Katie Nasswetter, Senior Development Planner, summarized the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit the existing motel building at 721 Woolwich Street to be converted into 32 supportive apartment units. She provided details on the site context, Official Plan designation, current and proposed zoning, and the requested specialized zoning regulations.
Andrea Sinclair, MHBC Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, spoke on behalf of the application and provided further details on the proposal. She provided a comparison of what is proposed by the subject application versus how the site has operated in the past. She also highlighted policies in the City's Official Plan regarding affordable housing that are relevant to the application.
Kate Nixon outlined her support for the project and she expressed concerns regarding the lack of suitable housing options in the community.
Bill Wootton, a resident who owns property across the street from the Parkview Motel, expressed opposition to the project based on the proposed location in a high-density residential area.
Jakki Jeffs, President, Catholic Women's League of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, expressed her support for the application.
Jeanette Browne, a resident of Marilyn Drive, provided her support for the application.
Clyde Bond, a resident of Marilyn Drive, expressed concerns that the proposed amendment does not fit the development plan that was previously approved by Council.
Eric Hafemann expressed concerns with the proposal being located in a residential area. He stated that the land could be better used for higher density apartment buildings.
Gail Hoekstra, Welcome In Drop In Centre, spoke on behalf of the application. She compared the current use of the property as an overflow shelter providing emergency housing versus the proposed use as permanent supportive housing.
Suzanne Swanton, Tim Welch Consulting Inc., and David McAuley, both from the project team for the application, responded to questions regarding site design and architecture.
Louise Callahan, a resident of Marilyn Drive, expressed concerns regarding the proposed amendment, including safety, mixed use zoning and location in a residential area.
Margo Davis expressed her approval of the project.
Ron McKitrick expressed concerns regarding the suitability of the proposed site as well as other homeless individuals who won't be housed within the proposed development.
The following registered delegates withdrew their delegation request:
Dominica McPherson, Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
Council recessed at 8:10 p.m. to allow time for delegations to call into the remote meeting to speak to the item. Council reconvened at 8:15 p.m.
Denese Renaud expressed that it's time to move forward with the project.
Tanya Gevaert expressed her concerns that if the proposed amendment is denied a ministerial zoning order may be imposed.