For residents of Durham Region and the GTA, the Harper government is ending decades of uncertainty about the future of the Pickering Lands. There will be land for an airport, there will be urban and industrial development and there will be considerable green space on these lands. We are striking a responsible balance that will allow us to preserve our quality of life, while creating jobs and long-term prosperity in Durham Region and the GTA. With the Buttonville Airport closing, with Highway 407 being extended eastward, and now clarity around the Pickering Lands, Durham Region is well positioned to be a hub for transportation, business development and job creation. - Jim Flaherty
As part of these plans Transport Canada plans to transfer nearly 5,000 acres from these lands to Parks Canada towards the creation of Rouge National Urban Park. From the updated published draft reference maps provided, the space for the new Pickering Airport is substantially smaller than the original plan from the early 80's - with the balance of space (nearest to Cornell) being turned into addtional Rouge Parkland for the public to enjoy.
We see this as very positive news, as the flight paths do not appear to impact the East side of Markham, which was an initial concern for many residents.