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Charlotte Street Renewal - Aylmer St to Water St

The City of Peterborough, through their consultant AECOM, is redesigning Charlotte Street from Aylmer Street to Water Street as part of the Urban Park Project.  A “Flexible Street” design is proposed where a system of portable bollards will be used to allow street parking in the winter, but can be moved to the outer limit of the parking spaces in the summer, effectively widening the sidewalk space to permit temporary uses such as sidewalk cafes. The design is intended to be compatible with the Urban Park, allowing the closure of Charlotte Street to vehicular traffic between Aylmer Street and George Street when events involving large numbers of people are taking place.

The Urban Park is scheduled to begin construction in November 2017.  The site includes a portion of Louis Street and the entire Louis Street Municipal Parking Lot. 

The east side of George Street from Simcoe Street to Charlotte Street is included in the Charlotte Street Renewal Phase because the downtown streetscape design has not been applied to this section of George Street yet and it is logical to have this work done in conjunction with Charlotte Street.

Changes to the public realm, including sidewalks, street furniture, trees and plantings, lighting, public art and programming are being considered as part of these projects. The conceptual plan calls for a dramatic transformation of the street to make it much more attractive and safe for pedestrians.

Public Participation

Your participation in the planning and design of these projects is very important to the City.  Information is being gathered from members of the community including the public, merchants, land owners and interested stakeholders. To date, a Public Information Centre has been conducted and meetings are being arranged with stakeholders and special interest groups.

Comments can be made to the attention of Brian Buchardt, Planner - Urban Design, at 705-742-7777 x1734 or by email at


Once approved by City Council, the detailed design of the renewal of Charlotte Street from Aylmer Street to Water Street, will proceed.  The construction timetable hinges on the approval of annual capital budgets.

The renewal of Charlotte Street between Aylmer Street and Water Street is part of the Urban Park at Louis Street Project and is a key strategy of the Central Area Master Plan. The strategy seeks to create a permanent public gathering place in the Downtown for the benefit of the entire community.