Guelph-Eramosa council briefs

A Wellington County fill recommendation, an accessory apartment public meeting and Hillside Festival were a few of the items discussed at the Guelph-Eramosa council meeting held at Rockmossa Community Centre on June 1.

Fill recommendation

Council passed a resolution in support of a citizen’s group from Erin that is concerned about excess fill being trucked into the county from the GTA.

“Essentially if passed this resolution would request that the Ontario government develop a comprehensive strategy to regulate excess soils in the province and to pass a Class Soil Act which would help municipalities deal with excess soils under their jurisdiction,” CAO Kim Wingrove said.

Mayor Chris White spoke in favour of the resolution.

“We’ve kind of wrestled with it locally, we’ve tried to have local bylaws and so forth but it becomes a bit of a leap frog where one guy does it, the next guy does it,” he explained. “We’ve had incidents in Erin where people have actually brought loads in, the gate to the place they theoretically were taking it was closed so they dumped it right on the road.

“The province really needs to step up to it.”

Council passed the resolution.

Accessory apartments

At the beginning of the meeting there was a public meeting held regarding the township-driven zoning bylaw amendment application requesting accessory apartments be permitted in agricultural and rural residential zones throughout the township. There are currently few regulations that monitor accessory apartments throughout Guelph-Eramosa. Under the amendment there will be different regulations for accessory apartments in residential homes and in commercial buildings.  

There were no people in favour or in objection to the proposed zoning bylaw amendment.

Hillside Festival

Hillside Festival submitted its annual request to be designated a community festival which which assistst the festival in obtaining a liquor license. It also requested a noise bylaw exemption to allow for encores. The festival asked to extend the hours for noise from 11pm to 1am. The requests were accepted.

The festival will take place from July 24 to 26 at Guelph Lake Conservation Area.