Timeline 2020 onwards.
The Whitby Green Standard (WGS) is based on the Town’s vision for a healthy, sustainable and complete community as advanced in the Whitby Offcial Plan. The WGS supports a vision for a future Whitby that provides balanced residential and employment growth, high quality of life, and enhanced cultural and natural heritage features. WGS is a tool to assist the Town in implementing and achieving the vision for a sustainable community through the development planning process.
2021 was the first full year of implementing the WGS for all new site plan and plan of subdivision applications. In all, over 70 applications were reviewed, with most applicants exceeding Tier 1 mandatory requirements. In 2021, Whitby Town Council also endorsed a new Corporate Building Policy that requires all new municipal buildings and major retrofits to achieve Tier 3 of the Whitby Green Standard.
In 2022, the Town began working with partners to complete a demonstration project that measures the costs and benefits of integrating advanced sustainability criteria outlined in the Whitby Green Standard. This will include monitoring the design, construction, and occupancy stages to develop 3-6 low-rise residential homes. The outcomes of this project will be used to inform an incentive program that can be applied to promote advanced environmental performance in new home development.
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Action: Green development standards and Incentives