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April 2, 2021 Update from Councillor Rodrigo Goller
Hello Neighbour,

I hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy. In this update I'm covering a number of important issues for Ward 2 happening this month... but before we get there, I wanted start with a quick update on the City's response to the provincewide 'emergency break' that starts this weekend.

I know you’re all tired of this. I am tired of this. While we’re making progress getting older adults vaccinated, health officials tell us COVID-19 variants are spreading faster and making people sicker than the virus we were fighting last year. The variants appear to be taking hold among younger people, essential workers, people who can’t work at home and their kids. 

I wish I had something new to say. I wish I could suggest some OTHER thing we could do to fight this virus. The fact is, we know what to do, and we have to keep doing it until we’re all fully vaccinated this fall.
  • Avoid close contact with people you don’t live with.
  • Wear a mask anywhere you’re not alone – inside or outside.
  • Keep your hands clean.
I encourage you to register for your vaccinations as soon as you are able to. Get accurate reliable information about the virus and vaccines at wdgpublichealth.ca.

City of Guelph Response - As we go into this provincewide emergency brake, the City will be closing all recreation facilities and programming, including the Guelph Museum and Public Libraries. However, starting Saturday April 3rd, our Public Library system is moving to curbside pickup-only. Parks and trails will remain open, so I look forward to seeing people out and about, enjoying the beautiful weather that's surely coming this month.  

For more information on the provincewide emergency break, click here. For the news release on the City's response to this emergency break, click here.
Ward 2 and City Council Updates for April:
  1. Speedvale Avenue Reconstruction Update 
  2. Permanent Supportive Housing Updates
    • 721 Woolwich Street -  April 12 Council Planning Meeting @ 6:30pm
    • Wellington County wants to buy 65 Delhi Street
    • 85 and 89 Willow Road Proposal - March 8 
  3. Traffic Calming Measures Update - April 6 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 1:30pm
  4. Proposed Parking Regulations - April 14 Council Workshop @ 6pm
  5. Systemic Racism: Local Data and Municipal Leadership - April 19 Council Workshop 
  6. Shaping Guelph – Growth Scenarios Workshop - April 21 Council Workshop
  7. Service Rationalization Review Update
1) Speedvale Avenue Reconstruction Update 

You can check out the Virtual Open House for the Speedvale Avenue reconstruction project and see the proposed road and sidewalk designs by clicking here. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, you can reach out directly to the project lead, Ike Umar at 519-822-1260 extension 2242 or ike.umar@guelph.ca

Phase 1 of the project is to widen the road and replace the underground infrastructure between Glenwood Ave and Marlborough Rd. This work will begin this June (2021) and should last about 7 months. Phase 1 will be done in a staged approach, so two lanes of traffic remain open throughout this first phase of the project.

Phase 2 is the bridge replacement, which is scheduled to start in June (2022), and will take another 7 months to complete. During this time traffic will be diverted to Eramosa and Metcalf.

Check out this short presentation for more information on the project.
2) Permanent Supportive Housing Updates

2a) 721 Woolwich Street -  April 12 Council Planning Meeting @ 6:30pm

At this month's Council Planning Meeting staff will bring a recommendation for Council to approve the request to permit the existing Parkview motel building to be converted into 32 permanent supportive housing units. Click here to access the staff report under item 4.3 in the agenda.

If you would like to speak at this Council Planning meeting, please register by Friday April 9th at 10am by sending an email to clerks@guelph.ca 

2b) Wellington County wants to buy 65 Delhi Street

Last week the City announced that Wellington County is looking to purchase 65 Delhi Street to build permanent housing at that location. Here's the news release. If the change of zoning goes through for this location, the County would be moving their transitional housing pilot out of the Loyola House and into 65 Delhi Street. 

2c) 85 and 89 Willow Road Proposal - March 8 

Last month Council received an application for another Permanent Supportive Housing project. The address of the property is 85 and 89 Willow Road, but once finished, the permanent supportive housing building would front on to Shelldale Crescent. Here's a link to the staff report and the minutes from that meeting for your reference

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I mention the two items above in relation to the application for Permanent Supportive Housing at the Parkview Motel because we know that we have about 150 people in our community who are struggling with homelessness. We also know that permanent supportive housing is an effective solution to help those people to transition out of homelessness. Lastly, we know that the ideal size for these permanent supportive housing facilities is about 30 residents, so Guelph will need five or six of these locations throughout the city. 

Over the last six months I have heard from many residents, both in favour and against the proposal for the Parkview Motel, and I would love to hear from you in advance of April 12th with your thoughts about the staff recommendation to approve the zoning change for 721 Woolwich Street.
3) Traffic Calming Measures Update - April 6 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 1:30pm

On Tuesday April 6th, staff will be presenting the workplan to implement new traffic signals, pedestrian crossings (including one on Emma at Delhi), all-way stops (including one at Waverley and Stevenson and another one at Waverley and Balmoral) and traffic calming measures on five streets, including Riverview Drive between Speedvale Avenue and Waverley Drive, and Waverley Drive between Riverview Drive and Balmoral Drive. 

Here is the agenda for that meeting, and you will find these reports under item 2.1. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about these projects.

I look forward to finding out more details about these traffic calming measures... however, I do think that we are heading in the right direction by taking a structured approach to address the problems of increased volume and speed of traffic throughout Guelph.
4) Proposed Parking Regulations - April 14 Council Workshop @ 6pm

This month is full of information with three Council workshops! On April 14, staff will host the second Council workshop related to the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review (the first was held in December 2019) to give us an additional opportunity to provide input on the preliminary parking recommendations for the new zoning bylaw within the Guelph Parking Standards Review, Phase 2 Discussion Paper.

This session will build on the previous workshop’s discussions around the preliminary recommendations about additional residential dwelling units, driveway widths, parking rations for multi-unit residential buildings and structures within floodways. Here is the agenda for this workshop.

I would love to hear from you if you have any comments, suggestions or questions about our approach to parking, including parking zones, parking rate minimums, residential driveway widths or bicycle parking guidelines. 

5) Systemic Racism: Local Data and Municipal Leadership - April 19 @ 6pm

The second workshop this month is intended to give Council a better understanding of how members of the Guelph community experience discrimination, and to provide helpful information about the role municipalities can play in applying an equity lens to their own policies, services and governance practices as well as supporting our community to tackle systemic racism.

This is part of the community-led, City-supported efforts to set the community standard for the elimination of systemic racism using Guelph’s Community Plan as our guide. 

I hope you can join us for this workshop. You can watch this (and all other Council meetings) at guelph.ca/live

6) Shaping Guelph – Growth Scenarios Workshop - April 21 Council Workshop @ 6pm

Finally, on April 21, planning staff will host a Shaping Guelph workshop to seek Council’s input on three scenarios for growth for Guelph to 2051, the proposed growth scenario evaluation framework, and a proposed urban structure. 

The report for this workshop hasn't been made public yet. It will be available on this page (guelph.ca/agenda) next Friday, April 9th. If you're interested in how we manage our City's growth, please save the date and plan to join me on the 21st at 6pm at guelph.ca/live


 
7) Service Rationalization Review Update

As part of the 2021 budget, I brought forward a motion to fund a Service Rationalization Review of our municipality. Council allocated funding for this review, which will examine the our municipal services to make sure that we are delivering the right level of service in cost effective ways, while looking for ways to improve customer service.

Last month the City awarded the project to KPMG Canada. They are a recognized leader in the field and have successfully conducted similar reviews for a number of Ontario municipalities including the Cities of Hamilton and Brantford and Niagara Region.
 
Then, last week Guelph was allocated up to $650,000 through the Province’s Audit and Accountability Fund (AAF) to support this Service Rationalization Review. The application for this funding included customer service digitization and modernization, so we plan to make the most of this generous allocation by looking beyond the initial scope of the service rationalization.

I believe this kind of third party review is needed to help make sure we are providing the right level of service, in cost-effective ways, and it's important to ensure accountability to tax payers. I will continue to update you as this work moves forward. 
That's it for this update. Thank you for staying informed and for doing your share in fighting this pandemic. Do let me know if you have any questions about these items or about any other municipal services. 


Warm regards,


Rodrigo
Rodrigo Goller 
City Councillor, Ward 2
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