Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan



Downtown Whitby CIP

The Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was adopted by Council at their meeting on June 25, 2018. Subject to no appeals, the Downtown Whitby CIP will be in full force and effect mid-summer.

Final Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan

June 11, 2018 Staff Report 

Application Forms

The Maintenance and Improvement Grants include: Façade Improvement Grant, Sign Grant, Interior Heritage Building Grant and Design Grant programs.

Maintenance and Improvement Grants Information Sheet
Maintenance and Improvement Grants Application Form

The Development Grants include: Development Charge Full or Partial Exemption, Cash-in-lieu (CIL) of Parking and Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG)

Development Grants Application Form

Building a healthy downtown through community improvement

Downtown Whitby Aerial

Downtown Whitby CIP May 14, 2018 Public Meeting

A Public Meeting will be held by the Planning and Development Committee of Council for the Corporation of the Town of Whitby to consider the Draft Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan (CIP):

Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
Council Chambers
Whitby Municipal Building
575 Rossland Road East

The purpose of this meeting is to provide adequate information to the public and to permit interested persons and agencies the opportunity to make representation in respect of the Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan. We will provide a brief overview of the proposed “toolbox” of incentives being recommended in the Downtown Whitby CIP to encourage further revitalization, growth in commercial, office and residential development and investment in Whitby’s historic commercial core. 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, your representation can be filed in writing by mail or personal delivery to reach the Town of Whitby Planning and Development Department not later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday May 28, 2018.

Notice of Public Meeting

Draft Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan

Draft Implementation Guidelines (Appendix C)

Financial Analysis Report

The Town of Whitby retained Hemson Consulting Ltd. to undertake a Financial Analysis on the Downtown Whtby CIP.  A copy of Hemon's report along with the Planning and Development Committee report to the November 27, 2017 meeting are available here:

Finanical Analysis Report

Next Steps:

  • Draft contents of CIP and By-laws
  • Distribute Draft CIP to stakeholders
  • Hold Statutory Public Meeting

About the Plan:

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) provides financial incentives to encourage development and improvements to a specified area within a municipality. The improvements can range from streetscape enhancements, brownfield remediation, building improvements and a change in development form. Currently the Town of Whitby has an approved CIP for Downtown Whitby that offers two programs for commercial business and property owners:

  • Facade Improvement Grant Program which offers downtown commercial business and property owners a grant up to 50% of the costs to a maximum of $5,000 to encourage restoration of historic and significant architectural features of buildings and to stimulate investment in the area.
  • Design Assistance Grant Program which offers a grant up to 50% of the costs to a maximum of $1,500 to help with the cost of professional design fees that can be incurred with a project.

For more information on these existing programs please visit our Facade Improvement Grant Program:

The municipality is undertaking a review of the Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to consider other types of financial incentive and investment programs that could be developed to spur economic activity in Downtown Whitby.

 Past Public Meetings:

An introductory public meeting was held on December 6, 2016 to provide information on the additional types of programs for consideration.

A second public information meeting, held on May 24, 2017 was held to outline possible incentive programs under consideration and some suggested criteria for each program.

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