Strategy for Growth

Affordable Green Housing Growth

We need affordable, green, accessible housing. I would approve higher density developments within existing service areas infill rather than expanding on the city border. These areas need less environmental impact reports and do not cost the city as much to hook up to utilities. I would make a motion for new buildings to be accessible to multiple types of disabilities and have many more options so all people can live here and people can age in place, rather than having to move to LTC homes. We have many companies in Guelph who do green architecture, create VOC-free finishings, and healthier exterior and interior construction materials. I would coordinate with these groups as well as developers to create plans that bring Guelph forward on our environmental goals. Buildings that use green energy sources, water capture systems and have a large percentage of rent-geared-to-income rental units would get developer fee discounts.

Parks, Gardens and Transit Growth

With higher density areas, green space is very important. I would coordinate with Guelph’s extensive gardening community and non-profits to create both pollinator and community gardens so that people living in apartments have options to grow their own foods. We also need to ensure that our public transit is up to par for the needs of a community of that size. We require many more accessible buses, bus routes, express lanes and consistency than we have now. We are growing quickly and if we intend on being carbon neutral, reducing parking and providing a great city to live in, we need to invest in public transit.

Business and Community Growth

This should also encourage more companies who create inclusive building materials, accessible industries and green technologies to start up in Guelph. There is a non-profit organization who is trying to make a Science Centre in Guelph and I would encourage groups like them to build with incentives as not only would they create jobs, but it would help with tourism and bring in new money for the existing businesses. Inclusivity benefits us all and is good for business.


I would like to make open air covered markets with optional roll down walls like the Aberfoyle market for additional farmers markets, craft and maker booths, art events, youth/family programming and community gatherings in the parks. They would be like more fully featured pavillions like we have at Riverside Park. This would help small businesses and local producers grow and grow our community connections too. I am interested in making impactful changes that will support long term, substantial growth for Guelph.


Inclusive Growth


I would make a motion for new buildings to be accessible to all of our community members. For example, If we plan to accommodate individuals with multiple types of disabilities from the beginning, we will create barrier-free buildings that provide everyone with options. We all deserve this flexibility. Future projects should be built with the community in mind, where people can age in place, rather than having to move to LTC homes. Inclusivity benefits us all and is good for business.

Sustainable Growth

We have many companies in Guelph who do green architecture, create VOC-free finishings, and healthier exterior and interior construction materials. I would coordinate with these groups as well as developers to create plans that bring Guelph forward on our environmental goals. Buildings that use green energy sources, water capture systems and have a large percentage of rent-geared-to-income rental units would get developer fee discounts.

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