GUELPH POLITICAST #221 – Old Marcolongo’s Farm

The detailed Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan was going to be one of the biggest issues before city council this year, and it still might be, but in the almost literal centre of the debate is the Marcolongo Farm property. With council returning to some kind of regular order in the next few weeks, look for the planning of Clair-Maltby to pick-up again, and there is almost no one that has as much invested in that plan both personally and professionally than Mike Marcolongo. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #221 – Old Marcolongo’s Farm”

GUELPH POLITICAST #172 – The Clash Over Clair-Maltby

Clair-Maltby is hundreds of acres of mostly untouched greenspace in Guelph’s south end. For some, it represents millions of dollars in potential real estate profit, and for others, it represents a chance to develop in an environmentally responsible way that avoids the natural instinct to sprawl. These ideals clashed before City Council this past Monday. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #172 – The Clash Over Clair-Maltby”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 21, 2019

Getting more bang for our Development Charges buck is the topic of this rare third Monday 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 tonight’s council meeting, you can follow the meeting 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 January 21, 2019”

Moraine Tour Promotes Civic Engagement on Clair-Maltby

Several Guelphites concerned about the implications of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan boarded a school bus Sunday afternoon to get a better look at what they’re wanting to protect. Continue reading “Moraine Tour Promotes Civic Engagement on Clair-Maltby”

Public Invited to Open House to See the Baker District Plans (So Far…)

There’s a lot of big interested in the redevelopment of Baker Street, mostly because that’s where the big new main branch of the Guelph Public Library is going. Well, mark your calendars for a fortnight from now because the City, and its chosen developer, want to show you what they’ve done so far, and get your feedback. Continue reading “Public Invited to Open House to See the Baker District Plans (So Far…)”

GUELPH POLITICAST #135 – On Development, Part I: “The Big Picture”

Is the rapid state of development making Guelph lose its character? This is a question more and more people have this election year as plans for bigger and bigger residential buildings keep coming to city council. Meanwhile, Clair-Maltby lies in wait in the south end for an official plan. So how do we know we’re developing right? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #135 – On Development, Part I: “The Big Picture””

3 Things from the 75 Dublin Street Meeting

Tuesday’s meeting at City Council about the new old proposed development of 75 Dublin Street North left almost everyone involved with a sense of deja vu, but it also likely left observers with a few lingering questions. Let’s consider the big three… Continue reading “3 Things from the 75 Dublin Street Meeting”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 27, 2018

Delegates will fight again to persuade council to not build a five-storey development at 75 Dublin Street again. 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 tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 27, 2018”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 27 Meeting?

Remember in 2016 when a five-storey building was proposed at 75 Dublin Street, and the application was kind of rushed through to take advantage of a federal grant, and there was an outcry because the building was flush against Central Public School, and then staff said they could only build a four-storey building there, and then nothing happened? Well, back to square one (and we don’t mean the mall in Mississauga.) Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 27 Meeting?”

Lafarge Protestors Want Developers to be Good Neighbours

On Friday, several residents and activists teamed-up to stop work for the day at the Lafarge site in the city’s west end. After years of threatened development and negotiations, the land owners were taking the plunge and cutting down nearly 2,000 trees for a project to be named later, but it was was not to be on this day. Why? The neighbourhood wants the developer to be more neighbourly. Continue reading “Lafarge Protestors Want Developers to be Good Neighbours”