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 #212 – The Clash Over Clair-Maltby Part 2: All About Parks

Last week, the Committee of the Whole heard about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Open Spaces Systems Strategy, staff’s proposal for how parkland and open spaces will be mapped out in the development of Clair-Maltby. Just about anything Clair-Maltby related is controversial, especially the debate about parkland placement, so how did the members of city council navigate this minefield? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #212 – The Clash Over Clair-Maltby Part 2: All About Parks”

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”

Marcolongo Farm Gets to Be a Cultural Heritage Landscape After All

Of the many issues involving the Clair-Maltby Secondary Process, the quest to protect the Marcolongo farm is definitely one of them. The Marcolongo family has plans for their 106 acre property that dates back to the 1830s, and those plans took a step closer to coming to fruition now that challenges to its heritage designation have been removed. Continue reading “Marcolongo Farm Gets to Be a Cultural Heritage Landscape After All”

GUELPH POLITICAST #149 – The Moraine Discovery Tour

It was a cool, crisp, and sunny late-fall afternoon. It was the perfect weather to enjoy a little time outside, learning about the vast swath of land that the City of Guelph wants to develop for 25,000 new residents. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #149 – The Moraine Discovery Tour”

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”