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As part of the Province’s strategy to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Province exchanged provincially owned lands in Seaton for privately owned lands on the Moraine.  In addition, and in order to lay the foundation for a well-planned, progressive urban and agricultural community in Pickering with a protected natural heritage system, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has prepared a land use plan that reinforces the Province’s Greenbelt Plan and key principles of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

In July 2005, a proposed development plan for the Central Pickering Planning Area, prepared under the authority of the Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994, was released for public comment. Based on what the Ministry heard, proposed modifications were made to the development plan and available to the public and municipalities for comment in February 2006. Following the public comment period, the Central Pickering Development Plan took effect on May 3, 2006.

On June 6, 2012, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued a decision to approve amendment No. 1 to the Central Pickering Development Plan to provide the basis for future complete communities that will help strengthen Durham’s economy, including:

  • help stimulate economic development and job creation in the City of Pickering and Durham Region   
  • enable both residential and employment lands to be developed during the first phase of growth   
  • clarify that infrastructure investments may be examined during various development phases of the community   
  • clarify the relationship between the Central Pickering Development Plan and the Growth Plan   
  • require developers to secure financial agreements prior to final approval of plans of subdivision or the lifting of a holding symbol in the zoning bylaw


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