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Development applications up in York Region over the past five years

Report outlines Regional building trends, including fewer applications for single-detached homes

Newmarket – Development remains strong in York Region, however the types of proposals submitted over the past five years has changed, as outlined in York Region’s 2017 Development Activity Summary. Today, 60 per cent of the Region’s housing mix consists of semi-detached, townhouse and apartment units. This trend continues to increase year-over-year.

“Development activity in York Region remains strong over the past five years with Official Plan Amendment approvals up 48 per cent and site plan approvals up 59 per cent,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We are seeing a diverse and increasing mix of housing options and offices built across York Region. This transformation is necessary as we modernize and prepare for expected population and job growth.”

A total of 283 applications were reviewed and responded to by Regional staff in 2017 including:

  • 40 Official Plan Amendment (OPA) applications
  • 67 subdivision or condominium applications conditionally approved
  • An additional 60 subdivision or condominium applications cleared for construction
  • 70 site plan application approvals
  • 46 engineering approvals

York Regional Council continues its plan supporting development through investment in infrastructure and transit. In 2017, close to $380 million was collected as a result of development charges. This figure is up 11 per cent from the previous year.

Development charges directly support growing our Regional transit system, building roads improvements, and maintaining current transportation assets to provide travellers with the most efficient transportation network.

“Based on our detailed development trend forecast, applications should remain strong in 2018 as we work towards meeting Provincial growth targets and achieving the Region’s planning vision,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development.” The complexity and importance of local planning matters are increasing given the shift towards infill development and intensification projects within urban areas.”

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Lauren Villani, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
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