Guelph Built Form Standards

A framework for high quality, sustainably designed growth

As the City of Guelph looks to its future growth, the City is identifying ways to grow in a sustainable way while strengthening the city’s urban character. The Built Form Standards for Mid-Rise Buildings and Townhouses addresses these goals by introducing a framework for the design of new infill buildings within the city. The document supports compact future growth while achieving high quality, sustainable development and a strong and friendly pedestrian realm. The document also contains guidance that will protect natural heritage and contribute to and complement the City’s significant tree canopy. Key recommendations related to site organization, context sensitive design, landscaping and public amenities, and parking and circulation.

Created in coordination with the Built Form Standards, a series of Urban Design Concept Plans for the Gordon Street Intensification Corridor give design direction for this important corridor in Guelph, to illustrate a cohesive vision for the future intensification of Gordon Street.


Guelph, ON


City of Guelph




Urban Design
Public Consultation


Guelph Urban Design Award, Honourable Mention
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