Seaton – Major Residential Draft Plans

This post lists the Major Residential Draft Plan proposals in the Seaton area.  The majority of these draft plans were approved by OMB Seaton Bylaw 7364/14.  Full details of the draft plans, including the proposed number of units, can be found here.

A map showing the draft plans can be downloaded here.

Below is a brief summary of the plans; they are listed by Owner/Applicant and include the Application Number and the Neighbourhood:

Owner: Metrus

Owner: White Sun

Owner: Lebovic

Owner: Mattamy

Owner: Infrastructure Ontario

Owner: 1133373 Ontario Inc

Whitevale Road Closed

Road ClosedWhitevale Road is closed east of the Hamlet (between Golf Club Road and Sideline 28).  Signage for detour routes have been put in place to assist commuters.  This road closure coincides with the closure of Sideline 26 north of Taunton Road.  All this is part of the major overhaul of Sideline 26 (that will become Whites Road) and construction of Seaton.

Seaton Arterial and Collector Roads Environmental Study Report (Phases 3 & 4)

The Seaton Landowners Group completed a Schedule C Class Environmental Assessment Study for three City of Pickering roads located within the future Seaton Community:

  • Road I – North-South Type C Arterial (Sideline 24)
  • Road IV – East-West Special Type C Arterial
  • Road VI – East-West Employment Collector
Seaton Arterial & Collector Roads

The Class EA Study for the roads was completed in two parts:

  • Part 1: Phases 1 & 2 – Master Environmental Servicing Plan Amendment in July 2013 (MESPA)
  • Part 2: Phases 3 & 4 – Seaton Arterial and Collector Roads Environmental Study; the report and appendices can be viewed below:

Notices & PIC

Comments After Study Completion

Grapevine Gospel (Issue #1 – May 2017)

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Issue #1 – May 2017

We know that Whitevalians are in love with the fact that Whitevale is a quiet, little hamlet where not much changes…it’s like we’re frozen in time. However, the development of Seaton is just around the corner and that means so much around us is going change over the next little while — no matter how we feel about it. In order to help you understand some of what you can expect, the WDRA has developed this newsletter to provide you with the most up-to-date information relating to Seaton and other changes the City is planning both within and around our hamlet.

Download this issue.

In this issue of the Grapevine Gospel:

  1. Seaton on the Horizon: What’s Happening, When and Where
  2. Tale of Two Roads: Changes to the Seaton Traffic Mitigation Plan
  3. The Long and “Bumpy” Road – That Leads to your Door (Re: Master Drainage Plan)
  4. Lighting Up the Town (Re: LED Streetlight Conversion Project)

Stay tuned for future issues…

Subdivisions Adjacent to the Hamlet of Whitevale

Draft Plans of Subdivision

The WDRA is committed to keeping residents informed on the plans and associated timelines as they relate to the development of Seaton. In an effort to do so, we will continue to communicate with the Seaton Stakeholders to obtain and understand the most up-to-date information.

At the Oct 19, 2016 meeting of the Association, a presentation was shared with residents that included the most current details based on recent meetings with the City of Pickering and the consultant for White Sun Developments (the landowner in close proximity to the Hamlet). In response, residents have asked to be updated with as much information as possible, including an understanding of lot sizes. To that end, we have found on the City of Pickering’s website the draft plans of subdivision for the White Sun properties (identified in pink below). This will provide you with the most recent ‘public’ information on these plans of subdivision.

Note: Infrastructure Ontario’s plan for subdivision (SP-2015-06) was submitted in 2015 but has not been approved yet.

Plans of Subdivision

White Sun Developments (pink on map)

Infrastructure Ontario (grey on map)

  • SP-2015-06 (Gravel Pits and Adjacent to Cemetery)

 

Meeting Summary – Private Water Well Monitoring Program

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Whitevale residents gathered to listen to a presentation by representatives of WSP Consulting and the Region of Durham on the subject of the Durham Private Water Well Monitoring Program for Whitevale.

There was great discussion and the majority of the residents’ questions were addressed through the presentation.  Click here to download the presentation slides.

 

Below are a few key highlights of the presentation:

Private Water Well Monitoring Program

The program is being conducted to determine impacts to private well water in the hamlet as a result of construction of regional ‘spine’ services only (water/sanitary/storm and road construction).  This survey is not related to ongoing impacts from all other Seaton construction (i.e. this survey is not meant to measure impacts to well water as a result of the new houses/subdivisions themselves).

The program is being offered at no cost to residents and will consist of the following phases:

  1. Phase 1 – Baseline Survey:
    ● 
    Meant to provide the Region with pre-constructiongroundwater conditions in the Whitevale area, with respect to water quantity and quality.
    ● This baseline information will be used to determine if the construction of regional ‘spine’ services caused any negative impacts to well water in the hamlet.
    ● Timing: NOW
    ● Eligibility: Homes on both east and west sides of the hamlet. Does not include homes owned by the province.
  2. Phase 2 – Pre-Construction Water Level Monitoring:
    ● A minimum of 15 wells will be selected based on the information collected in Phase 1.
    ● Both deep drilled wells and shallow dug wells will be included to give an approximation of the groundwater conditions in the area.
    ● This phase will only monitor groundwater levels (quantity), but will not measure quality.
    ● A monitoring device (data logger) will be inserted into the well to record water levels and information will be downloaded from the device every quarter.
    ● Timing: Begins after the Baseline Survey (Phase 1) and continues for a minimum of 1 year (ends once construction begins for regional services).
  3. Phase 3 –Construction Water Level Monitoring:
    ● 
    Will only include the 15wells included in Phase 2.
    ● This phase will continue to monitor groundwater quantity.
    ● Water quality sampling will only be performed if there is a suspected impact; this is typically in response to a homeowner reporting a change in quality.
    ● Data collection intervals will be increased from quarterly to weekly.
    ● Timing: Takes place during select regional construction activities; expected to begin in over a year from now.
  4. Phase 4 – Post-Construction Water Level Monitoring:
    ● 
    Upon completion of regional spine services construction, additional water quality sampling and water level measurements will be completed.
    ● Wells identified as being impacted by regional construction will be closely monitored to determine if their conditions return to an acceptable level.

Durham Region’s Well Interference Policy

Provides relief to residents where their private well has been impacted by the construction of regional services only (i.e. NOT in relation to construction of housing/subdivisions).

●Applies when there is a negative impact, such as:

● Lowering of the water level in the well beyond a usable level; and/or

● Negative impact on the quality of the water.

● Temporary Relief: If a temporary negative impact occurs (identified during Phase 3 monitoring), then the region will provide potable water until such time that the well returns to a usable level.

● Permanent Relief: If it is determined that the impact is permanent (identified during Phase 4 monitoring), then the region would cover the cost of drilling a new well(s).The Region confirmed that because Whitevale is deemed outside the serviced area and services will not be provided to the hamlet, the only permanent option available would be the drilling of a new well(s) and would not include connecting to the regional water supply.

A copy of the Region’s Well Interference Policy can be downloaded here.

Additional Information

● Various resource materials were provided by WSP and are available at the WACC for residents’ access

● A map of area wells can be downloaded here.

Next Step:

A representative from WSP will be in Whitevale starting this coming Tuesday, in order to start work on completing the surveys and sampling. If you plan to participate and haven’t yet signed up, please contact Scott Watson (of WSP) by email at Scott.Watson@wspgroup.com or by phone: 705-445-0064, to schedule your appointment. They would like to have the surveys completed ASAP to allow sufficient time for a 1-year pre-construction monitoring program.  For those on the west side of Whitevale who didn’t receive the survey, you are encouraged to contact WSP directly, as the decision was made during the meeting to now include all property owners within the hamlet boundaries.

 

The WDRA executive and members of the Water Preservation Committee are firmly committed to working toward ensuring that residents are kept informed during this important process. We believe that it is essential that the hamlet have a comprehensive database of existing well water conditions in the event that there is a problem.  This study provides us with the opportunity to achieve this objective while having it paid for by the developers. The more residents that participate, the better and more reliable the information/data the community will have in the future if we need it.

 

We will continue to keep you posted on any new developments.

 

Ground Water Supply Survey

By now all households should have been contacted by a representative from WSP regarding the testing of Hamlet wells in order to establish a “pre-Seaton” baseline in terms of quantity and quality.

Download

View Survey

The WSP representative has agreed to meet with residents on July 6, 8:00 pm at the Whitevale Community Centre in order to answer our questions so that we can all make an informed decision prior to agreeing to take part. In preparation for the meeting with the consultant/Region, the Water Preservation Committee is working to develop a list of questions to be addressed by WSP/Durham Region. This list of questions will be provided to the consultant in advance of the July 6th meeting with them.
Groundwater Resources
Below are some useful references related to well water quality and quantity.

Council Endorsement of Heritage Lot Recommendations

Director, City Development, Report PLN 10-16
Cultural Heritage Evaluations for Heritage Lots located in the Seaton Urban Area

The map below identifies the properties in question:

Planning & Development Committee Meeting Minutes from Monday, June 20, 2016

Discussion ensued with respect to the designation process. Members also sought clarification on the designation for 750 Whitevale Road.

Recommendation

Moved by Mayor Ryan
Seconded by Councillor Johnson

  1. That Council endorse the recommendations of the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee to designate the following properties under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act:

    3250 Sideline 28

    3250 Sideline 28

    940 Whitevale Road

    940 Whitevale Road

    1200 Whitevale Road

    1200 Whitevale Road

    3215 Sideline 28

    3215 Sideline 28

    3185 Sideline 26

    3185 Sideline 26

    1390 Whitevale Road

    1390 Whitevale Road

    750 Whitevale

    750 Whitevale Road

    1125 Whitevale Road

    1125 Whitevale Road

    3285 Sideline 20

    3285 Sideline 20

  2. That Council authorize staff to prepare the appropriate heritage materials, including notices and designating by-laws, and report back to Council at a future date;
  3. That, with respect to the former Whitevale school property located at 3215 Sideline 28, Council authorize staff: to investigate the use of the property for a municipal purpose once the tenant is no longer residing on the property; to enter into discussions with Infrastructure Ontario and the current tenant regarding the future ownership and use of the many artifacts associated to the former school; and to report back to Council on these matters;
  4. That Council authorize staff to prepare a reference plan to illustrate the appropriate size and configuration to retain the heritage context of the stone house located at 750 Whitevale Road;
  5. That Council request Infrastructure Ontario to manage the properties in compliance with the Standards & Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage properties; and
  6. That a copy of this Report and Council’s Resolution be forwarded to Infrastructure Ontario, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association, and the owners of 3285 Sideline 20 (Francis and Jennifer Dempsey).

Carried


Additional Info from the Planning & Development Committee Agenda for Monday, June 20, 2016

615 WhitevaleThe property located at 615 Whitevale Road, was included in one of Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessments for demolition. The heritage evaluation for the property was completed first and reported on at the September 2015 meeting of Council. At that meeting, Council endorsed the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee recommendations opposing demolition and recommending designation of 615 Whitevale Road under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Cultural Heritage Evaluations for Heritage Lots located in the Seaton Urban Area

City Development, Report PLN 10-16
Cultural Heritage Evaluations for Heritage Lots located in the Seaton Urban Area

Cultural Heritage Evaluations Map

Download

Download Report

To be discussed at the upcoming:

Planning & Development Committee Meeting – June 20, 2016 @ 7PM – Pickering City Hall 

Executive Summary:

The City issued a Request for Proposal to retain a qualified heritage consultant to undertake Cultural Heritage Property Evaluations for ten built heritage resources located in the Seaton Urban Area identified in Pickering Official Plan Amendment 22 with a “Heritage Lot” notation (see Location Map, Attachment #1 ). The properties are currently owned by the Province of Ontario and managed by the Infrastructure Ontario and Lands Corporation, with the exception of the property located at 3285 Sidel_ine 20, which is privately owned.

The property located at 615 Whitevale Road, was included in one of Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessments for demolition. The heritage evaluation for the property was completed first and reported on at the September 2015 meeting of Council. At that meeting, Council endorsed the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee recommendations opposing demolition and recommending designation of 615 Whitevale Road under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The City’s heritage consultant concludes that the remaining nine properties meet the criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest under Ontario Regulation 9/06. Staff recognize individual property designation by municipalities do not apply to a property that is Provincially-owned.

However, given the significance of the buildings and that the properties meet the criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest under Ontario Regulation 9/06, staff in consultation with the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee, recommend to Council individual designations under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Additionally, given the significant of the former Whitevale school property at 3215 Whitevale Road, it is recommended that staff be authorized to: investigate the use of the property for a municipal purpose; enter into discussions with Infrastructure Ontario and the current tenant regarding the future ownership and use of the many artifacts associated to the former school; and report back to Council on these matters.

Recommendations:

  1. That Council endorse the recommendations of the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee to designate the following properties under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act: 3250 Sideline 28; 3215 Sideline 28; 750 Whitevale Road; 940 Whitevale Road; 3185 Sideline 26; 1125 Whitevale Road; 1200 Whitevale Road; 1390 Whitevale Road; and 3285 Sideline 20;
  2. That Council authorize staff to prepare the appropriate heritage materials, including notices and designating by-laws, and report back to Council at a future date;
  3. That, with respect to the former Whitevale school property located at 3215 Sideline 28, Council authorize staff: to investigate the use of the property for a municipal purpose once the tenant is no longer residing on the property; to enter into discussions with Infrastructure Ontario and the current tenant regarding the future ownership and use of the many artifacts associated to the former school; and to report back to Council on these matters;
  4. That Council authorize staff to prepare a reference plan to illustrate the appropriate size and configuration to retain the heritage context of the stone house located at 750 Whitevale Road;
  5. That Council request Infrastructure Ontario to manage the properties in compliance with the Standards & Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage properties; and
  6. That a copy of this Report and Council’s Resolution be forwarded to Infrastructure Ontario, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association, and the owners of 3285 Sideline 20 (Francis and Jennifer Dempsey).