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Whitby Commercial

Rosewater Developments is planning a multiuse commercial campus in north Whitby. The net 117 acres will be moved through the approval process to full commercial zoning.

The subject lands are already in Brooklin’s Secondary Plan and call for designation as employment lands for commercial use as per a 2013 Ontario Municipal Board ruling. The extension of Highway 407 runs through the site and 10 acres have already been expropriated to accommodate construction of the Thickson exit.

Rosewater will be using Dillon (Engineering Consultants) and MHBC (Planning Consultants) to manage the technical studies and applications to be submitted to the Town. The Brooklin Landowners Group or BLG (17 builders/developers including Mattamy) is working with Malone Givens Parsons on delivering the work to help the City complete the Secondary Plan and the residential or commercial zoning being sought by all parties.

The project is progressing well and has proven to be a critical parcel in that market area. We have secured our position as part of the landowners group whom together will be continuing to push the development process forward.

Frank Margani, Former EVP Strategy & Development, Fortress Real Developments

Project Updates

March, 2019

The development timeline for this project has been extended two years.

November, 2018

The Brooklin Secondary Plan was approved by Whitby Council on October 30th of 2017 and adopted by the Region of Durham on July 12th 2018. An appeal to the Brooklin Secondary Plan was received on August 1st related to a “District Park” designation in the north portion of the plan (approx. 6kms from the subject lands). The appeal is currently awaiting consideration by the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

July, 2018

The Zoning By-law amendment submission is pending regional approval of the secondary plan. The region exercised their rights to a 90-day extension and the new deadline for approval is set for the third quarter of this year.

April, 2018

With enactment of the Brooklin Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment No.108 (OPA 108)) having been approved, OPA 108 is now with the Durham Regional Planning Department for final review. Once approved, a Zoning By-law Amendment application will be submitted to the Municipality. Submission is anticipated for Q2/Q3-2018.

January, 2018

The final implementation report to enact the Brooklin Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment No. 108 (OPA 108)) has now been approved by Municipal Council, a significant milestone in the development approval process. OPA 108 has now been forwarded to the Durham Regional Planning Department for final review. A Zoning By-law Amendment application will be submitted to the municipality after the Region approves OPA 108. Submission is tentatively scheduled by Q2-2018.

October, 2017

Formal Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment applications will be submitted to the Municipality in Q4-2017. A final implementation report to enact the Brooklin Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment) is anticipated later this year.

July, 2017

A Public Planning Meeting was held on June 13, 2017 to present a final draft of the proposed Brooklin Secondary Plan. A final implementation report to enact the Brooklin Secondary Plan (Official Plan Amendment) is not expected to be before Council for approval until September 2017. A Zoning By-law submission to the municipality will follow shortly after Secondary Plan approval

March, 2017

Planning staff at the Town of Whitby presented a preferred option of the Brooklin Secondary Plan to Council in March of 2017. This plan reflected some of the CEALG (Landowner group) recommendations and acknowledged that further review of the technical reports is ongoing. The development team anticipates approval of the Brooklin Secondary Plan at some point this summer. Completion of the Secondary Plan will be a major milestone achievement for this development and the Brooklin community.

January, 2017

A planning justification and land use concept was submitted to Town staff on behalf of the Conlin Employment Area Landowner Group (CEALG) regarding the Brooklin Secondary Plan in November 2016 to recommend the inclusion of the CEALG Concept Plan into the Brooklin Secondary Plan. Rosewater Management Group met with Town staff in December and they are reviewing the proposed submission. Town staff will be bringing forward an update report on the status of the Brooklin Secondary Plan to Council in Q1-2017. Tentative approval of the Secondary Plan is expected in the summer of 2017. Completion of the Secondary Plan will be a major milestone achievement for this development and the Brooklin community.

October, 2016

The Town of Whitby is anticipated to release recommendations on the Brooklin Secondary Plan later this year, and the developer continues to work with the municipality as this process unfolds. Moving forward and completing the updated Official Plan will be a major milestone achievement for this development and the Brooklin community.

July, 2016

The development team continues to lead the landowners group to influence the Brooklin Secondary Plan process. The team is also working on the engineering, environmental and planning background studies, as well as meeting with municipal stakeholders involved in the land development.

April, 2016

The Town of Whitby is currently processing the Brooklin Secondary Land Use Plan which will allow development to proceed. The developer continues to work with their consultant team and the landowners group to support their interests in moving the development forward.

January, 2016

The developer is currently negotiating detailed cost-sharing agreements within the land owners group for south Brooklin. Rosewater is working with the Town of Whitby and their consultant, MHBC Planning, on supporting the interests of the land owners group.

July, 2015

The developer and the landowners group have been working on the engineering studies in preparation of formal land use planning applications. This fall, the landowners group is expected to make formal presentations and submissions to the municipality.

January, 2015

The team is working with their planning and engineering consultants to complete technical studies required for the applications they plan to submit in the spring of 2015. Planning work will continue through the year with feedback and communication from the city.

July, 2014

Land closing on this project was completed in the summer. Malone Givens Parsons Ltd is leading the planning for this project, and will be working on zoning and approvals with the development team.