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”

This Month at Council PART 1: Emergency Meetings, and Demolition Fallout

This October recap of the events of city council actually started in September. Unexpectedly, an emergency meeting was called on September 30 to talk about events that occurred at the September 27 regular council meeting. Maybe you heard about it. The events of those meetings cast a shadow over a lot of council business for the rest of the month, and that includes the Committee of the Whole and planning meetings covered here. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 1: Emergency Meetings, and Demolition Fallout”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 12, 2021

Tonight, there will be a couple of what should be quick decisions, plus awards! 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 12, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 12 Meeting?

The October planning meeting will feature an autumn chill. There’s not a lot of action, perhaps appropriate given the post-holiday timing of this month’s meeting, but there are a couple of interesting items on the consent agenda, and there will also be an awards show. (Sort of.) Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 12 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 13, 2021

Get ready to talk townhouses! 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 13, 2021”

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

Lucky September 13th brings this month’s planning meeting of city council. On the agenda is one decision, one bylaw adjustment, and three public meetings for new bylaw amendment applications. Strap in for what might a long night around the virtual horseshoe as the main topic of conversation will be townhouses of every type and design in three different parts of town. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 13 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 18, 2021

Council is having a workshop to educate itself on planning matters and procedure. You can click here for the 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 18, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 18 Meeting?

Normally, the second Tuesday of the month is reserved for the monthly planning meeting of city council, but this month, the second Tuesday will feature a workshop that should hopefully help council make better planning decisions. This week, council will hear about the planning processes and the potential impacts in a couple of key areas that frequently come up in the course of planning meetings. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 18 Meeting?”

This Month at Council: Troubles on Gordon, Social Housing Debate, and Mostly the Budget

November was a busy month at city council with some very long debates about housing and the 2020 budget. From harm reduction housing to the allocation of five new buses to the passage of the 2020 Capital Budget, let’s look back at the very long month in the council chambers. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Troubles on Gordon, Social Housing Debate, and Mostly the Budget”