Pickering is updating the Official Plan!

The City of Pickering has launched the review and update of the Official Plan.  Click here for more information.

A Guide to Community Building in Pickering

An Official Plan is a statutory document which sets out the land use policy directions for long-term growth and development in a municipality. Municipalities in Ontario are required to adopt Official Plans to guide growth and development that will implement the Ontario Planning Act and other relevant legislation and regulations.

The Durham Regional Official Plan provides the overall framework for Pickering's Official Plan.

Pickering's Official Plan

View the City of Pickering Official Plan - Edition 9, and Schedules

The following Official Plan Amendments were approved after the Edition 9 office consolidation of the Pickering Official Plan (Plan).  These amendments must be read in conjunction with Edition 9 of the Plan:

The Official Plan includes schedules of land uses, transportation systems and resource management, and addresses the following land use designations:

  • Urban Residential Areas
  • Mixed Use Areas
  • Rural Settlements
  • Employment Areas
  • Prime Agricultural Areas
  • Open Space System

While the Official Plan establishes policies for long-term growth, it is periodically reviewed to ensure that it continues to meet the changing economic, social and environmental requirements of the municipality.

Amending the Official Plan

The Ontario Planning Act and its Regulations allows a Council or an individual to request an amendment to the Official Plan.

The process provides notice to those who might have an interest in the proposed amendment, allows people to provide input to Council on a proposed amendment, and provides an opportunity to challenge a Council decision at the Ontario Land Tribunal.

A number of amendments have been made to the Official Plan since Council adopted it in 1997, resulting in the current Pickering Official Plan, Edition 9, dated March 2022.

The City will soon be conducting a review of the its Official Plan.

Visit the City of Pickering Official Plan Review for more information.

Compendium Document to the Pickering Official Plan

The Compendium document contains Development Guidelines for Pickering's urban neighbourhoods that contain further guidance on what and where development should occur.

The Development Guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • detailed land use mix and arrangement
  • scale and intensity of use
  • transportation network
  • community design requirements
  • servicing arrangements

Development applications and permits must conform to the relevant guideline.

Area specific development guidelines are provided below.

Compendium Documents:

Part I - Area Specific Development Guidelines

Neighbourhood Development Guidelines Section Number
1. Rosebank Rosebank Neighbourhood Development Guidelines A1
2. West Shore    
3. Bay Ridges Liverpool Road Waterfront Node Development Guidelines
Bay Ridges Plaza Redevelopment Guidelines

4. Brock Industrial    
5. Rougemount    
6. Woodlands Northeast Quadrant Development Guidelines F1
7. Dunbarton Dunbarton Neighbourhood Development Guidelines G1
8. Town Centre Walnut Lane Area Development Guidelines  H1
9. Village East Specialty Retailing Development Guidelines
Notion Road Development Guidelines
10. Highbush Highbush Local Node Development Guidelines J1
11. Amberlea    
12. Liverpool      
13. Brock Ridge Duffins Precinct Development Guidelines M1
14. Rouge Park Rouge Park Development Guidelines N1
15. Duffin Heights Duffin Heights Development Guidelines O1

Part 2 - General Development Guidelines

Other Guideline Documents

For more information about land-use planning, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website.

Print Copies

Hardcopies of the Pickering Official Plan, Compendium Document, and other Guideline Documents are available for purchase at the City Development Department. Copies are also available for viewing at the Public Library. The PDF documents may be downloaded free of charge from this web page.

Please contact us for further information on the Pickering Official Plan or the amendment process.

Email City Development

T. 905.420.4617