RECAP: Heritage Guelph Likes the OR Land Boundaries; Also Bill 23 Update

Heritage Guelph kicked off the new year with an update about a couple of key areas of concern: The Heritage Conservation District study of the Ontario Reformatory Lands, and an update about the post-Bill 23 workload for heritage staff. There was progress on both counts, especially with the HCD study which looks about ready to move on to the next phase, the phase where it comes to council! Continue reading “RECAP: Heritage Guelph Likes the OR Land Boundaries; Also Bill 23 Update”

MEETING PREVIEW: Heritage Guelph Meeting for January 23, 2023

With the new year, Heritage Guelph is now officially under the proverbial gun thanks to changes in Bill 23 and the ongoing efforts to preserve the Ontario Reformatory Lands in the east end. Both of these items will be front and centre at this month’s Heritage Guelph committee meeting as the people in charge of protecting Guelph’s old places face some new challenges. Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: Heritage Guelph Meeting for January 23, 2023”

This Week at Council: Heritage Designation Re-Debate and Goodbyes!

The day after Halloween offered at least one scare for anyone worried about heritage protection in Guelph. The last two meetings of the 2018-2022 term of council heard the objection of a heritage designation passed last summer in one, and then had one last moment of togetherness in the other. So let’s take a moment and recap how this very busy term of city council came to a close. Continue reading “This Week at Council: Heritage Designation Re-Debate and Goodbyes!”

LIVE BLOG: Special City Council Meeting for November 1, 2022

One more last bit of business before the official end of this term of council. 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: Special City Council Meeting for November 1, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the Special November 1 Meeting?

We’re back! Before the new council is sworn in in mid-November, we get two more council meetings to bookend your All Saints’ Day activities. For the morning, it’s a question of heritage: Will council re-commit to the decision they made in July about the demolition of a heritage home to make way for 18 new affordable units? The answer, and the circumstances, might surprise you. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the Special November 1 Meeting?”

Open House Coming Up for OR Lands Heritage District Study

The open space around the Old Guelph Reformatory, affectionately (and unofficially) known as the Old Refomatory lands, are an attractive area in the city that a lot of people would like to see protected. That’s why council passed an initiative last summer to study the area as a possible heritage district, and if you’ve been itching for your chance to offer your two cents, your time is finally here! Continue reading “Open House Coming Up for OR Lands Heritage District Study”

This Month at Council: Race to Zero, Hotel Redo, and Downtown Drama

The year at city council ended with what actually might be some of their most intense debates. In December, there was a pretty fiery discussion about accelerating the City’s response to climate change, a new debate about whether a governance review is needed for the downtown business improvement area, and there was even some time for a public meeting on a rezoning and a brand new heritage designation. Let’s recap this last month of 2021 at council. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Race to Zero, Hotel Redo, and Downtown Drama”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2021

It’s the last planning meeting of the year, and it should be a bit laid back. 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 December 13, 2021”

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?”

More Remains Found in Baker Street Lot Archaeological Investigation

Excavation work continues in the old Baker Street parking lot, so naturally, the City of Guelph has announced that they’ve found more remains. It was a little over a week ago that the City first announced that the had found remains, not for the first time, and most definitely not for the last time. Now, we will get updates on the matter every two weeks. Continue reading “More Remains Found in Baker Street Lot Archaeological Investigation”