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Planning eUpdate - February 18, 2021

Planning eUpdate

Volume 21, Issue 2, February 18, 2021

In this issue:


Public Meetings

Rezoning application to extend the maximum three year period for a temporary new home sales centre in Bowmanville

File Number: ZBA2021-0001

Address: 879 Regional Road 17, Newcastle

Brookfield Residential has submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit a temporary home sales pavilion for three years at 879 Regional Road 17, Newcastle. The temporary home sales pavilion will be used to sell homes for a draft approved subdivision south of the subject site, located between Regional Road 17 and Arthur Street, north of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Our procedures have changed as we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. As mandated by Public Health, and to maintain physical distancing, this meeting will take place electronically and will be live-streamed for public viewing at www.clarington.net/calendar.

Map of location of temporary home sales pavillion

A Staff Report for this application will be forwarded to the Municipality’s Planning and Development Committee on:

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Electronic Teams meeting by way of online device or telephone

To speak at the public meeting, please pre-register and we will provide with additional instructions.

To pre-register, complete the online form at www.clarington.net/delegations or contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or clerks@clarington.net by Friday, February 19, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. If you are unable to participate electronically, please contact the Clerk’s Division, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

For more information on this application or to submit your comments for Committee’s consideration, please contact Brandon Weiler at bweiler@clarington.net, 905-623-3379 ext. 2423, or by mail or drop box to 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6 before the date of the public meeting.


Rezoning application to permit triplex units within the existing detached dwellings.

File Number: ZBA2020-0021

Address: 55A & 55B Townline Road South, Courtice

Lucrative Investments Inc. and 2708059 Ontario Inc. have submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit triplex units within the existing detached dwellings at 55A and 55B Townline Road South. Both 55A and 55B Townline Road will require a reduction in the minimum drive aisle width from six metres to 3.5 metres, a reduction in the required number of parking spaces from six spaces to four spaces with a reduction in the width of one parking space from the required 2.75 metres to 2.5 metres and a reduction in the required landscaped open space.

55A and 55B Townline Road South each has a lot area of approximately 518 square metres and a lot frontage of 13 metres. The properties are located on the east side of Townline Road, south of Regional Highway 2 in the Courtice Urban Area. On each property is a single-detached dwelling with an apartment-in-house on the second floor of each dwelling.

Map of 55A & 55B Townline Road South

If the applicant is successful in rezoning the property to permit the triplex units, a Site Plan application will need to be submitted to address the details of the site design.

A Staff Report for this application will be forwarded to the Municipality’s Planning and Development Committee on:

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Electronic Teams meeting by way of online device or telephone

To speak at the public meeting, please pre-register and we will provide with additional instructions.

To pre-register, complete the online form at www.clarington.net/delegations or contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or clerks@clarington.net by Friday, February 19, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. If you are unable to participate electronically, please contact the Clerk’s Division, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

For more information on this application, please contact Toni Rubino at 905-623-3379 ext. 2431 or trubino@clarington.net. We encourage you to submit your written comments for Committee’s consideration to trubino@clarington.net or by mail or drop box to 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6 before the date of the public meeting.


Clarington Climate Change Action Plan

Staff Report PDS-018-21 regarding the Clarington Corporate Climate Action Plan (CCCAP) is scheduled for consideration at the following upcoming Planning and Development Committee meeting:

Date: Monday February 22, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Electronic meeting by way of online device or telephone

To speak to this item at the meeting, please pre-register, and we will provide you with additional instructions.

To pre-register, complete the online form at www.clarington.net/delegations or contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or clerks@clarington.net by Friday, February 19, 2021, at 4 p.m. If you cannot attend the Committee Meeting, you can register to speak as a delegation at the Council Meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021.

The purpose of the staff report is to seek Council support for the CCCAP, to provide staff with direction to take actions to prepare the Municipality for climate change and establish targets to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

The CCCAP contains 116 specific actions that the Municipality can take to adapt corporate assets, operations, and services to limit the negative impacts of climate change and reduce GHG emissions. All actions in the plan have been identified by staff as achievable and within the control of the Municipality.

All actions contained within the CCCAP work to achieve seven goals:

  1. Reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to climate change
  2. Maintain public and workplace health and safety
  3. Minimize risks to buildings and properties
  4. Strengthen the resilience of Municipal infrastructure
  5. Protect ecosystems and biodiversity
  6. Minimize disruption to corporate operations and services
  7. Build community resilience

The CCCAP sets a target to reduce corporate GHG emissions to 35 per cent below 2018 baseline levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

If approved, staff will take steps to develop an implementation plan to guide the implementation of the CCCAP. Funds needed to implement specific actions will be reviewed by Council as part of the annual budget cycle.

Read the draft CCCAP.

For more information, contact Doran Hoge, Climate Change Response Coordinator, at dhoge@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2429.


In the News

Trees for Rural Roads - Apply now

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Trees for Rural Roads program. While applications will be accepted until March 31, a final decision on whether this year's program will move forward will not be made before April 1, 2021.

The Trees for Rural Roads Program is delivered in partnership with the Central Lake Ontario and Ganaraska Region Conservation Authorities and funding partners. The program provides free native trees to Clarington rural residents to be planted along municipal roadways abutting private land. To date, more than 6,500 trees have been planted through this program along municipal roadways in Clarington. The program's benefits include increased tree canopy cover and wildlife habitat, climate change mitigation, local history preservation and community engagement through volunteerism.

Two people standing behind sapling trees in front of a Municipal truck

The Municipality will continue to adhere to all Provincial regulations and guidance from Durham Region Public Health. If the program is cancelled due to COVID-19, successful applicants will be pre-approved for participation in 2022. The health and safety of all of our residents and staff is our utmost priority.

Visit www.clarington.net/treesforruralroads to read the program guidelines and apply. 
The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

Questions?  Contact Amy Burke at aburke@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2423.


Clarington Community Electric Vehicle Report

The Municipality is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Clarington Community Electric Vehicle Report, which identifies actions the Municipality can take to support community electric vehicle (EV) adoption to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. The report is the result of a collaboration between Trent University and the Municipality of Clarington as part of a capstone course for Trent University’s Communications and Critical Thinking program.

The findings of the report will be used to inform conversations and decision-making regarding the role of the Municipality in promoting electric vehicles in the community as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change. This work was completed in tandem with the development of the Clarington Corporate Climate Action Plan (CCCAP).

Visit the Clarington’s Green Initiatives web page for more information. For more information, contact Doran Hoge, Climate Change Response Coordinator, at dhoge@clarington.net.


Downtown Community Improvement Plan Grant Programs

The Municipality of Clarington has a series of Community Improvement Plans (CIP) that enable the Municipality to provide incentives to business and property owners. CIPs for Bowmanville, Newcastle, and Orono include grant programs that encourage investments that improve the appearance and function of buildings in the historic downtowns.

CIP grants represent an investment partnership whereby the grant value is matched by property or business owners at a ratio of 3:1 or 2:1, based upon eligible costs associated with the specific type of grant in each community. Interest in the CIP grant programs from business and property owners was minimal this year compared to past years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, interest in the programs in previous years has been strong and to date has resulted in over $1.23 million in grants to support approximately 189 improvement projects in the downtown areas. Specifically, the grants have contributed to upgraded façades, building and accessibility-related improvements, and signage. We anticipate that interest in grants will resume as business and property owners adjust to the pandemic.

The Courtice Main Street Community Improvement Plan is intended to encourage new, quality-designed high-density development and redevelopment along the Highway 2 Regional Corridor in Courtice. Available programs under the Courtice CIP include a development charge grant program and a tax increment grant program.

Read the 2020 Downtown CIP Grant Program Annual Report.

Learn more about Community Improvement Plan Grant opportunities online or by contacting Sarah Allin at sallin@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2419.


Heritage Incentive Grant Program Update

Clarington’s Heritage Incentive Grant (HIG) Program was established in 2013 to assist the owners of properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act with financing the cost of repairs and restoration. The program is targeted toward maintaining and preserving those heritage attributes identified in each property’s designation by-law and provides owners of designated heritage properties with grants of up to 50 per cent of the costs of eligible works to a maximum of $2,000 for exterior projects and up to $1,000 for interior work.

The HIG Program uptake continues to be strong. In 2020, HIG grants ranging from 30 per cent to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs were allocated to designated property owners in support of their contribution to conserving Clarington’s built heritage fabric. Since 2013, the Municipality has issued $34,650 of grant funding to 34 approved applicants.

Read the 2020 Heritage Incentive Grant Program Annual Report.

Additional information on the Heritage Incentive Grant Program is available online or by contacting Sarah Allin at sallin@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2419.


Clarington Board of Trade (CBOT)

Clarington is a community of collaborative growth: The East Penn Canada story

East Penn Canada batter distribution facility

The Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development is grateful to the Orono Weekly Times for featuring a fantastic article on what it takes to welcome investment and move projects forward. It takes collaboration. Check out the latest story surrounding the construction of the new East Penn Canada battery distribution facility in South Courtice.


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For more information or to provide comments on any Clarington Planning and Development Services project, please contact planning@clarington.net.

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