City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the Special Meetings on December 6?

Council gets back to its regularly scheduled program with a pair of special meetings that will precede the first official planing meeting of the new term. Or should we say “meetings.” So before that first planning meeting, council’s going to learn the bits and pieces of planning policy, and then they’re going to fill up the ranks of Guelph’s very important public boards and committees for the new term.

NOTE #1: Since of these meetings is a workshop and the other is brief meeting to pass appointments, there are no delegation opportunities at these meetings.

NOTE #2: In addition to appearing in-person, this meeting will also be live-streamed on the City of Guelph’s website here.

NOTE #3: The workshop meeting starts at 3  pm, while the special meeting begins at 5:30 pm.

Workshop Meeting Agenda

Introduction to Land Use Planning in Ontario – The City of Guelph’s senior planning staff including DCAO Jayne Holmes, GM of Planning Krista Walkey, Manager of Development Planning Chris DeVriendt, Manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design Melissa Aldunate, and Chief Building Official Jeremy Laur will lead the council through the finer points of planning policy. Staff will deliver the Coles’ Notes version of the Official Plan, zoning, the planning process, heritage, the environment, affordable housing, and the comprehensive zoning bylaw.

Special Meeting Agenda


December 2022 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees of Council, Local Boards and Commissions – Before the appointments are approved in open session, council has to look over the list in closed.

December 2022 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees of Council, Local Boards and Commissions – Council will vote to fill the ranks of the various advisory committees and local boards with a new group of eager citizens and return favourites. Appointments include:

The Accessibility Advisory Committee, the Art Gallery of Guelph, the Committee of Adjustment, the Community Grant Allocation Panel, the Downtown Guelph Business Association Board of Directors, the Guelph Cemetery Commission, the Guelph Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Guelph Museums Advisory Committee, the Guelph Police Services Board, the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors, Heritage Guelph, the Natural Heritage Advisory Committee, the Planning Advisory Committee, the Property Standards Advisory Committee, the Public Art Advisory Committee, the Elliott Community Board of Trustees, the Tourism Advisory Committee, the Transit Advisory Committee, the Waste Resource Innovation Centre Public Liaison Advisory Committee, and the Water Conservation and Efficiency Public Advisory Committee.

Staff are also asking council to approve a motion to conduct further recruitment to boards and committees that still have vacancies, and they will vote to formally dissolve the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.

2022-2026 Council Appointments – Along with the public appointments, the new council will be appointing themselves to some things. First, councillors will be selected as the chairs and vice-chairs of the Audit, Corporate Services, Public Services, and Infrastructure Development and Enterprise.

Council will then appoint reps to the Art Gallery of Guelph, Board of Trustees for the Elliott, the Elliott’s committee of management, the Business License Appeals Committee, the Downtown Guelph Business Association, the Grand River Conservation Authority, the Guelph Police Services Board, the Guelph Public Library Board, the Well Interference Committee, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

SEE THE COMPLETE AGENDA for the Workshop here, and the Special Meeting Here. Both are on the City of Guelph website!

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