Official Plan update

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The City of Peterborough is preparing a new Official Plan, which is a document that sets the vision and direction for growth and development of the City to the year 2051. By the year 2051, the City is expected to grow to a population of 125,000 people and 63,000 jobs – an increase of about 42,000 people and 18,000 jobs from 2016.

Updated version of draft Official Plan

A final draft of the new Official Plan, with changes based on community feedback on the first version of the draft Official Plan, is expected to be available by late-July 2021. We'll post the latest version of the draft Official Plan and related documents on this project page. We’ll also host public engagement sessions in August/September 2021 and communicate the exact dates soon. Please check back in or sign up with the Follow Project feature on the right-hand side of this page to receive updates.

Public feedback is critical to ensuring that the new Official Plan will serve the community well now and for years to come.

Join the conversation. Stay engaged in the Official Plan consultation process.


The City of Peterborough is preparing a new Official Plan, which is a document that sets the vision and direction for growth and development of the City to the year 2051. By the year 2051, the City is expected to grow to a population of 125,000 people and 63,000 jobs – an increase of about 42,000 people and 18,000 jobs from 2016.

Updated version of draft Official Plan

A final draft of the new Official Plan, with changes based on community feedback on the first version of the draft Official Plan, is expected to be available by late-July 2021. We'll post the latest version of the draft Official Plan and related documents on this project page. We’ll also host public engagement sessions in August/September 2021 and communicate the exact dates soon. Please check back in or sign up with the Follow Project feature on the right-hand side of this page to receive updates.

Public feedback is critical to ensuring that the new Official Plan will serve the community well now and for years to come.

Join the conversation. Stay engaged in the Official Plan consultation process.

  • What we heard: Summary of public engagement

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    On September 25, 2019, we released a report summarizing the comments and feedback we received on the version of the draft Official Plan that was posted in June 2019.

    Planning Division staff are taking the community feedback into account as they update the draft Official Plan. A new version is expected to be released by mid to late November.

    See the questions and comments that were submitted on the draft Official Plan and our responses to each subject. View the what we heard report online at peterborough.ca.

  • Draft vision statement and guiding principles

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    Draft vision statement

    Peterborough is a prosperous community, distinctive in its natural beauty, cultural heritage and strong sense of community. As a leader in environmental sustainability, growth in Peterborough uses infrastructure and land efficiently, promotes healthy lifestyles and incorporates green initiatives. The City will continue to develop as a complete, resilient and connected community that provides a high quality of life, supports a strong and diverse economy and promotes a unique, vibrant sense of place. Peterborough is equitable and accessible for all residents and visitors and celebrates its engaged, inclusive and diverse community.

    Draft guiding principles

    • Environmental stewardship and sustainability
    • Economic strength
    • Complete community
    • Vibrant and unique
    • Well connected with options for mobility
    We held an online survey as well as community meetings to get input on the vision and guiding principles. You can see the results of those consultations in the summary report.