Please note that a series of Draft Discussion Papers are being released for public review and comment. These Discussion Papers will not be finalized until after Staff host Public Open Houses.

The City of Pickering has initiated a review of the six existing zoning by-laws. The purpose of this review is to:

  • create one consolidated zoning by-law;
  • update zoning to reflect Official Plan policies and associated development guidelines;
  • complete necessary research to ensure the new by-law is consistent with current legislation, policy and trends; and
  • post the by-law text and mapping on the City’s website.

What is a Zoning By-law?

Parent Zoning By-laws MapA Zoning By-law controls the use of land in your community.

The zoning for a specific property can tell you exactly:

  • how the land may be used
  • the types of buildings and structures that are permitted
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the minimum required dimensions and setbacks for buildings and structures
  • parking requirements
  • building heights
  • and much more.

The City of Pickering is regulated by six parent Zoning By-laws 2511, 2520, 3036, 3037, 7364/14 and 7553/17.

Aside for the Seaton Urban Area (7364/14) and City Centre (7553/17) Zoning By-laws, the other by-laws are outdated and do not reflect current policies and trends. It is the City’s intention that through this review, the older by-laws will be updated to reflect Pickering’s Official Plan, current development trends, and simplify the processing of building permits and planning applications.

Project Status

A graphic depicting the project status

The Study will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase 1 is to be initiated early 2020 and will include the preparation of 9 discussion papers, a public consultation strategy, and multiple open houses to present the findings of the discussion papers and obtain feedback from the community.
  • Phase 2 will include the preparation of the draft By-law, public consultation to obtain feedback on the By-law, required revisions to the draft By-law based on stakeholder/public input, and the preparation of a recommended By-law.
  • Phase 3 will include presentation to Planning & Development Committee of the recommended By-law for Council adoption.


Phase 0 - Prior to Project Initiation

Report PLN 18-19
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review Work Plan

Report PLN 29-19
Consulting Services for the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

Phase 1 - Discussion Papers

Draft Discussion Paper 1: Guiding Principles and Parameters

Draft Discussion Paper 2: Review and Assessment of Existing Parent By-laws

Draft Discussion Paper 3: Residential Areas (in progress)

Draft Discussion Paper 4: Employment Areas (in progress)

Draft Discussion Paper 5: Mixed Use/Intensification Areas (in progress)

Draft Discussion Paper 6: Agricultural/Rural/Hamlet/Open Space/Environmental Areas (in progress)

Draft Discussion Paper 7: Parking, Active Transportation and Loading (in progress)

Draft Discussion Paper 8: Cannabis Production and Retail Businesses (in progress)

Get Involved


Please fill out this short survey to provide your feedback on what the outcomes of this Review should be:

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Phase 1: Discussion Papers

Draft versions of Discussion Papers 1 and 2 are now online under "Documents".

Please provide written comments to Deborah Wylie by September 30, 2020.


Deborah Wylie, Manager, Zoning & Administration
Telephone: 905.420.4660, ext. 2195

For all zone related inquiries, please email or call 905.420.4660 to speak to a planner or zoning examiner.

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