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Planning eUpdate - January 28, 2021

Planning eUpdate

Volume 21, Issue 1, January 28, 2021

In this issue:


Public Meetings

Virtual Public Open House - 1465 Durham Highway 2, Courtice

COPA 2020-005 & ZBA 2020-0019

1465 Durham Highway 2 Banner

The Municipality is holding an open house to gather input on a proposed development and corresponding applications for amendments to the official plan and zoning by-law to permit a nine-story mixed-use building and 45 townhouse units at 1465 Highway 2, Courtice.
The virtual open house will include a brief presentation from the applicant, followed by a question and answer period. Details to be addressed include built form, servicing, traffic, and public realm.

Map of 1465 Durham Highway 2 location

Thursday, February 4, 2021
7 to 9 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
Join by telephone: 647-374-4685
Meeting ID: 912 6429 8714

For more information, contact Mitch Morawetz, 905-623-3371 x 2411.


Phase 5 - Brookhill Neighbourhood, 2400 Green Road

Last fall, the Municipality of Clarington hosted a virtual Public Meeting under the Planning Act requirements for the development proposal at 2400 Green Road. DG Group, the applicant for the proposal, has since made changes to the plans for the site based on feedback heard during the October 2020 meeting. This virtual session hosted by the project team will present the changes made and seek community feedback on the updates.

Brookhill Neighbourhood, 2400 Green Road map

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

Register for the meeting
Join by telephone: 647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 867 5575 3886

For questions or comments ahead of the meeting, email Bousfields Inc. Community Engagement
or Cynthia Strike using the Subject Line: 2400 Green.


Cedar Crest Beach - Property Loss Study

File Number:           PLN 15.2.2
Address:                  Port Darlington, Bowmanville

In July 2019, Council directed staff to retain a consultant and undertake a study to assess beach loss along the stretch of Lake Ontario shoreline that runs parallel to Cedar Crest Beach Road in Bowmanville. The technical report prepared by Zuzek Inc., Cedar Crest Beach Shoreline Change Assessment (January 2021), has now been completed.

A staff Report PDS-007-21 outlining the consultant's findings, as well as a presentation by consulting firm, Zuzek Inc., outlining the study approach, will be on the agenda of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting on:

Monday, February 1, 2021
7 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

Cedar Crest Beach map

If you wish to speak to this item at the meeting, please pre-register, and you will be provided with further instructions. You can pre-register by completing the online form at www.clarington.net/delegations or contact the Clerk’s Department at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or clerks@clarington.net by Friday, January 29, 2021, at 4 p.m.

If you are unable to participate electronically, please contact the Clerk’s Department, and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.


Recent Approvals

Clarington Council Adopts the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan

Collage of pictures of neighbourhood artist renderings

Clarington Council adopted the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan on December 14, 2020.  The Secondary Plan has now been forwarded to the Region of Durham, and final approval is anticipated within the coming months.

The Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan is the first secondary plan approved in conformity with the new Clarington Official Plan. The Southeast Courtice Secondary plan outlines a transit-oriented neighbourhood, including a diverse range of housing located within walking distance to shopping, services, schools and amenities. It will also incorporate various densities and a mix of uses along Bloor Street and Courtice Road. The Secondary Plan contains a linked system of parks and trails along both the Robinson Creek and Tooley Creek valleys, which will support pedestrian connectivity throughout the area. The Secondary Plan has been designed to celebrate the natural heritage system.

Key to this Secondary Plan is the policy framework that supports affordable housing in Clarington. This Secondary Plan includes policies that require the Landowners Group for the area to provide, at their choice, either land or a funding contribution to the Municipality for the development of affordable, public or non-profit housing in the community. The Landowners Group has chosen to contribute funds that, following policy, will result in approximately a $2 million contribution.

The success of the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan is due, in large part, to the dedication of the Steering Committee, which included staff from Clarington, the Region of Durham, and CLOCA, as well as two landowners and the Landowner Group Manager. Also assisting in this project were staff from the local school boards and Curve Lake First Nations.

Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan area map

For more information about the Southeast Courtice Secondary Plan, please contact Lisa Backus, Principal Planner, 905-623-3379 ext. 2413, or lbackus@clarington.net or Carlos Salazar, Manager, 905-623-3379 ext. 2408 or csalazar@clarington.net.


Commercial Development at 2411 and 2415 Baseline Road, Bowmanville

File Number:           ZBA 2018-0029
Address:                  2411 and 2415 Baseline Road, Bowmanville

Applicant 2411 Baseline Limited has received approval to amend the Zoning By-law to permit the development of a commercial property at 2411 and 2415 Baseline Road in Bowmanville. The approved zoning is for a two-storey development consisting of three restaurants, 13 retail units and ten office units. The proposed commercial development will add 4,147 square metres of commercial floor space in Bowmanville, increasing job opportunities for the community and spurring additional economic development.

Now that the zoning has been completed, the applicant will work toward site plan approval and the construction of the site. We do not have a time frame for this application.

Proposed Commercial Development at 2411 and 2415 Baseline Road

For more information on this application, please contact Ruth Porras, Senior Planner/Urban Designer, Community Planning and Design Branch, at 905-623-3379 ext. 2412 or rporras@clarington.net or Carlos Salazar at 905-623-3379 ext. 2409 or csalazar@clarington.net.


In the News

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.

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 certain eligibility criteria, as well as 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: grocery stores, drug stores, doctors’ offices, or national/international franchises and chain corporations

Application Deadlines:

Applications for completed projects are being accepted until February 11, 2021.

Applications for proposed projects that have not started can be submitted at any time, subject to funding availability. 

Please visit Clarington’s COVID-19 Financial Support webpage to check out the COVID-19 CIP Info 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 sallin@clarington.net.


Zone Clarington - Rural Area Zoning Review Update

At the December 14, 2020, Council meeting, Municipal staff were directed to resume work on the Rural Areas Phase of Zone Clarington after the project was previously tabled by the Planning and Development Committee of Council. The tabling motion passed in October 2019, effectively put an indefinite hold on all work on the rural area portion of Zone Clarington. Staff will now continue working on the Rural Area Phase of the project with specific direction from Council that includes:

  • Preparing a report for Council approval with a draft Zoning By-law.
  • Keeping the Environmental Protection (EP) zoning that is currently in place in Clarington’s existing Zoning By-law(s).
  • Adding maps to the draft Zoning By-law from other agencies that will provide information on corresponding land use regulations, which may apply if a new development of a property is being proposed.
  • Adding advisories into the zoning by-law(s) to make it clear that a property owner also has obligations to comply with external agency rules relating to land use.
  • Stopping work on the Site-Specific EP Zoning Review Process, including site-specific visits.

Staff anticipate reporting back to Council on progress with the draft zoning by-law later in 2021. Before Council can approve a Zoning By-law amendment, public consultation is required to incorporate public feedback on the proposal. This project is subject to Council approval of the 2021 Budget.

In the same resolution, Council directed staff to amend the Environmental Protection Area land use designation in the Clarington Official Plan. Staff will complete a review of the policies in the Official Plan based on Provincial legislation and the Region of Durham Municipal Comprehensive Review process currently underway.

Staff were also asked to initiate public consultation for reconsideration of Section 17.3 of the Official Plan, Special Study Area 2 – Greenbelt Expansion. Reconsideration of Special Study Area 2 will be addressed outside the Zone Clarington project.

For more information on ZONE Clarington, please email zoneclarington@clarington.net or phone Tracey Webster at 905-623-3379 ext. 2415. For more information regarding the Clarington Official Plan, please contact Lisa Backus by email at lbackus@clarington.net or by phone at 905-623-3379 ext. 2413.


New Director of Planning and Development Services

Photo of Ryan Windle

We want to welcome the new Director of Planning and Development Services, Ryan Windle, MCIP RPP AICP. Ryan is a Registered Professional Planner with more than 23 years of professional planning experience. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University (Economics/Sociology) and the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning. Ryan has a diverse background in urban and rural planning and development through his professional positions with the City of Fort Myers, FL (Planner/Economic Development Officer), City of Fredericton, NB (Senior Planner), MHBC Planning (Consulting Planner), City of Barrie, ON (Manager - Development Control) and most recently the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (Chief Planner/Manager - Office of Community Planning).

Over the course of his years as a practicing professional Planner, Ryan has gained knowledge and expertise in development review, policy planning, real estate, economic development, heritage planning, environmental stewardship, community engagement, and municipal governance, among other planning and related topics. Welcome Ryan.


Contact Us

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

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