City Projects


City of Peterborough studies and projects set objectives and guide our activities on behalf of the community. Through studies, we conduct research, assessments and consultation to ensure that City projects and work plans are effective. Projects are initiatives we are undertaking to improve City infrastructure or services. Find out how we are approaching each project and the steps we are taking to reach completion. The City has published a website that highlights completed Capital Budget construction projects. Currently, three completed projects on Ashburnham Drive, Brealey Drive and Otonabee Drive are featured on the interactive Capital Improvement Projects website.


10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan Review

Housing and Homelessness Plan

The Housing and Homelessness Plan (Plan) for the City and County of Peterborough is now available online. The Plan establishes new targets for ending chronic homelessness and building more affordable housing. It is evidence-based and informed by input from community members, gathered through community consultation in the City and County.

The Executive Summary shows a high-level snapshot of the new plan. The Needs Assessment and the What We Heard in community consultations report provides more details on what informed the Plan.

10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan - 2021 Progress Report


Housing provides a solid foundation for people as they work, seek jobs, care for each other and live healthy, productive lives. Housing is fundamental to creating successful communities and preventing homelessness. Safe and stable housing provides a good basis to raise children. It is a crucial factor in a child’s success at school and in continuing to higher education and employment.

Families and individuals must have housing that is affordable and meets their unique needs, for the well-being of the Peterborough community. A range and mix of homes for people living and working in this community and a housing market that creates jobs in the industry are key factors in a strong local economy.

With the new Guiding Principles, the new Housing and Homelessness Plan lays out a vision that will shape the City’s leadership in the housing and homelessness services.

Targets and Priority Areas

There are two key Priority Areas with targets in the priority areas:

Ending Homelessness and Staying Housed

The City of Peterborough, as part of Built for Zero, is committed to ending chronic homelessness in the City and County of Peterborough by the end of 2025. An end to chronic homelessness is also called Functional Zero. This is achieved when 3 or less people are chronically homeless, as measured by the By-Name Priority List. It also needs to be sustained for three consecutive months.

Built For Zero Peterborough
Built For Zero Peterborough is a multi-agency improvement team led by Social Services staff. Key elements of Built For Zero are a system for Coordinated Access, a By-Name Priority List for housing, and a Housing First approach.
Coordinated Access
Coordinated Access is a community wide strategy to help prevent homelessness and to match individuals and families experiencing homelessness to appropriate housing and support resources based on their level of need.
By-Name Priority List
The By-Name Priority List is an up-to-date, real-time list of everyone in the City and County of Peterborough who is experiencing homelessness. It includes details about their level of need. This helps inform what type of supports are needed to ensure housing is successful.
Housing First 
Housing First is a recovery-oriented approach that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services according to individual needs.

Building Housing

A Summary of the Housing Forecast Units Needs Projection (2019-2029) was created for the City and County of Peterborough. It sets targets for affordable housing production up to 2029. More details on the housing unit targets are included, specifically City and Township targets, and details about income levels. Incomes range from rents affordable for people receiving Ontario Works Shelter Allowance to people who are fully employed and earning minimum wage. There are specific targets for permanent supportive housing for people who have been chronically homeless and targets for affordable homeownership.

Housing unit targets are not solely the responsibility of the City of Peterborough to develop. The Housing and Homelessness Plan identifies roles for private sector development, non-profit partners, and units that could be developed through the regeneration of existing Community Housing properties, through such organizations as Peterborough Housing Corporation.

2017 Proposed boundary change

Over the past four years the City of Peterborough has had discussions with the Township of Cavan Monaghan and the County of Peterborough regarding a Municipal Boundary change in order to secure employment lands, capable of being serviced, for the benefit of the region.

Peterborough is one of eight cities located outside of the Greater Toronto Area identified under Provincial policy as an Urban Growth Centre, which is where future population growth is projected to occur in the next 25 years. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe establishes growth targets for the City of Peterborough. The City is projected to have a population of 115,000 people and 58,000 jobs by 2041. To accommodate this projected growth, especially the employment aspects, the City of Peterborough will require additional lands to provide places for existing and new residents to work.

Report CAO17-002 MOU – Securing Employment Lands for the Benefit of the Region was presented to Council, sitting as Committee of the Whole on March 6, 2017.

Airport Sanitary and Water Servicing Class Environmental Assessment

The City of Peterborough started a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) in July 2016 to study the existing sanitary infrastructure and then identify future servicing needs and ways to provide those services. This study included both the existing sewage pumping station and the forcemain that connects the Airport to the City's sewage treatment plant. The current sanitary pumping station is reaching capacity due to recent increases in flow rates from the expansion at the airport. The servicing upgrades are intended to provide for the long-term growth and development at the Airport as laid out in the Airport Strategic Development Plan.

Since starting the EA, there have been reported domestic water quality and water supply issues at the Airport. As well, the firefighting system will likely require an upgrade in light of proposed airport expansion.

As a result, the scope of the study has been updated to include the investigation of the existing potable water services and identify future water supply requirements and ways to meet that demand.

The EA will evaluate the different ways servicing upgrades can address the current and future servicing requirements and recommend the preferred ways to provide those services.

After the preferred servicing plan is identified, a conceptual design will be developed incorporating measures to minimize or mitigate impacts to the environment and the community.

The study will follow the approved environmental planning process for Schedule ‘B' under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved planning process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Major Sport and Event Centre Study

The City completed a Feasibility Study for a Major Sport and Event Centre in Peterborough to determine the overall feasibility and cost-benefits of investment in a new Multi-Use Sport and Event Centre in the City.

The Feasibility Study completed by Sierra Planning and Management, was divided into two phases:

  • Phase One: Feasibility Study included stakeholder and community consultation and will determine market and community needs to justify a Major Sport and Event Centre in the City and broader region, beyond what is provided currently in the existing Peterborough Memorial Centre.
  • Phase Two: Business Case to provide specific recommendations on the requirements for a new Major Sport and Event Centre based on the information gathered in Phase One.
  • Phase 3A of the Major Sport and Event Centre study included additional evaluation of the shortlist of candidate sites identified during the feasibility study, including a review of the Market Plaza site. Further analysis led to narrowing the site search to Morrow Park and a site in the downtown area. Phase 3A was comprised of the following tasks:
    • Site analysis, review of ownership and encumbrances, constraints, and appropriateness of the sites under review to meet the goals of the City 
    • High-level hazard, environmental and geotechnical review to distinguish between sites and identify risks
    • Land-use planning review and how such public infrastructure can be expected to contribute to the goals of Central Area planning established in the new Official Plan
    • Further design concept testing on sites and additional sites identified for further review
    • Capital cost updates for escalation and the option for a reduced-scale facility
    • Impacts of site conditions on capital costs
    • Assessment of the relative potential of sites to support broader regeneration of the Central Area of the City
    • Reporting and recommendations for the next Phase 3B

The next steps in the Major Sport and Event Centre Study include staff reviewing the potential for this facility in the larger strategic planning exercise carried out in "Key Strategic Development and Investment Areas" contained in the Central Area, as identified in the new Draft Official Plan. Key strategic development and investment areas are identified as having the potential to support the City's desired vision and objectives.  Council reserved the right to also review Morrow Park as a site option. Staff will return to Council in 2021 to request approval to commence Phase 3B of the study project in a timeframe that aligns with staff's review of key City infrastructure projects as recommended in the new Draft Official Plan. 

Questions and comments can be emailed to 




Municipal Parks and Open Space Review

The Assessment of Parks and Open Space study began in July 2018 to provide a comprehensive review of the City’s parks and open space system and to establish a park planning process as identified in Vision 2025 - a Ten-Year Strategy for Recreation, Parks, Arenas and Culture (completed in 2016). 

This study concluded in October 2019 resulting in The Municipal Parks and Open Space Study Final Report that was presented to the Arena, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee through Report APRAC19-019 dated October 22, 2019 for endorsement prior to the final presentation to Council through Report CSRS20-003 dated February 3, 2020.  Council received the final presentation and adopted in principle the Assessment of Parks and Open Spaces document and the Park Development Standards document to be used to develop policies and guide priorities related to the development of municipal parks and open space.

The Assessment of Parks and Open Spaces document sets out the current state of the parks to be rejuvenated and recommends solutions to improve access to and quality of the existing parkland.  The review involved the assessment of the quality and functionality of the City’s 79 existing Neighbourhood parks (including 12 embedded Neighbourhood parks within higher level parks).  This list of minimum park features is the requirement for new parks and provides the template for upgrading existing parks.  The plan to systematically improve existing neighbourhood parks utilizes the ‘minimum’ and ‘variable’ design features and standards for rejuvenation recommended in the Assessment of Parks and Open Spaces document and the Parks Development Standards document. 

Parks and Outdoor Facilities Project

This project will expand upon and provide more detail to help implement parts of Vision 2025 – A Ten-Year Strategic Plan for Recreation, Parks, Arenas and Culture (completed in 2016).  It will be informed by the Parks and Open Spaces Assessment and the Park Development Standards document, both completed in 2019.

The project has been organized into the following components:

  1. Background Research and Assessment,
  2. Neighborhood Parks,
  3. Long-Term Strategies for the Provision of Selected Types of Outdoor Culture and Recreation Facilities, and
  4. Regional and Community Parks.

The Background Research and Assessment component comprises:

  • The planning context (current and anticipated future population, and settlement pattern);
  • Update of supply, focusing on parkland and the types of outdoor facilities included in the study;
  • Demand research (existing unmet and anticipated); and
  • Analysis and conclusions.

Neighbourhood Parks

The 2019 Parks and Open Spaces Assessment examined the quality and functionality of every neighbourhood park.  Also, neighbourhood parkland distribution, access and park equity were assessed.  Based on this assessment, neighbourhood parks were prioritized for rejuvenation.  For each of the City’s 24 residential Planning Areas, a comprehensive strategy for improvement to the neighbourhood park system was recommended.

In 2019, a Park Development Standards document was prepared to guide the rejuvenation of existing parks and the planning and development of new ones.

Recently, the need has been identified to determine the most effective way to communicate the key findings and recommendations of the Parks and Open Spaces Assessment report + the Park Development Standards document to municipal staff, City Council, the Arenas Parks Recreation and Advisory Committee (APRAC) and the community.  A priority aspect of this task will be to explain how annual decisions will be made regarding how neighbourhood park rejuvenation will be implemented.

An associated task will be to prepare a procedure document to explain how unsolicited requests for park improvements and unsolicited requests for the provision of specific culture and recreation facilities will be fairly and effectively processed, including the creation of a community input portal, identification of the most appropriate department and municipal staff point-of-contact, and an effective decision-making process.

There is also a need to determine the most effective way to support community engagement regarding natural heritage stewardship when new parks are being planned and existing ones are being rejuvenated.

Facility Provision Strategies

Twenty-two different types of outdoor recreation facilities will be combined into eleven facility provision strategies.  Each strategy will provide an assessment of facilities and a map that illustrates facility location and distribution.  Each strategy will also report on what is known about current unmet and anticipated demand and recommend a game plan to improve existing and expand the number of new facilities to meet the anticipated full build-out population of the city.  A second map will illustrate what facilities will be improved and where future facilities should be located.

Regional and Community Parks

The facility provision strategies will look for existing and future parks and other locations where the recommended facility improvements and expansion can be achieved, including existing Regional and Community parks.  All eleven Regional and 18 of the city’s Community parks have been identified as sites that may be able to support some of the recommended facility improvements and expansion.  To determine the potential for any of these parks to support facility improvements and/or expansion, an analysis of existing conditions will be undertaken – focusing on opportunities and constraints.  Other improvements will be recommended for each park, using the Park Development Standards document as the principal guide. 

Basterfield & Associates - Landscape Architects and The Rethink Group – Leisure Services Planning and Management are assisting the City with this project.

If you have questions or would like to provide input, please email the Recreation Division.



Official Plan

The Official Plan sets the vision and direction that shapes the growth and development of the City. By the year 2041, the City is expected to grow to a population of 115,000 people and 58,000 jobs – an increase of about 32,000 people and 14,000 jobs from 2016.

The City is updating the Official Plan with input from the community. We invite you to be engaged in the process and to get involved.

Otonabee River Trail Extension Around Little Lake

This Class Environmental Assessment identifies a recommended design for the Otonabee River Trail around Little Lake from the George Street Wharf in Del Crary Park to Haggart Street.

Parkway Corridor Environmental Assessment

The City of Peterborough has considered a Parkway as a potential transportation solution to ease traffic congestion and enhance north-south travel within and through Peterborough.

On February 5, 2016, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued an “Order” pursuant to the Environmental Assessment Act requiring the City to complete an additional study to “ensure that the preferred alternative and environmental mitigation measures proposed are still valid in the current planning context”.

On April 4, 2016 the City provided its "Response" to the Minister's Order.


Parkway Corridor Final Environmental Study Report

Study Reports

April, 2016: Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Order Report

February, 2016: Order – Proponent Letter

May, 2014: City Response to Part II Order Requests

November, 2013: Committee of the Whole Report

November, 2013: Committee of the Whole Presentation

September, 2013: Public Information Centre #3

June, 2013: Benefit Cost Assessment of Alternatives

March, 2013: Public Information Centre #2

November 2012: Parkway Corridor EA – Final Problem-Opportunity Council Report

November 2012: Public Information Centre #1

Peterborough Transit Study

The City of Peterborough is working on three parallel and related studies to improve transit service now and in the future. The three studies are:

  • A Transit Route Review to redesign the transit network in the near term so that connectivity and service are improved;
  • A Long-Term Transit Growth Strategy to set the vision for the future of transit and identify the resources needed to achieve it; and
  • A Downtown Transit Hub Plan to identify a plan to improve or relocate the downtown transit terminal.

Visit the study website for details.

This study will update the 2012 Public Transit Operations Review The Route Ahead.

Television Road Bridge Replacement Environmental Assessment

In 2016 the City of Peterborough determined that the Television Road bridge crossing at South Meade Creek needs to be replaced. We are completing a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study (EA) to determine the best layout of a replacement bridge and outline any effects the replacement bridge will have on the surrounding area.

The EA is being conducted under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Act and we will be accepting comments, questions and ideas from the public throughout the study. 

A public open house was held on October 17, 2019.  The open house provided a chance to review the study progress so far.  Display boards and background reports including the draft Study Design, Cultural Heritage Assessment Report, draft Design Criteria memo, Traffic Review Memo, and the draft Value Planning Report were  available for review and comment.

Comments, questions or ideas about the EA and bride replacement can be sent directly to the City’s Project Manager. 

Watershed Planning Study

No matter where you live or work, we are all located in a watershed. A watershed is simply defined as an area of land that drains surface water and groundwater into a river or stream. Protection and enhancement of a watershed and the water resource system, including surface water and groundwater features, is a priority action for the City of Peterborough. 

The watershed planning study will be a collaborative effort, dedicated to the protection and enhancement of our water resources.


Arena and Aquatics Complex Project


Conceptual rendering of new arena


The City of Peterborough is planning to build a Community Arena and Aquatics Complex to meet the immediate and future recreational needs of our growing community. As a recreational hub, it will include a new twin-pad arena and indoor walking track with a future phase for an aquatic centre, combining spaces for play, spectating, fitness and sports. Supporting recreational opportunities through this new building and associated upgraded park space will enhance the quality of life for those who live and play in the city.

City Council approved Morrow Park as the location for the City's new Community Arena and Aquatics Complex on Monday, July 26, 2021.


The Arena Needs Assessment study completed in 2013 identified this as a priority project.

For additional information, comment or questions you may email

The presentation document is in the document library section of the Connect Peterborough project page.

Armour Road Reconstruction - Clifton Street to Hunter Street

  • Sanitary Sewer replacement on Armour Road from Clifton Street to Hunter Street
  • Road resurfacing on Armour Road from Clifton Street to Hunter Street
  • New curb on Armour Road from Clifton Street to Hunter Street
  • Storm sewer replacements on Armour Road from Clifton Street to Douro Street

For additional information, please contact:

Derek Watters
Design & Construction Technologist/Inspector
705-742-7777 Ext.1774

Central Area (Bethune Street) Flood Reduction Project

The Central Area (Bethune Street) Flood Reduction project was one of the top priorities that came out of the Flood Reduction Master Plan process after the flood in July 2004 that caused significant damage valued at more than $100 million, with substantial flooding in the central area (downtown).

The project will create new storm and sanitary infrastructure, increased capacity, and enhanced storm water diversion to help protect the community's central area from the effects of significant flood events. The streetscape, designed for local traffic, includes a corridor ideal for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Brealey Drive Project

The reconstruction of Brealey Drive between Sir Sandford Fleming Dr. and Lansdowne St. was completed in 2016. The street design reflects Complete Streets principles, providing safe and convenient access along and across the street for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The Brealey Drive Project is featured in a Capital Project Story Map.

The next phase is the reconstruction of Brealey Drive between Lansdowne St. and Sherbrooke St. The reconstruction will improve the intersections, install curbs and gutters to improve stormwater management and provide infrastructure for people walking and cycling.

The relocation of utilities will continue into 2021 with construction of the road scheduled to commence in 2026 pending budget approvals.

Contact Greg Giles 705-742-7777 ext. 1711 with any comments or questions that you have about the project.


Charlotte Street Renewal

The Charlotte Street Project includes its intersection with Park Street and stretches east to Water Street. There are two distinct zones to the street's design described as follows:

The section of Charlotte Street, between Aylmer Street and George Street has been designed as a "Flexible Street", where on-street parking may be accommodated within the winter months. However, during the warm weather seasons, bollards and other street furnishings can be moved to the outer limit of the on-street parking zones to effectively widen the sidewalk, which will allow for sidewalk cafes similar in ways to the Hunter Street Cafe District design.

This section of Charlotte Street is seen as an extension of the Urban Park. It is a zone where the pedestrian travel is the priority. The idea is to have the design for the Urban Park seamlessly integrate with the design of Charlotte Street in that block.

The current plan is to close Charlotte Street to vehicular traffic on occasion, from Aylmer Street to George Street. This will enable people to come and go as they please without conflict with vehicles while community events are held in the Urban Park and on this section of Charlotte Street. Charlotte Street would not be paved with asphalt between Aylmer and George Street, but will be paved with an alternative material to be compatible with the Urban Park and have pedestrian-friendly character.

The section of Charlotte Street between Aylmer Street and Park Street is essentially a streetscape improvement project, where overhead utilities will be rationalized and re-installed underground. Street trees, new paving, new streetlights and furnishings are part of the plan, including the incorporation of bicycle lanes on both sides of the street.

The City currently has budgeted for the detailed design and preparation of tender documents for Charlotte Street. However, we still need to budget for its construction. It is anticipated that the first construction phase of Charlotte Street will take place from Aylmer Street to Water Street and will follow closely behind the completion of the Urban Park.

Public consultation

We have heard from members of the community including residents, merchants, land owners and interested stakeholders through a Public Information Centre as well as meetings with stakeholders and special interest groups.

More input is welcome. Please share your comments with Brian Buchardt, Planner - Urban Design, at 705-742-7777 ext. 1734 or by email.

Chemong Road Reconstruction

The reconstruction of Chemong Road is from Reid St. to a point 200 metres north of Sunset Boulevard, Reid Street from Chemong Road to Edinburgh Street and Parkhill Road from Downie Street to Chemong Road. The street design reflects Complete Streets principles, providing safe and convenient access along and across the street for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

Preliminary design for the reconstruction of Chemong Road is well underway, and the Environmental Assessment of the project was endorsed by City Council in March 2013 with final provincial approval in 2016.

The need for improvements are as follows:

  • Continued growth in the north end will increase the traffic demand.
  • Southbound left turn at Chemong/Parkhill has long delays during peak times, but cannot signalize due to steep road grade along Parkhill Road
  • Road congestion during peak times warrants designated left turn lanes
  • Reduce flood waters along corridor by upsizing storm sewer and increasing the number of catch basins
  • Poor pedestrian and cycling facilities throughout the entire corridor
  • Preliminary detailed design consists of:
  • Upgraded pedestrian facilities and accessibility at intersections
  • New traffic signals at Chemong/Highland intersection
  • Upgraded transit stops with bus shelters, where applicable
  • New concrete curb and upgraded storm/sanitary/water system
  • Maintain two travel lanes in each direction with shared left turn lanes
  • Designated left turn lanes at all signalized intersections
  • 1.5-metre-wide sidewalk (east side), 3-metre-wide asphalt multi-use trail (west side)
  • Dead-end Chemong north of Parkhill, re-align Chemong/Reid with larger centreline radius and pedestrian crossing

Concept drawings were presented at a Public Open House on December 13, 2018. The Preliminary Design with Aerial Photo (1 of 2) and Preliminary Design with Aerial Photo (2 of 2) provide an overview. Comments on the preliminary design were accepted at the Public Open House and accepted until January 4, 2019.

Property appraisals and acquisitions shall be planned to be completed by late 2023. The images Property Required (1 of 2) and Property Required (2 of 2) provide details. The remainder of utility relocations are scheduled for completion in 2024, with road construction commencing in 2025, pending budget approvals.

Contact Mike Cummings by email or 705-742-7777 ext. 1503 with any comments or questions that you have about the project.

Cleantech Commons

The City of Peterborough, in partnership with Trent University, is developing Cleantech Commons (formerly referred to as the Trent Research and Innovation Park). Located at Trent University along Pioneer Road and Ninth Line, Cleantech Commons is to become Canada's premier green technology research and innovation site, hosting a cluster of companies and start-up enterprises in the fields of clean technology, environmental services, advanced material sciences biotechnology, medical and health products, agri-food and agri-business and information and communications technologies.

The City has prepared a Master Plan to guide the planning and development of Cleantech Commons over time. The Master Plan presents an overall planning vision for the Research Park and the principles that will guide decision-making for Cleantech Commons throughout its development.

You can find more information on the project on our Cleantech Commons project page.

Contact us regarding business and leasing opportunities:

Peterborough Economic Development

Suzanne McCrimmon

Director of Business Development

705-743-0777 x 2127

Crawford Drive and Harper Road Extension and Reconstruction

Map of final plan for Crawford Drive extension

The City had contemplated making changes to the road network in this area long before the development application for the casino and hotel. The City completed an Environmental Assessment Study in 2012 for the reconfiguration of the roads to improve safety and accommodate future redevelopment of these lands.

The approved plan from 2012 included closing the existing section of Crawford Drive and building a new extension of Crawford Drive north across the rail line to connect with Rye Street. The existing Harper Road crossing of the rail line is also planned to be closed as part of this project and will be realigned to intersect with the extension of Crawford Drive.

As part of the Casino and Hotel redevelopment plan, it was determined that the original Crawford Drive Extension project was still needed to address the traffic generated by this new development. As part of those developments, the City collected development charges to pay for growth-related infrastructure requirements beyond the site. Prior to starting construction, the City needed to complete the detailed design work and satisfy requirements for permits necessary to allow for construction to proceed.

To deal with the traffic situation while the City obtained the necessary permits for the road realignments, the City developed a plan to phase-in the road network changes, including the closure of a section of Crawford Drive before the actual road work could begin.

Map of Crawford Drive extension phase 1b

Construction for the realignment and extension of Crawford Drive has started. The new road will open in stages as the work progresses. The project is currently in Stage 1B, as illustrated.

 Why was the old section of Crawford Drive closed?

The traffic flow in the area of Crawford Drive, the Parkway and Harper Road would potentially be unsafe with current traffic flow plus the added traffic from the casino and new hotel if Crawford Drive remained open between The Parkway and Harper Road.  There are no turn lanes on the old section of Crawford Drive, the sight lines from the temporary entrance to the casino, hotel and Tim Horton’s are limited, and the existing traffic levels on Crawford Drive often resulted in traffic backups beyond the location of the temporary entrance to the Tim Horton’s. The immediate, interim closure of a section of Crawford Drive has safely managed the traffic situation while the City proceeds with the road network realignment in that area.

At the request of Metrolinx, the former section of Crawford Drive was left open to bus traffic only, since the detour for GO buses would have resulted in additional travel time that would have resulted in the GO buses missing their connections with trains at the Oshawa Station. Given the low volume of bus traffic using the former section of Crawford Drive it was determined that this would not pose a safety risk to traffic using the temporary casino entrance, as long as the buses were forced to stop and yield to traffic using the temporary casino entrance.

 What is the detour route?

The posted detour route for the closure of Crawford Drive is localized in nature and is signed for drivers to use the Parkway and Sir Sandford Fleming Drive to by-pass the closure. Any additional travel delay associated with the closure is minor compared to the traffic congestion and potential safety risks that could have resulted if Crawford Drive had been left fully open during this period. The temporary road configuration is working well and the City’s not aware of any safety concerns with the entrance configuration that was put in place to facilitate the temporary condition.

 How are the road improvements going to be phased in?
Map of Crawford Drive extension phase 1 completeWith the environmental considerations and the CP Rail crossing in this area, the road improvements need to be completed in phases while permits are secured for each phase of the project.

At the end of Phase 1, a partial extension of Crawford Drive will be open and a portion of the Harper Road reconfiguration will be completed, pending final permits to construct the new crossing of the CP Rail line. Temporary signals will be installed on Harper Road to ensure that this interim configuration can operate safely until the new connection across the railway can be constructed in Phase 2.

 Fire Station 2 Relocation Project

The City of Peterborough is planning the relocation of Fire Station 2. The current Fire Station 2 was built in 1967 and has served the community well for more than 50 years. Now it is time for a new fire hall that will meet the needs of our City as it continues to grow and expand.  

Learn more about the Fire Station 2 Relocation Project

Future Bus Storage Facility

The City of Peterborough is completing a project to identify possible future locations of a new Peterborough Transit bus storage facility. The 2012 Transit Review identified the substandard garage and impacts on the efficiency of vehicle maintenance activities. The current Transit Garage at the Townsend Street Public Works yard is only capable of storing 42 buses inside. With a conventional fleet of 52 buses, 10 buses plus the entire fleet of 11 Accessible Service vans, require outside overnight parking.

Outdoor storage means that vehicles cannot be properly cleaned at the end of each day to ensure that interior surfaces and the advanced accessibility features (kneeling uses, accessible ramps) do not freeze up during the winter. The inability to properly service and maintain buses reduces the life expectancy of the vehicle and increases longer term maintenance costs.

The City has contracted IBI Group to identify potential sites for a new Transit storage facility. These sites will be assessed and a recommendation will be made to City Council for approval.

George Street and Water Street Cycling Lanes

In 2018, if you wanted to ride a bicycle down George Street, it got a bit dicey south of Hunter Street where the bike lanes ended. Today, bike lanes carry cyclists from Hilliard Street in the north to Lake Street in the south, right through the downtown. Cycling lanes on Water Street mirror the ones on George Street.

How did this project come to be? 13 years ago, the Active and Safe Community Routes Committee identified George Street south of Sherbrooke Street as an ideal location to introduce road safety improvements. With the high number of vehicle collisions, lack of a comfortable place for cyclists to ride and infrequent pedestrian crossing points, the City decided to take a complete streets approach to redesign the street.

Complete Streets are designed to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. Drawing on the successes experienced elsewhere, a concept was developed for George Street and an Environmental Assessment was completed, including extensive public and business consultation. The project was extended north to Hunter Street to ensure connectivity of cycling lanes and then the Sherbrooke Street and Water Street sections were added to provide better connectivity, including access to and from Millennium Park and the TransCanada Trail.

With the completion of this project, the City now has an impressive 75 kilometres of cycling lanes and multi-use trails. The project was implemented over the last year, and the official opening is today. The changes to the streets include:

  • Cycling lanes on George Street and Water Street between Hunter Street and Sherbrooke Street
  • Reconfiguring George Street between Sherbrooke Street and Lake Street to include left turn lanes at busy commercial driveways and intersections, a new traffic signal at Dalhousie Street, cycling lanes, two pedestrian crossings and landscaping.
  • Reconfiguring Sherbrooke Street between George Street and Water Street to include a new sidewalk on the north side of the street, the City’s first protected bicycle lane and bicycle signal, formalized parking, traffic calming and a protected pedestrian crossing where Sherbrooke Street connects with Water Street to provide access to and from Millennium Park and the TransCanada Trail.
  • Resurfacing George Street and Water Street through the project limits.

Over the next three years, the project will be evaluated to see if the changes meet the project goals of increasing the number of cyclists and improving safety. Of the $2.4 M project budget, $1,163,200 was funded by the federal Gas Tax Fund, $325,000 was funded by the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Infrastructure Program and the remaining $911,800 was funded by the City of Peterborough.

Holy Cross Field Rehabilitation Project

The City of Peterborough and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board are partnering on a project to upgrade the existing sports field at Holy Cross Secondary School for both community and school board use.

Briarhill Road Reconstruction

Improvements are planned for Briarhill Road.

A Public Open House was held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at City Hall.

The reconstruction includes a sidewalk as per report “Provision of Sidewalks on Wildlark Gate and Briarhill Road”, improved drainage and replacement of asphalt surface and urbanization of the road.

Briarhill Concept Plan:

Urbanization with curb and gutter

  • new cul-de-sac
  • new sidewalk on north side of the road
  • new street lighting (if required)

North End - Trent University Area Transportation and Wastewater Management Class Environmental Assessment

The City of Peterborough is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to:

  • explore options to realign Armour Road north of Cunningham Boulevard
  • reconstruct or realign the Nassau Mills Road bridges over the Otonabee River and Trent Severn Water Way to increase capacity
  • develop a stormwater management plan for the study area
  • develop a sanitary sewage servicing plan
  • develop a plan to address emerging congestion along Nassau Mills Road and Water Street with short term and longer term solutions.


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Organic Waste Collection and Processing project

View our website page on the organic waste collection and processing project, Green Resource Organics Works (GROW) Peterborough, that is expected to implement City-wide organic waste collection and composting in the fall of 2023.

Webber Avenue-Rye Street Urbanization and Harper Creek North Reach Class Environmental Assessment

The City of Peterborough is completing a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to prepare a plan for urbanization of Webber Avenue and Rye Street, between Harper Road and Lansdowne Street West. The Environmental Assessment will also assess the requirements to remove fish barriers along the north reach of Harper Creek and develop a long-term protective strategy for the creek.

Urban Park

The Urban Park will be a permanent public gathering place in the downtown for the benefit of the entire community. The park will be similar to the Conceptual Plan, incorporating a seasonal outdoor ice rink, public space, children's playing area and public art.

The $6.4-million project received support from several funding partners.

The Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), provided a non-repayable contribution of $750,000 toward the project, as part of the Canada Community Revitalization Fund.

The City also used $678,000 from its share of gaming revenues that it receives from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as a host municipality for a casino.

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area contributed $50,000 toward the project.

Projects supported by Federal Gas Tax

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Project name Construction year Total project cost (including Federal Gas Tax funding)
Pavement preservation - road resurfacing  2020 $4,752,000
Moorecraig Road and Roper Drive reconstruction 2020 $3,062,000
Lansdowne Street multi-use trail  2020 $1,036,000
Road surface repairs 2020 $396,000
Evinrude Centre roof and HVAC replacement  2020 $3,236,000
Airport sewer and water upgrades  2019 $4,855,000
Airport Industrial Park servicing upgrades  2019 $4,850,000
Parkhill Road West reconstruction  2019 $25,307,000
Road resurfacing and pavement preservation 2019 $3,744,300
Various new sidewalk installations 2019 $736,000
Hilliard Street reconstruction - Marina Boulevard to The Parkway 2018 $2,600,000
McDonnel-Gilchrist rehabilitation 2018 $5,591,500
Extension of Crawford Drive to Harper Road 2018 $9,000,000
Various road resurfacing 2018 $3,362,500
Various new sidewalk installations 2018 $560,000
Various road resurfacing 2017 $3,000,000
Otonabee Drive - Bensfort to Ashburnham 2017 $1,700,000
Various new multi-use trails 2017 $590,600
Various new sidewalk installations 2017 $350,900
George Street Improvements 2017 $2,400,000