The City of Pickering has initiated an Infill and Replacement Housing in Established Neighbourhoods Study.

The purpose of this Study is to provide direction for the preparation of appropriate Official Plan policies, zoning regulations and other implementation tools, and to develop design guidelines that will facilitate a sensitive transition between existing houses and new construction in the City’s established neighbourhoods in South Pickering.

South Pickering Urban Area

Map of South Pickering Urban Area

Key Objectives

The key objectives of this study are:

  1. To identify the City’s established neighbourhoods, or parts thereof, within the South Pickering Urban Area that may be susceptible to pressure for the development of infill and replacement housing.
  2. To identify and evaluate the unique qualities and characteristics of the City’s established neighbourhoods, or parts thereof, and the key issues regarding infill and replacement housing that are of concern to residents.
  3. To identify and/or develop tools the City can use, including Design Guidelines, that will allow neighbourhoods, or parts thereof, to evolve while respecting the character of the area.
  4. To provide an opportunity for full and meaningful engagement and consultation with residents, agencies and the development industry through the study process.


Cities are in a constant state of change. In Pickering, some of this change has been experienced in the more mature residential neighbourhoods, where people demolish and build, or renovate older houses.

Areas near the lake were initially developed with summer cottages that, over time, were converted to year-round residences. Permanent residences were built along existing township roads such as Fairport Road, Rosebank Road and Woodview Avenue. By the 1960s, Pickering’s first planned communities, Bay Ridges and West Shore, were developed. The following 30 years saw similar low-density residential neighbourhoods developed in most of South Pickering.

Similar to the experiences of other municipalities, the City’s established residential neighbourhoods have been experiencing change in the form of infill and replacement housing over the last several years. New dwellings are being built that are sometimes two or three times taller and significantly larger than the existing houses in the neighbourhood.

To address this matter, the City commenced the Infill and Replacement Housing in Established Neighbourhoods Study in July 2018 in accordance with Report PLN 15-17.

On March 12, 2018, Council adopted City-initiated By-law 7610/18 (now in full force and effect), which implements a 9.0 metre height limit in the general provisions of the "R3" and "R4" zones in Zoning By-law 2511 (this applies to lands not already subject to a site specific amendment regulating building height) as per Report PLN 06-18.

Study Process, Reports, and Documents

The Study will be developed in three phases as described below: 

Phase 1

Existing Conditions and Preliminary Observations Report

Public Open House 1 - March 5, 2019 Slide Presentation

Planning & Development Committee Meeting - April 1, 2019


Phase 2

Planning Options – to identify gaps and opportunities in existing City policy, zoning and guidelines; evaluate strategies to regulate infill and replacement housing; and recommend a preferred strategy

Phase 3

Recommendations – to provide final draft Design Guidelines, and direction regarding other implementation tools that the City can use to review and consider future infill and replacement housing proposals


Get Involved

Community Engagement opportunities will be provided throughout the study process, consisting of public open houses, workshops and stakeholder sessions. Details regarding these engagement opportunities will be posted here as they arise.

Public Open House 1:

Public Open House 1 was held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Pickering Recreation Complex with approximately 60 individuals in attendance.

Following a slide presentation (Public Open House 1 - March 5, 2019 Slide Presentation), participants were invited to:

  • Comment on matters related to infill and replacement housing affecting your neighbourhood
  • Comment on important characteristics of their neighbourhood
  • Confirm locations in their neighbourhood where change is taking place or should take place

April 1, 2019 Planning & Development Committee Meeting:

Notice of Meeting

City staff presented Report PLN 06-19 to the Planning & Development Committee.  The Report provides an update on the status of Phase 1 of the Study, recommends that the Phase 1 Report be received, and that Council authorize City Development staff to proceed with Phase 2 of the Study.

On April 23, 2019 Council adopted Resolution #69/19 which authorizes City Development staff to proceed with Phase 2 of the Study.

Public Open House 2:

Date to be announced.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact:

Margaret Kish, MCIP, RPP
City Project Manager
Principal Planner, Policy
City of Pickering
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON, L1V 6K7
T. 905.420.4660 ext. 2196

David Riley, MCIP, RPP
Consultant Project Manager
SGL Planning & Design Inc.
1547 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
T. 416.923.6630 ext. 28

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