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City To Make Inter Department Changes

Web posted on March 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 2017 The City of Guelph's Infrastructure, Development, and Enterprise (IDE) Services area has undergone some minor realignments to reflect current organizational needs and the direction set out in the Corporate Administrative Plan, unveiled in 2016.

The adjustments allow for the creation of a new position to focus on downtown renewalnamely, real estate transactions in the downtown core. This new position will add much-needed capacity in an area that will advance considerable work over the next few years including the downtown secondary plan.

The City also plans to hire a project manager to oversee implementation of the Parking Master Plan by shifting a current vacancy from one department to another. This work will accommodate downtown population and employment growth targets through the creation of an additional 1,300 to 1,700 parking spaces needed by 2031.

The moves also reflect the City's evolving role in community energy, which moves from a `community oversight' to `community support' role. In light of this, the City is saying goodbye to its former Manager of Community Energy, Rob Kerr, who has been integral to the Community Energy Initiative's (CEI) creation and implementation. An evolving focus on the effects of climate change on municipal services and infrastructure will see the creation of a climate change office, which will be part of the Facilities Management department.

"Like all organizations, cities need to be responsive to changing priorities, and ensure resources are deployed where they're most needed," says IDE's Deputy CAO Scott Stewart. "These adjustments are the right ones to make now to enable us to continue delivering high quality public service to citizens."

All adjustments will be accommodated within existing budgets.

IDE houses the following departments:
Business Development and Enterprise
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
Environmental Services
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
Facilities Management
Project Management Office


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