Rural Living

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The Municipality of Clarington is looking to gather feedback from rural residents. Clarington wants to engage residents on issues specific to rural living. We want to hear your concerns on local issues and also your ideas to improve life in rural Clarington.

The Municipality has heard from some rural residents who want access to broadband internet, expanded access to natural gas. We've also heard concerns over increased traffic and safety, questions regarding taxes, as well as questions around by-law enforcement with respect to parking, garbage and general upkeep of rural areas.

To address some of these issues and seek informed feedback, we have created a video and an area with frequently asked questions to provide an explanation.

So let's talk, join our forum and start a discussion on some of the issues you would like to have addressed. Ask a question and we will be happy to answer. Also, map your concerns by placing a pin related to an issue in the area on the map where the problem exists. Let us know if the area is prone to high traffic, illegal parking, garbage or any other issue.

Thank you for taking the time to engage us. The Municipality of Clarington will strive to address and answer all concerns. We will be informing Council of the issues and comments we receive.

Photo of countryside and farm

The Municipality of Clarington is looking to gather feedback from rural residents. Clarington wants to engage residents on issues specific to rural living. We want to hear your concerns on local issues and also your ideas to improve life in rural Clarington.

The Municipality has heard from some rural residents who want access to broadband internet, expanded access to natural gas. We've also heard concerns over increased traffic and safety, questions regarding taxes, as well as questions around by-law enforcement with respect to parking, garbage and general upkeep of rural areas.

To address some of these issues and seek informed feedback, we have created a video and an area with frequently asked questions to provide an explanation.

So let's talk, join our forum and start a discussion on some of the issues you would like to have addressed. Ask a question and we will be happy to answer. Also, map your concerns by placing a pin related to an issue in the area on the map where the problem exists. Let us know if the area is prone to high traffic, illegal parking, garbage or any other issue.

Thank you for taking the time to engage us. The Municipality of Clarington will strive to address and answer all concerns. We will be informing Council of the issues and comments we receive.

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    As young residents who just recently purchased a home within Rural Clarington (we moved from renting a basement apartment in Durham region), we have encountered the following difficulties: 

    1) Property taxes. As young home buyers in this day and age, finding a down payment and affordable home was needless to say, a very difficult task. We were able to meet our goal and buy a home within Burketon Station, however, the monthly property taxes of 310.00 dollars is almost unattainable. I'm curious as to what exactly these taxes go to considering we do not rely on the city for water,...

    As young residents who just recently purchased a home within Rural Clarington (we moved from renting a basement apartment in Durham region), we have encountered the following difficulties: 

    1) Property taxes. As young home buyers in this day and age, finding a down payment and affordable home was needless to say, a very difficult task. We were able to meet our goal and buy a home within Burketon Station, however, the monthly property taxes of 310.00 dollars is almost unattainable. I'm curious as to what exactly these taxes go to considering we do not rely on the city for water, sewage or natural gas. Our roads are the last to be plowed or salted and are constantly left in extremely dangerous conditions. The pot holes are never fixed and new ones are popping up each day. 

    2) No access to natural gas. As many families in the rural clarington region, we rely on oil to heat our home. This is an absurd expense in the winter months and just like the property taxes, makes it extremely difficult to get ahead as a young family. We are left with minimal, affordable choices to heat our home in this area without under going major renovations. Access to natural gas would alleviate this burden immensely. 

    3) High speed internet. Just like any other service in rural Clarington, we are left with limited choices that are over priced for the quality and quantity of service. 

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    I'm basing my comment on this article: https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/8121314-clarington-sets-2018-tax-increase-at-2-93-per-cent/

    where the property tax increase for Clarington is 2.93% for 2018.

    This is unacceptable given that the CPI (inflation) is under 2%.  Landlords can only increase rents, by law, by 1.8%.  Why does Clarington council think it's acceptable to consistently exceed this?  In 2017, Clarington increased taxes by 3.15%, in 2016 by 3.89%.  According to statcan, CPI was 1.4% in 2016 and 1.6% in 2017.  And rent increase was capped at 1.5% for 2017.  This clearly shows we need a law in place to cap council spending and have any property tax increase...

    I'm basing my comment on this article: https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/8121314-clarington-sets-2018-tax-increase-at-2-93-per-cent/

    where the property tax increase for Clarington is 2.93% for 2018.

    This is unacceptable given that the CPI (inflation) is under 2%.  Landlords can only increase rents, by law, by 1.8%.  Why does Clarington council think it's acceptable to consistently exceed this?  In 2017, Clarington increased taxes by 3.15%, in 2016 by 3.89%.  According to statcan, CPI was 1.4% in 2016 and 1.6% in 2017.  And rent increase was capped at 1.5% for 2017.  This clearly shows we need a law in place to cap council spending and have any property tax increase never exceed the CPI or rent increase guidelines.

    Our mill rate is already one of the highest in the GTA at 1.275801 for residential.  Toronto is only 0.6616472%.  I calculate I'm paying over $3100 extra in property taxes to live here in Clarington (I'm paying almost $7000 a year).  

    I'm soon to be retired, will be on fixed income.  How can I afford to continue living here when you keep raising taxes like this?  And it's not just a $40 increase.  First off, the average house price here is much more than $348700.  If that's what MPAC says it is, then the whole MPAC system is completely messed up.  The average house sale price in 2014 was $398,891 for Clarington and in 2018 February was $545000.  And Durham region is also increasing taxes by 1.9% in 2018 - at least they are closer to inflation.  For me, I calculate the Clarington increase is about $62, and another $62 by Durham region.  That's another $124 per year I will need to find - cut my own spending elsewhere.  Why do I need to cut my spending to pay for your spending increases?  Clarington should be cutting their spending.  If more people are coming here, that should give you a larger tax base and taxes shoud be going down, not up - and our mill rate should be getting closer to Toronto's mill rate as we grow.

    Plus, for me, at an increase of $124 a year, in 10 years if this continues, my taxes will be more than $1200 higher.  How can I afford to continue living out my retirement years in my home here, in 10 years, in 20 years?  Your continued tax increases like this will be forcing me to move.  I'm already paying 16% of my after tax income on property taxes here.

    Instead of always increasing taxes like this, can you not instead cut your spending and reduce taxes?  I'm fine with less services.  I just want to be able to continue to afford to live here.

  • lights hwy 57 - conc 6

    by Bjones, over 1 year ago

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    there should be better lighting  on  hwy 57  and conc 6  -  also it seems like a blind spot ,  when trying to cross or even turn left  it is hard to see oncoming traffic.     

    at night it is not well lit up at all 

    why can't the use  solar  light polls 

    there should be better lighting  on  hwy 57  and conc 6  -  also it seems like a blind spot ,  when trying to cross or even turn left  it is hard to see oncoming traffic.     

    at night it is not well lit up at all 

    why can't the use  solar  light polls 

  • A Word of Thanks

    by rgilbride, over 1 year ago

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    Would like to say thanks for the Clarington representation at the annual Hampton meeting on Tuesday Feb 6. The mayor, our councilors, Operations, Engineering, Administration, Zoning and Community events all took time to attend. Thanks for listening to the community concerns and sharing your activities. 

    On the Operations side, I would also like to thank our snow plow drivers spending long hours, day and night when it snows, keeping the roads safe. There has been a lot of snow to keep clear this winter which I'm sure has been somewhat demanding! 


    Would like to say thanks for the Clarington representation at the annual Hampton meeting on Tuesday Feb 6. The mayor, our councilors, Operations, Engineering, Administration, Zoning and Community events all took time to attend. Thanks for listening to the community concerns and sharing your activities. 

    On the Operations side, I would also like to thank our snow plow drivers spending long hours, day and night when it snows, keeping the roads safe. There has been a lot of snow to keep clear this winter which I'm sure has been somewhat demanding! 


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    There have been some rumours going around regarding GO Transit Bus and its stop in Downtown Newcastle, that the Bus might not come all the way to Downtown and only up to Newcastle Carpool lot on Hwy 13/115, as there is no place for the busses to turn once the old fire hall is inaccessible .

    I board the bus from Newcastle downtown (in front of library) every day since past decade to Oshawa Go station, and from there train to Union to get to work and back.

    I do not have a car so this is very convenient...

    There have been some rumours going around regarding GO Transit Bus and its stop in Downtown Newcastle, that the Bus might not come all the way to Downtown and only up to Newcastle Carpool lot on Hwy 13/115, as there is no place for the busses to turn once the old fire hall is inaccessible .

    I board the bus from Newcastle downtown (in front of library) every day since past decade to Oshawa Go station, and from there train to Union to get to work and back.

    I do not have a car so this is very convenient for me for my 2 hour commute. If the bus only comes to carpool lot, I don’t know how I will get there, in summers one can walk but winters is another story specifically the winters we are having right now. Even if Durham Region Transit starts and connect to Go in Carpool lot that will be a huge issue as a minor delay of DRT will make us miss the bus and connecting train resulting in getting to work almost an hour late.

    As the infrastructure of Newcastle is expanding very quickly a huge change from a decade ago, new condos and subdivisions are bringing large amount of people in, specially the condos, they are attracting seniors and then the kids taking bus to Bowmanville and Oshawa for school and Rec centers. Having said that the transit should be looking forward not backwards and expanding not cutting down the service.


  • School Buses

    by countrycat, over 1 year ago

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    The school board is bringing more students into developed areas and closing the rural schools resulting in longer school bus rides for rural students. Can we keep rural schools open, move more students to these schools and have a reasonable maximum bus ride length, life 45 minutes? It can be a long time for younger kids to be unsupervised (the bus driver is should focus on driving)

    The school board is bringing more students into developed areas and closing the rural schools resulting in longer school bus rides for rural students. Can we keep rural schools open, move more students to these schools and have a reasonable maximum bus ride length, life 45 minutes? It can be a long time for younger kids to be unsupervised (the bus driver is should focus on driving)

  • Rural living

    by Ginny, over 1 year ago

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    The Municipality of Clarington has seen significant urbanization.

    Having lived in rural Clarington for 17 years we have experienced a lack of interest in the very rural areas of Clarington from the perspective of local government.

    We reside on a farm property a few miles from the County of Northumberland.  It seems that our area of the municipality has more in common with rural living in Northumberland than Clarington or Durham.

    It appears that tax dollars are focused on Courtice, Bowmanville, and Newcastle with parks, rec. centres, and seniors programming.  There are no tax dollars flowing into the rural areas.

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    The Municipality of Clarington has seen significant urbanization.

    Having lived in rural Clarington for 17 years we have experienced a lack of interest in the very rural areas of Clarington from the perspective of local government.

    We reside on a farm property a few miles from the County of Northumberland.  It seems that our area of the municipality has more in common with rural living in Northumberland than Clarington or Durham.

    It appears that tax dollars are focused on Courtice, Bowmanville, and Newcastle with parks, rec. centres, and seniors programming.  There are no tax dollars flowing into the rural areas.

    Furthermore, the country roads are consistently repaired with hot patch for the 1000s of potholes that appear daily on the country roads.

    There is also a lack of respect by drivers in terms of agricultural traffic.  And, there is constant speeding on the roads with no traffic enforcement.

    Importantly, our provincial and federal representation is out of Northumberland so there is a lack of government alignment.  The municipality is too large and the rural area should be re-aligned to Northumberland where we have more in common with small community values rather than large urbanization and the paving over of our lovely green space.

    The builidng of the 407 has caused hours of frustration, traffic delays, and unsafe roads as we continue to pave over Ontario's valuable farmland.  This is truly a sad time for our area.

    A move to an eastern Ontario county is in the future as we aren't loving our municipality any longer.  We moved here as we loved the lovely countryside and small town feel.  No we are facing urbanization and the big city attitudes that come with urbanization.


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    As a senior, I am deeply concerned that issues such as affordable, accessible housing, accessible transportation ( I don't mean wheel-trans) activities, I note the change in name to Bowmanville older adults association.  The lack of long term care facilities and beds in Clarington puts an additional burden on those who now must travel to visit a loved one in long term care. The beds announced on Strathhaven, which do not even nearly comply with the current standards for LTC, do nothing  as there is still a net loss of LTC beds. Imagine a 75 year old woman, living alone...

    As a senior, I am deeply concerned that issues such as affordable, accessible housing, accessible transportation ( I don't mean wheel-trans) activities, I note the change in name to Bowmanville older adults association.  The lack of long term care facilities and beds in Clarington puts an additional burden on those who now must travel to visit a loved one in long term care. The beds announced on Strathhaven, which do not even nearly comply with the current standards for LTC, do nothing  as there is still a net loss of LTC beds. Imagine a 75 year old woman, living alone on a rural road, trying to visit her husband in Ajax using public transit in this weather. How cruel that would be. 

    New housing developments should be required to provide a percentage of dwellings that are accessible. This would help not only  our seniors, but others who are living with disabilities. I note  that Clarington has not initiated any steps toward making our communities age-friendly as outlined in  Age-Friendly Communities Ontario: https://agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities  Both Ajax and Peterborough have been cited as making a big difference in the experience of their senior citizens by engaging in this initiative. Where is Clarington in this? 

    Lack of reliable reasonably priced internet, as identified by several others is also important for seniors, as it is a vital way of maintaining contact with others. In rural Clarington, we often don't have a close neighbour with whom we can chat or who might notice if anything is not quite right.  Safe road surfaces for walking are important, again, rural roads are spot mended with asphalt , a real tripping hazard ( it does not last anyway).  

    Lots of food for thought here Clarington, thanks of asking.


  • rural living

    by Louise Grande, over 1 year ago

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    Gas is available on Ochonski Rd, stops just north of us.  Why is not available for the rest of the street.  Also most roads are not painted with a centre line or outside lines...why is that and why not make them wider so they can be more visible. .. especially at night or when it rains.    Also lighting is an issue for most back roads..eg. Taunton Rd, Durham Line 42 etc.

    Gas is available on Ochonski Rd, stops just north of us.  Why is not available for the rest of the street.  Also most roads are not painted with a centre line or outside lines...why is that and why not make them wider so they can be more visible. .. especially at night or when it rains.    Also lighting is an issue for most back roads..eg. Taunton Rd, Durham Line 42 etc.

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    Hi there,

    The reasons listed in the Q&A section are understandbale, however I don’t agree that extending internet services or gas lines are not a good ROI, I believe those investments need to be considered as a long term one, obviously there is no way these companies will see a return of investment for 150 or so families using the service as soon as it’s available. 

    Ideally you want these services for future construction and expansion (housing, commercial, etc.), if the government doesn’t help to expand these services, rural areas will never grow in any way. 

    Same goes for water...

    Hi there,

    The reasons listed in the Q&A section are understandbale, however I don’t agree that extending internet services or gas lines are not a good ROI, I believe those investments need to be considered as a long term one, obviously there is no way these companies will see a return of investment for 150 or so families using the service as soon as it’s available. 

    Ideally you want these services for future construction and expansion (housing, commercial, etc.), if the government doesn’t help to expand these services, rural areas will never grow in any way. 

    Same goes for water and sewage, it doesn’t make sense that there is construction of a major highway to supposedly bring more people and businesses, but st the same time there is no grow in services ina 10km radius.