Official Plan Update

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Have your say on the Official Plan

The City of Peterborough is in the process of completing an update of its Official Plan, a document, which sets the vision and direction for the growth and development of the City to the year 2041. 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 Official Plan Update provides an opportunity to ensure that the Official Plan continues to address community priorities and needs. We invite you to stay informed on upcoming events and to get involved in the Official Plan Update process. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive email updates on upcoming events.

The Official Plan contains a number of policy sections regarding the vision and guiding principles, growth management strategy, urban design, natural heritage system, land use and transportation. See the headings below to view summaries on the various policy sections of the Official Plan and the community consultation completed so far.

 Vision and guiding principles
 

Overview

The vision and guiding principles of the Official Plan set out the policy direction for the growth and the development of the City. The vision and guiding principles reflects the community’s priorities and needs as well as various studies conducted by the City.

Public engagement and meetings

An online survey was available from August 9 to September 20, 2017 to obtain community feedback on the vision and guiding principles of the Official Plan. The vision and guiding principles reflect previous consultations with the community dating back to 2011.

On September 8, 11, and 12, 2017, the City hosted pop-up events at Fleming College and Trent University to obtain student and faculty feedback.

A summary of the survey results and pop-up events is available in the Vision and Guiding Principles Survey Summary Report.

Reports

On April 30, 2012, Council received information on community’s vision for Peterborough based on consultation since April 2011. Details are available in Staff Report PLPD12-020.

 

On March 4, 2013, Council received the Potential Policy Directions Report to guide the preparation of Official Plan amendments and implement the conclusions drawn from the consultation process. Details are available in Staff Report PLPD13-014 and presentation.
 Growth management
 

Overview

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 partly 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. The new Official Plan will provide the policy framework to implement the strategy and manage the growth of the city.

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.

A summary of the survey results and pop-up events is available in the Growth Management Survey Summary Report.

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.
 Urban design

Overview

Urban design is the process of giving shape and character to streets, public spaces, neighbourhoods, and ultimately, entire cities. The goal is to make cities more attractive, functional, sustainable and accessible to all people. As part of the Official Plan Update, the City is reviewing the urban design policies related to built form, built heritage, public realm, and transportation.

Public engagement and meetings

On June 4 to 7, 2018, the City hosted a four-day community design exercise/charrette to inform the City’s urban design guidelines. The purpose of the community design charrette was to establish a design framework for how Downtown Peterborough, along with six corridors and eight nodes/centres, should develop in the future.  The City hosted corresponding public open house sessions in the evenings to display the outcomes of the charrette and obtain community feedback. The event also included a presentation on the Nodes and Corridors, a presentation on the Downtown, and a Wrap-Up presentation.

An online survey was available from August 24 to October 8, 2018 to obtain community feedback on the urban design guidelines. A summary of the survey results is available in the Urban Design and Heritage Survey Summary Report.

On November 26, 2018 and December 5, 2018, the City hosted additional evening public open houses to discuss urban design and the natural heritage system.  Materials related to the urban design component of those open houses include the display boards and presentation.

Reports

On February 26, 2018, Council received a presentation providing a project update on the Official Plan and approved the recommendations to facilitate the Community Design Charrette and “Architectural and Urban Design Guidelines for the Redevelopment and Intensification of the Built-Up Area”. Details are available in Staff Report PLPD18-005.

On September 17, 2018, Council received a presentation summarizing the results of the charrette and approved in principle the Official Plan Charrette: Nodes, Corridors and Downtown Urban Design Guidelines for consideration in drafting the Official Plan. Details are available in Staff Report IPSPD18-027.

 Natural heritage system
 

Overview

The Natural Heritage System consists of natural heritage features and areas, and linkages intended to provide connectivity and support natural processes which are necessary to maintain biological and geological diversity, natural functions, viable populations of indigenous species, and ecosystems. As part of the Official Plan Update, the City is reviewing the natural heritage system policies.

Public engagement and meetings

On November 26, 2018 and December 5, 2018, the City hosted evening public open houses to discuss urban design and the natural heritage system.  Materials related to the natural heritage component of those open houses include the display boards, draft Natural Heritage System Components and Level Definitions, and presentation.

Reports

On October 2, 2017, Council approved the retainer of an environmental consultant to complete the Natural Heritage System policy update for the Official Plan. Details are available in Report PLPD17-043.
 Land use and transportation
 

Overview

The City’s Planning Division is reviewing the land use and transportation policies of the Official Plan to:

  • Support more integration between the City’s land use and transportation policies;
  • Encourage “complete streets” and active transportation (i.e., walking and cycling);
  • Enable efficient goods movement and transit corridors; and,
  • Create complete and healthy communities.

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.

A summary of the survey results and pop-up events is available in the Land Use Survey Summary Report and Transportation Survey Summary Report.