Downtown Whitby Development Steering Committee




The Downtown Whitby Development Steering Committee (DWDSC) is responsible for providing recommendations to Council on several matters including but not limited to:

  • Providing input into a downtown development strategy;
  • Reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the Town's downtown development strategy including but not limited to:
    • Streetscape improvement;
    • Fa├žade upgrading;
    • Financial Incentives and Grants;
    • Parking and Traffic Circulation;
    • Infrastructure Improvement;
    • Heritage Initiatives;
    • Marketing Strategy;
    • Redevelopment Opportunities; and,
    • Programs and Events;
  • Preparing an annual report and presentation to Council;
  • Providing input to Whitby Official Plan Review, Downtown Secondary Plan, and Community Improvement Plan reviews;
  • Participating on working committees established by Council; and,
  • Facilitating communication between various Downtown stakeholders.

Committee Members

Membership: 1 Member of Council, 8 Citizen Appointments, 1 Heritage Whitby Advisory Representative, 1 Whitby Chamber of Commerce Representative, 1 Olde Whitby Neighbourhood Association Representative

  • Regional Councillor Chris Leahy  (Mayor's Designate)
  • Maria McDonnell (Staff Liaison)
  • Christy Chrus (Staff Liaison)
  • Yvonne Chornobay
  • Kimberly Copetti (Chair)
  • Matt Parish
  • Lara Perroni
  • Paul Rolland (Vice-Chair)
  • Chris van der Vliet
  • Lynn Winterstein
  • Bob Baker (OWNA Representative)
  • Rhonda Jessup (Whitby Public Library Representative)
  • Karey Large (Downtown Whitby BIA Representative)
  • Rick McDonnell (HWAC Representative)
  • Sheila McGrory (Economic Development Representative)
  • Dhaval Pandya (Public Works Representative)
  • Natalie Prychitko (Chamber of Commerce Representative)

 Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes

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Annual Report

Strategic  Action Plan

 DWDSC Newsletters

Volunteer with Downtown Whitby Development Steering Committee

You can become involved by volunteering with the Downtown Whitby Development Steering Committee.  Complete our volunteer application form to get started.