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Planning eUpdate - December 3, 2020

Planning eUpdate

Volume 20, Issue 16, December 3, 2020

In this issue:

In the News

Council to consider Recommendation Report on Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan

More growth is coming to Courtice. The Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan will create a planning framework to allow the development of these lands into a pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented neighbourhood with a diverse range of housing within walking distance to shopping, services, schools and amenities. A linked system of parks and trails will allow pedestrian travel throughout the area. 

Map of Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan location

After extensive public input and feedback from the Statutory Public meeting in June 2020, Clarington Council will consider a Recommendation Report regarding the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan at the upcoming Planning and Development Committee Meeting on Monday, December 7, at 7 p.m.

A copy of the Recommendation Report will be available on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at or by contacting Lisa Backus at 905-623-3379 ext. 2413.

Urban Design and Sustainability Guidelines have also been prepared to advance the vision of the Secondary Plan. A later phase of the process will involve preparing the implementing zoning regulations, followed by private development applications for subdivision approval.

A copy of the Secondary Plan, Urban Design and Sustainability Guidelines will also be available at

As we continue to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain physical distancing, this meeting will take place electronically using an online device or telephone. Watch the meeting live at

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Microsoft Teams meeting online or by phone

Register to speak as a delegation at the Committee Meeting by filling out the online delegation request form or contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-623-3379 by 4:15 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020.

If you cannot attend the Committee Meeting, you can register to speak as a delegation at the Council Meeting on December 14, 2020.

Note: We cannot confirm when the delegation portion of the agenda will be heard. The start time above reflects the time the Planning and Development Committee Meeting begins.

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A new use for the former Target store

Nuclear Training Centre location

The former Target store in Bowmanville West has been leased to Black & McDonald, who provide multi-trade contractor services to OPG at Darlington. The former Target store will be used to orient and train approximately 160 people, who will then transition to projects at the Darlington nuclear site.

For more information, please contact Paul Wirch, Senior Planner, at 905-623-3379 ext. 2418 or

Site Plan Review Team receives an Accessibility Award

Clarington's 2020 Accessibility Award certificate

Clarington’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has recognized Brent Rice, Anne Taylor Scott, Brandon Weiler, Mitch Morawetz and Mark Jull - members of Clarington’s Site Plan Review Team - as Accessibility Champions with an Honorary Mention through Clarington’s Accessibility Awards program. Congratulations on this recognition. The Committee recognizes the team's commitment to keeping Accessibility front of mind when reviewing site plan applications and other similar reviews. 

COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan

Clarington Council approved a COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) that will assist qualifying businesses with the costs of physical improvements required to safely reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now being accepted. 

The COVID-19 CIP includes grant funding programs for various safety measures, including plexiglass barriers to protect staff and customers, signage to encourage spacing, and realignment of displays and work areas to allow for distancing. Qualifying businesses will have to meet specific eligibility criteria and meet a financial means test.

Businesses that may qualify for the COVID-19 CIP include:

  • Retail stores, food services, art and entertainment services, personal care services, and registered medical practitioners such as massage therapists and chiropractors.

Businesses who do not qualify for funding under the COVID-19 CIP include:

  • Any business deemed essential that remained open during the pandemic, including grocery stores, drug stores, doctors’ offices, or national/international franchises and chain corporations

Please visit Clarington’s COVID-19 Financial Support webpage to check out the COVID-19 CIP Information Sheet for a summary of the program requirements or read the COVID-19 CIP document for full eligibility and program details.

The COVID-19 CIP Application Form is available online.

For more information, questions regarding the COVID-19 CIP programs, or to apply, please contact Sarah Allin at 905-623-3379 ext. 2419 or

 Clarington Board of Trade (CBOT)

Posed photo with workers standing at new power plant site preparing to dig.

On November 13, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced the resumption of planning activities for future nuclear power generation at its Darlington site, to host a Small Modular Reactor (SMR).

With two nuclear power plants producing over 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity, Durham Region is a leader in clean energy production. With a proposal in place for Clarington to host the first SMR, this will have the potential to create a future home to a world-leading cluster of SMR technology companies, putting Durham and Ontario in a position to be a clean energy capital of the world.

SMRs have both a smaller footprint and smaller energy output than conventional reactors. They are modular in that they are often factory constructed, with the ability to add modules to meet changing energy needs. An SMR could be operating as early as 2028.

View the full press release.

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