Live, work, gather and be inspired

Our City Centre is undergoing a dramatic transformation, steadily evolving into a gathering place for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Extensive public engagement with residents, businesses and community partners has resulted in a new vision for intensifying our City Centre.

New City Centre Vision Announced

October 11, 2018, a new vision for Pickering’s City Centre was revealed, which will see the creation of a brand new, vibrant, sustainable, accessible, and bustling downtown from what is currently a blank slate.

The City of Pickering, Pickering Town Centre (PTC), Cushman & Wakefield, and CAPREIT announced a partnership that would see the redevelopment of lands to showcase an exciting array of new, state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, including an arts centre, brand new central library, a combined seniors & youth centre, three condominium towers, and a hotel, which will all be seamlessly connected via activated and pedestrian-friendly walkways.

Learn more here.

Council Approved City Centre Zoning By-law

On April 11, 2017 City of Pickering Council approved the City initiated City Centre Zoning By-law 7553/17, dated April 3, 2017.

The new City Centre Zoning By-law amends Zoning By-laws 3036 and 2511 and removes all of the lands within the City Centre from these parent by-laws and creates a new standalone zoning by-law.  The City Centre Zoning By-law proposes new zoning categories, permits a broad range of uses, incorporates new development standards to regulate the size, location, massing and height of buildings, identifies minimum and maximum density provisions, and introduces new vehicle and bicycle parking standards.

The Council approved City Centre Zoning By-law was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). On February 22, 2018 the OMB issued a Decision/Order approving the City Centre Zoning By-law 7553/17 as of the date of Council passing the By-law being April 11, 2017.

View the City Centre Zoning By-law 7553/17

For any questions regarding the City Centre Zoning By-law and the appeal, please contact Nilesh Surti at 905.420.4617.

Approved City Centre Urban Design Guidelines

On April 11, 2017 City of Pickering Council approved the City Centre Urban Design Guidelines, dated April 3, 2017.

The approved urban design guidelines are intended to guide decisions with respect to development proposals in the City Centre in terms of built form, streetscape and open space design.

View the Approved City Centre Urban Design Guidelines [6.4 mb PDF]

For any questions, please contact Déan Jacobs at 905.420.4617

Approved Stormwater Management Strategy

On January 16, 2017 City of Pickering Council approved the City Centre Stormwater Management Strategy, dated April, 2015.

The approved stormwater management strategy was developed in order to correspond with the vision for the Pickering City Centre. Within the redevelopment context needed to achieve the vision for Pickering City Centre, the objective of the Stormwater Management Strategy was to target enhancement rather than maintenance of existing conditions, given the complex downstream flooding and erosion concerns that exist in the Krosno Creek watershed.

Implementation of the stormwater management criteria for the redevelopment of the Pickering City Centre will ultimately reduce peak flow rates and total runoff volume, which will translate into greater reductions in flooding and flood damage along Krosno Creek south of Highway 401, as well as greater reductions in pollutant loadings and erosion potential.

View the Approved City Centre Stormwater Management Strategy.

For any questions, please contact Irina Marouchko or Marilee Gadzovski at 905.420.4624

Official Plan Amendment 26, City Centre

On March 4, 2015 the Ontario Municipal Board approved the terms of settlement for the City Centre Official Plan Amendment 26 and approved the amendment with minor policy modifications.

Downtown Pickering:

A Vision for Intensification and Framework for Investment

To ensure the City is ready to accommodate new development, in 2013 City Council endorsed a new vision for the City Centre. The vision consists of 3 broad components:

  • Ensuring an appropriate land use framework is in place.
  • Working with senior levels of government and utilities to ensure required infrastructure is in place.
  • Working with downtown landowners and potential investors to attract desirable investment.

This study resulted in the adoption of Official Plan Amendment 26 (OPA 26). 

Final Study Document, June 2013

A Vision for Intensification and Framework for Investment [32 mb PDF]