It has been a privilege to serve as Mayor of the Town of Whitby...

... and to lead this Council team for what has been an extraordinary four years for our Town. 


One of our first official acts as a Council was to unanimously adopt our eight goals for the 2014-2018 term. As I said at the time, we viewed this ambitious and progressive list of goals as "a shared statement by Whitby Council members of what we hope to accomplish together. They are a roadmap, a blueprint and a call to action." 


Since then, with the support of our dedicated Town Staff, residents and stakeholders we have been able to make tremendous progress toward ensuring Whitby is the type of community where people, at any stage in their life, are able to live, work and play.

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR

DOWNTOWN WHITBY

·  Community Improvement Incentives (CIP) adopted

·  Streetscape improvements

·  Business Improvement Area (BIA) established

·  First Streetside patio created

·  Traffic and parking studies underway

·  New Brock Street Brewery landmark building under construction

·  Facade Improvement Grants

·  Farmers Market relocated to Celebration Square

·  Downtown Whitby Action Plan adopted

·  Downtown Gateway Plan approved

·  Open Streets Festival endorsed

DOWNTOWN BROOKLIN

·  Approved major retail/office development at Baldwin and Way

·  Signed Memorandum of Understanding with Province to build bypass and gain control of historic downtown

·  Harvest Festival expanded to Baldwin Street

·  Facade Improvement Grants

COMMUNITY SAFETY

·  Hired a new fire crew

·  Established the Active Transportation and Safe Streets Advisory Committee

·  Added traffic calming retrofits on existing streets

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

·  Trail Connection from Cochrane Street to Ashburn Road through Heber Down and Cullen Park

·  Multi-Use paths installed

·  Received first ever designation as a Bicvcle Friendly Community

·  Waterfront Trail connection completed from Ajax to Victoria Street through Lynde Shores 

PLANNING & HERITAGE

·  Approved West Whitby Developments, which were the first ever to address walking, biking, traffic calming    and transit through the Council approval process 

·  Approved Brooklin Secondary Plan and Transportation Master Plan

·  Approved mid-block arterial between Conlin and Winchester to relieve congestion

·  Established Werdens Heritage District

·  Designated Spencer School & the old Brooklin Community Centre as Heritage sites

·  Renovations to Centennial Building

LOCAL JOBS, THE ECONOMY & TOURISM

·  360 Insights move to the historic Sennett School

·  Accelerator Hub under construction

·  Success in attracting business has industrial building vacancy rate below 1%  

·  Now over 2000 ‘new economy’ jobs in the downtown and surrounding area.

·  Over 350 jobs created at the now completed Go Maintenance yard. 

·  Over 300 jobs created at the new food terminal on South Blair. 

·  Ifly Indoor Skydiving opened

·  Reptilia (Canada’s largest reptile zoo) – to open in September

·  Playdium East approved

·  Le Nordik Spa – approved and building permit issued

SENIORS

·  Recognized as an Age Friendly Community

·  Adopted Age Friendly Action Plan

·  Seniors Volunteer Awards and Milestones Recognition luncheon

·  New facility for active programs to be established in partnership with Taunton Mills

YOUTH

·  Recognized as a Platinum Level Youth Friendly Community -  the highest possible accreditation

·  Opened new Youth Room at Henry Street High School in partnership with DDSB

WATERFRONT

·  Approved Convention Centre & Hotel on Water Street

·  Approved Pumphouse Restaurant on waterfront

·  Protected public access to waterfront in Dockside Development Plan

PARKS & RECREATION

·  Free Summer Playground Program established

·  Bocce and Pickleball Courts at Cullen Park approved & constructed

·  Developing a major recreation complex around Brooklin

·  Approved Shirley Scott Park by Rowe House

·  Initiated Brooklin Memorial Park re-development Plan

·  Completed 20 Year Sports Facility Strategy

·  Second Soccer Dome constructed

SUSTAINABILITY

·  Designated as a “Bee City”

·  Adopted "Mayors Monarch Pledge”

·  Built Pollinator Gardens along Waterfront Trail and behind Town Hall

·  Adopted Community Gardens policy

·  Received Silver Waste Diversion Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario

OTHER

·  Approved land transfer for Whitby Hospice

·  Supported Veterans Banner Program

·  Supported Highway of Heroes Tree Planting

·  Approved merger of Whitby Hydro and Veridian – retaining full public ownership

·  Adopted Service Delivery Review recommendations – to reduce costs and find efficiencies

·  Approved Mayors Community Fund Grants Review Committee

·  Adopted Corporate IT Strategic Plan

·  Initiated Corporate Re-Brand

·  Lobbied for removal of tolls on Highway 412 and reduction of tolls on Highway 407 to increase usage

Council Goals 2014-2018

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