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Draft Official Plan Amendment Regarding the Greenbelt Plan

Special Study Area 2

Clarington Council has directed staff to seek input from the public regarding a DRAFT Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would delete policy 13.3.12 and Section 17.3 Special Study Area 2 – Greenbelt Expansion from Clarington’s current Official Plan.

A statutory Public Meeting was held on April 26, 2021, to explain the nature of the proposed change and to seek feedback from the public. A recommendation report regarding Special Study Area 2 is scheduled for consideration at the upcoming Planning and Development Committee Meeting on May 17, 2021.

Please provide comments to Lisa Backus by Monday, May 10, 2021.

Notice of Recommendation Report

Date: Monday, May 17, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual meeting using online device or phone

How to Join the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Join the meeting online by visiting and click on the Join Microsoft Teams Meeting link provided in the “How to Join the Electronic Public Meeting” document next to the Agenda.

To speak at the Planning and Development Committee Meeting, please pre-register online at or contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or by Friday, May 14, 2021, at 4 p.m.

To submit written comments or for more information, including appeal rights, contact Lisa Backus or Carlos Salazar at 905-623-3379.

Map of lands subject to Draft Official Plan Amendment


This Amendment applies to approximately 3,800 hectares of land. This area is generally described as all the lands east of Highway 418, south and east of the Greenbelt boundary between Courtice and Bowmanville, south and west of the Greenbelt boundary between Bowmanville and Newcastle, north of Highway 401 and outside of the urban area boundaries in Clarington (see map above). 


The effect of removing these policies from the Official Plan is that the Official Plan would no longer identify Council’s position that, before considering expanding the Greenbelt Plan Area, a science-based study be undertaken by the Province to identify the appropriate lands for inclusion. Whether these policies are in the Official Plan or not, the Province determines the procedures and consultation process for expanding the Greenbelt Plan Area. The deletion of the policies does not affect the existing land use designations or zoning by-law permissions and regulations for the properties affected.  

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