The City of Peterborough is subject to the A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which prescribes policies to promote the creation of complete communities, support the vitality of the downtown and the economy, curb urban sprawl, and protect the natural heritage system. This is addressed partly through the achievement of intensification and density targets for key growth areas of the City, namely the: Urban Growth Centre (i.e., Downtown Core), Built-up Area, and Designated Greenfield Areas.

Growth management in the City will be focused on accommodating growth within a logical, definable and efficient urban structure. The City has two objectives when considering growth management:

  • Promoting intensification within the existing built-up area, and
  • Ensuring an adequate and balanced supply of land in the designated greenfield areas to accommodate residential development, employment opportunities, major retail facilities and institutional uses.

The City will provide a mix of housing and employment to create an opportunity for people to work close to where they live. Peterborough needs to grow at transit-supportive densities with transit-oriented street configurations.

  Past public engagement and meetings

An online survey was available from December 7, 2017 to January 19, 2018 to obtain community feedback on the growth management strategy of the Official Plan. On February 7 and 14, 2018, the City hosted four (4) pop-up events at Trent University, Lansdowne Place and Peterborough Square to discuss growth management with the community.

 Past reports

On March 19, 2018, Council supported the exploration of alternative intensification and density targets for the Official Plan. Details are available in Staff Report PLPD18-005.

On May 25, 2021, Council directed staff to finalize the Official Plan documents with the approach of focusing land use designations within the City’s boundary based on the results of the land needs assessment. Details are available in Staff Report IPSPL21-016 and the Final Land Needs Assessment Report