City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 21 Meeting?

To complete a trifecta of city council meetings in the last week before a midsummer break, we will hear about one of the most complex and controversial construction projects coming to Guelph in the next 10 years. Submitted for council approval at this meeting is the Urban Design Master Plan for the Baker District Redevelopment, which promises big economic, and environmental benefits. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 21 Meeting?”

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

Back during last year’s budget deliberations, there was a motion to combine investments from the City of Guelph and the Government of Ontario to hire a third-party auditor to conduct a service rationalization review. Several months later, the review has been complete, and in a special meeting of council, the horseshoe will consider the recommendations and how best to implement them. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 19 Special Meeting?”

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. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 19 Regular Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 12 Meeting?

Like school students rushing to complete all their assignments before summer vacation, it feels like the same can be said for city council in this very busy final planning meeting before the summer break. in this session, look for new projects, a great many sign bylaw variance requests, and a decision report on Guelph’s latest housing project. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 12 Meeting?”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 5 Meeting?

This is the last Committee of the Whole meeting before the fall, and like any season finale, it seems like a lot of different issues are coming to a head. Among those issues are the advisory committee review, the new sign bylaw, speed limits, a refreshed Farmers’ Market, and the beginning of the end for the Dolime Quarry. Pack a lunch, this one might take a while… Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 5 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Regular Meeting?

The final city council meeting of the month will cover the usual ground of ratifying items from the Committee of the Whole meeting, so that might mean re-visiting the Trails Master Plan one more time or something else. In terms of new stuff, we’ve got fresh public appointments, an opportunity to expand voting access, and the first update about achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Regular Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Shareholder Meeting?

An annual tradition at the end of June, Guelph City Council gets to spend a couple of hours not sitting as itself, but sitting as the shareholder of two municipally-owned companies, Guelph Junction Railway, and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. What kind of year has it been for both companies, substantively and financially? Let’s find out… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Shareholder Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 21 Meeting?

Guelph City Council meets again to talk about themselves, and this time they will have to make a decision. Back in November, council deferred on a final decision about their future make-up so that the consultants could get more input from the community, but the time has come to redraw the map and decide how many people are going to be around the new horseshoe come 2022. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 21 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 14 Meeting?

June’s planning meeting has two relatively small items, and one pretty big item. Heritage is the theme, more specifically protecting heritage and in this case the location is the old Reformatory lands on York Road. In a move that’s been years in the making, city council will be considering formal heritage designations for the property, but not for every building that currently sits on that land. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 14 Meeting?”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 7 Meeting?

The first council meeting of June will be a very busy Committee of the Whole meeting indeed, and it will cover a wide variety of items from several different service areas. From Corporate Services, to Public Services, to Audit Committee, and the regular quarterly update on the local pandemic response from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, you should pack a lunch because this might be a long meeting. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 7 Meeting?”