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Durham asking Ottawa for firm commitment on Pickering airport

One of the key elements of the recently adopted Regional Official Plan is a request for a firm commitment by Ottawa on the new future airport in Pickering.

It is the policy of Durham Regional Council to “request the federal government for a firm commitment to the construction of an airport on the federal lands in Pickering”, said an excerpt from the new plan.

It went to to say that the council wants to “ensure that required services and infrastructure are planned to support and serve an airport, upon commitments being made to construct an airport in Pickering by the federal government”.

It also said the council supports the development of a transportation-based, multi-modal employment hub in the vicinity of the federal lands in Pickering to maximize the economic benefit of a future airport” and “supports the establishment of a new multi-modal transportation network serving a future airport in Pickering”.

The council said once an announcement is made by the federal government, it aims to develop a plan to implement new highway connections, roads and new rapid transit infrastructure.

Durham Regional Council adopted the Regional Municipality of Durham’s new Regional Official Plan (ROP), as amended, on Wednesday, May 17.

The adopted ROP provides policies and strategic directions that guide future growth, infrastructure and service delivery, land use planning and development related matters to ensure an improved quality of life – to secure health, safety, convenience, and well-being of present and future residents of Durham, said a region statement.

The adopted ROP and background materials are available at

The adopted ROP will now be forwarded to the province for approval.

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