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.

 City Council Adopts City Initiated Zoning By-law amendment A06/19

September 23, 2019: Pickering Council adopted the City Initiated Zoning By-law Amendment, Application A 06/19 to amend City Centre Zoning By-law 7553/17.

In general, the amendment was put in place to introduce new definitions for Net Floor Area and Floor Space Index across the City Centre; and on the lands south of The Esplanade South road, to permit residential uses; permit an increase in height for 2 point tower buildings to 121 metres and 97 metres, and to reduce the maximum building height to 22 metres on the remaining lands.

The amendment also permits a rezoning of part of the Pickering Town Centre lands, located on the west side of Glenanna Road south of Kingston Road and north of Pickering Parkway, to permit a maximum building height of 125 metres, except for 1 point tower which may have a maximum height of 153 metres.

 Relocation of Public Services

Fall 2019: Design work is underway to facilitate the relocation of water, sewer and stormwater services, from their current location on Pickering Town Centre property, to the Glenanna Road allowance.

Relocation of these services is required to accommodate significant underground construction, to support the new uses proposed for the City Centre redevelopment project.

 City Issues Demolition Permit

September 18, 2019: The City issued a permit for the first phase of demolition, of interior finishes and associated electrical and mechanical works, located in the former Sears retail space and an adjacent retail wing. Phase 2 of site demolition of the full building envelope for this section of the mall is under review.

Demolition of this retail space is a first step in preparing the mall site for construction of several proposed new uses, including a performing arts centre, a new main branch library, a combined seniors and youth community centre and new residential space.

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.

For more information, view the news release.

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]