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Responsible growth & environmental protection

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Strategic Priority

Ensure responsible and balanced growth management by incorporating progressive standards and a commitment to preserve our environment and heritage as we grow.

Strategic Actions

  • To promote the stewardship, preservation, conservation, protection and enhancement of the natural environment in East Gwillimbury
  • Ensure development occurs in a sustainable fashion, with a focus on preserving the Town’s cultural heritage and environmental features
  • Attract and support business development and job creation in East Gwillimbury
  • Ensure that communities are built in a respectful manner, with resident and business quality of life protected
  • Advocate for a variety of housing and employment options for residents in every stage of life

Current Projects​

This portion of the website will be updated throughout the Term with relevant projects and plans.


Community Parks, Recreation & Culture

Community Infrastructure & Environmental Services

Development Services

  • Completed review and update of Town’s Building By-Law
  • Updated the Notice of Planning Application signage requirements
  • Kick-started the development of the Highway 404 Secondary Plan
  • Acquired a consultant firm to commence the Heritage Registry Review project
  • Monitoring changes of the Planning Act and Bill 108 
  • Developed an active Planning Application Status mapping/ list
  • Continuous discussions with stakeholders with regards planning for the future growth to 2041 and beyond
  • Revised Phase 1 of the Civic Precinct Plan presented to Council and various Committee this spring

Emergency Community Safety Services

  • Aerial apparatus delivered
  • Emergency Plan and By-law Update (Annual Compliance update)
  • 2019 Emergency Management Compliance on track    
  • Tanker Shuttle Accreditation Planning
  • Traffic/parking by-law update ongoing
  • Idling Control By-law approved in July
  • Smoking By-law joint report with Legal approved in June
  • Continuation of Town’s positive ticket program

Corporate Services

  • 2018 year-end audit and financial statements completed with enhanced resident-focused documents
  • Development Charge By-law Update complete (Bill 108 changes to DC legislation, review and sensitivity analysis underway)
  • User Fee By-Law update underway with completion expected in 2019
  • Staff are working on reviewing internal processes and system to move towards a more self-serve, user friendly process in billing and customer service
  • In-house development of Strategic Plan
  • Strategic recruitment of Economic Development Manager
  • Review and revamp program to prioritize job creation and non-residential investment in EG

Legal and Clerks

  • Proposed agreement reached regarding appeal on Zoning By-law
  • Acquired cyber insurance to protect the Town against cyber-attacks/threats
  • Enhanced road claim forms and process for residents