This Month at Council: Parks, Solid Waste, and Community Benefit Charges

It was a very consequential month at Guelph City Council, especially if you’re a fan of parkland and infrastructure. Bookended by intense debates around the demand for more park space, new bans on a variety of single-use plastics, and the delegation of authority to staff when planned capital go way over budget, the month also dealt with a heritage appeal, a new big density development and the new Community Benefit Charges. Here’s the recap for April. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Parks, Solid Waste, and Community Benefit Charges”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 13, 2022

It’s parklands and growth on the agenda for this special Wednesday meeting! You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 13, 2022”

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

This is definitely going to be a meeting that gets a lot of attention from our park-happy public. In a special meeting of city council, the horseshoe will look at changes to the Parkland Dedication Bylaw and the new Community Benefit Charge, which means we’re talking about parks and growth. Get ready for another long night! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 13 Meeting?”

This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama

For a time, the second half of the month at council was more dry and wonkish with special meetings and workshops about dry subject matter like Development Charges and the multi-year budget. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view), council made up for some of the lost drama at the month’s regular council meeting, where they revisited the internal misunderstandings that stared the month. Here’s the second part of the recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 20, 2021

Finally, a council meeting dedicated to changes to Development Charges! You can click here for the amended agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 20, 2021”

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

Money matters will pre-occupy in the third week of October, and in the second of two city council meetings that week, members of the public will be asked for their point of view about updates to the Development Changes Bylaw. If you’re unaware, DCs are the money collected from developers that go on to fund a large portion of our infrastructure, and they do sometimes need an update. What are those updates? Read on! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 20 Meeting?”

10 Questions About Guelph Politics in 2020?

We sure covered a lot of news in 2019, but 2020 is an all-new year with all new challenges and opportunities. Although the future is uncertain, and we’re technically not in the prediction business, we can make some educated guesses about what stories might make the Top 10 in the coming year, and here are some possible suggestions… Continue reading “10 Questions About Guelph Politics in 2020?”