Development in Clair-Maltby is going to have an impact on the water, livability and economy of Guelph. We want to make sure it is a positive impact. The Clair-Maltby area (a part of the Paris-Galt moraine) will be Guelph’s largest urban expansion and could be home to 25,000 people! If this development is not planned properly, there will be very real and very negative changes to our water table, the livability of our community and the strength of our local economy.
Keep Our Water Safe
Clair-Maltby is part of the Paris-Galt Moraine, which contains groundwater. A lot of ground water. As the largest community in Canada that gets drinking water from natural wells (like those in the Paris-Galt Moraine), Guelph needs to make sure that all our planning puts water security and safety front-and-centre in all decision making.
Build A Livable Community
We know that communities designed for people (not just cars) are happier, healthier and more vibrant. We also know they don’t happen by accident and require clear and thoughtful plans that are based on extensive community consultation, which has not happened during this process.
Strengthen Our Local Economy
The right kind of development can make or break a local economy. We know that cities that build for multi-use (meaning a variety of homes, businesses and green spaces) don’t just create neighbourhoods where people live, they create economies that thrive. Thinking about good design (and the right mix of uses) now will make sure that Clair-Maltby is a community where both people and business can prosper – not just add more commuting congestion to our roads.
Where is Clair-Maltby
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We Need to #RethinkClairMaltby
Decisions are being made without accurate information.
Council could approve the Clair-Maltby plan without having all the studies that are under way on groundwater, the boundaries for the natural heritage system and other important environmental concerns. Council and citizens need this information to make better decisions about how to balance the needs of people, the economy and the environment.
The community’s voice hasn't been heard.
While the city has done some consultation, a project with such far-reaching economic, social and environmental implications needs much more input. We need to know what others in the south end think of this development. Equally important are those voices living in the rest of Guelph. This growth will impact the water table, livability and economy of everyone living in Guelph.
So far, this conversation is about streets, not visionary communities.
For a wide range of economic, social and environmental reasons, we can’t let development happen in Clair-Maltby without a plan that creates livable communities that are built around the natural heritage of the area – not after it has been flattened and paved until it is no longer recognizable. Can you imagine New York City without Central Park? Nor should we imagine Clair-Maltby without generous and accessible green spaces.
There is no need to rush.
While some will say that we need to approve the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan in order to meet the Province’s Growth Plan targets – this couldn’t be further from the truth. In 2017, the City of Guelph’s own growth monitoring report concluded that the city has a housing land supply above the minimum requirements established by the Province without any development of Clair-Maltby.