The York Road/Elizabeth Street Land Use Study

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The City has initiated a land use study and urban design concept plan for the area generally bound by York Road, the CN rail line and Stevenson Street in Guelph. The land use study will consider:

  • land use along York Road, Victoria Road and Stevenson Street
  • appropriate land uses along the rail corridor
  • identifying redevelopment and intensification opportunities
  • determining the suitable amount of employment lands in the study area
  • examining the mixed business and service commercial land use designations
  • transition between residential and non-residential uses
  • identification of cultural heritage resources

The study is intended to develop a coordinated approach for the future of this area and will inform Guelph’s Official Plan update.

The draft land use study is now available for review and comment.

Learn more by reading a background report and presentation that describes the history and existing conditions of the area.


How to provide your feedback:

Online survey - Complete the survey on this page until February 25

Virtual public open house - Join us for a virtual open house on February 18 from 7-8 p.m. to learn more about the draft land use study and ask the project team questions.

To participate in the event, join the WebEx meeting. The password to gain access is York_Elizabeth.

Presentation to City Council - Staff will present the draft York Road/Elizabeth Street land use study to Council on Monday March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

This is a remote City Council meeting that can be watched online at guelph.ca/live.

The staff report will be available February 26, 2021 after 12 p.m. online at guelph.ca/agendas by selecting the March 8 date.

Virtual discussion for businesses - If you have a business within the study area, we want your business’s feedback on the draft land use study. We are hosting a session on February 23 at 10:30 a.m. for you to learn more about the draft land use study and ask the project team questions.

Please RSVP by February 18 to stacey.laughlin@guelph.ca in order to join us for this virtual discussion.



The City has initiated a land use study and urban design concept plan for the area generally bound by York Road, the CN rail line and Stevenson Street in Guelph. The land use study will consider:

  • land use along York Road, Victoria Road and Stevenson Street
  • appropriate land uses along the rail corridor
  • identifying redevelopment and intensification opportunities
  • determining the suitable amount of employment lands in the study area
  • examining the mixed business and service commercial land use designations
  • transition between residential and non-residential uses
  • identification of cultural heritage resources

The study is intended to develop a coordinated approach for the future of this area and will inform Guelph’s Official Plan update.

The draft land use study is now available for review and comment.

Learn more by reading a background report and presentation that describes the history and existing conditions of the area.


How to provide your feedback:

Online survey - Complete the survey on this page until February 25

Virtual public open house - Join us for a virtual open house on February 18 from 7-8 p.m. to learn more about the draft land use study and ask the project team questions.

To participate in the event, join the WebEx meeting. The password to gain access is York_Elizabeth.

Presentation to City Council - Staff will present the draft York Road/Elizabeth Street land use study to Council on Monday March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

This is a remote City Council meeting that can be watched online at guelph.ca/live.

The staff report will be available February 26, 2021 after 12 p.m. online at guelph.ca/agendas by selecting the March 8 date.

Virtual discussion for businesses - If you have a business within the study area, we want your business’s feedback on the draft land use study. We are hosting a session on February 23 at 10:30 a.m. for you to learn more about the draft land use study and ask the project team questions.

Please RSVP by February 18 to stacey.laughlin@guelph.ca in order to join us for this virtual discussion.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City prepared a draft land use study for the York Road/ Elizabeth Street neighbourhood and we need your feedback. Land use refers to the purpose the land serves, for example, residential, commercial, recreational or industrial. Read the draft Land Use Study.

    The study area is generally bound by York Road, the Metrolinx (CN) rail line and Stevenson Street. The land includes the York Road intensification corridor, which is planned to achieve increased densities, mixed-use and community services. 

    The majority of the area is designated as industrial land, service commercial and mixed business lands with a variety of uses including manufacturing, used car dealerships, restaurants, residential, auto repair and scrap yards. 

    The study is intended to provide a coordinated approach for the future of this area and will inform Guelph’s Official Plan update. A background report for the area also describes the history and existing conditions of the area.

    We want to hear from you about:

    • Your reactions to the draft land use study, and
    • Your suggestions for changes to the draft land use study.

    To recognize the diverse nature of this area, it has been divided into four distinct sub-areas with corresponding questions for each. We welcome feedback on all the sub-areas or just the sub-area that you are interested in.

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