Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan Update

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Have ideas for how to improve Downtown Whitby?

While the Phase 2 Open House and Engagement Survey have now closed, you can continue to provide feedback via the project contact details listed below. Feedback gathered during Phase 2 will help the Town identify a preferred Land Use Concept and updated policies for the Secondary Plan. Future Community Open Houses will be hosted as the project progresses. Check back for Phase 3 engagement opportunities later in 2021.

The Secondary Plan will influence the look and feel of Downtown Whitby for the long-term. As residents, business owners, property owners and stakeholders, you have an important role to play in shaping the area's future vitality and sustainability.

Get Involved

Feedback collected during Phase 1 of the project helped to shape the design of two proposed Land Use Concept options for Downtown Whitby. Each concept includes potential building heights, land uses (ex. residential, commercial), roads, parks, and urban squares. Now, as part of Phase 2 of the project, feedback is being gathered on the proposed ideas in the Land Use Concept options that you prefer.

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

While the Phase 2 Open House and Engagement Survey have now closed, you can continue to provide feedback by contacting the project team at the email and/or phone number provided under the "Project Contact Details" section of this website.

Please note that the Phase 2 Land Use Concept Options are for consideration. No recommendations or decisions have been made at this time. Feedback from this survey will help inform Phase 3 of the project, which includes the development of a Preferred Land Use Concept and further opportunities for engagement.

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.

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.

Stay Informed

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.

Have ideas for how to improve Downtown Whitby?

While the Phase 2 Open House and Engagement Survey have now closed, you can continue to provide feedback via the project contact details listed below. Feedback gathered during Phase 2 will help the Town identify a preferred Land Use Concept and updated policies for the Secondary Plan. Future Community Open Houses will be hosted as the project progresses. Check back for Phase 3 engagement opportunities later in 2021.

The Secondary Plan will influence the look and feel of Downtown Whitby for the long-term. As residents, business owners, property owners and stakeholders, you have an important role to play in shaping the area's future vitality and sustainability.

Get Involved

Feedback collected during Phase 1 of the project helped to shape the design of two proposed Land Use Concept options for Downtown Whitby. Each concept includes potential building heights, land uses (ex. residential, commercial), roads, parks, and urban squares. Now, as part of Phase 2 of the project, feedback is being gathered on the proposed ideas in the Land Use Concept options that you prefer.

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

While the Phase 2 Open House and Engagement Survey have now closed, you can continue to provide feedback by contacting the project team at the email and/or phone number provided under the "Project Contact Details" section of this website.

Please note that the Phase 2 Land Use Concept Options are for consideration. No recommendations or decisions have been made at this time. Feedback from this survey will help inform Phase 3 of the project, which includes the development of a Preferred Land Use Concept and further opportunities for engagement.

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.

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.

Stay Informed

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.

    Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. Your feedback will help shape the look and feel of Downtown Whitby for today and in the future through the update of the Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for registering to attend the Downtown Whitby Secondary Plan – Virtual Community Open House #2 presentation on the proposed Land Use Concept options. 

    The online presentation is scheduled for Thursday, June 10 from 7 – 8pm.

    Your registration information is collected per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and is collected for the purpose of attending this event only.

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  • 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.

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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. 

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