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Service Announcement: Bills 23 & 109, City's New Pre-consultation By-law

Updates about Development Planning Processes

On April 14, 2022, Bill 109 received Royal Assent. Bill 109 makes legislative changes to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act. As such, development planning processes are currently under review and may result in changes to submission requirements and fees. Check back regularly as the City will post links to regulation and process changes related to Bill 109 as they become available.
In addition to updates from Bill 109, Bill 23 introduces further updates to legislation that will have an impact on the types of planning applications we are processing, and further changes may be coming that could have an impact on future planning application submissions.
City's New Pre-consultation By-law

Please note that the City’s Pre-consultation process has changed effective January 30, 2023 pursuant to By-law 23-032.  Upon completion of the required information and materials as prescribed via Stage 1 of the process (identified in the letter after the formal Pre-Consultation Meeting), Stage 2 of the process requires applicants to submit an application for Pre-Application Technical Adequacy Review.  You can access the Pre-Application Technical Adequacy Review Application here.  Successful completion of Pre-Application Technical Adequacy Review as evidenced by City issuance of a Record of Pre-Application Technical Adequacy Review is required prior to the formal submission of complete applications pursuant to the Planning Act.

Planning and Development Services is the place to go when you're dealing with zoning for land use changes, site plans, Official Plan amendments, plans of subdivision and the related activities, including lot grading and stormwater management. The Committee of Adjustment deals with applications for consents and minor variances. 

Plan-Build Peterborough Customer Service Desk

Plan-Build Peterborough customer service desk is a coordinated customer contact point for planning and building services inquiries, simplifying the process for building permits and development applications. On Planning Wednesdays, a planning staff member will be at the kiosk to discuss land-use planning processes and requirements.

The customer service kiosk is located in the north wing of City Hall, in the Building Services Division.

On this page

  1. Peterborough's Housing Pledge
  2. Streamline Development Approval Fund
  3. Development Approvals Review Findings Report
  4. Engineering Design Standards

Peterborough's Housing Pledge

The Province's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing assigned the City of Peterborough with a housing target of 4,700 new homes by 2031. At its meeting on November 27, 2023, City Council endorsed the City of Peterborough's Housing Pledge outlining the strategies and actions to facilitate the construction of 4,700 new housing units by 2031.

City of Peterborough Municipal Housing Pledge

Streamline Development Approvals Fund

Between January 2022 and October 2023, the City undertook ten initiatives that make systemic changes to the City’s development approvals process, clear application backlog, and build both staff and developer capacity for efficient and trackable development approvals. 

The initiatives were funded by the Provincial Government through the Streamline Development Approvals Fund Grant Program.  The Program is a one-time financial tool intended to help Ontario’s 39 largest municipalities modernize, streamline and accelerate their processes for managing and approving development applications. The City of Peterborough has utilized this fund to undertake multiple projects and hire temporary staff and peer review consultants to achieve these objectives. The projects undertaken have established the rationale for additional staff to support development application review, will streamline development approvals with new standards and guidelines, and will modernize the City’s system for receiving, processing and tracking applications and for communicating with Applicants. Report IPGPL23-001, dated October 10, 2023 provides the Streamline Development Approval Funding Program Update.

Report IPGPL23-001 - Streamline Development Approval Funding Program Update

Development Approvals Review Findings Report

In April 2021, the City retained Performance Concepts Consulting and Dillon Consulting (the “Consultant”), to undertake a comprehensive review of the Development Approval Process, co-ordinated by the Planning Division, to identify and examine opportunities for improvements. The objective is to develop more efficient and consistent processes and improve service delivery, both internally and externally.

The Development Approval Process review was funded by the Provincial Government through the Audit and Accountability Fund Grant Program.  The intent of the Audit and Accountability Fund Grant Program is to support Ontario municipalities that are committed to identifying and implementing service delivery efficiencies.  The program requires an impartial and objective third-party review to identify efficiencies. The third party Development Approvals Process Report can be downloaded and viewed below along with appendix.

Development Approvals Process Review Report 

Technical Appendix A: City of Brantford - Delegation Report

Engineering design standards

The Engineering Design Standards for the City of Peterborough are specifications and requirements that are used for the design of works within the City on municipally-owned road allowances, municipally-owned property, and municipally-owned infrastructure on easements as well as projects subject to municipal approval or contributing to the municipal system. The information provides guidance beyond legislative and standard design practices for use in the City.