OLT Approves 361 Whitelaw Development Despite Council’s Objection

Buried once by a proposal for a 21-storey tower downtown, and then buried again by the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a proposed development for 361 Whitelaw Road is back on the front page, and the Ontario Land Tribunal has said it can go ahead. Nearly two years after council had put the kibosh on the proposed zoning bylaw amendment, the OLT has raised the planning dead for nearly 700 new units in the west end. Continue reading “OLT Approves 361 Whitelaw Development Despite Council’s Objection”

Hidden Quarry Gets Approval from LPAT After Long Legal Fight

The Local Planning and Appeals Tribunal’s (LPAT) has given the go ahead for James Dick Construction Ltd. (JDCL) to proceed with the the extraction of stone and gravel at a 39-hectare property just south of Rockwood. Eight years after it first came up in the public consciousness, the so-called “Hidden Quarry” has the greenlight to open for business. Continue reading “Hidden Quarry Gets Approval from LPAT After Long Legal Fight”

Staff Report Warns Trouble Ahead With Provincial Changes

In late breaking council agenda news, staff will lay out the recent changes to Provincial legislation what effect they will have on the City of Guelph. Long story short, it’s not good, and it’s still not exactly clear what the total effect will be. Continue reading “Staff Report Warns Trouble Ahead With Provincial Changes”


The Government of Ontario has recessed for the summer, but not before they passed the More Homes, More Choices Act, or Bill 108. You’ve probably heard a lot about Bill 108, or at least enough to know that it’s not as benign as the name of it implies. Yes, there will be some serious consequences from its passage, so let’s take a moment to figure out what they are. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #174 – Bill 108”