Shaping Guelph: Guelph’s growth management strategy

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Guelph needs to plan to meet provincial growth forecasts for a population of 203,000 and 116,000 jobs by the year 2051. How we meet those forecasts is up to us. Growth doesn’t mean putting high-rise apartment buildings in every neighbourhood; thoughtful planning will identify the right growth for all areas of the city so that Guelph can attract new residents, businesses and services that add to our community. Planning how and where we grow helps us create a people-oriented city full of essential amenities, walkable neighbourhoods, thriving community hubs and an interconnected transportation network. We need your help to ensure that we develop a Guelph-made approach to accommodate this growth.

Guelph needs to plan to meet provincial growth forecasts for a population of 203,000 and 116,000 jobs by the year 2051. How we meet those forecasts is up to us. Growth doesn’t mean putting high-rise apartment buildings in every neighbourhood; thoughtful planning will identify the right growth for all areas of the city so that Guelph can attract new residents, businesses and services that add to our community. Planning how and where we grow helps us create a people-oriented city full of essential amenities, walkable neighbourhoods, thriving community hubs and an interconnected transportation network. We need your help to ensure that we develop a Guelph-made approach to accommodate this growth.

  • Developing growth scenarios survey now LIVE!

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    26 Nov 2020

    There are different ways Guelph can adapt to reach the 2051 population and employment growth targets that the Province has set for our community. Join us for a virtual town hall TONIGHT from 7-8 p.m. to learn about one way our community could grow. You can join the town hall through the virtual WebEx event or watch it live on guelph.ca/live or the City of Guelph’s Facebook page. Ask questions, share reactions and suggest other ways we could grow during this live event.

    Complete the survey! Share your reactions to growth scenario 1 and provide input into other growth scenarios that we should explore. Hard copies are available by calling 519-837-5616.

    Your input will help us develop a made-in-Guelph growth strategy that will guide and manage our growing city for the next 30 years.

  • Shaping Guelph - developing growth scenarios

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    19 Nov 2020

    Earlier this year we heard your thoughts about where and how to add new housing throughout our city. Now it’s time to start a conversation about how we grow.

    There are different ways Guelph can adapt to reach the 2051 population and employment growth targets that the Province has set for our community. Join us for a virtual town hall on Thursday, November 26, 7-8 p.m. to learn about one way our community could grow.

    You can join the town hall through the virtual WebEx event or watch it live on guelph.ca/live or the City of Guelph’s Facebook page. Ask questions, share reactions and suggest other ways we could grow during this live event.

    Learn more about how Guelph might grow and complete the online survey between November 26 and December 18. Hard copies of the survey will be available on November 26 by calling 519-837-5616.

    Your input will help us develop a made-in-Guelph growth strategy that will guide and manage our growing city for the next 30 years.

    Why does Guelph need to grow and develop?

    Guelph must plan for population of 203,000 and 116,000 jobs by 2051 to meet provincial Growth Plan targets. This work is part of Shaping Guelph—Growth Management Strategy and supports our Official Plan review. In June 2020, City Council endorsed a draft vision and principles for growth based on community input to help guide this project.

    This work aligns with the Sustaining our future priority in the City’s Strategic Plan by supporting population and economic growth for future generations. This work also supports the Community Plan by preserving our “Guelphiness” as our city continues to grow.