The Town of Whitby has endorsed Scenario 3 for the Region of Durham's Land Needs Assessment. At the April 11, 2022 Council meeting, carried report PDP 23-22, with the following amendment:
"That the Built Boundary, which was established in 2006, be expanded/adjusted proportionate to any greenfield expansion to ensure that intensification within the Built Boundary is reasonable and respectful to the historic areas and mature neighbourhoods within the existing Built Boundary."
At the April 25, 2022 Planning & Development Committee meeting, Clarington councilliors passed staff report PDS-021-22, which recommends Scenario 2 for the Region of Durham's Land Needs Assessment.
In the report, the comments and recommendations from staff also included:
This report will be going to council for approval on Monday, May 2, 2022.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be hosting an information on the More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022 on Friday, April 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The information session is open to all members. The session will begin with introductory remarks, followed by a presentation on Bill 109, discussion and wrap up.
At the March 23, 2022 Regional Council meeting, council voted in favour of authorizing staff to undertake a comprehensive review and passage of a new Regional residential and non-residential development charge bylaw.
Details can be found in Report 2022-F-9.
Contained in the report are the schedule of dates for the Region of Durham DC Review, which are as follows:
In March, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) announced that they would be delaying the implementation of the Excess Soil Requirements initiative through ERO #019-5203.
In response, OHBA submitted correspondence to the province.
If you have any related questions or require clarification, please reach out to OHBA Director of Planning Policy and Advocacy, Larry Kotseff.
At the April 11, 2022 Oshawa Development Services Committee meeting, members of the committee passed report DS-22-83: City Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Planning Act Under Bill 109, the "More Homes For Everyone Act, 2022", and the Province's Proposed Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator Guideline (All Wards) as part of the consent agenda. As it was passed as part of the consent agenda, there was no discussion on the report.
Report DS-22-83 contains staff comments on the proposed provincial legislation.
At the April 11 Oshawa Development Services Committee meeting, report DS-22-76 Durham Region's Municipal Comprehensive Review: City Comments on the Region of Durham's Growth Management Study - Alternative Land Need Scenarios was pulled for discussion.
Committee voted to suspend the rules to hear a delegation from Michael May, P.Eng., General Manager of Delta Urban, who was speaking on behalf of the Columbus Landowners' Group. May also submitted correspondence in addition to his delegation, which advocated for a revised "Option 2."
This option would include the "much needed affordable middle," and included:
Housing Unit Mix of new units:
Intensification Rate: 50%
Designated Greenfield Area Density: 57 people and jobs per hectare
New Community Are Land Need: 2,600 hectares (6,425 acres)
Councillor Chapman put forward the following motion:
"That pursuant to Report DS-22-76 dated April 6, 2022 City Council will endorse scenario 2A as submitted by the Columbus Developers Group as Item DS-22-90 as the City's recommended scenario on the Alternative Land Need Scenarios Report prepared by the Region of Durham as part of Envision Durham, the Municipal Comprehensive Review of the Durham Region Official Plan."
This motion passed, and the recommendation will be brought to council at the April 25, 2022 council meeting.
The Town of Whitby is currently undergoing a Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review Update and have just released their Phase II Reports.
The Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review will occur in 4 major phases and to date the Town have concluded Phase I and are nearing the completion of Phase II:
The following reports have now been released:
More information on the project can be found on the In the Zone website.
Comments on this phase are due May 26. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Stacey.
The Region of Durham has released their 2022 Regional Transit DC Background Study, which you can read here.
While the current bylaw is set to expire on December 31, 2022, Regional Council has authorized staff to have a new bylaw in place by July 1, 2022.
The background study is recommending an increase of 65% for residential rates, and the proposed rates can be viewed here:
If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Stacey.
The provincial election will be called sometime this spring, and in anticipation, the Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA) has launched a third party advertising campaign:
You can visit the full campaign website here: https://www.ontariobuildmorehomes.ca/
As part of the campaign, OHBA is also looking to interview people as part of a Facebook video stream. Volunteers will be asked to meet on May 3 for about 15-20 minutes to talk about the current housing market and what they are seeing/experiencing. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Stacey as soon as possible.
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