City of Peterborough releases draft of new Official Plan

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Peterborough, ON – After more than two years of consultation and activity on the development of the City of Peterborough’s new Official Plan, the draft document has been released for public review and feedback.

The Official Plan is a planning document that sets the vision and direction for growth and development of the City. The new Official Plan will look toward 2041 with the City 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 City will be reaching out to the community over the next few months to consult with people on the draft document. After this consultation phase, the City will review the feedback and prepare a final version of the draft Official Plan for public review before it goes to City Council for a decision in February 2020.

“I am very excited that our draft Official Plan is finally a public document,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “While it has been a long journey, we need to make sure we do it right. I look forward to community feedback and input over the coming months as we get ready to finalize the document. Please stay tuned for opportunities to provide feedback.”

The draft Official Plan is available online at peterborough.ca/officialplan.

It’s a crucial document in shaping how the City is going to look and develop over the next 20 years, Planning Division Manager Ken Hetherington said.

“By no means is it the final product. It’s a work in progress,” Hetherington said of the draft document. “We really want to spend the next three months consulting on this document.”

This information is also on our City of Peterborough website at www.peterborough.ca.

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley

Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

500 George Street North

Peterborough, ON  K9H 3R9

705-742-7777 ext. 1636