This Month at Council: Parks, Solid Waste, and Community Benefit Charges

It was a very consequential month at Guelph City Council, especially if you’re a fan of parkland and infrastructure. Bookended by intense debates around the demand for more park space, new bans on a variety of single-use plastics, and the delegation of authority to staff when planned capital go way over budget, the month also dealt with a heritage appeal, a new big density development and the new Community Benefit Charges. Here’s the recap for April. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Parks, Solid Waste, and Community Benefit Charges”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 13, 2022

It’s parklands and growth on the agenda for this special Wednesday 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 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 April 13, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 13 Meeting?

This is definitely going to be a meeting that gets a lot of attention from our park-happy public. In a special meeting of city council, the horseshoe will look at changes to the Parkland Dedication Bylaw and the new Community Benefit Charge, which means we’re talking about parks and growth. Get ready for another long night! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 13 Meeting?”

This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama

For a time, the second half of the month at council was more dry and wonkish with special meetings and workshops about dry subject matter like Development Charges and the multi-year budget. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view), council made up for some of the lost drama at the month’s regular council meeting, where they revisited the internal misunderstandings that stared the month. Here’s the second part of the recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 20, 2021

Finally, a council meeting dedicated to changes to Development Charges! 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 October 20, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 20 Meeting?

Money matters will pre-occupy in the third week of October, and in the second of two city council meetings that week, members of the public will be asked for their point of view about updates to the Development Changes Bylaw. If you’re unaware, DCs are the money collected from developers that go on to fund a large portion of our infrastructure, and they do sometimes need an update. What are those updates? Read on! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 20 Meeting?”

CITY PAGES: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 3 Meeting?

February’s Committee of the Whole meeting brings Corporate and Public Services matters to council, including changes to development charges, debt management policy, and, in more controversial affairs, the implementation of the leash free bylaw. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 3 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #159 – Guelph Stuff (Parkland, DCs, Transit and Students)

Contentious meetings about development charges and parkland, demands for improved transit, a fight between students and the provincial government about post-secondary funding. Discussions about issues this contentious demands a couple of straight shooters respected on all sides. It’s time for another “Guelph Stuff!” Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #159 – Guelph Stuff (Parkland, DCs, Transit and Students)”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 28, 2019

Parkland and planning will make for a very long meeting tonight! 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 January 28, 2019”