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Background Information

Draft Official Plan Amendment 2016 - Amendment Number 107

This is the Clarington Draft Official Plan Amendment that was released on May 30, 2016 for public review and comments.

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Companion Guide for the Proposed Changes to the Official Plan

This companion guide has been prepared to assist you in navigating through the proposed changes to the Clarington Official Plan.

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Proposed Official Plan 2015

Clarington's Official Plan is a policy document used to guide the future growth of the Municipality. The proposed changes to the Official Plan were prepared with the benefit of technical analysis and input from the public.

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Commercial Market Analysis Update

Commercial Market Analysis, Municipality of Clarington

This report evaluates the appropriateness of the existing retail and service floor space thresholds in the Clarington Official Plan and assesses whether there is sufficient commercial land designated in each of the urban areas to accommodate demand until 2031.

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Updated Clarington Community Population and Household Forecast (2013)

The growth forecasts for Clarington focus on population, households and employment to 2031 and examined each of these components at a community level for Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle, and the rural areas within Clarington.

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Clarington Community Forecast Population and Employment Projections (2010)

The growth forecasts for Clarington focus on population, households and employment to 2031 and examined each of these components at a community level for Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle, and the rural areas within Clarington.

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Countryside Discussion Papers

Growth Management and Draft Land Budget Report

This report examines the residential land capacity and demand in Clarington and evaluates the Municipality's ability to meet the Provincial and Regional population and household targets.

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Countryside Discussion Papers

Countryside Discussion Paper

This paper provides an evaluation of the effectiveness of rural and agricultural policies in achieving the goals and objectives of the Official Plan and Provincial policies such as the Greenbelt Plan.

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Countryside Discussion Papers

Natural Heritage Discussion Paper

This discussion paper provides educational background information regarding Clarington's natural heritage areas and recommendations on how to update the existing natural heritage system policies and the associated mapping.

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Countryside Discussion Papers

Parks, Open Space and Trails Discussion Paper

The Parks, Open Space and Trails Discussion Paper updates the 1992 Recreation and Leisure Services Master Plan.  The discussion paper evaluates existing and forecasted parkland supply, and discusses current trends.

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Countryside Discussion Papers

Growth Management Discussion Paper

In order to plan for Clarington's growth effectively, this discussion paper presents and evaluates three different growth scenarios to illustrate the potential implications for growth.

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Intensification Discussion Paper

Intensification Discussion Paper

This paper discusses opportunities and constraints for residential intensification in Clarington.   

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Clarington Economic Base and Employment Lands Analysis Update (PDF)

Economic Base and Employment Lands Analysis update report (2014)

This discussion paper provides analysis of Clarington's role in the GTA economy and its share of employment in Durham Region.  It highlights Clarington's employment sector growth, projected employment levels, available employment lands, and policy issues that need to be addressed to maximize economic development potential.

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Intensification Discussion Paper

Economic Base and Employment Lands Discussion Paper (2010)

This discussion paper provides analysis of Clarington's role in the GTA economy and its share of employment in Durham Region.  It highlights Clarington's employment sector growth, projected employment levels, available employment lands, and policy issues that need to be addressed to maximize economic development potential.

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Intensification Discussion Paper

Courtice Main Street

The Courtice Main Street Study examines the Highway 2 corridor in Courtice and replaces the Courtice West Shopping District Secondary Plan.  The purpose of this study was to develop a new vision for redevelopment and intensification in light of recent planning goals towards more compact development.

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Let's Have a Discussion ...

Let's have a Discussion...Improving our Built Environment and the Planning Process

This discussion paper contains two major sections – "Planning Tools and Policy" as well as "Planning Administration".  The "Planning Tools and Policy" section examines the tools that have been provided to municipalities to create better communities while the "Planning Administration" section focuses on the administrative changes such as complete applications.

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An Introductory Discussion Paper

An Introductory Discussion Paper

This discussion paper provides a summary of the major issues and trends that will be examined through the Official Plan review process.

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