Council overview package for September 8, 2020

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Aerial view of downtown

City endorsed the following items during its General Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020:

The items from the General Committee meeting will go to Council's regular Council meeting on Monday, September 28, 2020 for consideration for final approval.

City Council agenda

Council is meeting in person in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 500 George St. N. Residents can watch or listen to the livestream of the meetings at Registration is required to attend a Council meeting in person during the COVID-19 pandemic due to limited seating with changes for physical distancing.

Watch Council

Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment for 689 Towerhill Rd.

Conceptual rendering of a long-term care home

Council supported an application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law designations for 689 Towerhill Rd. to allow for a 256-bed long-term care facility and to facilitate future residential development of the remainder of the site.

The current designations for the property as Urban Fringe Control Area and Rural Zone were inherited from when the property was part of Selwyn Township prior to 2008.

The 9.87-hectare property is a pocket of undeveloped land surrounded by existing development on all sides.

"Planning for residential uses on the subject property will provide an opportunity to introduce housing and infrastructure that will tie existing neighbourhoods together and create a more efficient land use pattern in the area," City staff state in a report. "Furthermore, the introduction of a long-term care facility will also help to address a need for long-term care in the community, will help to meet the needs of Peterborough’s aging population, and will provide a compatible employment opportunity in close proximity to residential areas."

The City staff report reviews the planning framework as well as other considerations such as servicing for the site, the environment, and transportation.

City staff recommend approving the Official Plan and Zoning By-law changes along with a Holding Symbol that would remain in place until a number of conditions are met to allow the changes to be completed, including:

  • an agreement is in place for the provision of sanitary services to the property;
  • a cost sharing arrangement for downstream sanitary sewer upgrades;
  • an agreement with respect to natural heritage protection and mitigation, conceptual stormwater management and low-impact development, and groundwater monitoring on site and at nearby private drinking wells; and
  • the payment of cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication to the City. 

If the development proceeds, a site plan application would need to go to Council for approval.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development

Council received an information report on second quarter tracking metrics from Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development.

It is important to note that COVID-19 is a fluid situation and causing businesses to continually anticipate and adapt their business to respond to these ongoing changes. Some businesses are able to respond, while others are having difficulties to respond to these challenges.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas update report


Businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas are having similar experiences to businesses in other jurisdictions, such as concern about consumer confidence, access to PPE, childcare, supply chain management and the recognition that we will not be going back to business as usual.

However, there are challenges that Peterborough & the Kawarthas are facing that is specific to this region. These challenges were present before COVID-19, however as businesses try to rebound from COVID, these challenges will continue to negatively impact businesses in this region.

  1. Labour Force: Currently, the Peterborough Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) has one of the lowest participation rates in the province. As of May 2020, only 49.5% of individuals 15+ years are participating in the labour force (62.2% in May 2019). The provincial participation rate for the same period was 60.8% (65.1% in 2019). Persons not in the labour force include people who are unable or unavailable to work. It also includes persons who are without work and had not actively looked for work in the past four weeks. While it may be easy to lay blame with COVID-19, this statistic was also true prior to COVID-19.
  2. Job Vacancies: There are many job vacancies within the Peterborough CMA. As of August 17, 2020, there were 840 active job postings in the City of Peterborough that are posted on the Workforce Development Boards Job Map. This job map is updated daily and offers a diverse range of job openings that are actively posted as available in the region.
  3. Services and Available Land and Buildings. As the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 are realized and remote working continues to be an accepted working option, interest in relocating to this region will grow. Ongoing access to robust broadband will be a key component for remote working. The EORN project will be key in positioning this region competitively for remote workers. Peterborough & the Kawarthas also currently has limited options for housing for future remote employees as well as shovel-ready, serviced lands in comparison to our competitor communities.

The Mayor and Warden’s Task Force has received updates from the Workforce Development Board on the issues of labour force and job vacancies identified above. The Workforce Development Board has a labour force task force and PKED sits on that committee to try and tackle these long-term challenges. PKED will continue to keep Council updated on this key work.

The available land and buildings issue has been a long-term challenge. Prior to COVID-19, Infrastructure and Planning Services has begun to work across city teams to look at long term growth and has invited PKED to participate in these working meetings. It is recommended that PKED continue to work with the City’s Infrastructure and Planning division to look at growth scenarios and identify areas for economic development.

Downtown Business Improvement Area board membership

Council endorsed amending a bylaw to expand the Downtown Business Improvement Area board of management membership size to 13 from nine members.

The Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) board of management passed a motion at its meeting in May 2020 asking the City to expand the board's membership to up to 13 members.

Ontario 55+ Summer Games

Council endorsed approving the Province's request for the City of Peterborough to host the Ontario 55+ Summer Games in 2021 instead of in 2020 as originally scheduled.

Before the Province postponed the Games due to COVID-19, preparations had been underway for the hosting of the Games in August this year. A Games Organizing Committee was established, consisting of City staff and representatives from the County of Peterborough, Hiawatha First Nation, the Provincial Games Unit, Fleming College, Trent University, Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development, Ontario Senior Games Association, Loomex and Community Volunteers. Twelve sub-committees were established with each focusing on specific aspects of the Games.

The estimated additional cost to postpone the Games to 2021 is $147,325. The additional cost results from increased expenses for items such as accommodations, event venues, food, transportation, translation services, and staffing, as well as an anticipated loss of revenue through the sponsorship and donation categories. The City would ask the Province to cover the costs associated with the re-scheduling of the Games to 2021.

In January 2018, Council approved a one-time municipal contribution of $135,000 in support of hosting the Games with an overall budget of $654,000.

Brine solution pre-wet vehicle up-fit components

Council supported a recommendation to award a contract to Viking-Cives Ltd. for the supply and installation of pre-wet vehicle up-fit components for $247,176 plus tax.

This equipment will pre-wet the granular salt or salt/sand product prior to dispensing it on the road surface and allow for better adhesion to the road surface and accelerated melt action.

The City’s Public Works winter control fleet currently is not equipped with pre-wet capabilities. Pre-wet technology has proven to reduce salt usage and improve melting and adhesion characteristics of the granular salt products used. Through the design and construction of the Municipal Operations Center on Webber Avenue, an appropriate amount of space and the required infrastructure was installed in the salt storage building to accommodate brine storage and dispensing. The addition of brine solution pre-wet technology to the existing fleet of 18 salt/plow units will provide another important tool to winter control response.

These improvements will reduce salt consumption and improve the melting characteristics of the rock salt used.

Site plan application for 64-unit apartment building

Conceptual rendering of apartment building for 191 Rink Street

Council endorsed a site plan application for a planned 64-unit, six-storey apartment building that would be built at 191-203 Rink St. and 59-63 Olive Ave.

The site is a collection of properties fronting on Rink Street and Olive Avenue, to be consolidated into one property with a future municipal address of 191 Rink St. The site is located at the southwest corner of Rink Street and Olive Avenue.

Highlights of the Site Plan Application include:

  • A six-storey building with 64 dwelling units constructed of a combination of acrylic stucco and coloured cement board fronting on Rink Street within 100 metres of Del Crary Park;
  • The establishment of on-street parallel parking spaces across the property’s frontage on Rink Street, including one to serve persons with a disability;
  • A walk-up building entrance off the Rink Street sidewalk including an accessible ramp in compliance with the Ontario Building Code;
  • Concrete walkway access entirely around the proposed building;
  • A patio space wrapping around the southwest corner of the building;
  • One vehicle driveway from Rink Street along the west side of the building;
  • The provision of 46 parking spaces, including parking spaces for persons with a disability;
  • The provision of two drop-off/pickup parking spaces and two electrical vehicle charging spaces;
  • Bicycle storage and parking facilities;
  • A garbage/recycling enclosure of heavy-duty board construction on a concrete slab located in the south-west area of the parking lot;
  • A professionally prepared Landscape Plan showing new street trees lining Rink Street and Olive Avenue with the generous massing shrubs and perennials; and
  • A Storm Water Management Plan and Report submitted and revised as requested by City staff.

Zoning change for a single-dwelling unit

Council endorsed removing the holding symbol from the zoning of the property at 482 Mark St. to permit the conversion of the upper one-and-a-half stories of a former industrial building at the rear of the property to a single dwelling unit.

The rezoning was initially approved in September 2014 with the holding symbol applied to the new zoning. The holding symbol put in place the requirement for certain conditions to be met before the zoning change could be completed.

The conditions for the removal of the “H” – Holding Symbol were as follows:

  • Site Plan Approval is granted for the subject property;
  • Payment of cash-in-lieu of parkland for the third unit; and
  • Payment of all applicable development charges for the third unit.

All of the conditions associated with the removal of the “H” – Holding Symbol from the zoning of the property at 482 Mark Street have been satisfied.

Site plan application for 91-unit apartment building

Conceptual rendering of apartment building for 195 Hunter Street

Council supported a site plan application for a planned 91-unit, nine-storey apartment building at 195 Hunter St. E. and a recommendation to remove the holding symbol from the zoning on the property.

The property is at the southwest corner of Hunter Street East and Armour Road and is currently vacant. It was formerly part of the St. Joseph’s hospital campus, which was rezoned from a Public Service District to SP.356-H in 2013 to permit the construction and renovation of existing buildings to accommodate a mixed-use development.

Highlights of the Site Plan Application include:

  • A nine-storey building of masonry construction, with balconies, roof-top terrace and underground parking;
  • Commercial ground floor exposure to the Hunter Street East - Armour Road intersection, assisting to animate the public space;
  • Full accessibility from the intersection of Hunter Street East and Armour Road, as well as into the building from all on-site parking spaces;
  • A single driveway entrance at the south end of the site, away from the intersection of Hunter Street East and Armour Road;
  • Sufficient road widening has been conveyed to the City along Armour Road and at the corner of Hunter Street East and Armour Road;
  • Parking has been provided in accordance with applicable Zoning By-law regulations, slightly exceeding one space per unit and meeting parking requirements for persons with a disabilities;
  • Professionally prepared Landscape Plan showing new street trees on Armour Road and planters with trees, shrubs and perennials next to the intersection and along Hunter Street East; and
  • A Storm Water Management Plan and Report were submitted and revised as requested by staff.