Proposed Warehouse/Distribution Centre

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The Town of Ajax is in receipt of a Zoning By-law Amendment Application (Z5/20) and Site Plan Application (SP8/20), submitted by Ivanhoe Cambridge, to permit the development of a 1-storey, 112,792 square metre (1,214,082 square foot) warehouse/distribution centre.

The proposed warehouse/distribution centre will include approximately 4,760 square metres (51,200 square feet) of office space.

Three vehicular access points are proposed to service the development proposal, which includes two access points along Kingston Road, and a third access point along Audley Road. As a result of the development proposal, Audley Road will be extended south of Kingston Road.

The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the lands to the Prestige Employment (PE) Zone and to set site-specific development standards to facilitate the proposed development. The purpose of the Site Plan Application is to examine the design and technical aspects of the proposed development.

Electronic Public Open House (Wednesday, November 25, 2020):

We invited the public to attend an open house to learn more about this development proposal, identify any concerns, and to provide comments. The public open house was held electronically on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Get Involved

Comments and questions relating to the proposed development can be provided in the following ways:

Written Submission

Written submissions may be provided by using the tool below or by e-mail to Eric Simpson, Planner, at eric.simpson@ajax.ca.

Oral Submission

Oral submissions may be provided by calling 905-619-2529 ext. 3270 or by calling Eric Simpson, Planner, at 905-619-2529 ext. 3247 and leaving your comments via voicemail message. Please state your full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in your message if you wish to be contacted by the Planner.


Should you have any questions, please contact Eric Simpson, Planner, at eric.simpson@ajax.ca or 905-619-2529 ext. 3247.

The Town of Ajax is in receipt of a Zoning By-law Amendment Application (Z5/20) and Site Plan Application (SP8/20), submitted by Ivanhoe Cambridge, to permit the development of a 1-storey, 112,792 square metre (1,214,082 square foot) warehouse/distribution centre.

The proposed warehouse/distribution centre will include approximately 4,760 square metres (51,200 square feet) of office space.

Three vehicular access points are proposed to service the development proposal, which includes two access points along Kingston Road, and a third access point along Audley Road. As a result of the development proposal, Audley Road will be extended south of Kingston Road.

The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the lands to the Prestige Employment (PE) Zone and to set site-specific development standards to facilitate the proposed development. The purpose of the Site Plan Application is to examine the design and technical aspects of the proposed development.

Electronic Public Open House (Wednesday, November 25, 2020):

We invited the public to attend an open house to learn more about this development proposal, identify any concerns, and to provide comments. The public open house was held electronically on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Get Involved

Comments and questions relating to the proposed development can be provided in the following ways:

Written Submission

Written submissions may be provided by using the tool below or by e-mail to Eric Simpson, Planner, at eric.simpson@ajax.ca.

Oral Submission

Oral submissions may be provided by calling 905-619-2529 ext. 3270 or by calling Eric Simpson, Planner, at 905-619-2529 ext. 3247 and leaving your comments via voicemail message. Please state your full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in your message if you wish to be contacted by the Planner.


Should you have any questions, please contact Eric Simpson, Planner, at eric.simpson@ajax.ca or 905-619-2529 ext. 3247.

 Written submissions may be provided for consideration.

Written Submission

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    When do you expect this project to begin and have shovels in the ground?

    FZB asked 3 months ago

    Site works and construction are completely contingent upon approvals, so it is hard to comment on estimated timing. 

    If the necessary approvals are in place, staff anticipate that the development proponent will be moving forward with certain site works by Spring 2021. 

    Please follow-up with staff directly (Eric Simpson, Eric.Simpson@ajax.ca) if you have any questions. 

    Many thanks, 

    IMO Ajax Team 


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    Why is that the only types of businesses the city is trying to attract is warehouse and distribution centers? While these places do offer jobs, they are often not high paying or quality jobs and typically have VERY high turnover rates. Why are we not trying to attract well-paying manufacturing jobs or office jobs? Slowly but surely our town is becoming more and more like Brampton or Mississauga - a land of warehouses and trucks. Is this really the city we want to build for the future? Are these really the types of jobs we want to attract to the area? We need to do better. We need to bring jobs that will improve the quality of life of the residents of Ajax and Durham. Not more w/h or DCs with high turnover, and low pay. Additionally, the previous comment mentions traffic flow, which needs to be addressed as rush hour traffic in Ajax is only getting worse.

    Michael Vahabi asked 3 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your email.

    Your concerns will form part of the public record for this development proposal, which will be available for Council review and consideration.

    The subject lands are designated as Prestige Employment in the Town’s Official Plan. The submitted Zoning By-law Amendment Application proposes to rezone the lands to the Prestige Employment Zone in order to conform with the underlying Official Plan designation. The Prestige Employment designation and zone permit warehousing and distribution centres. While I think every municipality within Durham Region would like to attract and see the fruition of office development, staff do not have any control over current market trends and demand. The reality is, especially with today’s circumstances and lifestyle, there is a large demand for warehousing and distribution centre type development and Ajax has readily serviceable employment land.  

    The proposed traffic impacts are being reviewed in detail by both the Town and Region. As mentioned in the previous response, the submitted Traffic Impact Study indicates that the proposed traffic generated by the development proposal can be accommodated by the surrounding road network with signal timing optimization methods. 

    Please follow-up with staff directly (Eric Simpson, Eric.Simpson@ajax.ca) if you have any questions. 

    Many thanks.

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    Could you address the number of vehicles per hour especially during rush hours. Since the Lakeridge access to the 401 isn’t finished yet these vehicles will use Salem access. Since we recently added Gordon Foods and the Amazon warehouse at Salem with no increase in vehicle capacity on the roadways will this cause a problem. Looking at daily capacity is not sufficient we need hourly breakdowns to properly assess the peak hour capacity

    Smiths116 asked 4 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your email.

    Your comments/concerns will form part of the public record for this development proposal, which will be available for Council review and consideration.

    Please note that a Traffic Impact Study was submitted in support of the development proposal. The Study will be posted on the IMO page for reference; however, please email staff directly if you would like to discuss in more detail. 

    The study indicates that the development proposal is expected to generate a total of 273 two-way vehicle trips during the a.m. peak hour (217 inbound and 56 outbound trips) and 281 two-way vehicle trips during the p.m. peak hour (70 inbound and 211 outbound trips) on a daily basis. Please note that these types of studies typically only focus on the a.m. and p.m. peak hours as these are the most critical times for traffic; however, the Town has asked for a more detailed daily breakdown for vehicle trips.  

    The Study is being reviewed by the Town, the Region (as both Kingston Road and Salem Road are Regional roads), and the Region’s traffic peer reviewer. There are capacity and delay concerns within the Kingston/Salem Road and Highway 401/Salem Road area; however, these are being reviewed in detail. The study indicates that the proposed traffic generated by the development proposal can be accommodated by the surrounding road network with signal timing optimization methods. Staff comments relating to the Study were sent to the applicant/consultant which will need to be addressed. 

    Please follow-up with staff directly (Eric Simpson, Eric.Simpson@ajax.ca) if you have any questions. 

    Many thanks.