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Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan


Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan
40 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6
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T. 905-623-3379
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Lisa Backus
Principal Planner
T. 905-623-3379 ext. 2413
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Project description

The Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan will create complete neighbourhoods that will include a diverse housing mix located within walking distance to shopping, services, schools and amenities. The preservation of the natural heritage system is a priority.Excellence in urban design will be pursued to promote healthy and active lifestyles by integrating the mix of land uses with active transportation connections throughout.These new neighbourhoods will be designed to include easily recognizable sustainable design elements such as vegetated swales to promote groundwater infiltration as well as less recognizable features including ‘green’ buildings.

Southeast Courtice Map

Overview of Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan


The Municipality of Clarington has undertaken the preparation of several secondary plans that will conform to and implement the Clarington Official Plan, the Durham Region Official Plan, Provincial Policies and Plans of managing foreseeable growth to realise the community’s desire for liveable, healthy neighbourhoods that are compatible with the surrounding natural environment.

AECOM Canada Ltd. together with Gladki Planning, and DBH Soil Services Inc. have been retained by the Municipality of Clarington (MoC), to assist in the preparation of the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan (SECSP) through the integrated planning process. The primary objective of the study is to prepare a Secondary Plan for the Southeast Courtice neighbourhood in Courtice, Ontario and complete Phases 1 and 2 of the MCEA for all new arterial and collector roads, required for the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan.

 Integrated Approach

The integrated approach adopted for the preparation of the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan (SECSP) area, coordinates the planning and approval processes for the proposed development so it satisfies the requirements of the Planning Act and the Environmental Assessment Act simultaneously.

The “Integrated Approach” is outlined in the Municipal Class EA document (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015) which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The integrated EA approach is a cost-effective method of meeting the requirements of both the Planning Act and Class EA processes.

The integration process includes data collection and a background review, the identification of the opportunities and constraints as summarised in this report and the identification of alternate solutions to the problem or opportunity in concurrence with subsequent planning efforts and will be supported by public notifications, consultation events and meetings, consultation documentation and a monitoring report.

 Goal and Objective

Clarington is a thriving municipality in Durham Region where open space and natural elements define the essence of the community. Southeast Courtice is a natural extension of Courtice, containing the headwaters and tributaries of Tooley Creek and Robinson Creek.

Prioritising a healthy, complete community and delivering on multi-modal transit, affordable housing and a unique sense of place, the goal of the plan will be to outline a strategy for the community refined by extensive community engagement. The process will introduce a policy framework to guide future land use, investment and development towards a mixed use, high quality residential neighbourhood, with a strong emphasis on sustainability interwoven into all aspects of planning, design, construction and community life.

 Project Approach and Methodology

The project seeks to develop a sustainable, responsive and defensible land use plan based on an objective assessment of options via a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) created by stakeholders to measure and optimise the land use layout for future development.

The key principles articulated through this report and based on target performance areas and benchmarks identified in existing policy, will lay the foundation for refining concept land use alternatives through the planning process to finally translate into appropriate planning provisions in the Secondary Plan, Zoning By-Law and Urban Design and Sustainability Guidelines as a guide for further development. The project approach integrates sustainability into all four phases of the planning process.

Have your say!

Tell your story about Southeast Courtice by dropping pins on our interactive map to tell us how you currently use the lands and how you would like to use the lands within the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan area.Build your own neighbourhood by dropping pins on an empty interactive map to show us where you would like low, medium and high-density residential housing. Show us where you would like to see parks, trails, cycling paths, commercial land within the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan area.Fill out our survey and let us know what you think about each of the three land use options.Visit to learn more about the project and see all the ways you can participate.

Public Meetings and Notices

 Public Information Centre #2 - November 5, 2019
A Public Information centre was held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Public Information Centre #1 - Drop-in session - June 26, 2018

The Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan process was launched at a drop-in session at South Courtice Arena on June 26, 2018. The 60+ residents, business owners, agencies and developers that attended the session were quite interested in the design process that will create the framework for future development of this area.

This session reminded the attendees that this Secondary Plan process will create a Sustainable Community in southeast Courtice. The project launch also introduced the community to the Integraged Environmental Assessment process which will be undertaken simultaneously.

The materials that were on display at the June 26, 2018 session are located below:

 Notice of Study Commencement

The proposed new major roads to service the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan are subject to Schedule C of the Municipal Class EA. The EA will proceed through the “Integrated Approach” with the Planning Act as outlined in Section A.2.9 of the Municipal Class EA Guide (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015) which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

The “Integrated Approach” recognizes the desirability of integrating and coordinating the planning and approval processes to satisfy the requirements of the Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act.

This notice was first issued on June 13, 2018.

The Municipality has hired AECOM, a firm of architects, engineers, and planners, as well as subconsultants, Gladki Planning Associates, Ward Land Economics and DBH Soil Services to prepare the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan.

Related studies

Background documents


Comments are encouraged now and over the course of the study. If you have comments, require further information or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please contact: 

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