June 18 2022 Update from Cllr Goller

Good morning Neighbour,

I hope this update finds you well. On Monday June 13, Council was not able to have our scheduled Council Planning meeting due to technical difficulties. In this update I’m sharing the new dates for those agenda items, as well as a couple other engagement opportunities.

Before we get into these items. Id like to share a message from the Ontario Big City Mayors who are calling for the province to have an emergency joint meeting with municipalities to accelerate solutions to address chronic homelessness, mental health, safety, and addictions issues in our communities.

This is an urgent matter affecting communities across Ontario and needs a coordinated emergency response across our province. Please read and share this announcement:

In this update: 

1. New dates for rescheduled June 13 Council Planning Meeting including the Approval of the Official Plan Amendment for the Emma to Earl Bridge
2. Guelph’s Gotten Greener Between 2001 and 2019!
3. Join the Short-Term Rental Licensing Working Group
4. Let’s talk about City Planning on June 23 at 6:30pm

1. New dates for rescheduled June 13 Council Planning meeting
The Monday June 13 Council Planning meeting ran into technical difficulties – we were not able to broadcast audio from Council Chambers. The agenda items from that meeting have now been re-scheduled to four (4) separate Council meetings. These meetings will be held in-person in Council Chambers at Guelph City Hall and virtually at guelph.ca/live.
Monday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m.
-> 15 Forbes Avenue – Heritage Permit (HP22-0002) for Detached Additional Residential Dwelling and Detached Garage – 2022-214
-> Part Lot Control By-law Number (2022) – 20719
-> Part Lot Control By-law Number (2022) – 20727 

Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. – as part of the regular end-of month Council meeting
-> Decision Report 12 Poole Street Proposed Official Plan Amendment File OZS22-002 – 2022-207
-> Decision Report City Initiated Official Plan Amendment, Emma to Earl Pedestrian Bridge – 2022-198
-> Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 81 By-law Number (2022) – 20721 

Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. as part of the July Council Planning Meeting
-> Public Meeting for 785 Gordon Street Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments File OZS22-005 – 2022-170 

Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m.
-> Public Meeting for 1563-1576 Gordon Street – Zoning By-law Amendment (OZS22-006), 2022-192

If you have any questions or concerns about these items or the new meeting dates, please let me know.

2. Guelph’s Gotten Greener Between 2001 and 2019!

The National Observer, an online daily news publication that focuses on investigative reporting and news on energy, climate, politics and social issues has a new article based on this study:

The article speaks to the amount of Urban Greenness – so how ‘green’ or ‘gray’ our cities are.  Guelph has seen 11.6% of our area going green between 2001 and 2019.  I invite you to read the article here:

These results reflect our strong history of community advocacy for green initiatives that benefit the city and our open space system and Natural Heritage System.

3. Short-Term Rental Licensing Working Group

This is your invitation to join a working group to help develop licencing requirements for short-term rentals in Guelph. 

Applications due July 3

The Working Group will meet this summer between July and September to provide insight into the benefits and impacts of licensing unregulated short-term rental properties – like AirBnB rentals – in Guelph. 

The City is looking for a mix of Guelph-based volunteers who:own or rent their residence own a hotel, bed and breakfast or inn operate short-term rentals through Airbnb, Vrbo or other platforms run tourism-related businesses like restaurants and entertainment venues; andwork with community agencies such as Guelph Chamber of Commerce or Downtown Guelph Business Association.Apply by filling out the short-term rental working group application at haveyoursay.guelph.ca/short-term-rentals

This is an important topic, as short-term rentals can be an important additional income for Guelph residents but they can also take away from our long-term rental housing stock.

We need to make sure that our new licensing policies strike a balance between ensuring that short-term rentals are not disruptive to neighbourhoods, that they don’t significantly impact the availability of rental housing, and that they allow Guelph residents to continue to participate in the short-term rental economy. 

If this interests you, I encourage you to apply for this working group.  

4. Let’s talk about City Planning on June 23 at 6:30pm

You’re invited to attend a presentation by Brent Toderian, an internationally renowned city planner, for a conversation about our growing city and what it means to grow in more innovative and sustainable ways.
Planning for Guelph: In conversation with Brent Toderian takes place virtually on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Join the conversation at bit.ly/GuelphPlanningConversation
Brent will share planning insights from his wealth of knowledge and experience in smart, sustainable planning and design. He will also touch on several of the City’s long-term plans for managing growth, including the Urban Forest Policy, the Transportation Master Plan and the proposed Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw. After his presentation, attendees can ask questions. The event will be recorded, live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel, and posted online after the event.
This event is timely; the City is currently updating our strategy for growth, including our zoning bylaw, to comply with the Ontario government’s plan for managing growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

That’s it for today’s update. I hope you and yours are safe and enjoying a great weekend.

Kind regards,

Rodrigo Goller 
City Councillor, Ward 2
City of Guelph
[email protected]
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