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Wilmot Creek Secondary Plan

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Project description

The Municipality of Clarington has initiated the development of the Wilmot Creek Secondary Plan. The purpose of the project is to develop a secondary plan for the lands south of Highway 401 and north of the existing Adult Lifestyle Wilmot Creek Community. The project will occur over three phases with completion scheduled in the Fall of 2020.

The Wilmot Creek Secondary Plan will create a complete community that may include assisted living facilities, a range of housing types, recreation facilities as well as some commercial uses. The neighbourhood design will promote healthy and active lifestyles by integrating a mix of land uses with active transportation connections.

Summary Report

Phase 1 of the project has involved a comprehensive review of policy documents and available data, an update of existing background reports, and the preparation of new studies. This information was reviewed, analyzed, and synthesized with the objective to gain an understanding of the planning and regulatory policy context, existing environmental, transportation, and servicing conditions, among others; and the potential of the study area; how it fits into, and is defined by the larger community.

A Summary Report has been prepared based on the findings of 11 technical reports completed by various consultants and a review of Provincial, Regional, and Local policy frameworks. The Summary Report outlines the issues, opportunities, and key findings from the technical background analysis.

To read a copy of the Summary Report, please contact Lisa Backus, Principal Planner, at 905-623-3379 ext. 2413, or Carlos Salazar, Manager of Community Planning and Design.

Clarington’s Official Plan and Priority Green Development Framework both identify Secondary Plans as a key tool through which to implement evaluation criteria for new communities. The Priority Green Development Framework organizes the evaluation criteria under four themes: Built Environment, Mobility, Natural Environment and Open Space, and Infrastructure and Buildings. The Policy Review highlighted a number of key issues and opportunities for the Secondary Plan area which were identified and organized under the four themes:

Built Environment

  1. New Development
  2. Housing
  3. Urban Design
  4. Healthy Communities
  5. Residential and Commercial Activity


  1. Roads, Transit and Active Transportation

Natural Environment and Open Space

  1. Natural Heritage
  2. Parks and Community Facilities

Infrastructure and Buildings

  1. Servicing and Low Impact Development
  2. Climate Change and Resiliency

Further, preliminary observations and approaches were  provided  to  address  the  key  issues  and assist with achieving conformity with provincial and regional policies.

Existing studies completed in support of the previous 2015 application for the lands were re-initiated to allow for an update/addendum to the reports since their original submission. The existing studies include the following:

  • Air Quality Feasibility Assessment (Available upon request)
  • Archaeological Assessment (PDF)
  • Hydrological Assessment/Geotechnical Investigation (Available upon request)
  • Traffic Assessment and Parking Needs (Available upon request)
  • Noise and Vibration Study (Available upon request)
  • Environmental Impact Study and hazard land assessment of Rickard Creek (Available upon request)

New technical studies were also initiated to support the Secondary Plan and provide required background information to proceed with the development of a land use plan. The new studies include the following:

  • Water and Wastewater Servicing, Floodplain, and Stormwater Management (Available upon request)
  • Active Transportation (PDF)
  • Green Development Review (Available upon request)
  • Urban Design Analysis (Available upon request)
  • Landscape Analysis (Available upon request)

The findings and recommendations set forth by the technical background work and policy review were coalesced to provide a set of criteria for development.  Some of the findings include:

Constraints - limited crossings of the CN rail line and Hydro corridor; steep approach to CN bridge crossing with restricted sight lines and no pedestrian access; limited access to site; limited crossings of Rickard Creek

Opportunities - appropriate range and diversity of housing types, densities, tenures, and cost; seniors housing/assisted living; neighbourhood commercial uses; connected active transportation network; complete street design to support all users; centrally located parks

Setbacks - 30 metre setback from the rail corridor, as well as mitigation measures such as a berm and fence; 14 metre setback from Highway 401 with potential for noise berm; 30 metre setbacks from the two wetlands identified along Rickard Creek

Preservation - opportunity to maintain mature trees in the northwest corner of the site; Rickard Creek and wetland preservation

By defining the site conditions and potential opportunities for development a clear direction can be established for proceeding with Phase 2 of the process and the development of alternative concepts for the study area.

Public consultation

Public Information Centre #1

On July 26, 2018, the Municipality hosted the first Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Wilmot Creek Secondary Plan. The purpose of the PIC was to introduce the process the Municipality is undertaking to develop a Secondary Plan for the final phases of the Wilmot Creek Community. Approximately 400 people attended the meeting, the majority of whom are residents of the existing Adult Lifestyle Wilmot Creek Community.

Read the summary report to learn more about the feedback received at the Public Information Centre.

The materials presented at the July 26, 2018 PIC are located below.

Public meeting

The public meeting was held Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Municipal Administrative Centre.

The Public Meeting Staff Report, including draft Terms of Reference for the Secondary Plan, was presented to Council on December 4, 2017.

Next steps

Coming soon.

File number

PLN 41.1

Stay informed and get involved

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  • Get in touch with project management staff: Lisa Backus, Principal Planner, at 905-623-3379 ext. 2413, or Carlos Salazar, Manager of Community Planning and Design.


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