MEETING PREVIEW: Heritage Guelph Meeting for March 13, 2023

This month’s Heritage Guelph meeting will be about taking the workplans and putting the plans to work. After the last couple of months getting ducks in a row and responding to the heritage changes made in Bill 23, planning staff are now ready to start the collective actions to save as much heritage as possible before the Province’s two-year time line runs out. Shall we begin?!

NOTE #1: If you would like to delegate to one of the items at the meeting, get in touch eith the committee liaison before Friday February 10 at noon at jack.mallon [at] or by calling 519-837-5616, ext 3872. 

NOTE #2: This meeting will take place in-person in Meeting Room A at City Hall, and it will also be available virtually on Cisco Webex. The link will be posted in the amended agenda.

Nomination of Heritage Guelph Member to Serve on Naming Committee – One member of the Heritage Guelph committee will be asked to take on some additional duties as a member of the Naming Committee. This committee is exactly what you think it is, a group used by the City of Guelph featuring staff and community members who determine new names for City assets based on criteria laid out in the Naming Policy and then submitted to council for approval.

Designation Priorities and Draft 2023 Workplan – At the February meeting of Heritage Guelph, the committee voted to defer the final vote on the list of priorities developed in collaboration between staff and the members. The idea was to give staff a little more time to look at the options, and to give committee members at little more time to settle on these 11 being the direction for staff’s workplan.

Staff Report: Intention to Designate 65 Delhi Street – In the past this building was known as the old isolation hospital, but in the future it will be Wellington County’s latest supportive housing project. The heritage features include the original u-shaped floor plan, the hip and gable rooflines, the outward facing brick and stone walls, the twin front porch design, the two mirrored interior staircases, and the name/date stone. Many of the heritage features have been included in the redesign, which was presented in January to Wellington County’s Social Services committee.

Staff Report: Intention to Designate 49 Norfolk Street – Better known as the Albion, this building was in continuous use from the the moment it opened in 1843 till the time it closed right before the start of the pandemic. It’s heritage attributes include the hip and flat rooflines, the exterior stone walls, the west and south balconies, and the cross shaped sign on the southwest corner of the building.

The Albion and the old isolation hospital were two of the four sites identified by heritage planning staff as priority designations in the wake of Bill 23. The other two are the old Tytler School and the building now known as the Alice Street Clubhouse.


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