Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

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Join us for the final leg of the journey as we finalize our plan for this new community in Guelph’s south end!

About the Project

The City is proposing a secondary plan that supports the development of a vibrant, urban Clair-Maltby community designed to respect the Natural Heritage System and the Paris-Galt Moraine, following the City’s environment-first approach. The secondary plan reflects the vision and directions we developed with the community over the past four years and establishes the land use policy framework and infrastructure plans to develop the southernmost lands within the City.

Virtual Public Open House – June 24 - August 8, 2021

On June 24, 2021, the City hosted a series of live public information sessions to inform residents and stakeholders about the proposed Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan policies, the Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and the Comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (CEIS). You can view the recording and presentation of each session using the links below.

Release of Documents

The proposed secondary plan is supported by technical work completed through the Comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (CEIS), the Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and the Energy and Other Utilities Study.

The draft secondary plan, MESP, CEIS and Energy and Other Utilities Study were released prior to the open house and can be found at guelph.ca/clair-maltby by clicking on ‘documents’. Links to the documents are also be available on this page under 'Document Library'.

How to Participate

View the virtual open house presentations and recordings, as well as supporting materials on this page between June 24 and August 8 to learn about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Use the 'Ideas Boards' below to provide your thoughts, ideas and comments on the project.

Virtual office hours

If you are interested in discussing details of the Clair-Maltby proposed plan that are not covered in the virtual public open house sessions, please reach out to us during our virtual office hours. Office hour dates and times are below and staff will be available for a virtual meeting with you at the links below:

  • June 28 from 9-10 a.m. Click here to join.
  • July 7 from 1-2 p.m. Click here to join.
  • July 13 from 10-11 a.m. Click here to join.
  • July 22 from 1-2 p.m. Click here to join.
  • July 28 from 3-4 p.m. Click here to join.

We can also be contacted at clair-maltby@guelph.ca to make arrangements for alternative meeting times.

Important Information:

The MESP, studying stormwater, water, waste water and mobility servicing to the Clair-Maltby area, has been undertaken in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule B projects as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015). The Class EA process to date has included public and agency consultation on the servicing alternatives. The purpose of the servicing sessions of this PIC will be to present the evaluation process and the preferred alternative.

Intent to collect information during virtual public open house

Feedback is being collected as part of stakeholder engagement and public input on the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan, as well as to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Registration is not required, but you will need to provide your name and email address to join the event. Your email address may be used to communicate with you about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and related matters (e.g. provide updates and notify you of other engagement opportunities).

Please note the event will be recorded, and the recording may be shared on the City’s website and social media channels. Any comments or questions submitted during the event may be published or shared and will be used to reflect overall feedback and help inform policy.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

If you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information, please contact the City’s Information and Access Coordinator by phone at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or email privacy@guelph.ca.


We want to hear from you!

We are looking for your comments and feedback on the proposed Secondary Plan, MESP and CEIS. You can contact us by telephone, e-mail, participate in the open office hours outlined above, or, comment on the Idea Boards below.

The Idea Boards below detail the main topics of the Secondary Plan, MESP and CEIS. You can review the board text and images and stick a virtual post-it note with your comments or images.

Join us for the final leg of the journey as we finalize our plan for this new community in Guelph’s south end!

About the Project

The City is proposing a secondary plan that supports the development of a vibrant, urban Clair-Maltby community designed to respect the Natural Heritage System and the Paris-Galt Moraine, following the City’s environment-first approach. The secondary plan reflects the vision and directions we developed with the community over the past four years and establishes the land use policy framework and infrastructure plans to develop the southernmost lands within the City.

Virtual Public Open House – June 24 - August 8, 2021

On June 24, 2021, the City hosted a series of live public information sessions to inform residents and stakeholders about the proposed Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan policies, the Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and the Comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (CEIS). You can view the recording and presentation of each session using the links below.

Release of Documents

The proposed secondary plan is supported by technical work completed through the Comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (CEIS), the Master Environmental Servicing Plan (MESP) and the Energy and Other Utilities Study.

The draft secondary plan, MESP, CEIS and Energy and Other Utilities Study were released prior to the open house and can be found at guelph.ca/clair-maltby by clicking on ‘documents’. Links to the documents are also be available on this page under 'Document Library'.

How to Participate

View the virtual open house presentations and recordings, as well as supporting materials on this page between June 24 and August 8 to learn about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Use the 'Ideas Boards' below to provide your thoughts, ideas and comments on the project.

Virtual office hours

If you are interested in discussing details of the Clair-Maltby proposed plan that are not covered in the virtual public open house sessions, please reach out to us during our virtual office hours. Office hour dates and times are below and staff will be available for a virtual meeting with you at the links below:

  • June 28 from 9-10 a.m. Click here to join.
  • July 7 from 1-2 p.m. Click here to join.
  • July 13 from 10-11 a.m. Click here to join.
  • July 22 from 1-2 p.m. Click here to join.
  • July 28 from 3-4 p.m. Click here to join.

We can also be contacted at clair-maltby@guelph.ca to make arrangements for alternative meeting times.

Important Information:

The MESP, studying stormwater, water, waste water and mobility servicing to the Clair-Maltby area, has been undertaken in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule B projects as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015). The Class EA process to date has included public and agency consultation on the servicing alternatives. The purpose of the servicing sessions of this PIC will be to present the evaluation process and the preferred alternative.

Intent to collect information during virtual public open house

Feedback is being collected as part of stakeholder engagement and public input on the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan, as well as to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Registration is not required, but you will need to provide your name and email address to join the event. Your email address may be used to communicate with you about the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and related matters (e.g. provide updates and notify you of other engagement opportunities).

Please note the event will be recorded, and the recording may be shared on the City’s website and social media channels. Any comments or questions submitted during the event may be published or shared and will be used to reflect overall feedback and help inform policy.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

If you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information, please contact the City’s Information and Access Coordinator by phone at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or email privacy@guelph.ca.


We want to hear from you!

We are looking for your comments and feedback on the proposed Secondary Plan, MESP and CEIS. You can contact us by telephone, e-mail, participate in the open office hours outlined above, or, comment on the Idea Boards below.

The Idea Boards below detail the main topics of the Secondary Plan, MESP and CEIS. You can review the board text and images and stick a virtual post-it note with your comments or images.

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    From the background servicing information in the June 24, 2021 PIC presentations, the level of servicing required for this unique part of the City involves substantial innovative mechanisms to protect the extensive environmental features of the area. In addition, there will be substantial on-going energy costs to the City to moving water/wastewater through pumping requirements, i.e., no longer a gravity feed system that the rest of the City has relied on for servicing since its inception. Will the fiscal impact study include the requirements for a separate DC fee for the substantial 'above city servicing standards' that this area will require? Will the fiscal impact study also include considerations of the detrimental impacts to the City's energy use footprint for the massive on-going pumping efforts to move water/wastewater through this part of the City?, i.e, how does the approval of this plan impact the City's achievement of its Community Energy Initiative goals for 2030 and 2050?

    prk asked 12 days ago

    The CMSP lands are higher in elevation than much of the rest of the City.  The City’s water distribution system is currently being expanded in the south side of Guelph through a new pressure zone (Zone 3) that will operate at elevations that are suitable for the CMSP Lands. Zone 3 is now live with pumping into the zone from Zone 1, however as demand increases in its service area, it will require storage to meet mandated operating requirements. As such, a new storage tank was studied in the MESP. The more energy efficient option (above-ground vs. below-ground) was selected as the preferred option. The Clair Road Booster Pumping Station (BPS) was constructed in 2012 to service new development areas consistent with the CMSP lands, as a part of Zone 3 development. In 2016, the City completed a Zone 3 implementation plan that studied energy savings if the hydraulic grade line was gradually raised as development progressed.  The BPS will pump into the new CMSP above-ground storage system from Zone 1, which will then feed the study area by gravity.

    Operations and maintenance costs for the water servicing alternatives are discussed in the MESP Section 3.1.4, and it is noted that energy costs for the BPS are included. These are carried forward into the Fiscal Impact Assessment.

    There are currently 7 sewage pump stations within the City to facilitate conveyance of wastewater into the gravity system. The two competing constraints in planning for wastewater servicing in CMSP are minimizing pumping (to conserve energy) and to minimize sewer depths (to minimize construction costs and impacts, and to prevent future maintenance access issues). The preferred wastewater servicing alternative for CMSP does include 3 new sewage pump stations.

    Operations and maintenance costs for the wastewater servicing alternatives are discussed in the MESP Section 3.1.5, and it is noted that energy costs for the pump stations are included. These are carried forward into the Fiscal Impact Assessment.

    One of the City’s corporate goals is to use 100% renewable energy by 2051. The Energy team at Guelph is working out the details on how that goal will be achieved. During detailed design of the pump stations and water infrastructure, the source of energy will be studied with the corporate goal in mind. 

    Within the Fiscal Impact Assessment, there may be a recommendation that an area-specific set of fees is established for the CMSP area due to its unique land use and needs. Upon release of that document, we’d be happy to answer further questions. 

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 5 Mobility: It is unclear on what basis the north-south collector road east of Gordon was removed from further analysis? (see slide 18). This decision works against a fine grained arterial-collector grid through this new planning area. A grid with another north-south collector road would build in additional transport flow contingency capacity when transportation on Gordon is disrupted, i.e., closed or reduced traffic flow due to repair work, accidents. "Putting all your traffic flow eggs into the Gordon Street corridor basket" doesn't make sense in consideration of your stated guiding principles of that overall area that is 'interconnected and interwoven'. Can you elaborate further why you are proposing a Hurontario Street-type arterial road on Gordon to handle both City through-traffic plus the traffic generated from the Clair-Maltby's 16000 new residents/1000 jobs?

    prk asked 12 days ago

    Regarding the north-south street east of Gordon: 

    The future mobility requirements are discussed in detail in the Master Environmental Servicing Plan in Section 3.4.3.3 under the sub-heading “Vehicle Traffic Assessment”.  

    The MESP looked at mobility and the transportation modelling undertaken indicates that a second north-south oriented street (with Gordon Street being the first north-south street) is required, and therefore essential, to connect to Clair Road to accommodate anticipated future traffic demands. The proposed north-south collector road west of Gordon Street fulfills this need. 

    The transportation modelling also concluded that a third north-south oriented street connecting to Clair Road, initially considered during the planning process, is not required to accommodate anticipated future traffic demands. Accordingly, the north-south collector road that was originally proposed east of Gordon Street was removed from the plan. This aligns with the “environment first” approach as the street alignment east of Gordon Street interacted with the Natural Heritage System at several locations.

    Regarding the Gordon Street cross section:

    The typical arterial cross section presented within the Secondary Plan includes a maximum of four travel lanes with turning lanes where required, cycle tracks, sidewalks, and other boulevard features. The travelled roadway includes capacity for transit vehicles. 

    The detailed design of Gordon Street will be addressed through a class Environmental Assessment when Gordon Street is scheduled for reconstruction. At that time, design alternatives for the road Right-of-Way will be explored in more detail. Please note that the Transportation Master Plan is a “macro-level” master plan Environmental Assessment that looks at the overall network, not street by street. It will recommend new “typical cross sections” for the street types to reflect the recommendations of the Plan. It will not provide detailed designs for each street corridor. In addition, typical cross-sections are being developed for arterial, collector and local roads within the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan area. These cross-sections and the cross-sections developed through the Transportation Master Plan have been developed collaboratively to ensure the two projects are generally aligned. The cross-sections inform but do not replace the detailed design process.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 5 Mobility: Does the secondary plan include a proposal to upgrade Maltby Road or is that being addressed through another study? Are upgrades to the Hanlon Crossing proposed?

    13 days ago

    Maltby Road was studied as part of the CMSP MESP. Upgrades are proposed to urbanize the road and increase access to active transportation infrastructure (sidewalks, cycle tracks). The limits of the study did not include crossing the Hanlon.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 5 Mobility: Will there be individual project Environmental Assessments for Gordon Street reconstruction and the proposed west collector road?

    13 days ago

    For reference, any road widening or new road that is anticipated to have a capital cost greater than 2.4M will be required to be studied as a Schedule C project under the Class EA Process. This means that alternative designs for the preferred solution will be explored and evaluated, and also further opportunities for engagement and consultation.  So yes, Gordon and the West Collector will be studied further.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 5 Mobility: Are these bus details about the electric busses the city is moving to moving ahead?

    13 days ago

    Moving forward the City is planning for electric buses.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 5 Mobility: Why are a large number of at-grade road crossings of the NHS being allowed in Clair Maltby when there are none in the rest of the City including the GID secondary plan?

    13 days ago

    The Master Environmental Servicing Plan looked at mobility and the transportation modelling undertaken indicates that a second north-south oriented street (with Gordon Street being the first north-south street) is required, and therefore essential, to connect to Clair Road to accommodate anticipated future traffic demands. The proposed north-south collector road west of Gordon Street fulfills this need.

    Where a proposed road crosses the Natural Heritage System it will be subject to the outcomes of an Environmental Impact Study and/or an Environmental Assessment that demonstrates:

    - No negative impacts to the natural heritage features;

    - a net ecological benefit; and,

    - the application of mitigation measures

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 4 Overview, Land Use and Parks: How many developers had input to the plan?

    13 days ago

    Land owners and developers, as stakeholders of the project, have had the opportunity to review materials and provide feedback and input into the plan.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 4 Overview, Land Use and Parks: Could you explain the Urban/Rural Transition area?

    13 days ago

    The Urban-Rural Transition Area is an overlay designation that is 60 metres in depth from the northerly side of the Maltby Road right-of-way and the westerly side of the Victoria Street right-of-way. There are more details in the draft secondary plan including that height in that area is limited to 3 storeys.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 4 Overview, Land Use and Parks: How does the higher density mixed use on the Designated CHL track?

    13 days ago

    The designated cultural heritage landscape has a proposed land use designation of 'Mixed Office/Commercial'.

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    A question from the June 24, 2021 virtual PIC Session 4 Overview, Land Use and Parks: How has the citizens committee, Heritage Guelph been consulted regarding Cultural Heritage Assets in the Clair-Maltby area?

    13 days ago

    The project has been presented to Heritage Guelph including when the Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment was being prepared and finalized.  That document can be found here: https://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/Cultural-Heritage-Resource-Assessment_June-2017.pdf