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Planning eUpdate - October 22, 2020

Planning eUpdate

Volume 20, Issue 14, October 22, 2020

In this issue:

Public Meetings

Our procedures have changed as we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. As mandated by Public Health, and to maintain physical distancing, these meetings will take place electronically using an online device or telephone. Meetings are live streamed for public viewing at

(Non-Statutory) Public Meeting - Comments Requested for Commercial Development in Rural Area

The Municipality is seeking public comments on a request from the owners of the Bowmanville Home Hardware for Municipal Council support for a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) that would allow the development of a new building supply outlet. 

The proponent wishes to construct a building supply outlet store at 2423 Rundle Road, located at Highway 2 and Rundle Road between Bowmanville and Courtice.  They seek a Minister’s Zoning Order to gain expedient approval for their project without going through the typical public planning process. 

This proposal does not comply when reviewed against applicable Provincial policy, the Durham Region Official Plan, the Clarington Official Plan and Zoning By-law 84-63.

No application or technical information has been submitted with the request for Council support of the Minister’s Zoning Order.

The Ontario Planning Act gives the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing the authority to zone any property in the Province. Zoning orders are rarely used where a municipality has existing official plans and zoning by-laws, but they can be used to protect a provincial interest. A Minister’s Zoning Order prevails over municipal plans and zoning by-laws to the extent of a conflict. The municipal zoning by-law remains in effect in all other respects.

Map of proposed development area for a new building supply outlet

This public meeting is not a statutory meeting under the Planning Act.

A public meeting will be held on:

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Electronic meeting by way of online device or telephone

To view the meeting

The meeting will be live streamed for public viewing at To view the live stream, click the “view live stream” link located next to the agenda, which will appear when the meeting begins.

To speak at the meeting

If you wish to speak at the public meeting, please pre-register for further instructions.  You can pre-register by completing the online form at or contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or by Friday, October 23, 2020, at 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Wirch or Carlos Salazar at 905-623-3379 or

Building Division Update

Building permit activity in the Municipality of Clarington has been strong throughout 2020 and is currently on pace to match 2018’s record year. The following tables provide an update on the building permit activity from January 1 to September 31, 2020.

Issued Permit Activity
Building Category Number of Permits Issued Value of Construction
Residential* 882 $227,443,033
Industrial 11 $27,303,165
Government 3 $40,065,300
Commercial 47 $8,903,134
Institutional 9 $2,479,863
Agriculture 11 $1,398,900
Demolition 46 $0
Total 1,009 $307,593,395

*Residential – refers to construction and permit activity resulting from creating all new residential dwelling units, accessory structures (detached garage, sheds, etc.), and additions (decks, new additions to a home, etc.).

Inspection Activity Bar Graph

New Residential Units Created

New Residential Units Created

Location of Residential Units

The following projects are of importance due to the type and size of the project:

Important projects due to the type and size of the project.
Owner Location Description Construction
Eastpenn Canada 1840 Energy Drive, Courtice Site Servicing and Warehouse with Office $25,860,000
Newcastle Lodge for Seniors 165 King Avenue East, Newcastle Senior Residential Building Addition (37 Units $5,779,160
Region of Durham 5 Lakebreeze Drive, Newcastle Water Supply Plant $40,000,000
Newcastle Harbourview Limited 50 Lakebreeze Drive, Newcastle Condominium Building (115 units) and underground parking garage $25,667,948

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 a variety of 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 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: grocery stores, drug stores, doctors’ offices, or national/international franchises and chain corporations

The approval of the COVID-19 CIP is subject to a required 20-day appeal period. Applications are now being accepted for processing; however, funding will not be dispersed until the appeal period is over and the CIP is in effect.

Please visit Clarington’s COVID-19 Financial Support web page 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 regarding the COVID-19 CIP programs or to apply, please contact Sarah Allin at 905-623-3379 ext. 2419 or

Public Art Projects Coming this Fall

Public art installations are underway in downtown Newcastle and Courtice. These projects are supported by funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) that Council chose to dedicate towards art that enhances the community.

James C. Smith’s series of sculptures are currently being installed in front gardens at Newcastle Community Hall, Clarington Public Library Branch, the Massey Building/Foodland, and A Gift of Art.

Darlene Bolahood’s series of silhouettes depicting local youth and the Courtice community members will soon be suspended from light poles and installed within the parks and trails system.

The public art created through this project will contribute to artistic walking tours that promote wayfinding by leading residents and visitors through each community’s main street area.

For more information on Clarington’s Public Art Projects, please contact Sarah Allin at 905-623-3379 ext. 2419 or

Pictures of installed and completed public art projects.

Clockwise from top left: James Smith’s river rock sculpture; citizens’ bench panel and artistic palettes for Newcastle; Darlene Bolahood’s silhouettes for Courtice.

Please take a tour as many of the artworks are now installed and have received positive comments from the community.

Plans Examiner, Building Division

Nirali Bhatt has joined the Building Division in the role of temporary Plans Examiner.  Nirali has international experience and has completed the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Legal, House and Small Buildings qualifications. Nirali is looking forward to working with the development community in Clarington.

 Clarington Board of Trade

The Clarington Board of Trade & Office of Economic Development recently surveyed members of the Clarington business community. Results provided an opportunity to understand how businesses are navigating through the pandemic. With uncertainties surrounding the second wave of COVID-19, this brings more reason for concern for business owners.

This information lets us gain valuable insight, strengthening support systems and programming to help businesses persevere.

Clarington Business Survey Results

Contact Us

For more information or to provide comments on any Clarington Planning Services project, please contact

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