City of Peterborough releases draft of official plan for public consultation

After consultation, city will review feedback and present final version of 20-year planning document to city council in 2020

The City of Peterborough has released a draft of its new official plan, which sets the vision and direction for growth and development of the city for the next 20 years. (Photo: City of Peterborough)
The City of Peterborough has released a draft of its new official plan, which sets the vision and direction for growth and development of the city for the next 20 years. (Photo: City of Peterborough)

The City of Peterborough has released a draft version of its new official plan for public review and feedback.

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

The official plan, a planning document that sets the vision and direction for growth and development of the city for the next 20 years, has been under development for more than two years.

The new plan looks towards 2041, when the city is expected to have a population of 115,000 people and support 58,000 jobs — an increase of about 32,000 people and 14,000 jobs from 2016.

“I am very excited that our draft official plan is finally a public document,” says Mayor Diane Therrien in a media release.

“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 city says it 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 plan before it goes to city council for a decision in February 2020.

“By no means is it the final product,” says the city’s planning division manager Ken Hetherington.

“It’s a work in progress. We really want to spend the next three months consulting on this document.”

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