Land Use

Land in the City shall be developed in accordance with the land use pattern identified in Schedule B: Land Use Plan and Schedule C: Central Area Plan to the Draft Official Plan. These land use schedules outline the desired land use pattern for the City to 2051.

The land use schedules establish a designation on each property in the City. Each designation has associated permitted uses and development policies to guide new development in each area of the City. By managing growth in a logical and well-defined urban structure, Peterborough will continue to develop as a complete community.

Policies related to Land Use can be found in Section 4 of the Draft Official Plan.


Successful communities are supported by planning public streets, spaces and facilities to be safe, meet the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists, foster social interaction and facilitate community connectivity.

The City’s transportation system is intended to move goods and people in a safe, efficient and economical manner. The system may include roads, public transit, pedestrian linkages, bicycle routes and multi-use trails, air and rail facilities.

Policies related to Transportation can be found in Section 6.2 of the Draft Official Plan.

Something to Consider

Is the identified height limit for the downtown core and major mixed-use corridors appropriate? 

Does the Official Plan strike the appropriate balance in providing adequate opportunity for all methods of travel? 

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 document  Give us your feedback

 Previous public engagement and meetings

Two online surveys were available from March 11 to May 13, 2018 to obtain community feedback on the topics of land use and transportation.

On March 7, 14 and 15, 2018, the City hosted five (5) pop-up events at Peterborough Square, the Downtown Transit Terminal, Fleming College, and Peterborough Public Library (Main Downtown Branch) to discuss land use and transportation priorities with the community.