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 March 18. 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.
Sign By-law Variances for 9 Woodlawn Road East – You may recall that last summer, council turned down a request for a sign bylaw variance for a new dental practice, they felt it might have been a little over the top. The new sign bylaw variance application is asking for an exception to put up a 7.1 m2 non-illuminated sign on the very top of the building, on what’s called the mechanical penthouse. Staff is recommending that council again refuse the application because the sign bylaw prohibits roof top signs.
Statutory Public Meeting Report: 1373-1389 Gordon Street Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment – This development proposal will see the two single detached dwellings presently on this land replaced with a 9-storey mixed use apartment building with 98 units, 60 per cent one bedroom and 40 per cent two bedroom, with three new commercial spaces on the first floor plus 162 total parking spaces including four accessible barrier-free spots.
There will be an added complication though with one of the properties being designated “Wetland” (WL), which means no new development is permitted, but the extent of the Significant Natural Area boundary will have to be determined in an Environmental Impact Study. This is the statutory planning meeting for this development, which means that no final decisions will be made at this meeting.