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Sustainable Development

The sustainable development aspect of the Town's Thinking Green! Strategy will provide direction for East Gwillimbury’s growing communities.

Sustainable Development Policy

Dillon Consulting was retained by the Town through partnership funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to help the Town develop sustainable development policies for the Town’s consolidated Official Plan. The overall objective of Dillon’s work is to reduce the environmental footprint of new development by implementing consistent development standards Town-wide.

Thinking Green Development Standards (TGDS)

The Thinking Green Development Standards (TGDS) are an important tool that developers will use when planning a site and Town staff will use when evaluating development applications. Through the use of this evaluation system for new developments, the Town of East Gwillimbury aims to improve social well-being, protect and enhance the environment and support the local economy.

The TGDS have been prepared in the form of a checklist that contains a list of key measures and targets to be addressed during the development application process. The TGDS checklist is required as part of a complete application for development applications under the Planning Act (ie. Community Design Plan, Secondary Plan and Site Plan). Town staff will use the TGDS to evaluate and assess the sustainable features of development applications.

On-Site Renewable Energy Policy Study

In November 2009, the Town received funding from the Ontario Power Authority to study the potential adoption of the so-called “Merton Rule” as part of its plan to implement the Town's Community Energy Plan. The Town retained Peter Love and Helen Platis from Elenchus to lead a consulting team to undertake the study and the draft report was received by Council in September 2010. The focus of this project is to develop an approach to implementing a renewable energy policy in East Gwillimbury, based on the Merton Rule.