Peterborough’s cultural heritage resources contribute to its unique sense of place, economic vitality and high quality of life for its residents. It is the intent of the Plan that the City’s cultural heritage resources be identified, conserved, promoted and enhanced wherever possible and that development should occur in a manner which respects the City’s heritage.

An attractive and inviting urban environment provides a sense of belonging, offering areas to reflect, gather, or interact with others. Designing places for people, or enhancing those that currently exist, is a key element of celebrating the community while planning to meet the needs of a growing population.

The City will continue to create new, vibrant, publicly accessible, public open spaces through the approval of development applications, Urban Design Guidelines, partnerships with public and private organizations, and other civic actions.

Policies related to Community Development can be found in Section 5 of the Draft Official Plan.

Something to Consider

Does the Draft Official Plan appropriately balance the objective of promoting intensification of new development with the need to conserve, promote and enhance the City’s heritage?

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 (Tracked Changes) document  Give us your feedback

 Previous 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 City also conducted an online survey and hosted public open houses. An online survey was available from August 24 to October 8, 2018 to obtain community feedback on the urban design guidelines. 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.  

 Past 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 another 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.

Additional content

Design concept and map of streets, roundabout and residential properties
Draft Nodes, Corridors and Downtown Urban Design Guidelines