Master Drainage Plan – 30% Design Drawings


In 2013, the City completed their Whitevale Master Drainage Plan – Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Report.  The recommendations from the report are as follows:

Intermittent Drainage Feature – Storm Flow Diversion to Whitevale Road Storm Sewer

  • Minor re-grading of the roadside ditch on the east side of North Road to accommodate a portion of the flood flows from the catchment area to the north.
  • Construction of new driveway culverts and a new storm inlet to the Whitevale Road storm sewer.
  • Install new Whitevale Road storm sewer, with increased size to accommodate the additional peak flows from North Road.
  • Replace the existing culvert crossing at North Road in order to convey low flows to the existing drainage feature.

North Road -Resurfacing & Grading

  • Re-surface asphalt road surface in order to reduce erosion and sediment discharging to the Whitevale  Road storm sewer system
  • Carry out minor re-grading along west roadside ditch in order to re-establish proper drainage and install / replace several driveway culverts to facilitate property access

Whitevale Road (East) – Rural Reconstruction

  • Replace the existing road with a new paved rural cross-section and grass ditches, similar to the  current road width.
  • Adjust the road profile to establish proper drainage and minimize flooding of  adjacent properties.
  • Construct a new storm sewer with properly spaced ditch inlets to prevent surface  flooding and erosion.

Whitevale Road (West) – Resurfacing

  • Re-surface asphalt road surface in order to reduce erosion and sediment discharging to West Duffins Creek.
  • Carry out minor re-grading along north roadside ditch in order to re-establish proper drainage and  reduce erosion of the granular shoulder.
  • Re-instate misaligned segment of storm sewer near outfall.
  • Replace the damaged storm sewer outfall with new structure & construct additional outlet enhancements (e.g., outlet pool) in order to improve storm runoff quality and reduce erosion within the valley.
  • Remove debris blockages identified at several manhole / ditch inlet locations.

Local Residential Roads – Local Road Improvements

  • Maintain the existing unpaved rural cross-section
  • Carry out local grading works (i.e. profile, road crown, ditches, etc.) to re-establish proper drainage and minimize flooding of adjacent properties.
  • Regular maintenance.


The city has confirmed that the implementation of the Master Drainage Plan will NOT take place in 2019 despite the original plan.

The detailed design is currently at 30% completion.  The current work scope includes:

North Road

  • Reconstruct road
  • Remove sidewalk on west side
  • Remove trees on east side, including many mature trees
  • Increase size of ditch on east side

Whitevale Road (East)

  • Reconstruct road with rural section
  • Remove sidewalk on south side
  • Remove select trees on south side

Whitevale Road (West)

  • Resurface road
  • No change to current configuration (i.e. no new sidewalks, curbs or ditch configuration)

Local Residential Roads

  • No changes or resurfacing are planned for Byron, Factory, Mill, Churchwin, Gladstone and Golf Club roads

A complete set of drawings can be downloaded here.


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Response to Bill 66: Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act

Duffins Rouge Agricultural PreserveBill 66 could be a major threat to the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve

Legislation is currently in development that could be a major threat to the Rouge-Duffins Agricultural Preserve.

Why should we care? Because half of Whitevale is located within the Preserve.

For those of you not familiar with the Preserve, it is bounded by Hwy 7 to the north, the CP Rail line to the south, The Rouge River to the west, and the West Duffin Creek to the east.

Bill 66 titled, “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act” has many different aspects to it, including allowing municipalities the ability to create by-laws which can lead the way to development within the greenbelt – including the Preserve.

There are a number of online resources that provide an overview of what Bill 66 is about and what it could mean to our future. We have included an important response from the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, which can be found here.

For a brief overview – Ontario Nature provides a concise synopsis:

We also encourage you to read the full details on the government website:

Provincial Issues Have Local Impact in North Pickering


Provincial Issues Have Local Impact in North Pickering
Residents Tutor New Cast of Candidates in Pickering-Uxbridge

Whitevale, ON, June 3, 2018: Thursday will mark the 13th provincial election since the North Pickering expropriation of 1972. The controversy surrounding these lands continues even decades after families were stripped of their homes and hopes by both the federal and provincial governments of the day.

“The governments have changed but the issues remain the same,” says Sandy Rider, long-time resident of Whitevale, “it’s almost as if the governments hope the issues will be forgotten as we die away – but in North Pickering that will never be the case!”

In an effort to ensure that these issues are not forgotten, the Whitevale & District Residents’ Association (WDRA) will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event on June 5th at 7:30 pm at the Whitevale Community Centre. This gathering will provide a venue for residents to bring candidates up-to-speed and for the candidates to share their personal and party views on these issues that will impact not only Pickering residents, but residents throughout the eastern/north-eastern GTA. This evening is meant to be a casual, non-combative opportunity for open dialogue with all Pickering-Uxbridge candidates (except the Liberal candidate who will not be present).

“Our residents have spent more than four decades working with governments at all levels in an effort to see the best case scenario come from the cruel expropriation,” exclaimed Julie Schembri, President of the WDRA. “The real challenge has been that with every change of government comes a complete change of direction”

Construction is underway on current plans for North Pickering that will see the addition of 30,000 new residents over the next five years. This number will grow to over 70,000 by the time development is complete. This means an almost doubling of population of the City of Pickering with very little change to the local and surrounding infrastructure and available services.

“After all these years, North Pickering continues to be powder keg ready to blow,” added Schembri. “You can’t create a new community the size of Sarnia, in such short timeframe, without careful planning and funding for infrastructure and services. We need to ensure that our provincial representative keeps North Pickering on the map at Queen’s Park.”


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.

Grapevine Gospel (Issue #1 – May 2017)


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 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.


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.