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Sustainable Placemaking Guidelines

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.

Level Element
CommunityNatural Heritage Conservation and Protection
NeighbourhoodSustainable Sites
Emergency Preparedness
Food Production
Site/BuildingBuilding 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