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Cif ._ Report to <br /> Planning & Development Committee <br /> PICKERING Report Number: PLN 11-15 <br /> Date: September 14, 2015 <br /> From: Thomas Melymuk <br /> Director, City Development <br /> Subject: Federal Lands <br /> Revised Pickering Airport Site and Revised Airport Zoning Regulations <br /> File: T-2700-003 <br /> Recommendation: <br /> 1. That Transport Canada be advised that the City of Pickering does not object to the <br /> Order that appeared in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, on July 18, 2015, proposing to <br /> declare a smaller Pickering Airport Site and the corresponding revised Airport <br /> Zoning Regulations; and <br /> 2. Further, that a copy of Report PLN 11-15 be forwarded to Transport Canada, the <br /> Region of Durham, the Region of York, the City of Markham, the Town of Whitby, <br /> the Town of Ajax, Township of Uxbridge, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, the <br /> Township of Scugog, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. <br /> Executive Summary: In 2001, the Federal Government declared the entire <br /> 7,530 hectares (18,600 acres) that it had acquired (in 1972) for a potential airport as the <br /> "Pickering Lands Airport Site". In 2005, the Federal Government enacted Airport Zoning <br /> Regulations (AZRs) for the Pickering Site. AZRs put in place controls to protect the <br /> safety of aviation and aircraft from hazards including: restricting the height of buildings <br /> and objects; restricting uses that would attract wildlife (birds); and restricting uses that <br /> would create electronic interference with aircraft and airport communication. <br /> In 2013, the Federal Government transferred 2,023 hectares (5,000 acres) of the <br /> Pickering Lands to the Rouge National Urban Park, and then in 2015, committed to <br /> transferring an additional 2,104 hectares (5,200 acres) to the Park. The Federal <br /> Government advised that the remainder of the Lands will be protected for economic <br /> development including an airport (see Newly Identified Land Uses for the Pickering <br /> Lands, Attachment#1). Since the Federal Government has determined that only part of <br /> the Lands originally declared as an Airport Site will need to be protected for an airport, a <br /> revised Declaration Order identifying the reduced area of 3,520 hectares (8,700 acres) <br /> has been published in the July 18, 2015 edition of the Canada Gazette. <br /> In conjunction with the intent to declare a smaller Airport Site, and a minor change in the <br /> orientation of the possible runways, the Federal Government has also determined that <br /> revised AZRs are required. The revised AZRs have also been published in the July 18, <br /> 2015 edition of the Canada Gazette. Interested parties have up to September 15, 2015 <br /> to provide written comments to Transport Canada on both proposals. <br />