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
  • release the by-law text and mapping on the City’s website.

June 2022 - Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law has been initiated.        

We welcome the public to review the first Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law Text and Zoning By-law Interactive Map.

We would greatly appreciate any comments or feedback. Kindly forward your comments to zonereview@pickering.ca on some of the following topics:

  • 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.

*PLEASE NOTE, Exceptions are not included in Draft #1 of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. Draft #1 only consolidates former Parent By-laws. Please look for Exceptions in Draft #2.

Zoning By-law Text and Zoning By-law Interactive Map
First Draft of the Zoning By-law TextInteractive Zoning Map
Preview of the Zoning By-law Text Preview of the Interactive Zoning Map

               

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Aside for the Seaton Urban Area (7364/14) and City Centre (7553/17) Zoning By-laws, the other by-laws are outdated and do not reflect current policies and trends.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

We are currently in Phase 2 of the Review:

  •  Phase 1 (February 2020 - March 2021) included 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 (March 2022 - March 2023) includes 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. 
    • The City is currently within Phase 2 of the Study.
  • Phase 3 (Early 2023) will include a report and presentation to Planning & Development Committee of the recommended By-law for Council adoption. The Report will then go to Council for final approval, along with a detailed summary of the public and stakeholder feedback that helped inform the new City's Comprehensive Zoning By-law.

Reports, Discussion Papers, Videos & Other Documents

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


Initiating Project - Introduction Video

Want to learn more about this project? Watch this introduction video: https://youtu.be/RUE6f3GGQZU

Alternatively, please download the narrative for this video below.


Phase 1 - Discussion Papers

Discussion Paper 1: Guiding Principles and Parameters

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

Discussion Paper 3: Residential Areas

Discussion Paper 4: Employment Areas

Discussion Paper 5: Mixed Use/Intensification Areas

Discussion Paper 6: Agricultural/Rural/Hamlet/Open Space/Environmental Areas

Discussion Paper 7: Parking, Active Transportation and Loading

Discussion Paper 8: Cannabis Production and Retail Businesses


Phase 2 - First Draft Zoning By-law and Interactive Mapping

First Draft of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law

First Draft of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Interactive Map

Report PLN 36-22


Drop-in Session and Electronic Public Open House

  • Virtual Open House - TBA
  • Drop-in Session - TBA

Get Involved

Phase 1 Electronic Council Meeting

The City of Pickering is concluding Phase 1 of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review, as such staff have prepared a report to Council presenting the key findings and recommendations from the 8 Discussion Papers completed within Phase 1 and comments received from the public and stakeholders. In addition, the City’s consultant, WSP, will present an overview of the Discussion Papers.

The meeting took place on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm.


Phase 1 Electronic Public Open House

An Electronic Public Open House was held on Thursday November 5, 2020 to present the draft Discussion Papers.

  • Draft Discussion Papers, summary videos and handouts are available under "Reports, Discussion Papers, Videos & Other Documents"

Phase 2 Drop-in Session and Electronic Public Open House - TBA (2023)

An Electronic Public Open House will be announced to present and receive public input on the Draft Zoning By-law and Interactive Map.


Let's Talk Pickering - Zoning By-law Review 

Pickering's City Development welcomes you to visit our Lets Talk Pickering project page to stay informed, receive project updates, and to provide your feedback on the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. 

Survey

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

Contact:

Mimi Lau, Senior Planner, Zoning & Administration
Email: mlau@pickering.ca   
Telephone: 905.420.4660, ext. 1099

Kerry Yelk, Planner I, Zoning & Administration
Email: kyelk@pickering.ca  
Telephone: 905.420.4660, ext. 2058

For all zone related inquiries, please visit Zoning By-laws and Requests for Zoning Information.

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