Clarington, ON Residents: Be Aware

Clarington, ON Residents: Be Aware

If you live in Clarington,  this important information could adversely affect you or anyone you know living in the area..

The Clarington Official Plan and key provincial planning documents have recently been updated. As a result, regulations and zones in the current Zoning By-laws are in conflict and must be amended. A new Zoning By-law is being prepared to implement the Official Plan’s policies.

The first draft Zoning By-law contains general regulations and definitions that apply to all of Clarington – both the rural and urban areas. This phase also focuses on the zone categories and mapping for Clarington’s rural areas.

Click on the PDF below to compare the current zoning (2nd Tab on the top and compare it to the proposed zoning which is the 3rd tab on the top. As you can see from these 2 maps, this new proposal makes most of Clarington a EP (Environmentally Protected) area. Zoom in to see how this could adversely affect your property. Click on the PDF, If it doesn’t work copy and paste this url into your browser.

How does this affect you?

  • Consider this:  If your property has a Septic system, you may not be able to get a permit approved by CLOCA to replace it in the future.
  • Will your property value go down because of this change. Most definitely it will have a negative effect.  You may not be able to obtain a building permit in the future.  A personal friend of mine will have his 140 acre parcel of land go from 20-30% to to 97% Environmentally Protected land.
  • Will your property taxes go up: Most definitely: Under the new proposal, the property taxes on the properties affected by this change, will in all likelihood go down as the mill rate and assessed values will be lower due to the Environmental Protected aspect and therefore the TAX $ revenue for the Regional Municipality of Clarington will also go down. How will they re-coup these loses, by increasing everyone’s property taxes assessments or increase the Mill Rates.

These proposed changes are to come into effect June 2020.

For more information on this, please give us a call. We will be updating regularly on any progress / or changes that are happening. Stay tuned! This is about to get very interesting.