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Neighbourhood Character Study

Project Background

The Municipality of Clarington completed a Neighbourhood Character Study in Bowmanville in December 2019, with planning consultant MHBC. The study was conducted to better understand how the character of established residential neighbourhood areas may be affected by development and redevelopment. Clarington continues to grow, and it is important to consider whether changes to the Municipality’s zoning by-laws are needed to balance new development and intensification within existing neighbourhoods.

The Bowmanville Neighbourhood Character Study focused on three established residential areas in Bowmanville, while providing direction on development in other established areas within Clarington.

Neighbourhood Character Study Areas

The Bowmanville Neighbourhood Character Study was carried out in four phases between February 2019 and July 2020, as depicted in the project timeline below.

Neighbourhood Character Study Timeline

Project Status

August 6, 2020 ‚Äď The Bowmanville Neighbourhood Character Study is now complete, and its recommendations are now in full force and effect.

The recommendations were approved by Council on July 6, 2020 through Report PSD-015-20 (and Addendum), Official Plan Amendment No. 123, and By-law 2020-050 (Zoning By-law Amendment). Following an appeal period mandated under the Planning Act, the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments came into effect on August 6, 2020. With this, Interim Control By-law 2018-083, extended through By-law 2019-054, was repealed.

Project Information

Staff Reports

Neighbourhood Character Study



 Interim Control By-Law

To ensure that incompatible development did not move ahead before the completion of the study, Clarington Council passed Interim Control By-law 2018-083 to temporarily restrict development in the study area while the project was being carried out. Interim Control By-law 2018-083 was originally enacted for one year, but was subsequently extended for an additional year through By-law 2019-054 in September 2019 to allow for completion of the Bowmanville Neighbourhood Character Study. Upon completion of the study and approval by Council of the resulting Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, Interim Control By-law 2018-083 was repealed in its entirety through By-law 2020-050 in August 2020.

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