We are committed to building a culture of community engagement, to provide residents with a greater sense of purpose, connectedness and responsibility.

Identified as one of our five Corporate Priorities, community engagement is essential for building healthy, well-functioning communities.

Below are some of the current or upcoming projects and initiatives that are helping to shape the future of Pickering. Visit each information page to learn more, and how you can get involved!

Project List


Project Details
Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has released the Draft Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan (CCWP) for public review. The update of the Watershed Plan commenced in 2015, and included various stakeholder and public engagement opportunities.

Virtual Public Open Houses have been scheduled for the evenings of February 1, 2021 and February 4, 2021.

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

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 which reflects current legislation, policy and trends.

Housing Strategy Study

The City of Pickering is undertaking a comprehensive Housing Strategy Study that will provide a framework to ensure the City enables a supply of suitable, adequate and affordable housing for the present and future residents of Pickering. The Housing Strategy Study will focus on the need for delivering a diverse range of housing options, including affordable and accessible units to accommodate residents of all ages, abilities and income levels.

An Electronic Public Open House is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021. 

Infill and Replacement Housing in Established Neighbourhoods Study

The City is undertaking a study to determine how to manage new infill and replacement housing construction in established residential neighbourhoods within the South Pickering Urban Area.

View the project information page for details.

Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node Intensification Study

The Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node Intensification Study concluded in December 2019 with Council’s endorsement in principle of an Intensification Plan and Draft Urban Design Guidelines for lands within the study area, and staff were authorized to initiate an Official Plan Amendment to implement the new vision and Intensification Plan for the Corridor and Node. The Official Plan Amendment is being prepared and will include opportunities to participate and provide comments.

Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) The City has initiated an Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) study. ITMP is a strategic planning document designed to define the policies, programs and infrastructure improvements required to address existing and future transportation needs. There will be four Public Information Centres as part of the public engagement process.
Ward Boundary Review

The City is conducting a ward boundary review to ensure that residents receive fair representation at their local council table. Learn more and have your say in the Review process!

Current development proposals 

See a list of active applications for Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Draft Plan of Subdivision, Draft Plan of Condominium. Visit each project to learn about related public meetings and feedback opportunities. 

How do we engage?

The model with which all community engagement levels are identified will be based on the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of:

  • inform
  • consult
  • involve
  • collaborate
  • empower

Statement of Commitment

The City of Pickering is committed to community engagement, by working with residents and stakeholders on the development, decision making, and delivery of services that will continue to make Pickering a great place to live, work and play.

The City of Pickering believes that effective, well-designed community engagement will:

  • be based on realistic expectations, mutual respect, trust, and responsibility
  • invite our residents to get involved and contribute to the well-being of their neighbourhood, and Pickering as a whole
  • foster two-way communication to implement a shared vision that meets the evolving needs of our community