The City of Pickering drafted a set of Sustainable Development Guidelines in 2007. The draft guidelines identify required and optional sustainability elements for neighbourhoods as well as draft plans, site plans, rezoning applications and building permits.
- Guideline #1 - Neighbourhood Guidelines
- Guideline #2 - Plan of Subdivision, Site Plan, Rezoning, and Building Permit Guidelines
To be considered "sustainable" under the Guidelines, a development needs to include all required sustainability elements and a specific number of optional elements. The more optional elements included, the higher the level of sustainability. Three levels of sustainability are defined (Levels 1, 2 and 3).
In 2009, Pickering Council approved a resolution requiring that all new development meet at least a rating of "Level 1", with some minor exceptions.