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Subdivision, condo applications up, proposed units down

While development applications remained on par for Durham in 2017, the total number of units show a significant drop.

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Although the number of proposed units was well down, the number of applications for subdivisions and condominiums to the region in 2017 remained on par with levels from the previous year.

According to a regional staff report, Durham received 58 subdivision and condominium applications last year, a meagre increase from 57 in 2016.

However, the number of units within those plans decreased from 8,816 in 2016 to 5,159, a decrease of roughly 41 per cent.

Approximately 45 per cent of the proposed residential units are located in Oshawa.

About half of those are within the proposed Kedron Part II development.

Townhouses, single-detached units and apartments represent the majority of proposed units.

The proportion of townhouses grew from 21 per cent to 43 per cent last year, while the share of apartments fell from 38 per cent to 25 per cent.

Thirty-seven subdivision and condominium applications received draft approval last year, up from 35 in the previous year.

The amount of units proposed in these plans were down significantly as well.

In 2016, 35 projects included 5,774 units, while last year’s 37 only included 2,509.

This represents a drop off of almost 60 per cent.

Lino Trombino, manager of planning implementation for the region says while the drop may seem significant, unit numbers in 2016 spiked due incredibly large projects in Oshawa and Whitby moving through the system.

“2016 was a particularly busy year,” Trombino says.

When it comes to year-to-year comparisons, Trombino believes it doesn’t always provide “the real lens” of subdivision and condominium planning trends.

Only 76, or three per cent, of those units are situated in Oshawa, the lowest of any Durham municipality.

The number of plans registered with the region increased to 38 in 2017, up faintly from 32, representing 3,108 total units.

Approximately 17 per cent (531 units) of these are located in Oshawa.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, there were 375 ‘active’ applications in the region, including draft approvals and those still considered ‘in process”, with about half located in the city.

During the first quarter of 2018, six new subdivision and three new condominium applications were received by the region, representing 1,553 residential units.

In addition, four plans (two subdivisions and two condominiums), representing an additional 130 units, were draft approved in the first quarter of 2018. There were also two subdivision plans, representing 347 units, registered in the first quarter of 2018.

In the report to council, staff note the number active applications satisfies the region’s requirements that a minimum three-year supply of residential units be available through intensification and redevelopment.