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.

Draft Official Plan document

After more than two 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.

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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.

Drawing of map of streets, roundabout and residential properties
Nodes and corridors charrette
Photo of urban design charrette
Downtown design charrette
Open house presentation
Open house display boards
Screenshot of Urban Design Survey
Urban design and heritage survey results


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.