Katie Nasswetter, Senior Development Planner, advised that the applicant submitted applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments to permit the development of a twenty-five storey mixed use building containing retail and office space together with 180 apartment units. She also outlined the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments that are being requested through the application.
Hugh Handy, representing GSP Group and speaking on behalf of the owner, provided an overview of the application, including a summary of the mixed use development, transportation, parking, conserved heritage attributes, proposed design and energy initiatives. He summarized current and proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law designations and provided comments on the Downtown Secondary Plan.
Greg Jones, a representative of SkyDevco Inc., provided a summary of the applicant's background. He provided details regarding affordable rental units, transportation, employment and preservation of adjacent heritage properties.
Tanya Gevaert, an area resident, expressed concerns regarding parkland, height and requested Zoning By-Law amendments. She expressed support of increased affordable housing in the downtown.
Marty Williams, spoke on behalf of the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA). He summarized the DBGA's support of the proposed application relating to additional rental housing, parking, public transportation, the proposed mixed use of commercial and residential and supported an increase in employment.
Jane Londerville, a resident, expressed support of increasing rental supply in the downtown core and concerns regarding the size the proposal.
Norman Harrison, a resident and a retired planner for the City of Guelph, provided a summary the 1975 City of Guelph Height Restriction By-Law. He expressed concerns regarding the size and height of the proposal.
Stuart Wren and Marie Case, expressed concerns regarding height and grandness and supported maintaining height restrictions set out in the Downtown Secondary Plan. Marie expressed support for a smaller proposal in keeping with the requirements of the Downtown Secondary Plan.
Scott Frederick, an area resident, expressed concerns regarding size, height and increased traffic.
Bob Drizs, expressed concerns regarding the use of terminology affordability and heritage development and was concerned that downtown development be based on height restrictions.
Kate Nixon expressed concerns regarding environmental impacts, congestion and pollution.
Morgan Dand-Hannah, expressed concerns regarding heritage, water supply, Zoning By-Law amendments, changes to the look and feel of the downtown area and construction impacts on the neighbourhood.
Paul Barson, an area resident, expressed concerns regarding maintaining compliance with the Downtown Secondary Plan. He questioned the necessity of the proposal, affordable housing for families, increased traffic and impacts on downtown roads.
George Ivanoff expressed concerns relating to the height of the proposal.