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Studies currently in progress or recently completed by the Town of Whitby under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process are briefly described below. We will update this page with current project information as it becomes available.


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West Whitby Major Roads Study

The West Whitby Landowners Group and the Town of Whitby are undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study to confirm the location and characteristics of the following roads within the West Whitby Secondary Plan:

  • Desmond G. Newman Boulevard (formerly New Coronation Road) from Dundas Street to existing Coronation Road north of Taunton Road,
  • Bonacord Avenue from east of Lynde Creek to Desmond G. Newman Boulevard,
  • Twin Streams Road from east of Lynde Creek to Desmond G. Newman Boulevard, and
  • Existing Coronation Road from Rossland Road to Taunton Road.

This Class EA Study is being completed using the integrated approach which is an approved process to meet both the Municipal Class EA and Planning Act (plan of subdivision) requirements at the same time. Each of the four roads is listed in Schedule "C" of the Class EA and this Study is being undertaken in accordance with the full Municipal Class EA process. See Study Area map below.

In addition, the West Whitby Major Roads Study will include the completion of Phases 1 to 2 of the Municipal Class EA, to ensure that the results of the Study do not preclude future potential road links as follows:

  • Bonacord Avenue from Lake Ridge Road to Desmond G. Newman Boulevard (crossing the West Durham Link), and
  • Twin Streams Road from Lake Ridge Road to Desmond G. Newman Boulevard (crossing the West Durham Link).

The above sections may be implemented later and accordingly, the requirements of Phases 3 and 4 of the Municipal Class EA process may be addressed at a time closer to its construction.

The feasibility of providing local road access to the employments lands south of Dundas Street will be also addressed in this study.

Please visit the following webpage for more information:


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Ferguson Avenue Class Environmental Assessment

The Town of Whitby is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for Ferguson Avenue between Highway 7 and Vipond Road. This project will examine options to mitigate operational and safety concerns on Ferguson Avenue in the community of Brooklin.

The study includes the identification of problems and opportunities, the evaluation of alternatives, and the selection of a preferred solution.

Public input is invited for the planning and design of this project. As the project progresses, we will provide current project information through this website for your review and comment.

The following information is now available:


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Detailed Design for a Stormwater Quality Pond within the Pringle Creek Watershed in the Area of Manning Road and Garden Street

The Town of Whitby has commenced with the detailed design of a new Stormwater Quality Pond in the area adjacent to Pringle Creek Park. The construction of the pond is currently slated for 2014. We are holding a Public Open House at the Town Hall on December 4th (6 to 8pm) to obtain public input. The draft preliminary design plans will be available for public review and staff will be on hand to answer any comments/questions that arise.


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White's Bridge over West Lynde Creek on Columbus Road 300m west of Country Lane

The Town of Whitby is conducting a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study to address structural and road geometry issues of White's Bridge. The study includes the identification of problems and opportunities, the evaluation of different alternatives, and the selection of a preferred solution.

Public input is invited for the planning and design of this project. As the project progresses, we will provide current project information through this website for your review and comment.

The following information is now available:


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Garden Street between Dryden Boulevard and Taunton Road

The Town of Whitby has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study for Garden Street between Dryden Boulevard and Taunton Road. This project will study existing and future transportation needs on Garden Street to accommodate the anticipated growth in this area.

Public input is invited for the planning and design of this project. As the project progresses, we will provide current project information through this website for your review and comment.

The following information is now available:


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CP Rail Crossing at New Coronation Road

The Town of Whitby has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study to identify a preferred solution and preliminary design for the new CP Rail Crossing at the New Coronaton Road.

This study is being carried out in accordance with the planning and design process for a Schedule 'B' project as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association 'Municipal Class Environmental Assessment,' (October 2000, as amended in 2011).A higher level of consultation will be undertaken to ensure that all concerns and potential impacts are addressed.

Consultation is a key element of the Class EA process and input will be sought from interested stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, interested members of the public and property owners throughout the study. Two Public Information Centres (PICs) were held to provide project updates and to seek input on the presented material.  Information related to this study is available as follows:

Please call 905.430.4307 if you have accessibility issues on the above information.


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Britannia Avenue West Extention Master Plan - Class EA Study

Tribute Communitites and the Town of Whitby (co-proponents) are carrying out a Master Plan - Class Environmental Assessment Study (the Study) to determine the location and characteristics of the proposed westerly extension of Britannia Avenue from east of proposed Windfields Drive to Thickson Road North. The Proposed arterial road would support planned urban growth in north Whitby and Oshawa and the orderly distribution of traffic across the broader transportation network. 

To obtain more information about this study and to provide your input via the internet, please follow the link below:

Please call 905.430.4307 if you have accessibility issues on the above information.


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Pringle Creek Master Drainage Plan Update - Class Environmental Assessment

The Town of Whitby, in partnership with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for the preparation of a Master Drainage Plan Update for the Pringle Creek Watershed.  The original 1989 Pringle Creek Master Drainage Plan was last updated in 1999. This subsequent update will serve to provide guidance to both the Town and the Authority in continued management of the Pringle Creek watershed in terms of flooding and erosion, resource protection and development.  The purpose of the Master Drainage Plan Update is to provide a comprehensive and long-term management strategy for dealing with existing storm water related issues and to mitigate the impacts generated by future development in the watershed.

The Pringle Creek Watershed is generally located within an area of the Town of Whitby bounded by Brock Street (Highway 12) to the west and Thickson Road to the east. Its drainage area encompasses approximately 31 square kilometers extending from approximately Carnwith Drive and draining southerly to the Whitby Harbour.  The watershed maintains an elongated linear shape that is 13 km long and 4 km wide.
The Class EA will be carried out as a Schedule 'B' Project in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, published by the Municipal Engineer's Association, and approved by the Ministry of the Environment in October 2000 and amended in 2007 & 2011.

Two (2) Public Information Centers will be held over the course of the project to describe the findings of the existing conditions study, and details of the alternative Master Drainage Plans being considered. The recommended Master Drainage Plan will be presented for public input and documented in a Project File which will also be made available for public review.

The following information is now available:


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Cork Drive Traffic Operations Review Study

During the public consultation phase of the Class EA study for the widening of Garden Street between Dryden Boulevard and Taunton Road, residents on Cork Drive raised concerns regarding vehicle travel speed and U-turns. As such, the Town has retained an engineering consultant (i.e. Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited) to conduct an independent Traffic Operations Review Study to examine traffic issues on Cork Drive, and to develop potential mitigating measures.

Public consultation is a key component of this study. Two (2) Open Houses were held for local residents to provide input regarding the traffic issues on Cork Drive, and to provide opportunities to discuss these issues with the project team. Open House No. 1 was held on November 4, 2015 to introduce the study and to obtain input from local residents regarding the traffic issues. Approximately 30 residents have attended this Open House. Open House No. 2 was held on April 20, 2016 to summarize the traffic problems identified by the residents, and to present the potential solutions to address these traffic issues.; Based on input from the residents, the preferred solutions were selected. Approximately 17 residents have attended this Open House

The study was completed and a project report was prepared by the Consultant to document the entire study process including background of the study, existing traffic conditions (i.e. traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, U-turn counts, collision history), public consultation and traffic issues identified, development and assessment of different options to address the traffic issues, and conclusions of the study.

A copy of the report can be downloaded from the link below:

Please call 905.430.4307 if you have accessibility issues on the above information.

Based on this study, the Town will implement the followings to address the traffic issues on Cork Drive:

  1. Education - The Town will prepare educational materials and distribute to local residents within the study area and to encourage drivers to drive more carefully;
  2. Enforcement - The Town will discuss with Durham Regional Police Service to explore ways to address rapid accelerations and to enhance enforcement.Radar trailer will be considered to bring drivers" attention to their speed;
  3. Traffic Signal Timing Review - The Town will request the Region of Durham to review the existing traffic signal timings at surrounding intersections which could potentially affect (i.e. reduce) the traffic volume on Cork Drive;
  4. Patterned Crosswalks - The Town will install patterned crosswalk on Cork Drive at Garden Street and at Fallingbrook Street to address acceleration and U-turn issues by drawing drivers' attention to the presence of pedestrian crossings.
  5. Curb Extensions with Lateral Shift - The Town is planning to construct curb extension on Cork Drive to narrow down the traffic lanes and to provide a lateral shift in order to reduce the operating speed of vehicles on Cork Drive. 

A Notice of Study Completion has been sent out to the local residents within the study area. Please see below the Notice of Study Completion.


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Other EA Studies Being Undertaken Throughout The Town of Whitby by The Region of Durham