Pickering Zoning By-law Review

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The City of Pickering is taking the next step to achieve the Pickering Official Plan’s vision by reviewing and consolidating the six current Zoning By-laws (2511, 2520, 3036, 7364/14 & 7553/17) and combining them into one consolidated document. Our intention is to create a new zoning by-law to manage land use and future development. Having one zoning by-law will make it easier for residents, developers and others to access information they are looking for.

Why has the City initiated this review?

Pickering has 6 different zoning by-laws that apply to different areas of the City. Many are outdated and do not reflect current Provincial legislation and Official Plan policies. Through this review, the previous by-laws will be consolidated to reflect Pickering’s Official Plan policies, modern planning trends, and simplify the processing of permits and planning applications.



We are in Phase 2 - Public Release of the Second Draft of the Zoning By-law

The City of Pickering has prepared a second draft of its consolidated Zoning By-law and invites you to review and learn more about the changes and how they impact properties and future development in Pickering.

In response to comments on the First Draft of the Zoning By-law, provisions for Short-term Rentals, Driveway Widening, and several new areas have been included in the Second Draft.


Second Draft of the Zoning By-law Text


Release of Chapter 15 - Exceptions

With the release of the Second Draft of the Zoning By-law, we have completed our review of the Exceptions. City Staff reviewed over 800 Exceptions found in the six existing Parent By-laws. All Exceptions were an outcome of site specific rezonings dating all the way back to the 1960's.

Through our review, the total number of Exceptions has been reduced from roughly 851 to 412. This means that many of the existing development is now in compliance with the Consolidated Zoning By-law.

Exception TextsException Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x1 to x91
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x92 to x104
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x105 to x215
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x216 to x302
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x303 to x353, and x412
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x354 to x381
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x382 to x411
Exception Tracking Matrix


Comment Summary Matrix

City Staff have received many comments from the Public on the first draft of the By-law. We have prepared a Comment Matrix with all public comments and our response here: Comment Summary Matrix


For more information on the Second Draft of the Zoning By-law, the City of Pickering will be hosting an In-person Open house on March 12, 2024 from 4:30 to 8 pm at the Civic Centre foyer. The statutory meeting will be held on April 2nd, 2024 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers with an In-person Open House from 4:00 - 6:30pm.



How to Read the Zoning By-law: A Citizen's Guide

Step 1: Locate a property of interest on the Interactive Map here.

  • Use the search bar to find your property of interest.
  • Select the property to open the corresponding zoning (i.e C1, CC1, SLD1, etc.).
  • If your selected property has an exception, the zone code will begin with "x" and proceed with the Exception number *(i.e. x500 (CC 1).
  • If you have a comment about the property, click the “Submit a comment…..” link

Step 2: Review the applicable Sections of the draft Zoning By-law Text.

  • First, open the draft Zoning By-law and find the applicable Section(s) (i.e. if you property is zoned Residential, proceed to Section 6.5 for permitted uses, lot requirements).
  • If your selected property has an Exception, please proceed to the Section 15 Exception documents located above
  • Please note, Section 4 (General Regulations) & Section 5 (Parking Regulations) apply to most zones in the City of Pickering.

Step 3: Please share your experience, any questions, or concerns below. Alternatively, you may email your comments to zonereview@pickering.ca. If you wish to have your comments considered on the first draft, we kindly request you submit your comments or questions by/before May 1, 2024.


Second Draft of the Zoning By-law Text
The City of Pickering is taking the next step to achieve the Pickering Official Plan’s vision by reviewing and consolidating the six current Zoning By-laws (2511, 2520, 3036, 7364/14 & 7553/17) and combining them into one consolidated document. Our intention is to create a new zoning by-law to manage land use and future development. Having one zoning by-law will make it easier for residents, developers and others to access information they are looking for.

Why has the City initiated this review?

Pickering has 6 different zoning by-laws that apply to different areas of the City. Many are outdated and do not reflect current Provincial legislation and Official Plan policies. Through this review, the previous by-laws will be consolidated to reflect Pickering’s Official Plan policies, modern planning trends, and simplify the processing of permits and planning applications.



We are in Phase 2 - Public Release of the Second Draft of the Zoning By-law

The City of Pickering has prepared a second draft of its consolidated Zoning By-law and invites you to review and learn more about the changes and how they impact properties and future development in Pickering.

In response to comments on the First Draft of the Zoning By-law, provisions for Short-term Rentals, Driveway Widening, and several new areas have been included in the Second Draft.


Second Draft of the Zoning By-law Text


Release of Chapter 15 - Exceptions

With the release of the Second Draft of the Zoning By-law, we have completed our review of the Exceptions. City Staff reviewed over 800 Exceptions found in the six existing Parent By-laws. All Exceptions were an outcome of site specific rezonings dating all the way back to the 1960's.

Through our review, the total number of Exceptions has been reduced from roughly 851 to 412. This means that many of the existing development is now in compliance with the Consolidated Zoning By-law.

Exception TextsException Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x1 to x91
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x92 to x104
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x105 to x215
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x216 to x302
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x303 to x353, and x412
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x354 to x381
Exception Tracking Matrix
Exception Zones x382 to x411
Exception Tracking Matrix


Comment Summary Matrix

City Staff have received many comments from the Public on the first draft of the By-law. We have prepared a Comment Matrix with all public comments and our response here: Comment Summary Matrix


For more information on the Second Draft of the Zoning By-law, the City of Pickering will be hosting an In-person Open house on March 12, 2024 from 4:30 to 8 pm at the Civic Centre foyer. The statutory meeting will be held on April 2nd, 2024 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers with an In-person Open House from 4:00 - 6:30pm.



How to Read the Zoning By-law: A Citizen's Guide

Step 1: Locate a property of interest on the Interactive Map here.

  • Use the search bar to find your property of interest.
  • Select the property to open the corresponding zoning (i.e C1, CC1, SLD1, etc.).
  • If your selected property has an exception, the zone code will begin with "x" and proceed with the Exception number *(i.e. x500 (CC 1).
  • If you have a comment about the property, click the “Submit a comment…..” link

Step 2: Review the applicable Sections of the draft Zoning By-law Text.

  • First, open the draft Zoning By-law and find the applicable Section(s) (i.e. if you property is zoned Residential, proceed to Section 6.5 for permitted uses, lot requirements).
  • If your selected property has an Exception, please proceed to the Section 15 Exception documents located above
  • Please note, Section 4 (General Regulations) & Section 5 (Parking Regulations) apply to most zones in the City of Pickering.

Step 3: Please share your experience, any questions, or concerns below. Alternatively, you may email your comments to zonereview@pickering.ca. If you wish to have your comments considered on the first draft, we kindly request you submit your comments or questions by/before May 1, 2024.


Second Draft of the Zoning By-law Text
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