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Councillor Vicki Beard

We are pleased to welcome Ward 2 councillor Vicki Beard to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, August 14. Councillor Beard will be joining us during our first hour, 8-9 a.m.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, it also gives us a chance to ask some important questions of them. Check out our previous interviews with Councillor Lise Burcher, Councillor Leanne Piper, Councillor Maggie Laidlaw and Mayor Karen Farbridge.

Guelph Downtown - Planning For Growth?

In the second hour, Kent Hakull will be joining us in the studio. Kent  is a graduate student in Planning at the University of Waterloo. For his thesis work, Kent decided to focus on Guelph as an urban growth centre, and, in particular, on how planned growth under the provincial growth plan Places to Grow will impact Guelph’s downtown. He is also interested in how citizens and planners values and attitudes to growth and development differ.

…I am curious to research citizen and planner values concerning the physical and social dimensions of public space/realm (Downtown Guelph, Ontario, Canada), and how public space is valued in the City of Guelph’s forthcoming Downtown Secondary Plan. There is much to be said about public spaces. There is much to be said about Urban Growth Centres. There is much to be said about urban equity.

What is valued? How do we plan? For whom are we planning? What role do public spaces play?

What is happening in Guelph is naturally part of a larger transformation.  This summer I’m conducting interviews to learn what is difficult about implementing Smart Growth, Places to Grow and Active Transportation. Many of the concerns raised in Guelph at the public meetings are echoed around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The issues are real and relevant, and to me it is a matter of understanding what is going on, what are the challenges, and, based on this, address the issues and recommend a path forward. If I look at Guelph, as a case, I may offer a unique insight to further improve the policies directing cities in their effort to balance population growth, economic uncertainty, environmental pressures and socio-cultural sensitivity.

It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

You can check out Kent’s blog regarding his studies here.

As always, we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Art On The Street takes place in downtown Guelph on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art on the street turns the spotlight on some of the fabulous talent within the local visual arts community. Over 70 artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios which will line both sides of Quebec Street.

Changes for 2010 include a new partnership between the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Arts Council to host this year’s event, and the generous presence of Guelph School of Art in the children’s area.

To see a list of this year’s artists, visit downtownguelph.com.

Also check out Friday noon’s downtown musical artist Nabi in St George’s Square. You’ll not be disappointed!

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There is a follow-up session on the proposed condo development planned for the WC Woods site 1 at the Sacred Heart Gym,  98 Alice St. on Tuesday June 29 from 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.

In February 2010, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund acquired the 9-acre site and is planning to redevelop the site with a mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse residential units.

Downtown's Big Dreams... 16 Floor Condos on the WC Woods Site

The site is important to the City of Guelph as it supports its plan to revitalize the downtown area while still meeting the objectives of Ontario’s Places To Grow Smart Growth intensification initiatives. The site (in Ward 1) but now also included within Guelph’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area is eligible for various financial incentives to assist in its redevelopment.

Kilmer’s plans for the site will include brownfield remediation and site-planning before selling the site to a builder.

The City has recently stated that it will not finalise plans for the Downtown Secondary Plan until after the municipal election in October however it is still very important for community members to make their voices heard regarding the proposals for this site.

As the pace of change is likely to be rapid, it is important to have your say now.

Downtown/Woods Site 1 – Public Input Workshop
Defining the Principles of the Future Development
Sacred Heart Gym,  98 Alice St.
Tuesday June 29, 2010, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
(519) 837-5616 or downtownplan@guelph.ca

About the Downtown Secondary Plan
The City of Guelph is preparing a new Secondary Plan for downtown Guelph as shown on the map. The area is a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and includes lands in the Ward neighbourhood. The Plan will govern residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the city’s transportation and energy systems in downtown Guelph.

Check out the Downtown Secondary Plan FAQ HERE.

You can view all the components of the downtown secondary plan HERE.

For more information:
David de Groot, Urban Designer
Community Design and Development Services
T 519-837-5616 x 2358
E david.degroot@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/downtownplan

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The first hour of CFRU’s Royal City Rag on June 12 (8-9 a.m.) was dedicated to the City of Guelph’s plans for downtown growth. The City of Guelph has scheduled another community meeting at the Italian Canadian Club on June 17 to discuss the proposed Downtown Guelph growth plan, and more specifically the proposed condo development planned for the WC Woods site 1.

In February 2010, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund acquired the 9-acre site and is planning to redevelop the site with a mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse residential units.

Downtown's Big Dreams... 16 Floor Condos on the WC Woods Site

The site is important to the City of Guelph as it supports its plan to revitalize the downtown area while still meeting the objectives of Ontario’s Places To Grow Smart Growth intensification initiatives. The site (in Ward 1) but now also included with Guelph’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area is eligible for various financial incentives to assist in its redevelopment.

Kilmer’s plans for the site will include brownfield remediation and site-planning before selling the site to a builder.

Maria Pazzano’s family have lived on Arthur Street South opposite the Wood’s plant for over 50 years. Maria will join us in the studio with Daisy Fedyna to discuss the plans for the condo development and the potential impact on her neighborhood.

The City has recently stated that it will not finalise plans for the Downtown Secondary Plan until after the municipal election in October however it is still very important for community members to make their voices heard regarding the proposals for this site.

As the pace of change is likely to be rapid, it is important to have your say now.

Listen to Hour 1:

Thursday, June 17 from 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson St.

About the Downtown Secondary Plan
The City of Guelph is preparing a new Secondary Plan for downtown Guelph as shown on the map. The area is a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and includes lands in the Ward neighbourhood. The Plan will govern residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the city’s transportation and energy systems in downtown Guelph.

You can view the components of the downtown secondary plan HERE.

For more information:
David de Groot, Urban Designer
Community Design and Development Services
T 519-837-5616 x 2358
E david.degroot@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/downtownplan

We started off hour 2 of Royal City Rag with an interview from 2006 with downtown resident Jennifer Sumner regarding Places To Grow and plans for downtown growth. Jennifer raised some very important issues regarding the myths of growth. If anything, this interview is more pertinent now than it was at the time.

Few people in Guelph seem to understand how much growth the city is expected to absorb over the coming years. By 2031, under Places To Grow, Guelph’s population will grow from 105,000 to a staggering 165,000. Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is why the downtown is particularly targeted for growth.

The city claims that this huge amount of growth will be sustainable. Unfortunately we will have to wait until the growth has taken place to know whether they were right or not.

Listen to Jennifer Sumner’s comments on Growth and Places to Grow:

As a complete change contrast, in the last quarter of the show we caught up with horticultural therapist Lea Tran on activities at the Guelph Enabling Garden.

The Enabling garden has a lot of interesting events coming up this summer including:

  • June 14 from 7-8  p.m. Flower Pressing Workshop with Marilyn Swaby – Make your own pretty and professional greeting cards.
  • June 15 from 7-8 p.m. Organic Gardening with Cathy Hanson – Learn about soil testing and how to grow healthy food and bodies!
  • June 17 from 10-11 a.m. Kids Garden Workshop – There’s will also be another children’s workshop on Thursday July 15.
  • June 23 at 6.30 p.m. Knit Knite – Bring your knitting or crocheting projects and a mug for fresh garden tea.
  • July 2 from 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.  Tea and Tales with Guelph Guild of Storytellers. A very popular event last year. Please bring your own cup and lawn chair if you can (there are extras available for those who forget). Iced tea will be served.  Continues on Friday mornings until August 27.

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Ryan Bingham, The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart Original Soundtrack
Laura Marling, Rambling Man from I Speak Because I Can
Alex Glasgow, Mary Baker City Mix from Songs of Alex Glasgow Vol 1 and 2
Sam Turton, I’m Gonna Go Downtown (Demo)
Pretenders, My City Was Gone from Learning To Crawl
Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi from Koyannisqatsi: Life In The Balance
Cat Stevens, Where Do The Children Play from Tea For The Tillerman
Talking Heads, Nothing But Flowers from Naked

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The City of Guelph has scheduled another community meeting on June 17 to discuss the proposed Downtown Guelph growth plan.

The stated goal is to develop a community where people can live, work and enjoy the beauty and culture in the centre of the city.

The question will be whether that can possibly be a reality with the amount of growth the city and, in particular, the downtown will be expected to accept under the provincial growth plan, Places To Grow.

According to the press release, the areas of focus will include the portions of the Ward neighbourhood included in the Downtown Secondary Plan study area and the proposed urban design principles to be incorporated into the plan for future developments including the W.C. Woods 1 site. e.g. protected views, heritage and historic features etc.

It seems that the community concerns about the size of the two condominium buildings (16 floors) planned for the WC Woods site at the corner of Arthur and Elizabeth are getting the planners attention.

The city would like participants to register by June 10, if possible. Don’t let that date deter you from attending, though.

Call 519-837-5616 or e-mail downtownplan@guelph.ca to register.

You can view the components of the downtown plan HERE.

As the City has now stated that it will not make a decision on the Woods Condominium project until after the municipal election in October ( i.e. councillors cannot be turfed out for four years if you dislike their decision!) it is very important to make your voice heard NOW. You should also find out where all candidates in the coming election stand on this issue.

Few people in Guelph seem to understand how much growth the city is expected to absorb over the coming years. By 2031, under Places To Grow, Guelph’s population will grow from 105,000 to a staggering 165,000. Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is why the downtown is particularly targeted for growth.

The city claims that this huge amount of growth will be sustainable. Unfortunately we will have to wait until the growth has taken place to know whether they were right or not.

As the pace of change is likely to be rapid, it is important to have your say now.

Tuesday, June 17 from 6.30-8.30 p.m.
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson St.

About the Downtown Secondary Plan
The City of Guelph is preparing a new Secondary Plan for downtown Guelph as shown on the map. The area is a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and includes lands in the Ward neighbourhood.

The Plan will govern residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the city’s transportation and energy systems in downtown Guelph.

For more information:
David de Groot, Urban Designer
Community Design and Development Services
T 519-837-5616 x 2358
E david.degroot@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/downtownplan

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The City of Guelph is inviting community members to attend an open house on April 27 to share ideas about how Downtown Guelph should grow and change.

The stated goal is to develop a community where people can live, work and enjoy the beauty and culture in the centre of the city.

The question will be whether that can possibly be a reality with the amount of growth the city and, in particular, the downtown will be expected to accept under the provincial growth plan, Places To Grow.

Few people in Guelph seem to understand how much growth the city is expected to absorb over the coming years. By 2031, under Places To Grow, Guelph’s population will grow from 105,000 to a staggering 165,000. Places to Grow mandates intensification within current limits which is why the downtown is particularly targeted for growth.

The city claims that this huge amount of growth will be sustainable. Unfortunately we will have to wait until the growth has taken place to know whether they were right or not.

As the pace of change is likely to be rapid, it is important to have your say now.

The Envision Guelph Downtown open house will focus, in particular, on the Ward neighbourhood east of Speed River as part of the City’s Downtown Secondary Plan. After a presentation participants will be invited to review and comment on the draft directions for the plan.

Tuesday, April 27
6.30-8.30 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson St.

About the Downtown Secondary Plan
The City of Guelph is preparing a new Secondary Plan for downtown Guelph as shown on the map. The area is a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and includes lands in the Ward neighbourhood.

The Plan will govern residential and commercial development, natural and heritage conservation, and the city’s transportation and energy systems in downtown Guelph.

For more information:
David de Groot, Urban Designer
Community Design and Development Services
T 519-837-5616 x 2358
E david.degroot@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/downtownplan

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There is a growing movement to ensure that our downtown remains the vibrant heart of our city.  Long may it continue.  We’ll try and get an interview with Lorenz Calcagno from the Downtown Guelph Business Association on Royal City Rag in the very near future.

Returning To Main Street, Busyness Means Business!

Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) Board Member, Lorenz Calcagno, has studied many of the historical factors that have brought downtown Guelph to where it is today.

After 15 gatherings of individuals and groups, business and property owners, past and present City Councilors, City staff, the Civic Museum, local organizations, Board members and private citizens, these findings have been compiled into a 30 minute presentation.

“When solving a problem, we must not choose theoretical solutions.  So much is at stake in downtown Guelph , we must choose tried and true measures that have been successful elsewhere in Ontario under similar conditions.”

The project is focused on two simple initiatives that will encourage the City of Guelph to adopt a practice that is currently working in several other Ontario downtowns.

Your input is needed to ensure these initiatives move forward.  Please attend to help secure a vibrant future for downtown Guelph .

Presented by: Lorenz Calcagno, DGBA Board Member
When: Tuesday, September 8 at 7.30 p.m.
Location: Alma Gallery, 133 Wyndham Street North
Cost: Free Admission

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