The City of Peterborough is subject to the Provincial 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.

Policies related to Growth Management can be found in Section 3 of the Draft Official Plan.

Something to Consider

Does the Draft Official Plan do enough to promote variety in the supply of housing and intensification in appropriate locations?

Draft Official Plan document

After more than three years of consultation and activity on the development of the City's new Official Plan, we are pleased to release the draft Official Plan for your review and feedback.

Download the Draft Official Plan (Tracked Changes) document   Give us your feedback

  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.