Special City Council
Revised Meeting Agenda

Council Chambers
Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street

Changes to the original agenda are noted with an asterisk "*".

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*Scott Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer
*Jayne Holmes, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
*Krista Walkey, General Manager, Planning and Building Services
*Shanna O'Dwyer, Acting General Manager, Finance/City Treasurer 
*Jodie Sales, Acting General Manager, Strategic Communications and Community Engagement

*Lin Grist
*Tanya Gevaert
*Ron East, Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter
*David J. A. Douglas
*Susan Watson
*Elizabeth Snell
*Morgan Dandie
*Donna Jennison
*Susan Ratcliffe
*Scott Frederick
*Steven Petric
*Dominica McPherson, Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
*Shakiba Shayani, Guelph Chamber of Commerce

*Kevin Bowman
*Tanya Gevaert
*Jay Wilson
*Marina Kashevska-Gozdek
*Paul Kraehling
*Scott Frederick
*Susan Church

  • Recommendation:
    1. That staff be directed to use the key themes in the Analysis of Bill 109 (More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022) and Bill 23 (More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022) - 2022-349 report to respond to the various consultations related to Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022; and
    2. Whereas Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, significantly affects municipal financing, infrastructure planning and funding, climate change strategies and staffing levels without meaningful pre-consultation and has the potential for unintended impacts to municipalities; and
      Whereas the current timing for input on these substantial changes in legislation and regulation is not adequate for the municipal sector to provide fulsome, effective, and constructive feedback or to identify the unintended consequences and serious implications that may arise from these proposed changes.
      Therefore, be it resolved that Guelph City Council requests the Province of Ontario extend the comment period for all 30 and 31-day postings for feedback on potential legislative, regulatory, policy and other changes, to 66-day postings, to allow for robust and meaningful municipal consultation; and
    3. That in response to Bill 109, By-Law Number (2017)-20216, be amended in accordance with the Planning and Development Fees outlined in Attachment 1 as an interim step to protect Planning and Development Fee revenue until a full fee review can be completed; and
    4. That in response to Bill 109, Council directs staff to undertake a Planning and Development Fee review in 2023 with the intent of supporting full cost recovery; and
    5. That in response to Bill 109, and the urgency to get in place appropriate staffing to meet the shortened, mandated development application timelines, and the challenges experienced with recruiting contract/temporary resources to support this work, Council approves an investment of $1,010,000 for staffing and related costs, and consulting fees for a Planning and Development Fee study in 2023, funded as follows:
      1. $558,000 in one-time funding from the Tax Rate Operating Contingency reserve with the intention of full cost recovery for these positions through fees beginning in 2024; and
      2. $452,000 in tax levy impact, comprised of $274,000 (0.10%) in additional payments in lieu and taxes to be levied above what is included in the 2023 approved budget and $178,000 that is already included in the 2023 approved budget; and
    6. That the City of Guelph calls on the Government of Ontario to provide ongoing funding for costs associated with complying with Bill 109 that are not able to be recovered through Planning and Development fees.That in response to Bill 23, and recognizing that with the changes proposed by this legislation that the gap between the cost of growth infrastructure and capital growth revenue streams will increase, the City of Guelph calls on the Government of Ontario to fund the financial gap for municipalities; and
    7. That in response to Bill 23, and with no demonstratable evidence that the proposed legislative changes will result in lower housing prices, the City of Guelph calls on the Province of Ontario to review policies and penalties related to approved, unbuilt housing units targeting approved, unbuilt units where 18 months or more has passed since the issuance of building permits or approval of zoning amendments; and
    8. That a copy of this report, and all related public correspondence and feedback from Guelph residents, be forwarded to the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Provincial Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy, Mayor Drew Dilkens, Chair, Housing Supply Action Plan Implementation Team, Grand River Conservation Authority, Wellington County, MPP Mike Schreiner, the Honourable Ted Arnott, Speaker, MPP Wellington-Halton Hills, Colin Best, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), and Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM).

Resolution to adopt the By-laws. (Councillor Allt)

  • Recommendation:

    That By-laws numbered (2022) - 20752 through (2022) - 20754 are hereby passed

A by-law to establish a tariff of fees for the processing and approval of development applications pursuant to the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c P.13, as amended, and to repeal and replace By-law number (2017)-20216, as amended.

A by-law to confirm the proceedings of a meeting of Guelph City Council held November 15, 2022.

A by-law to confirm the proceedings of a meeting of Guelph City Council held November 22, 2022