City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 17 Meeting?

The first planning meeting of the year only has one item on the agenda, but it’s kind of consequential when you consider that it covers all matters of Guelph land use planning over the next three decades. After many meetings in the last year looking at growth issues in the Royal City, council will finally consider the finished document and determine how Guelph will grow over the 30 years (28 years technically). Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 17 Meeting?”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 10 Meeting?

It’s a new year at city council, and the last year for this current term. To kick-off 2022, Committee of the Whole will have a laid back meeting with two items before the horseshoe, a presentation from the administrative head of the City, and a presentation about the city’s short-term economic future. Let’s enjoy the lack of controversy (presumably) while it lasts… Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 10 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 20 Meeting?

A few days before Christmas, downtown at city hall, city council wrapped up the year, with one last Zoom call. Well, Cisco Webex to be precise. Before a much need holiday break, council will spend the last meeting of the year catching up on the business from Committee of the Whole and will consider a request from the Elliott Community. Merry Christmas, indeed! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 20 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?

The last planning meeting of the year offers a veritable potpourri of planning matter for council consideration. There are a couple of decision reports ready for ratification, a new request to designate a heritage property, and a brand new statutory meeting on a transformative project in the south end. All that, plus council will deal with a referral from an earlier meeting. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 6 Meeting?

It’s time for the last Committee of the Whole meeting of the year, and it’s a deceptively simple agenda with some pretty big issues. What can you look forward to? A COVID-19 update, some planning matters, next year’s main issues for the City, some downtown discussion, and a pretty big new motion about accelerating Guelph’s climate change commitments. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 6 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 2 Meeting?

This is the moment council’s either been waiting for or dreading depending on their priorities. December begins with the final decision for the 2022-2023 Guelph budget, the first multiyear budget and the last budget before the next election. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, and it’s probably going to be a long meeting for council as they try to add everything up. Here’s what they’re up against… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 2 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 22 Meeting?

This month at city council will end by revisiting some greatest hits from November’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Get ready to hear some more about the effort to approve electronic ballot marking and the approval of temporary trailer parking exemptions, and if that’s not enough then there’s a long list of new council appointments to local boards and committees to get through. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 22 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 15 Meeting?

November is a busy month at council, and this third week of the month is going to be the busiest in terms of council business. Of course, the biggest meeting of the year is the budget presentation, but just in time for comment is a new plan from Guelph Transit to expand their service over the next decade, which yes, will require some major new investments. So what might transit look like in 10 years time? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 15 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?

If calculators and spreadsheets are your fetish, then this is the most wonderful time of the year for you! Budget season is finally here, and it’s extra special this year because this is the City of Guelph’s first ever multi-year budget!! The pressures of a growing city will meet the pressure of delivering something that’s affordable for the average Guelphite as we kick off the City’s second annual day-long budget presentation. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 8 Meeting?

At every planning meeting, council hears about applications to change the zoning bylaw to allow for the construction of some new project somewhere in the city, and they’re usually looking for some kind of change to the regulations as well like a bigger yard or less parking. But who or what decides what can and can’t be done? That’s the comprehensive zoning bylaw, and this month’s planning meeting is literally all about it. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 8 Meeting?”