OPA 91 as approved by Region of Durham, July 29, 2014
In 2010, the Town of Whitby, with the assistance of a consultant team, prepared a Secondary Plan for West Whitby. This page for the West Whitby Secondary Plan has been established to provide an overview of the process, background information, reports, notices of public meetings/open houses/workshops and other relevant documentation.
Select topics below to learn more about the Secondary Plan for West Whitby:
In 2005, the Town retained Dillon Consulting to undertake a Background Urban Planning Study for an area in West Whitby. The primary purpose of the study was to provide a basis for a future Secondary Plan. The study was also intended to provide input into the Highway 407 East Environmental Assessment study, as well as input into Durham Region's Official Plan Review exercise.
The study was completed in January, 2008 and Council endorsed a preferred urban structure for the West Whitby study area to be used as a basis for preparing a Secondary Plan. For more information, please visit West Whitby Background Urban Planning Study.
West Whitby Secondary Plan
The Town, with the assistance of consultants, led by planningAlliance, adopted the West Whitby Secondary Plan in 2010. The approximate boundaries of the West Whitby Secondary Plan are from Lyndebrook Road to the north, the existing developed area, near Lynde Creek to the east, Highway 401 to the south, and Lakeridge Road to the west.
The consultant team incorporated the results of the Background Urban Planning Studies completed in 2008, as well as recent Provincial and Regional planning initiatives, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the Durham Region Official Plan, as amended through Regional Official Plan Amendment #128 ('Growing Durham').
The intent of the West Whitby Secondary Plan is to develop appropriate land use policies and designations for the West Whitby Study Area. In addition, the Secondary Plan will:
- Ensure that sufficient land is available to meet the short and long-term needs of the municipality;
- Provide for a logical, sequential extension of municipal services;
- Provide a range and mix of housing types and affordability;
- Provide for development that encourages increased transit use and promotes vibrant, healthy communities;
- Incorporate the results of the 2008 Background Study, recent Provincial and Regional planning initiatives; and,
- Incorporate the recommendations of the Highway 407 East Environmental Assessment.
The amount of land within the study area has an impact on the number of people and jobs that are to be planned for and then accommodated within the study area. Given that the Province now requires minimum residential and employment densities in new urban areas to be higher than have been developed in the past, a key component of the Secondary Plan process was to identify an appropriate housing mix and how that density is to be distributed.
WWSP - Open House #1 - September 22, 2009
The consultant team and the Town hosted an Open House for the West Whitby Secondary Plan component of the Whitby Official Plan Review from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, in Council Chambers of the Whitby Municipal Building at 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby.
The purpose of the first Open House was to provide overviews of the background reports regarding: Natural Environment, Transportation, Municipal Servicing, Cultural & Built Heritage, and Archaeology; and to present preliminary Urban Structure Options for the West Whitby Secondary Plan study area.
Phase 2 Report - Evaluation of Land Use Options and Recommended Plan
Following the Open House held in the fall of 2009, the consultant team developed three detailed land use concepts, based on the structure options identified in Phase 1, as well as the identified a recommended plan. Findings of Phase 2, and a summary of public submissions are outlined in the consultant's report (see Attachment #1 to PL 41-10).
Proposed Draft Official Plan Amendment (Introductory Public Meeting, April 7, 2010)
Based on the Recommended Plan outlined in the Phase 2 Report, the consultant team prepared a Proposed Draft Official Plan Amendment for the West Whitby Secondary Plan, which was introduced at a public meeting of Council in Committee of the Whole on April 7, 2010.
- Minutes of Special Meeting of Council in Committee of the Whole, Apr. 7, 2010 (PDF, 21.6 MB)
- Notice of Public Meeting April 7, 2010 (PDF, 188 kB)
- Planning Report Item PL-41-10 (PDF, 4353 kB)
- Attachment 1 to Planning Report, Item PL 41-10 - Phase 2 Report (PDF, 26.1 kB)
- Attachment #2 to Planning Report, Item PL 41-10 - Draft Proposed Official Plan Amendment
- see page 7 (PDF, 4353 kB)
- Presentation by Meridian Planning & planningAlliance (PDF, 22 MB)
The Town requested that all comments regarding the Proposed Draft Official Plan Amendment, be received by April 19, 2010.
Once public input and agency comments were received and assessed, a Final Recommended Official Plan Amendment for the West Whitby Secondary Plan was brought forward for Council's consideration, at a public meeting of Council in Committee of the Whole on June 22, 2010.
Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 91 to the Whitby Official Plan
Following the public meeting on April 7, 2010, regarding the Draft Proposed Official Plan Amendment , the consultant prepared Final Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 91 to the Whitby Official Plan for the West Whitby Secondary Plan. The Proposed OPA No. 90 was brought forward for consideration by Council , at a Special Public Meeting of Council in Committee of the Whole, at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.
Final Recommended Official Plan Amendment (Statutory Public Meeting, June 22nd, 2010)
The Final Recommended Official Plan Amendment No. 91 was brought forward for Council's consideration, at a Special Public Meeting of Council in Committee of the Whole, on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. The Council approved OPA No. 91 for the West Whitby Secondary Plan was forwarded to the Region of Durham as the approval authority of this amendment.
Approved Official Plan Amendment No. 91 (approved by Region of Durham, July 29, 2014)
The Region of Durham approved OPA 91 - West Whitby Secondary Plan, on July 29, 2014. With the withdrawal and dismissal of appeals, the West Whitby Secondary Plan is now in full force and effect. OPA 91 West Whitby Secondary Plan, including all of the Region's modifications, is provided below for reference and convenience purposes only.
Workplan for the West Whitby Secondary Plan
The workplan for the West Whitby Secondary Plan was undertaken in three (3) Phases, led by the consulting firm of planningAlliance.
Phase 1 - Issues Identification and Direction
Phase 1 included several tasks as follows:
- Conduct a background analysis
- Prepare issues specific background reports
- Develop alternative community structure options
- Identify a preferred community structure option
- Ongoing public consultation (e.g. workshops, open houses, public meetings)
Phase 2 - Official Plan Amendment Preparation
- Subsequent to input received during Phase 1 regarding the recommended policy direction(s), Phase 2 introduced a draft Official Plan Amendment.
Phase 3 - Finalization of Official Plan Amendment
Subsequent to input received regarding the draft Official Plan Amendment, Phase 3 will recommend a final Official Plan Amendment for adoption.
Additional Information / Questions
You may also obtain information on the West Whitby Secondary Plan at the Whitby Planning and Development Department, Level 7, Whitby Municipal Building, 575 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby, Ontario, L1N 2M8, during regular working hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may direct your inquiries to the Whitby Planning and Development Department:
Please reference "West Whitby Secondary Plan" and quote file #: OPA-2009-W/03
Websites of Interest
Places to Grow
Government of Ontario
Central Lake Ontario Conservation
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Oak Ridges Moraine
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Transportation
Highway 407 East Environmental Assessment
Region of Durham
Growing Durham: Growth Plan Implementation Study