This Month at Council: Official Plan, Zoning and Homelessness

July means the end of council business for the summer, but in this election year it also kind of means the end of business for the rest of this term. With the exception of a couple of meetings in September, and one in November, this is it for the current incarnation of council and what a way to leave things with a new Official Plan Amendment, a major benchmark in the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw review, and emergency motions about homelessness downtown. Here’s the recap! Continue reading “This Month at Council: Official Plan, Zoning and Homelessness”

LIVE BLOG: Special City Council Meeting for July 11, 2022

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the passage of the new Official Plan. 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 July 11, 2022”

RECAP: Ward 2 Councillors Hear Concerns About High Density Designation

It’s quite unusual to have a town hall meeting with ward councillors in the middle of summer and in the middle of an election year, but these are unusual times. In advance of a special meeting on Monday about the newest Official Plan Amendment, Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller, plus Ward 5 Councillor Leanne Caron, lead a virtual town hall about the high density zoning of 41-45 George Street. Here’s what happened…. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Councillors Hear Concerns About High Density Designation”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 11 Special Meeting?

In what’s going to be a very busy week at city council – the second-to-last week before summer break –  and we’re covering the very consequential matter of the latest review of the Official Plan and the final passage of the latest Official Plan Amendment. Have all the concerns and problems been answered? Is the plan “future ready” enough for council’s high standards? All questions will be answered in a special meeting of council. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 11 Special Meeting?”

This Month at Council: Pay Cheques, a New Tower, and an Official Plan Amendment

March closes like a lamb after a very busy month around the horseshoe. The real horseshoe. From the neverending debate over council compensation, to a very controversial new development project, to the latest iteration of the Official Plan, there’s a lot of ground to cover from last month’s four meetings. The recap of March at city council is below. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Pay Cheques, a New Tower, and an Official Plan Amendment”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 30, 2022

Behold! The statutory planning meeting for the next Official Plan Amendment. 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 March 30, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 30 Meeting?

If one planning meeting this month isn’t enough for you, get ready for number two. At a special Wednesday meeting of city council, the horseshoe will look at the completed update to the Official Plan. The culmination of months and months of staff work, research and public engagement will lay out the growth and development strategy for the city for the next five years. So what does it look like? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 30 Meeting?”

This Month at Council: Clair-Maltby, Townhouses, and an Emergency Demo

After a month off, Guelph’s city council got to work again around the virtual horseshoe and handled a lot of business, but September wasn’t as busy as some months this year. There wasn’t a lot of controversy either, but there was a lot of regular order type business taken care of including changes to payday loan businesses, a third-party trails agreement, some planning meetings, and a draft plan for Clair-Maltby. Here’s September at city council. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Clair-Maltby, Townhouses, and an Emergency Demo”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 22, 2021

We start to enter the final phase of the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan’s development. 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 September 22, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 22 Meeting?

A special meeting of city council, you say? Yes, and it will be another one of those highly consequential meetings that will look towards the future of Guelph, and since that Monday is Election Day, the meeting will be taking place on a Wednesday to give it that extra dose of specialness. At this meeting, development of Clair-Maltby takes another step forward to becoming a reality. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 22 Meeting?”