The Town of Whitby passed an interim control by-law restricting development in certain areas of the Town on December 7, 2020.
The interim control bylaws (#7699-20 and #7700-20) temporarily prohibit the creation of new intensified residential uses within areas identified in the interim control bylaws and key map for an initial period of one year up to a maximum of two years.
This pause in residential intensification is to allow the Town to undertake a study of the existing mature residential neighbourhoods and examine the regulatory framework of the Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-laws and propose recommendations for amendments that will assist in maintaining the character of the residential neighbourhoods.
This means the Town will not be accepting or processing development applications or building permits for the following types of applications within the identified areas:
- Rebuilding a residential dwelling with 35% or more gross floor area
- Expanding the gross floor area of existing residential dwellings by 35% of more
- Increasing the height of residential dwellings
- Building new residential dwellings on vacant lots that do not meet the exemptions listed in the interim control bylaws
- Any development or redevelopment that serves to increase the number of dwelling units, excluding accessory apartments.
More information on the interim control bylaws can be found here.
The Town has hired SGL Planning & Design Inc. to conduct the related study which will propose recommendations for amendments to assist in maintaining the character of these residential neighbourhoods. The study work commenced in March 2021 and so far, two reports have been released:
More information on the Mature Neighbourhoods Study can be found here.