Kingston Road Corridor and
Specialty Retailing Node Study
Canada is the fastest growing country in the G8. The Greater Golden Horseshoe area will increase from 9 to 14 million persons over the next 25 years. About 60-80% of that growth will be through immigration and 40-50% will be accommodated within existing urban areas. Pickering will continue its transition of growth and intensification through infill and redevelopment.
Coordinated planning and design will be required to ensure the Kingston Road corridor can move people and goods safely and efficiently, as well as continue to provide commercial and social services and facilities for the community. The City of Pickering has retained a multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals to undertake the study, led by SvN, bolstered by the firms AECOM and 360 Collective. It will result in a new vision and strategy for intensification and redevelopment along the Kingston Road Corridor and within the Specialty Retailing Node.
Phase 1 of the South Pickering Intensification Study began in January 2015 with a community engagement exercise regarding how growth should occur in South Pickering. Key themes that emerged included focusing intensification and higher density development in the City Centre and along corridors such as Kingston Road, maintaining stable neighbourhoods, and creating vibrant, mixed-use, well designed, transit supportive communities.
Phase 2 of the study concluded with the approval of the recommended intensification scenario by council, which focuses on the Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node. The Kingston Road Corridor runs from the Rouge Park National Urban Park in the west to Brock Road in the east, and generally includes only those properties that front on to Kingston Road. It also includes a number of properties on the north and south side of Kingston Road west and east of Brock Road. The Specialty Retailing Node is to the east of Brock Road and south of Kingston Road. Both of these Study Area components are shown on the map below.
Phase 3 of the study has now been concluded through the release of the Intensification Plan and Draft Urban Design Guidelines. These documents will be presented to the Planning & Development Committee of Council on December 2, 2019.
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The Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node Study will unfold in three phases:
Phase 1: Developing a Vision
Phase 2: Developing a Preferred Intensification Scenario
Phase 3: Developing an Intensification Plan and Urban Design Guidelines
Each Phase will feature opportunities for stakeholders and the public to get involved through focus groups, community workshops and public open houses. Input from stakeholders and the public from each phase will help inform the analysis carried out in the next phase.
Following the Public Open House held on September 26, 2019, and the review of the comments received during and after the open house event, the Study team made certain revisions to the Draft Intensification Plan and Draft Urban Design Guidelines for the Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node, and are ready to conclude Phase 3 of the Study by presenting the two documents to the Planning & Development Committee Meeting of Council on December 2, 2019.
If you have any questions about this study, please email Principal Planner Déan Jacobs.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the focus group discussions that were held February 12-13, 2018. The comments and suggestions made at these sessions provided greater insight into what is working well, and what is not, and have set a good basis for working on developing a new vision, goals and objectives for the Corridor and the Node.
A copy of the slide presentation that was made at the focus group discussions, is available in the “Documents” section below.
Focus Group Sessions February 12th-13th, 2018
Community Workshop September 19, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in the community workshop that was held September 19th, 2018. The comments and ideas generated by the participants on different ways to improve connectivity, place-making, and land use/built form within the four precincts have set a great basis for developing intensification scenarios for the Corridor and the Node.
A copy of the slide presentation that was made at the community workshop, gearing up to the table activities, is available in the “Documents” section below.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Open House event that was held on Thursday, December 6th, 2018. The discussions were generally very positive. The comments and suggestions that were made will help shape the final refinements to the draft preferred intensification scenario for the Corridor and Node. The project team is looking forward working with you as we approach the next stages of the study.
A copy of the slide presentation that was made at the Open House, is available in the “Documents” section below.
Public Open House 1 December 6, 2018
Public Open House 2 September 26, 2019
Thank you to those who attended the open house event last evening. We had a good discussion and received valuable inputs and suggestions that will be further reviewed as part of the refinement and finalization of the Draft Intensification Plan and Draft Urban Design Guidelines. Final comments on the Draft Intensification Plan and Draft Urban Design Guidelines can be submitted to Déan Jacobs at the City of Pickering, at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, October 4, 2019.
Planning & Development Committee Meeting of Council December 2, 2019
On December 2, 2019 City staff will be presenting a recommendation report in relation to the Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node Intensification Plan (Intensification Plan), dated November 2019, as well as the Kingston Road Corridor and Specialty Retailing Node Draft Urban Design Guidelines (UDGs), dated November 2019, to the Planning & Development Committee. The staff report will be recommending the endorsement in principle of the Intensification Plan and the Draft Urban Design Guidelines, and that Council authorize City Development staff to proceed with a City Initiated Official Plan Amendment for the lands within the Corridor and Node. Subsequently, a City Initiated Zoning By-law Amendment will be prepared. SvN will be presenting an overview of the Intensification Plan and Draft Urban Design Guidelines to the Committee.