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: 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 14, 2022

This month, council will settle some planning matters. 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 February 14, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 14 Meeting?

This month’s planning meeting at city council contains a lot of good news if you’re a developer or property owner that’s been waiting a while to get going on a project. There are three decision reports in February planning matters, plus one statutory meetings for, of all things, a new car wash in the west end. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 14 Meeting?”

This Month at Council: Race to Zero, Hotel Redo, and Downtown Drama

The year at city council ended with what actually might be some of their most intense debates. In December, there was a pretty fiery discussion about accelerating the City’s response to climate change, a new debate about whether a governance review is needed for the downtown business improvement area, and there was even some time for a public meeting on a rezoning and a brand new heritage designation. Let’s recap this last month of 2021 at council. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Race to Zero, Hotel Redo, and Downtown Drama”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 13, 2021

It’s the last planning meeting of the year, and it should be a bit laid back. 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 December 13, 2021”

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

The last planning meeting of the year offers a veritable potpourri of planning matter for council consideration. There are a couple of decision reports ready for ratification, a new request to designate a heritage property, and a brand new statutory meeting on a transformative project in the south end. All that, plus council will deal with a referral from an earlier meeting. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 13 Meeting?”

This Month at Council Part 1: Trees, Signs, and More Transitional Housing

Guelph City Council tackled a very busy agenda before the summer break. The Committee of the Whole meeting was a marathon affair with topics about trees, the new sign bylaw, and speed limits. Then, at the planning meeting, a decision was reached about a new supportive housing project while there were a lot of questions about the latest Metalworks addition. Here’s the first part of this month’s recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 1: Trees, Signs, and More Transitional Housing”