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Throughout June and July, the Township of Guelph/Eramosa (Township), County of Wellington (County) and City of Guelph (City) will be presenting their respective municipal Councils with a proposed annexation agreement and the City’s request for a Minister’s Zoning Order related to the Dolime Quarry site.

The plan that Council approved in March 2020 included moving Guelph's boundary to include the quarry lands and building a new, mixed-use residential neighbourhood. The agreement and zoning order are the first steps in moving the City’s community-supported solution for the quarry revitalization and protection of Guelph’s drinking water ahead.

The proposed annexation agreement would bring the quarry lands into the City’s municipal boundary. The quarry is currently part of Guelph/Eramosa Township but surrounded on three sides by the City’s urban boundary.

Councils will also consider the City’s request to the province for a Minister’s Zoning Order to establish the principle of residential use on the property. Principle use means that residential development would be allowed, but further planning processes are still needed to determine what that development looks like. Our request for a Minister’s Zoning Order does not include site plan approvals.

Next steps and future opportunities to engage

Pending approval of the annexation agreement and support for a Minister’s Zoning Order by Township, County and City Councils, and subsequent Provincial approval, the City and quarry owner will move forward on detailed planning for the residential development.

Residential development planning will follow the City’s standard planning processes, ensuring more opportunities for the community to engage throughout the process.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the proposed boundary and zoning changes you can ask them below or email us anytime at ocow@guelph.ca.

For more information check out Our Community, Our Water on the City's website.


Throughout June and July, the Township of Guelph/Eramosa (Township), County of Wellington (County) and City of Guelph (City) will be presenting their respective municipal Councils with a proposed annexation agreement and the City’s request for a Minister’s Zoning Order related to the Dolime Quarry site.

The plan that Council approved in March 2020 included moving Guelph's boundary to include the quarry lands and building a new, mixed-use residential neighbourhood. The agreement and zoning order are the first steps in moving the City’s community-supported solution for the quarry revitalization and protection of Guelph’s drinking water ahead.

The proposed annexation agreement would bring the quarry lands into the City’s municipal boundary. The quarry is currently part of Guelph/Eramosa Township but surrounded on three sides by the City’s urban boundary.

Councils will also consider the City’s request to the province for a Minister’s Zoning Order to establish the principle of residential use on the property. Principle use means that residential development would be allowed, but further planning processes are still needed to determine what that development looks like. Our request for a Minister’s Zoning Order does not include site plan approvals.

Next steps and future opportunities to engage

Pending approval of the annexation agreement and support for a Minister’s Zoning Order by Township, County and City Councils, and subsequent Provincial approval, the City and quarry owner will move forward on detailed planning for the residential development.

Residential development planning will follow the City’s standard planning processes, ensuring more opportunities for the community to engage throughout the process.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the proposed boundary and zoning changes you can ask them below or email us anytime at ocow@guelph.ca.

For more information check out Our Community, Our Water on the City's website.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Read more about the project at guelph.ca, and if you still have questions, post them here for an answer.





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    Why aren't you doing engagement for the MZO?

    Ellie asked 4 months ago

    While there’s no formal engagement process for our request for a Minister’s Zoning Order, the extensive engagement we did in 2019 showed solid community support for the proposed plan which included a mixed-use residential neighbourhood being built on the quarry lands. 

    The request for this zoning change is an initiating step and doesn't include site plan approvals. Further planning is still needed to determine what the residential development looks like including environmental limits, housing density, and where things like roads and parks are. 

    These are things our community will be able to provide input on as planning moves ahead.

    We’ve let our community know about our plans to request a Minister’s Zoning Order so you can ask questions about this step or delegate to Council on the matter on July 5.