Release of Final Draft Official Plan

The City is pleased to announce the release of a final draft of the proposed new Official Plan for the City of Peterborough. The Official Plan is a policy document prepared under the Planning Act that will set the vision and direction for growth and development to the year 2051. The new draft builds on an initial draft that was released for consultation in June 2019 by incorporating changes to address public, agency, First Nations and provincial comments, and to reflect the results of a Land Needs Assessment that determined the City’s development land requirement to 2051.

The proposed Official Plan and the final Land Needs Assessment are now available for review on the City’s website (https://www.peterborough.ca/planit) and through Connect Peterborough (https://www.connectptbo.ca/official-plan-update) along with a series of matrices summarizing comments received up to June 2021 on the proposed Official Plan and the City’s response.

The City will be organizing a final series of online public information sessions throughout August and September to help build awareness of the proposed Official Plan as it moves forward to approval.

Next Steps

Following completion of a final round of community engagement through upcoming information sessions, the Official Plan will be presented to Council in October and a formal public meeting is being planned for November where Council will be available to hear public delegations and will consider the Plan for approval. Should Council adopt the Official Plan in November, the Plan will then be forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for final approval.

Information Sessions

The community is encouraged to participate in a series of online public information sessions to be held in August and September. When the details for the information sessions are finalized, they will be posted on the City’s website at peterborough.ca, provided on the project’s engagement page at www.connectptbo.ca/official-plan-update, and distributed to local media. Anyone wishing to participate can also subscribe to the City’s Official Plan blog at https://www.peterborough.ca/planit or to Connect Peterborough https://www.connectptbo.ca/official-plan-update to receive notice of upcoming events.

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