Pickering Forward

Launching the Official Plan Review

The Official Plan Review, known as Pickering Forward, will be launched at a statutory public meeting.  Come out to learn more about the different phases of the project and about how you can have a part in shaping Pickering’s future.

Date: Monday, May 27, 2024
Time: 5 pm
Location: Council Chambers – 1 The Esplanade, Pickering

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What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a City’s long range document, that provides the framework for land use decision-making in the City. It represents the vision for growth and change within the City. The policies within the Official Plan ensure that growth occurs responsibly, and that resources are used efficiently and sustainably. An Official Plan deals with issues such as:

  • where new housing, industry, offices and shops will be located;
  • what services will be needed to support growth, such as roads, watermains, sewers, parks, and schools;
  • creating opportunities for residents to connect socially, culturally, as well as preserve and enjoy the natural environment;
  • when, and in what order, parts of the community will grow; and
  • where, and how, the City will invest in community improvement initiatives.

Why is the Official Plan being updated?

The Planning Act of Ontario requires that Official Plans be reviewed every five years to ensure they conform to Provincial legislation, policy, and plans, as well as the Region of Durham's Official Plan. Although Council has amended the Plan on an as-needed basis, a comprehensive review, as required by the Planning Act, has not been undertaken since 2007.

Council and staff have been diligent to maintain conformity with Provincial and Regional planning documents through amendments to the Plan. However, the number of recent proposed, and approved, changes to Provincial legislation, policy, and plans, and a new Regional Official Plan, make continuing with this approach not viable. A comprehensive review is now required.

In addition, the City of Pickering is projected to experience significant growth in the coming decades. This growth in population will require an increase in infrastructure and amenities to meet the needs of residents. Council has already approved a number of corporate and master plans in recent years to reflect the changing needs of the community.

What is included in the Official Plan Review? (coming soon)


  • May 27, 2024 – Special Meeting of Council – Launch of Official Plan Review
  • March 25, 2024 – Council approval to initiate the Official Plan Review

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Staff Reports

Discussion Papers (coming soon)