Official Plan

Updates about new City of Peterborough Official Plan 

April 11, 2023: Notice of Decision

The Province of Ontario issued a Notice of Decision on April 11, 2023 approving, with modifications, the new City of Peterborough Official Plan. The new Official Plan is in effect as of April 11, 2023. 

December 6, 2023: Bill 150 - Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023

On November 16, 2023, the Province introduced Bill 150, the Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023 to reverse the official plan decisions made in November 2022 and April 2023 affecting 12 municipalities, including the City of Peterborough, except in circumstances where construction has begun or where doing so would contravene existing provincial legislation and regulations or to protect public health and safety. The Mayor provided a response to the Province/Environmental Registry on December 5, 2023. Bill 150 received Royal Assent on December 6, 2023. 

Mayor's Response to the Province - December 5, 2023

February 20, 2024: Bill 162 - Get It Done Act, 2024

On February 20, 2024, the Province introduced Bill 162, the Get It Done Act, 2024 to update official plans in response to municipal feedback received regarding Bill 150. The City will update the Official Plan accordingly and post the revised new Official Plan to this webpage once the proposed Bill 162 receives Royal Assent.

Mayor's Response to the Province - March 19, 2024

The Official Plan is the City's key planning document that guides the long-term growth and development of the City. It describes the goals, objectives and policies which guide our land use decisions. More specifically, it provides strategic policy direction on:
  • Where to direct housing, parks, industry, shopping areas, and schools;
  • How natural areas and heritage resources will be protected;
  • What infrastructure and services (roads, water mains, sewers, schools, community facilities) will be needed; and
  • How to enhance community identity and design.

While some policies of the Official Plan have immediate effects, other policies are more long-term. While the Official Plan provides more general guidance for the vision and development of the City, the Zoning By-law contains specific development regulations and implements the Official Plan. With the new Official Plan coming into force and effect, a comprehensive review of the Zoning By-law will be completed to bring the Zoning By-law into conformity with the new Official Plan.

Official Plan Text and Maps

View the previous Official Plan and Schedules

View the consolidation of the previous City of Peterborough Official Plan by accessing the links below. 

City of Peterborough Official Plan (consolidated September 1, 2022)

City of Peterborough Official Plan

City of Peterborough Official Plan Schedules and Figures


Schedule A – Land Use

Schedule A-1 – City Structure 

Schedule B – Roadway Network

Schedule B(a) – Bikeway Network

Schedule C – Natural Areas and Flood Plain

Schedule C(b) – Jackson Creek Flood Plain (Downtown) Special Policy Area

Schedule D – Development Areas

Schedule E – Residential Density

Schedule F – Key Map to Secondary Land Use Plans

Schedule G – Jackson Creek Secondary Plan

Schedule H – Community Improvement Areas

Schedule I – Commercial Area Land Use Plan

Schedule J – Central Area Land Use Plan

Schedule K – Areas Designated for Adult Entertainment Parlours

Schedule L – Downey West Secondary Plan Land Use Map

Schedule M – Lansdowne West Secondary Plan: Harper Park/Peterborough Business Park

Schedule N – Auburn North Secondary Plan

Schedule O – Industrial Land Use

Schedule P – Coldsprings Secondary Land Use Plan

Schedule Q – Chemong Secondary Land Use Plan

Schedule R – Lily Lake Secondary Plan

Schedule S – Lift Lock Secondary Plan


Figure 1 - Commercial Structure

Related Resources

Zoning By-law

Official Plan Update Background

View documents and information related to the Official Plan Update/Municipal Comprehensive Review completed in 2021. 

 Official Plan Update Documents

Council Adopted Official Plan

Other Documents

Summary Table of Community Engagement
Summary of Community Engagement and Related Documents
Date Event Related Documents
August 9 to September 20, 2017 Vision and guiding principles online survey Vision and Guiding Principles Survey Results Summary Report
September 8, 11, and 12, 2017 Pop-up events at Trent University and Fleming College n/a
December 7, 2017 to January 19, 2018 Growth management strategy online survey Growth Management Survey Results Summary Report
February 7 and 14, 2018 Pop-up events at Lansdowne Place, Peterborough Square and Trent University n/a
March 7, 14 and 15, 2018 Pop-up events at Peterborough Square, Peterborough Transit Terminal building, Fleming College and Peterborough Public Library to discuss land use and transportation n/a
March 11 to May 13, 2018 Online surveys on land use and transportation
June 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2018 Four-day community design exercise and open houses to inform the development of urban design guidelines Nodes, Corridors and Downtown Urban Design Guidelines
August 24 to October 8, 2018 Urban design and heritage online survey Urban Design and Heritage Survey Results Summary Report
November 26 and December 5, 2018 Public open houses to discuss urban design and natural heritage

Urban Design

 Natural Heritage

August 20 and 21, 2019 Four drop-in public open houses to review the Draft Official Plan August 2019 Open House Display Panels
September 25, 2019 Two drop-in public open houses to provide a summary of the feedback received from the public on the Draft Official Plan
September 1 and 2, 2021 Four online public information sessions on the Final Draft Official Plan
October 21, 2021 Public open house
November 1, 2021 Statutory public meeting Report IPSPL21-036