Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan Update

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Thank you for your interest in this project. Public consultation for the Virtual Community Open House has concluded.  

You can continue to provide ideas and input at any time throughout the project, by contacting the project team at 905-430-4306 or by emailing downtownsecondaryplan@whitby.ca

Downtown Whitby storefronts

About the Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan Update

Downtown Whitby is known for its historic commercial core, surrounded by residential neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces, schools, and cultural institutions. It is home to an eclectic mix of businesses and services. All contribute to the area’s uniqueness and charm.

As Whitby’s population grows, Downtown Whitby is one of several areas identified in the Town of Whitby Official Plan that will share some of that population and job growth. The Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan helps to manage growth in a manner that is specific and suitable for the downtown area. The Secondary Plan is being updated to:

  • guide population and job growth, land use, and development in Downtown Whitby;
  • maintain and enhance its unique heritage, economic strengths and sense of place;
  • support a range of housing options and a mix of uses;
  • improve access to transit and active transportation options;
  • enhance public open space, walkability, and the natural environment; and
  • promote a healthy, vibrant and sustainable downtown core, offering a high quality of life for local residents, businesses, and visitors to the area.

Why does it matter to you?

The Secondary Plan will influence the look and feel of Downtown Whitby for the long-term. As residents and stakeholders, you have an important role to play in shaping the area's future by providing ideas for important neighbourhood features like park spaces and public amenities, street patterns, and the types, heights, and locations of buildings, for example.

The study area for the Secondary Plan Update is bound by the Canadian Pacific Rail line to the north, Garden Street to the east, Highway 401 to the south and Cochrane Street to the west.

Have ideas of how to improve Downtown Whitby?

Watch the short presentation and read the documents provided.

While this first Community Open House closed on January 7, 2021, the next Community Open House is being planned for later in Spring of 2021. You can also provide your ideas and input at any time throughout the project, by contacting the project team at the email and/or phone number provided under the "Project Contact Details" section of this website.

Note: Comments are collected per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Individual responses to comments will not be provided. A summary will be posted after the Community Open House closes.

Stay Informed Throughout the Project

Follow this project and sign up online to become an Interested Party. Need assistance or have further questions? Contact Planning and Development Department Staff under Project Contact Details on the right-hand side of this page.

By becoming an Interested Party you are requesting ongoing project information for the Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan update, including notice of any public meetings and information on appeal rights.

About the Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan Update

Downtown Whitby is known for its historic commercial core, surrounded by residential neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces, schools, and cultural institutions. It is home to an eclectic mix of businesses and services. All contribute to the area’s uniqueness and charm.

As Whitby’s population grows, Downtown Whitby is one of several areas identified in the Town of Whitby Official Plan that will share some of that population and job growth. The Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan helps to manage growth in a manner that is specific and suitable for the downtown area. The Secondary Plan is being updated to:

  • guide population and job growth, land use, and development in Downtown Whitby;
  • maintain and enhance its unique heritage, economic strengths and sense of place;
  • support a range of housing options and a mix of uses;
  • improve access to transit and active transportation options;
  • enhance public open space, walkability, and the natural environment; and
  • promote a healthy, vibrant and sustainable downtown core, offering a high quality of life for local residents, businesses, and visitors to the area.

Why does it matter to you?

The Secondary Plan will influence the look and feel of Downtown Whitby for the long-term. As residents and stakeholders, you have an important role to play in shaping the area's future by providing ideas for important neighbourhood features like park spaces and public amenities, street patterns, and the types, heights, and locations of buildings, for example.

The study area for the Secondary Plan Update is bound by the Canadian Pacific Rail line to the north, Garden Street to the east, Highway 401 to the south and Cochrane Street to the west.

Have ideas of how to improve Downtown Whitby?

Watch the short presentation and read the documents provided.

While this first Community Open House closed on January 7, 2021, the next Community Open House is being planned for later in Spring of 2021. You can also provide your ideas and input at any time throughout the project, by contacting the project team at the email and/or phone number provided under the "Project Contact Details" section of this website.

Note: Comments are collected per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Individual responses to comments will not be provided. A summary will be posted after the Community Open House closes.

Stay Informed Throughout the Project

Follow this project and sign up online to become an Interested Party. Need assistance or have further questions? Contact Planning and Development Department Staff under Project Contact Details on the right-hand side of this page.

By becoming an Interested Party you are requesting ongoing project information for the Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan update, including notice of any public meetings and information on appeal rights.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    You are invited to consider ways in which Downtown Whitby will grow and develop over the long-term. Your answers to this short, 10-question survey will help the Town plan for sustainable land use and development in Downtown Whitby to help it meet the needs of the community today and in the future.

    Thank you for your interest in this project. Public consultation for the Virtual Community Open House has concluded.  

    You can continue to provide ideas and input at any time throughout the project, by contacting the project team at 905-430-4306 or by emailing downtownsecondaryplan@whitby.ca

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to hear your ideas on where and what you would like to see in Downtown Whitby.  Four image boards are provided for inspiration to get your ideas flowing. You can always add different or additional examples to your response if you think something is missing. 

    Thank you for your interest in this project. Public consultation for the Virtual Community Open House has concluded.  

    You can continue to provide ideas and input at any time throughout the project, by contacting the project team at 905-430-4306 or by emailing downtownsecondaryplan@whitby.ca

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