City Council approved an update to the downtown zoning regulations at their latest meeting, which will see fewer zone changes for development proposals and coincide with the City’s Downtown Secondary Plan.
That plan was created in 2012 to encourage development in the downtown core and build a distinct urban center that would protect Guelph’s Heritage while enhancing pedestrian and cyclist experience.
The zoning regulation changes see the City maintaining their minimum bicycle parking spaces, along with created high quality pedestrian-oriented “key streets” like Wyndham, Quebec and Carden. The changes also look at the shape of new buildings, along with their heights to respect adjacent buildings and pedestrians.
The appeal period for the new bylaw, as per the Planning Act, will begin once required notice of Council’s decision has been provided.