This Month at Council: MAT and PACE, Plus Short-term and Long-term Rentals

February is the shortest month of the year, but there were some very long meetings indeed as council tackled a number of very complex issues. From a new tax designed to help bolster tourism, to new licensing for AirBnB and other short-term rentals, to a new program to let the community help lead Guelph to net zero, there was a lot to cover policy-wise, and there were also a few planning decisions too. This was February at city council. Continue reading “This Month at Council: MAT and PACE, Plus Short-term and Long-term Rentals”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 28, 2022

It’s the last meeting on the last day of the month! You can click here and 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 February 28, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 28 Meetings?

After a week off for Family Day, council is going to come back strong for the last Monday of the month with back-to-back meetings. One meeting is dedicated solely to a rare matter of administration, but in the second meeting, look for council to potentially rip the lid off and tackle a couple of controversial issues, which might make good fodder for next year’s integrity commissioner’s report (hint). Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 28 Meetings?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for February 7, 2022

Money matters and the Smart Cities office are on the agenda this month. 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for February 7, 2022”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 7 Meeting?

February at city council kicks off with money matters. Committee of the Whole will finally get a chance to chew on the new Municipal Accommodation Tax, and they will also look at the possibility of licensing short-term rentals, and whether they will implement the PACE program that will help Guelph homes get more environmentally friendly. Also, how are things going with that Smart Cities money we won? Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 7 Meeting?”

CITY PAGES: Trailer Thoughts, Red Light Cameras, and No Book Sale

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put 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: Trailer Thoughts, Red Light Cameras, and No Book Sale”

Smart Cities Office Gets $5 Million Boost to Spread the Innovation

Innovation pays. At least that seems to be lesson from Friday morning’s announcement with Guelph’s Member of Parliament, the Mayor of Guelph, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Warden for Wellington County and the Smart Cities office. The Federal government opened its wallet this morning to give the Smart Cities office at additional $5 million to further their efforts to build a circular food economy and fund new sustainability initiatives. Continue reading “Smart Cities Office Gets $5 Million Boost to Spread the Innovation”

GUELPH POLITICAST #135 – On Development, Part I: “The Big Picture”

Is the rapid state of development making Guelph lose its character? This is a question more and more people have this election year as plans for bigger and bigger residential buildings keep coming to city council. Meanwhile, Clair-Maltby lies in wait in the south end for an official plan. So how do we know we’re developing right? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #135 – On Development, Part I: “The Big Picture””