Pickering Zoning By-law Review

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The City is undertaking a comprehensive review of its existing zoning by-laws and zoning framework and is asking the public to view the Draft By-law and Interactive Map, and provide feedback


Why has the City initiated this review?

A Zoning By-law controls the use of land in the community and Pickering has 6 different zoning by-laws that apply to different areas of the City. Many are outdated and do not reflect current policies and trends. Through this review, the older by-laws will be updated to reflect Pickering’s Official Plan, current development trends, and simplify the processing of building permits and

The City is undertaking a comprehensive review of its existing zoning by-laws and zoning framework and is asking the public to view the Draft By-law and Interactive Map, and provide feedback


Why has the City initiated this review?

A Zoning By-law controls the use of land in the community and Pickering has 6 different zoning by-laws that apply to different areas of the City. Many are outdated and do not reflect current policies and trends. Through this review, the older by-laws will be updated to reflect Pickering’s Official Plan, current development trends, and simplify the processing of building permits and planning applications.


The purpose of this review is to:

  • create one consolidated zoning by-law;
  • update zoning to reflect Official Plan policies and associated development guidelines;
  • complete necessary research to ensure the new by-law is consistent with current legislation, policy and trends; and
  • post the by-law text and mapping on the City’s website.


Project Timeline:

Phase 1 (February 2020 - March 2021) included discussion papers, a public consultation strategy, and multiple open houses to present the findings of the discussion papers and obtain feedback from the community.

Phase 2 (March 2022 - October 2022) includes the preparation of the draft By-law, public consultation to obtain feedback on the By-law, required revisions to the draft By-law based on stakeholder/public input, and the preparation of a recommended By-law.
  • The City is currently within Phase 2 of the Study.

Phase 3 (Early 2023) will include a report and presentation to Planning & Development Committee of the recommended By-law for Council adoption. The Report will then go to Council for final approval, along with a detailed summary of the public and stakeholder feedback that helped inform the new City's Comprehensive Zoning By-law.



Phase 2 - First Draft of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Text

The first Draft of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Text and Interactive Map are now available for the public's feedback and review.

We would greatly appreciate any comments or feedback. Kindly forward your comments to zonereview@pickering.ca on some of the following topics:

  • the types of buildings and structures that are permitted
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the minimum required dimensions and setbacks for buildings and structures
  • parking requirements
  • building heights
  • and much more.



Phase 2 - First Draft of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Interactive Map




Phase 1 - Shaping Your City: Introduction to the Project

Page last updated: 13 Jul 2022, 09:16 AM