Sustainable neighbourhood planning seeks to achieve long-term socially, environmentally and economically healthy communities by:

  • creating socially cohesive and diverse communities through a mix of housing types and employment opportunities
  • promoting alternative transportation and energy
  • promoting efficient use of resources
  • locating residential areas close to recreational and commercial services with pedestrian and cycling connections

A sustainable neighbourhood takes into consideration elements at the community, neighbourhood and building level.

Community Level Elements

  • Natural Heritage Conservation and Protection
  • Energy
  • Transportation

Neighbourhood Level Elements

  • Sustainable Sites 
  • Emergency Preparedness 
  • Food Production

Site/Building Level Elements

  • Building and Materials Management
  • Building Design and Energy
  • Solid Waste Management 
  • Water and Wastewater Efficiency 
  • Stormwater Management 
  • Indoor Air Quality 
  • Construction Waste Management

For new neighbourhoods and new developments, the City of Pickering has developed two sets of guidelines. The Sustainable Development Guidelines dated 2007 are for urban Pickering. In 2011, the Sustainable Placemaking Guidelines were created for Seaton.  Both guidelines focus on:

  • compact mixed use community structure
  • pedestrian-scaled neighbourhoods
  • transit-supportive neighbourhoods
  • linked open space system
  • natural and cultural heritage preservation
  • significant employment areas
  • pedestrian and bicycle routes
  • minimized impacts to natural features and stream crossings