Clair-Maltby is the south-east corner of the City of Guelph. Today it is a mix of fields, wooded lots and ponds. Bounded by Clair Road to the north, Victoria Road to the east, Maltby Road to the south and the Southgate Business Park to the west, the area is over 415 hectares or 1000 acres in size (that’s 1000 football fields). As a part of the Paris-Galt Moraine, it is essential for Guelph’s water supply. It is the last major part of our city to be developed.
The Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan feeds into the city’s Official Plan and is the document that will guide how the city approves development in Clair-Maltby. This is a big deal because once approved, developers (who already own two-thirds of the land!) can start to apply to the city for building permits. That will be too late to make the right decisions for today and tomorrow. This plan will guide decisions about density, roads, infrastructure, public spaces, transportation options and how we want to preserve these natural spaces.
To be clear: We are not opposed to development in the south end. We know that the Province’s Places To Grow Act demands that Guelph grows to 190,000 people by 2041. This growth will be good for our community: it will bring new voices, jobs and creativity to our great city. We want to make sure that the type of growth that happens in this area protects our groundwater and respects the wildlife and cultural heritage features. For those reasons and more, it’s time to #RethinkClairMaltby.
About the Paris-Galt Moraine
Moraines are fascinating and important geographic features that filter and hold groundwater. The Paris-Galt Moraine is over 110 km long and runs through Peel, Halton, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Norfolk and the cities of Guelph and Cambridge. It covers parts of four sub-watersheds in the Credit River watershed, six sub-watersheds in the Grand River Watershed and several smaller sub-watersheds within the Hamilton, Halton and Long Point Conservation authorities. We are interested in making sure that the drinking water for ALL these communities is protected.