General Meeting – March 3, 2020

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Speaker: Municipality of Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster

Mayor Adrian FosterTuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Lions Room
Newcastle Community Hall
20 King Ave. W.
Newcastle

Join your neighbours – bring a friend!

Next General Meeting: Thursday, May 12, 2020

 

Given Road Newcastle – Closure and Sale

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The Municipality is proposing to close and sell Given Road in Newcastle.  The portion of the road runs west of Rudell Road and north of King Ave. West in Newcastle.  The road will be sold to the adjacent property owners and the develop of the property.  The land will be redeveloped are part of the subdivision planned for the area.  ie. Where the trees have all be cut along King Ave across from the fire hall.

Virtual Public Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 29 at 7 PM via Clarington.net/calendar

To participate, register via clarington.net/delegations

 

Newcastle Community Garden Approved

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Council approves a plot of land for Newcastle Community Garden

Newcastle will soon have a community garden. Council voted to establish a community garden on the open space located at 1780 Rudell Road, between the Diane Hamre Recreation Complex and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School. The plot of land will accommodate approximately 70 individual garden beds. The Municipality will sign a memorandum of agreement with the local garden association, allowing those interested residents who do not have access to an outdoor space to grow vegetables and plant flowers.

The Newcastle Community Garden will join Clarington’s two existing gardens, the Bowmanville Garden Allotments located on Haines Street south of Highway 2, and the Liberty Allotment Gardens on Liberty Street south of Baseline Road in Bowmanville. More than 50 residents have expressed interest in establishing a garden in Newcastle.

For more information, read report PWD-014-21.

 

News Updates from the Municipality

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Building Division Update

Building permit activity in Clarington throughout 2020 was very strong and is currently maintaining a steady pace in 2021. The following tables provide a year-end update on the building permit activity for 2020 and include a comparison to 2019.

In 2020, 1,350 building permits were issued, with the residential sector the strongest.

Issued Permit Activity

Building Category Number of Permits 2019 Value of Construction 2019 Number of Permits 2020 Value of Construction 2020 % Change of Value 2020-2019
Residential* 535 $89,729,141 1,170 $304,665,970 239.5%
Industrial 26 $14,691,070 23 $32,247,815 119.5%
Government 5 $1,973,324 9 $45,299,000 2,195.6%
Commercial 54 $15,670,669 65 $11,781,534 -24.8%
Institutional 13 $2,801,850 11 $2,741,213 -2.2%
Agricultural 15 $5,457,000 14 $1,630,900 -70.1%
Demolition 39 $0 58 $0 N/A
Total 687 $130,323,054 1,350 $398,366,432 205.7%

 

* Residential – refers to the construction and permit activity as a result of new residential dwelling units, accessory structures (detached garage, sheds, etc.) and additions (decks, new additions to a home, etc.).


Staff Announcements


New Energy and Climate Change Response Coordinator

We are very excited to announce that Doran Hoge is staying permanently in his role as Energy and Climate Change Response Coordinator in Planning and Development Services.

Doran joined the Municipality on contract in April 2019, coordinating the development of the Clarington Corporate Climate Action Plan and championing the Inter-Departmental Climate Change Working Group. In addition to these responsibilities, Doran has worked with other departments and leveraged key partnership and funding opportunities to develop the Municipality’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plan. Before arriving in Clarington, Doran worked as the Climate Change Programs Coordinator at the Region of Durham. Doran has a PhD in Environmental Sociology from the University of Guelph, and in December 2020, he completed his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

In his role, Doran will adopt an integrated approach to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change and reduce the Corporation’s greenhouse gas footprint. He will continue to collaborate with the Interdepartmental Climate Change Working Group and staff across all departments to implement the Clarington Corporate Climate Action Plan (CCCAP). Doran will also coordinate the Municipality’s role in Regional community-scale climate actions.

Congratulations, Doran.


Principal Planner – Development Review

Tracey Webster has accepted the recently approved Principal Planner position in the Development Review Branch.

Over the past four years, Tracey has been a co-lead on the comprehensive Zoning By-law Review Project – ZONE Clarington. To formulate the new Zoning By-law, Tracey has reviewed and analyzed Clarington’s existing Zoning By-laws, those from other municipalities, Official Plans and Provincial policy documents. Tracey was part of the team that created Zoning By-law 2005-109, which covers the Oak Ridges Moraine in Clarington and is the template for the new Zoning By-law. Tracey has more than 15 years of experience in Clarington’s Development Review Branch, processing major residential, industrial and institutional developments and minor variances. Tracey has been applying planning policies, analyzing studies and reports, and combining input from other departments and organizations to review the development applications. In some cases, Tracey had to negotiate with applicants and members of the public to find consensus, which was reflected in the ultimate recommendations made to Council.

Before joining Clarington, Tracey worked for the Town of Whitby and the City of Cambridge. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Tracey has an Honours Degree in Geography from Trent University and is an Applications Specialist in Geographic Information Systems. Tracey has been advancing her education by taking a Project Management Foundations program. Tracey is a mentor to young planners, assisting them in achieving the requirements needed to obtain the Registered Professional Planners membership.

Congratulations, Tracey.


Planner I – Development Review

We are pleased to announce that Aibelle Babista has accepted the full-time Planner 1 position in the Development Review Branch. Aibelle graduated from the University of Waterloo, where she received a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) in Planning and Urban Design degree.

Aibelle joined the Planning and Development Services Department as a summer student in May 2018 in the Special Projects Branch, researching policy and zoning projects. In August 2019, Aibelle accepted a contract Planner 1 position to assist with the Zoning By-law review and Neighbourhood Character Study. She has been providing support to Senior Planners in the Community Planning Branch, organizing numerous secondary plan meetings and review currently underway.

Congratulations, Aibelle.


Trees for Rural Roads – Application Deadline March 31, 2021

The Municipality of Clarington, Central Lake Ontario and Ganaraska Region Conservation Authorities, and other funding partners have teamed up to offer the Trees for Rural Roads program. This annual program was established in 2012, offering native trees free of charge to rural Clarington residents for planting along municipal roadways abutting private land. In addition to the environmental benefits, the program contributes to local historic preservation and community engagement through volunteerism. To date, more than 6,500 trees have been planted using this program.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 program is March 31, 2021.

The Municipality will continue to adhere to all Provincial Regulations and guidance from Durham Region Public Health. If the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires cancellation of the 2021 program, successful applicants will be pre-approved for participation in 2022. The health and safety of our residents and staff are our utmost priority.

Program guidelines and the 2021 application form are available at www.clarington.net/TreesForRuralRoads.

Questions? Contact Amy Burke at aburke@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2423.

Winter Registration Postponed by 1 Week

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The municipality has decided to postpone the registration of winter activities.  The posting is a follows…

Due to COVID-19, we will be postponing our Winter Registration by a week. Residents will now be able to register on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at 7 a.m. for all recreation, fitness and swimming lessons. You can register online at www.clarington.net/BeActive or call 905-987-5667 ext. 2552. We apologize for the inconvenience this delay may be causing, and we appreciate your continued support.

 

Clarington New Years Activity Kits

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Clarington is making available activity kits for children this year.  You can register for your kits via the links below.

Register for New Year Celebration Activity Kits

Celebrate the New Year with your family and Clarington by picking up a free activity kit to join in the virtual party. Limited quantities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of two kits per family. To register for your kit, choose your pickup location from the menu below and click the Eventbrite link to select your pickup timeslot.

 Courtice
Register for your kit. Please note there is a limit of two kits per registration.Pickup time: Tuesday, December 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pickup location: 

Courtice Community Complex
2950 Courtice Road, Courtice

 Bowmanville
Register for your kit. Please note there is a limit of two kits per registration.Pickup time: Tuesday, December 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pickup location:

Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
2440 Durham Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville

Newcastle
Register for your kit. Please note there is a limit of two kits per registration.Pickup time: Monday, December 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pickup location:

Diane Hamre Recreation Complex
1780 Rudell Road, Newcastle

 Orono
Register for your kit. Please note there is a limit of two kits per registration.Pickup time: Monday, December 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Pickup location:

Clarington Public Library, Orono Branch
127 Church Street, Orono

Clarington New Years Family Events

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The Municipality is putting together New Years family events this year.  Here how you can join in the activities.

This year we’re celebrating the New Year a little differently. We know this year has been tough with physical distancing and other restrictions, so we are bringing the party to you on January 2 and 3, 2021, through our Facebook page.

Tune in to Clarington’s Facebook Page on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2021, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be short videos shared throughout each day. Watch on a computer or stream to a TV, enjoy the activities.

Schedule of events Saturday, January 2, 2021
Time Video
Noon Greetings from Mayor Foster
1 p.m. Light Up the New Year Lantern Craft
2 p.m. Soper Creek Wildlife Centre
3 p.m. Zumba Dance Party
Schedule of events Sunday, January 3, 2021
Time Video
Noon Clarington Public Library Storytime
1 p.m. Disappearing Candy Canes with Scientists in Schools
2 p.m. Magic with WonderPhil
3 p.m. Gentle Meditation and Family Stretchin

Municipality of Clarington – Funding available for not-for-profit and volunteer-based organizations

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Clarington’s Community Funding Program provides opportunities to Clarington’s not-for-profit and volunteer-based organizations to grow and make a difference in our community.

Join our Community Funding Cafés to ask questions and learn more about the Community Funding Program application process.

For more information, visit www.clarington.net/funding or contact communitydevelopment@clarington.net.

Accessing the Meetings

Join the meeting on your computer or mobile app by clicking the link below or access the meeting by phone (audio only) using the phone number and conference ID below.

Friday, December 4, at noon
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 340 963 625#

Monday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m.
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 413 138 957#

Wednesday, December 9, at noon
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 957 185 289#

Friday, December 11, at 9:30 a.m.
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 680 788 424#

Wednesday, December 16, at 9:30 a.m.
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 722 779 425#

Thursday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m.
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 453 216 830#

Monday, December 21, at noon
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 216 798 835#

Tuesday, December 29, at 6:30 p.m.
1-289-274-8255 Phone Conference ID: 474 926 006#

Municipality of Clarington – Volunteers Apply Now: Funding Program Review Committee

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Clarington is looking for three people to volunteer on the new Community Funding Program Review Committee. Appointees to this position will review grant applications from eligible organizations who contribute to the community.

For more information about the Community Funding Program, visit www.clarington.net/Funding.

Applicant requirements:
Successful applicants will be knowledgeable about not-for-profit and charitable organizations, our community and local events. They will be able to commit to 25 volunteer hours or more in January and February 2021 to review and and make recommendations on the grant applications.

How to apply
Submit your application by November 29, 2020. For additional information, contact communitydevelopment@clarington.net.

Durham Region Survey … Services for People with Disabilities

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Here is an opportunity to help improve services for people with disabilities in our area at the regional level.  Region is taking a survey how services are and can be improved.

Are you a person with a disability who has used Durham Region services? We invite you to tell us about your experience.

Our goal is to learn more about the services that residents access; what Durham Region has done well; and how Regional services can be improved.  Don’t have a disability?  We would still like to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts in this short survey.

Thank you for being part of Your Voice Durham. We value your input, and remain committed to delivering service excellence to our growing and diverse community.

Kind regards,

The Project Team

As of October 30th – Durham Region activates more red light cameras in select locations

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Whitby, Ontario – As part of Durham Vision Zero’s goal to eliminate fatalities on our roadways, Durham Region has activated more red light cameras at select locations throughout Durham Region to help improve traffic safety.

When: Five more red light cameras have been activated as of today (October 30).

Where:            

New Locations

  • Highway 2 at Courtice Road, Clarington
  • Stevenson Road North at King Street West, Oshawa
  • Simcoe Street North at Rossland Road West, Oshawa
  • Ritson Road North at Bond Street East, Oshawa
  • Liverpool Road at Bayly Street, Pickering

Other Active Locations

  • Westney Road North at Delaney Drive, Ajax
  • Simcoe Street North at Conlin Road, Oshawa
  • Thickson Road at Dundas Street East, Whitby

Coming Soon

  • Salem Road at Bayly Street East, Ajax
  • Taunton Road East at Lake Ridge Road, Whitby
  • Taunton Road East at Altona Road, Pickering

Why: Red light running has the potential to cause serious injury or death for both the offending driver and innocent victims. The Region’s collision records database shows 534 collisions over a three-and-a-half-year period at signalized intersections where the cause was specifically attributed to a driver disobeying traffic control indications. Many of these collisions resulted in significant injuries and sometimes death.

The Region of Durham is one of many municipalities across Ontario using red light cameras to create safer roads. For more information on red light cameras in Durham Region, visit durham.ca/RedLightCameras.

Durham Vision Zero is a long-term plan