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Downtown Whitby

The Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was adopted by Council on June 25, 2018.

  • The CIP provides a “toolbox” of incentive programs aimed to help transform the Downtown into a dynamic, social, and cultural district by investing in the construction of new residential units and the rehabilitation of commercial and office buildings in Whitby’s historic core.
  • The Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Project Area is centered at the intersection of Brock and Dundas Streets with varying incentives targeted to the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area.
  • The Downtown Whitby CIP By-law provides additional information including definitions related to the Development Charge program.

Development Grants

Development Charge (DC) Exemption

  • This program provides full or partial exemption from a portion of the Town’s Development Charges for eligible developments within the Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA).
 

High Density Residential and Residential Mixed Use

  • 75% DC exemption for high density residential developments and residential component of mixed use developments within the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area.
  • 50% DC exemption for high density residential developments and residential component of mixed use developments outside of the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area. 

Retail Commercial and Office Expansion 

  • 100% DC exemption for existing retail commercial, and office buildings enlarged by up to 50% of existing Gross Floor Area up to a maximum of 929 m2 (10,000 sf) within the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area.
  • 100% DC exemption for existing retail commercial and office buildings enlarged by up to 50% of existing Gross Floor Area up to a maximum of 464 m2 (5,000 sf) outside of the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area.

New Office Development 

  • 75% DC exemption for new office development that exceeds 90 m2 (968 sf) in the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area.
  • 50% DC exemption for new office development that exceeds 90 m2 (968 sf) outside of the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area.

Cash in Lieu of Parking 

The CIP offers a discounted rate on the standard cash-in-lieu of parking.

  • 50% discount on existing cash-in-lieu of parking rate for non-residential development in the Community Improvement Project Area.
  • Discounted rate of $3,750 (plus tax) per surface parking space.
  • Does not apply for accessible parking spaces.

Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG)

  • In the event that property improvement results in an increase of the property’s assessed value, the TIEG program provides a rebate equal to a portion of the increase in municipal taxes of non-residential development. 
  • 45% rebate on the municipal tax increment on a declining basis over a five year period within the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area for eligible non-residential (commercial and office) development and redevelopment.
 

Development Grants Application Form

Development Grants Application Form

Maintenance and Improvements

Façade Improvement Grant

The Façade Improvement Grant provides property owners and tenants of commercial or institutional zoned buildings with financial assistance to enhance and improve the aesthetic quality of their buildings and property.

  • 50% rebate of the costs of external improvements in the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area, up to $10,000.
  • 50% rebate of the costs of external improvements outside of the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area, up to $7,500.
  • 50% rebate of the costs of external improvements of designated heritage properties outside of the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area, up to $10,000.

Sign Grant

This Sign Grant Program provides financial assistance for owners and tenants of commercial or institutional zoned buildings to partially offset the cost of maintenance, restoration, and improvement of signage and associated lighting.

  • 50% rebate of the cost of signage and associated lighting within the Community Improvement Project Area, up to $2,000.

Interior Heritage Building Grant

The Interior Heritage Building Grant provides owners and tenants of listed or designated heritage buildings a financial incentive to partially offset the costs of eligible interior building improvements.

  • 50% rebate of the costs of internal improvements of listed and designated heritage buildings within the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area, up to $10,000.
  • 50% rebate of the costs of internal improvement of designated heritage buildings outside of the Historic Downtown Whitby Priority Area, up to $10,000.

Design Grant 

The Design Grant provides additional funding to assist with professional fees associated with the Façade Improvement, Sign and Interior Heritage Building Grant programs.

  • 50% rebate of the costs for professional design fees up to $2,000 within the Community Improvement Project Area.

Maintenance and Improvement Grants Application Form 

Maintenance and Improvement Grants Information Sheet

Maintenance and Improvement Grants Application Form 


Downtown Brooklin

The Town of Whitby established the Facade Grant Program in 2005 to encourage commercial building owners and business owners in Downtown Brooklin to restore and beautify their properties. The Downtown Brooklin Community Improvement Project Area is centred along Baldwin Street and applies to commercially zoned properties.

Façade Improvement Grant

The Façade Improvement Grant provides property owners and tenants of commercially zoned buildings with financial assistance to enhance and improve the aesthetic quality of their buildings and property.

  • 50% rebate of the costs of external improvements in the Brooklin Community Improvement Project Area, up to $5,000.
  • Grants can apply to external improvements such as painting, brick restoration, signage, lighting, permanent hard landscaping amongst other items.

Design Assistance Grant

The Design Assistance Grant provides additional funding to assist with professional fees associated with the Façade Improvement Grant program including design fees related to signage.

  • 50% rebate of the costs for professional design fees up to $1,500 within the Brooklin Community Improvement Project Area. 

Downtown Brooklin Façade Grant Application Form

Downtown Brooklin CIP Application Form


Application Process

Step 1 | Pre-application consultation - schedule a meeting with Town staff to review any preliminary plans.

Step 2 | Application Submission - submit completed application form and required supporting materials such as detailed work plans, cost estimates and applicable reports. Upon review and, if approved, a letter and/or agreement will be provided and work on the project may begin.

Step 3 | Perform work - obtain all applicable permits from the Town during your project. All costs are to be paid by the applicant during this process.

Step 4 | Payment – submit final paid invoices and supporting documentation to be provided by the applicant. Once all program requirements have been met, payment of the approved grant in accordance with the general and specific program eligibility requirements will be issued.


Contact

Planning and Development Department
905.430.4306
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