This Month at Council: Budget Deficit Turned Surplus and Clair-Maltby Complete

It was a busy May at city council as the horseshoe handled several complex files. Money matters were big as the completed books for the 2021 fiscal year came back for council’s information. How did staff turn a deficit into surplus? Find out! And speaking of new discoveries, the final version of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan came to council for approval, and approve it they did. Let’s recap the fifth month of the year at City Hall! Continue reading “This Month at Council: Budget Deficit Turned Surplus and Clair-Maltby Complete”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 16, 2022

Decisions about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan will be made. 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 May 16, 2022”

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

A special meeting for a very special topic. You’ve probably heard about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan, you may have even taken part one of the numerous planning meetings on the subject over the last seven years, or maybe you just have a thought about growth or protecting the environment. Whatever your thoughts and concerns about Clair-Maltby, you’re going to want to take your last chance to share them on May 16. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 16 Meeting?”

Schreiner Joins Halton Councillors to Call for an End to Sprawl

There’s been a lot of discussion in the last few weeks about getting more housing developed across Ontario to deal with the rapid increase of housing prices. The fight to get more housing has also created a reciprocal concern about creating more sprawl, which is something that the environmentally-minded population doesn’t want to see. Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner doesn’t want to see it either, and he’s recruiting help from Halton Region. Continue reading “Schreiner Joins Halton Councillors to Call for an End to Sprawl”

City and Developer Reach a Potential Deal on 75 Dublin Appeal

An odyssey now nearly five years long, the file on a proposed residential building for seniors took a step closer to being closed during a case management conference at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) this morning. A settlement between the City of Guelph and the developer, Rykur Holdings, will end one part of the appeal, and now all parties will see if they can resolve the other part. Continue reading “City and Developer Reach a Potential Deal on 75 Dublin Appeal”

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…)”