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COVID-19 Update

Meeting Process for Advisory Committee Meetings - Until further notice Advisory Committee meetings of the City of Peterborough (Public Library Board, ACHAC, PEAC, PACAC, MAAC, AAC, APRAC) will be held electronically. Individuals wishing to attend a meeting to hear the proceedings, must pre-register with the Clerk's Office at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820 and a call-in number will be provided. Only pre-registered individuals will be permitted entrance to the meeting.

The City of Peterborough has several legislated and advisory committees that provide input and guidance on the provision of municipal services and programs for our community. Below you'll find brief descriptions of these legislated and advisory committees of Council as well as links to their connected areas in our website. You can see the schedules and agendas of these meetings on our Agendas and Minutes page.

Vacancies on Committees

We are accepting applications for the following vacancies until December 23, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.:

  • Age-Friendly Peterborough Advisory Committee
  • Arenas, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
  • Community Investment Grants Advisory Committee
  • Museum and Archives Advisory Committee
  • Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee
  • Peterborough Environmental Advisory Committee

 Apply online - Citizen Appointments

Administrative Tribunal - Hearing Officers

Hearing Officers are appointed by Council of the City as part of the Administrative Monetary Penalties By-law (20-073). Hearing Officers are delegated the authority by Council to independently conduct hearings and make “Delegated Powers of Decision”. 

Hearing Officer By-law description

  • Applications will be accepted until December 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Apply online - Hearing Officer

Peterborough Public Library Board

Peterborough Public Library

Established under the Public Libraries Act, the Board governs Peterborough Public Library, creates policy and ensures financial accountability. Through an understanding of the community and a strong relationship with City Council, the Board advocates for the Library as a whole and ensures that it has clear goals and objectives for meeting community needs.

The Board consists of the following members:

  • Councillor Kemi Akapo
  • Councillor Henry Clarke
  • Dan Moloney, Chair
  • Gillian Sandeman
  • Barb Connor (Friends of the Library Foundation)
  • Jayne White 

Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) advises and assists Council and staff in promoting and facilitating accessible City goods, services and facilities. This is achieved through the review of municipal policies, programs and services and the identification, removal and prevention of barriers faced by people with disabilities. The Committee also oversees the utilization of the City's Access Fund through a formal application and reporting process. The Committee is a requirement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Terms of Reference.

The Committee is made up of the following members:

  • Amanda Motyer, Chair
  • Sioux Lily Dickson, Vice-Chair
  • Councillor Henry Clarke
  • Dave Hurley
  • Don Parnell
  • Barb Munro
  • Phil Mechetuk
  • Camila Duarte
  • Sarah Hurley

The AAC has established one sub-committee to deal specifically with matters pertaining to the Built Environment.

Built Environment Sub-Committee members:

  • Sioux Lily, Chair
  • Amanda Motyer
  • Andrea Dodsworth
  • Jeff Chalmers
  • Neil Campbell
  • Janet Dawson
  • Leanne Carpenter
  • Alison Seiderer
  • Leslie Yee

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment makes decisions on whether to permit a minor variance application. For the Committee to approve a minor variance application it must:

  • Be minor;
  • Be desirable for the appropriate development or use;
  • Maintain the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law; and
  • Maintain the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan.

City Council appoints the five members of the Committee in accordance with the Planning Act.

The Committee meets monthly. Prior to each meeting, a notice of request is sent out to neighbouring property owners and commenting bodies. A Planner prepares a staff report and recommendations for the Committee. The report outlines municipal policies and input received in response to a Notice of Hearing.

Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee

Appointed by Council under the terms of the Ontario Heritage Act, the Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee provides recommendations for the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources. The Committee advises City Council on the protection of the City's built, natural and cultural heritage. Terms of Reference.

The Committee consists of the following members:

  • Councillor Henry Clarke
  • Stewart Hamilton, Chair
  • Dennis Carter-Edwards
  • Jayne Spearin
  • Simon Terry
  • Elizabeth King
  • Lara Hintelmann
  • Deborah Keay (Peterborough Historical Society representative)

Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee was created to monitor and guide the implementation of the Municipal Cultural Plan and to advise Council and City departments on arts, cultural and heritage matters related to broader planning and capital project initiatives. Terms of Reference.

The following have been appointed to the Committee:

  • Councillor Kemi Akapo
  • Councillor Keith Riel
  • Yvonne Lai
  • Jeff Macklin
  • Sarah McNeilly
  • Justin Million
  • Kady Denton
  • Jeannine Taylor
  • Su Ditta (EC3 representative)

Arenas, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee

The Arenas, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee was established to advise and support the Arenas, Public Works and Recreation Divisions on matters relating to arenas, parks, urban forestry, horticulture, open spaces, recreational use of trails, and recreational facilities, programs and services. Terms of Reference.

The Committee consists of the following members:

  • Councillor Gary Baldwin
  • Councillor Lesley Parnell
  • Diane Sargent, Chair
  • Glen Payne
  • Ashley Matheson
  • Pete Dalliday
  • Stephen MacDougall

Peterborough Regional Liaison Committee

The Peterborough Regional Liaison Committee (formerly the Joint Services Steering Committee) is made up of three County Councillors and three City Councillors. The responsibilities of this Committee are reviewing and approval of draft budgets and annual work plans, which are then forwarded to the Councils of the County and City for final approval for service delivery management for Provincial Offences, Ontario Works, Child Care and Social Housing and Paramedic Services.

Peterborough Regional Liaison Committee members
City of Peterborough AppointeesCounty of Peterborough Appointees

Mayor Diane Therrien

Warden J. Murray Jones

Councillor Henry Clarke

Deputy Warden Andy Mitchell

Councillor Dean Pappas

Councillor Jim Martin

Councillor Keith Riel

Councillor Scott McFadden

Museum and Archives Advisory Committee

The Museum and Archives Advisory Committee was established to advise Council and the Arts, Culture and Heritage Division in respect of the management and regulation of the Peterborough Museum & Archives. Terms of Reference.

The following are members of the Committee:

  • Councillor Lesley Parnell
  • Emily McPhail
  • Laura Duarte
  • Debbie Flieler
  • Ann Sullivan
  • Karen Carter-Edwards
  • Amy Barron
  • Jodi Aoki (Trent University Archives representative)
  • Linda Lumsden (PHS representative)

Peterborough Environmental Advisory Committee

The Peterborough Environmental Advisory Committee is a committee established by Council to provide advice on environmental matters related to City of Peterborough municipal projects. Terms of Reference.

The following are members of the Committee:

  • Councillor Kim Zippel
  • Craig Mortlock
  • Stephanie Rutherford
  • Dana Jordan
  • Fraser Smith
  • Mary Konrad
  • Peter Lafleur
  • Sandra Orsatti 

Age-Friendly Peterborough Committee

The Age-friendly Peterborough Advisory Committee was created in June 2017 for two primary purposes:

  1. to advise local governments on issues related to aging; and
  2. to guide the implementation of the Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action Plan.

Age-friendly Peterborough Advisory Committee advises City Council and County Council (through the Joint Services Steering Committee), Curve Lake First Nation Council (through their Health and Family Services Committee), and Hiawatha First Nation Council. Age-friendly Peterborough Advisory Committee is supported by four working groups which are comprised of local organizations, staff, and local volunteers. The structure below collectively represents Age-friendly Peterborough.

  • Councillor Keith Reil, City of Peterborough Council Representative
  • Councillor Karl Moher, County of Peterborough Council Representative
  • Councillor Arnold Taylor, Curve Lake First Nation Council Representative
  • Councillor Cynthia Gray, Hiawatha First Nation Council Representative
  • Shelley King, City of Peterborough Community Representative
  • Kerri Davies, County of Peterborough Community Representative
  • Ruth Snider, County of Peterborough Community Representative
  • Joanne Pine, Curve Lake First Nation Community Representative
  • Hiawatha First Nation Community Representative: Vacant
  • Danielle Belair, Staying Mobile Working Group Representative
  • Dawn Berry Merrium, Building Relationships Working Group Representative
  • Cathy Berges, Learning and Contributing Working Group Representative
  • Nick Stone, Learning and Contributing Working Group Representative

Airport Strategic Initiatives Committee

The Airport Strategic Initiatives Committee was established in 2021 to provide advice to staff and Council on Airport strategic initiatives.

Terms of Reference

The following are members of the Committee:

  • Mayor Diane Therrien
  • Councillor Don Vassiliadis
  • Councillor Stephen Wright
  • Kate Ahrens
  • Doug Armstrong
  • Richard Cherney
  • Oliver Fuchs