What is the Seaton Community?
The idea for Seaton was born in the early 1970s when the provincial government of the day proposed the development of a new community northeast of Toronto. The new community (which came to be known as North Pickering) was to have 150,000 to 200,000 people and be built in conjunction with a new federal airport to the north. However, for a variety of reasons the airport was not built at the time, and the Province reconsidered its plans for North Pickering.
Over the years, a number of different concepts for these lands have been proposed. In 2006, a plan called the Central Pickering Development Plan was completed by the Province. This Plan calls for the development of the urban community of Seaton having up to 70,000 people and 35,000 jobs on the east side of the West Duffins Creek.
Update on Seaton
Travelling along Taunton Road, you can see that over 100 homes are under construction on the south side of the road. Residents will start moving in during the spring of 2019. What you can't see is the trunk sanitary sewer pipes and water distribution pipes that are being installed deep underground throughout the Seaton lands. You will notice periodic road closures to accommodate this servicing.
Water and sewer trunk mains are also being extended north to allow servicing of the Employment Lands. The Employment Lands include over 800 acres that are located on either side of Hwy 407ETR. Most of the lands are located in the Pickering Innovation Corridor neighbourhood. The City is currently in discussions with a number of businesses who are interested in acquiring land in the Innovation Corridor to bring their businesses (and jobs) to Pickering.
A priority of mine, and of the City, has been the attraction and retention of businesses and jobs in Pickering. Besides bringing needed jobs and opportunities to Pickering residents, businesses provide revenue to the City to support infrastructure, facilities, and delivery of services to residents. Such revenue from business can help offset revenue that would otherwise come from property taxes from residents such as you and me.
Hwy 407/Whites Road Interchange
The Hwy 407ETR and Whites Road interchange is one of two new interchanges planned for in the Seaton community. This interchange will provide safe, reliable and convenient access to the Seaton employment lands (Innovation Corridor). The other interchange will be at Sideline 22.
The province, 407ETR, the Region of Durham, and the City of Pickering are working together on the construction of the Hwy 407ETR and Whites Road interchange, the construction of Whites Road from the interchange to Hwy 7, and a new intersection at Whites Road and Hwy 7. Construction is currently underway and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018. The Seaton Landowner Group is responsible for constructing the extension of Whites Road (generally along Sideline 26) from the south end of the new interchange to Taunton Road with a similar completion date.
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