Pickering to modernize Sustainable Design Standards for Development

Posted on Friday November 26, 2021

Pickering, ON, November 26, 2021 – At this week’s Council meeting, City staff received approval to begin the process of updating the City’s Sustainable Design Standards for new development and re-development.

The standards, first created and implemented in 2007, positioned the City of Pickering as a leader in sustainable building and development.

Since then, green development practices have evolved and it’s important that these guidelines reflect the innovative green best practices and technology of today, as well as the work being done by both the City and Region of Durham to address climate change, support urban forests, pollinators, waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency, and access to local food and greenspaces.

Developing a new set of standards is critical to this work, and will allow the City to review development through a lens that includes modern green best practices and technology.

This work will be funded through The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), as the City received an $86,000 grant. The Region of Durham will also contribute $10,000 to support these efforts. With this funding, the City has retained Urban Equation Corp., a consulting firm with significant expertise in the field of sustainable community building, to lead this exciting project.

“Leadership from the City of Pickering to advance Integrated Sustainable Design Standards supports a clear path to reducing carbon pollution from buildings, the largest source of emissions in Durham Region,” said Bryan Purcell, Vice President of Policy and Programs, The Atmospheric Fund

“Durham Region is pleased to be working in collaboration with local area municipalities and the building industry to advance sustainable development practices in the built environment. Pickering’s Integrated Sustainable Design Standards are an important tool to help ensure that our communities are resilient to the changing climate and support our collective goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the path to net zero by mid-century,” said John Henry, Regional Chair and CEO, Region of Durham

“The City of Pickering is recognized nationally as a leader in sustainability, and this exciting project will serve to bolster that reputation,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “By partnering with The Atmospheric Fund and the Region of Durham, we will be able to engage with our residents and stakeholders in establishing a leading edge development framework that will help ultimately help build a more sustainable city.”

The City looks forward to working in collaboration with our residents, Indigenous community, the development industry, and stakeholders, to establish progressive new development standards.

Those interested in participating are invited to stay tuned at LetsTalkPickering.ca, where a project will be launched with various community engagement opportunities.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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