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The County Official Plan provides direction and guidance on how land in the County of Peterborough will be used, and provides policy to ensure that future development will meet the needs of the community.  Currently it also functions as the lower tier Official Plan for four local municipalities.

In 2017, the County initiated the development of a new Official Plan; one that is more user-friendly, and meets both Provincial and local directives.  It is being developed with input from County and Township Councils, public agencies and members of the public.  Once the new Official Plan is in effect, it will function as the lower tier Official Plan for all eight local municipalities:


 We want to hear from you!

From April to June 2021 we released a three-part survey series that aimed to obtain feedback from the community about issues that may be important to you. The surveys specifically looked at how we Live, Work and Play in the County of Peterborough.  Results of these surveys have been summarized in reports to County Council

Please send us your comments at any time by contacting the Planning department:

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Phone: 705-743-0380   

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Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) consists of County Planning staff, staff from all eight member municipalities as well as staff from Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.  The purpose of the TAC is to review and provide direction and advice on both broad, County-wide policies and mapping, as well as the more detailed local policies and land use mapping.  TAC members are responsible for the regular flow of information to and from local Councils, and are the voice of local area interests and/or concerns.  

Below are the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meetings:

 2017 Minutes
 2018 Minutes
 2019 Minutes
 2020 Minutes
 2021 Minutes

Reports to Council

Staff reports have been presented to County Council throughout the process, either seeking direction from Council or as information only reports.  Below are the reports that have been presented:

 Status Update Reports
 Focus Area Reports
2021 Survey Summary Reports


 Related Links

The following links are provided as a resource for those wanting more information about local initiatives or the Planning process in Ontario.

Local Community Plans and Recommendations

Planning in Ontario

  • Planning Act - The Act is legislation passed by your elected provincial representatives and sets out the ground rules for land use planning in Ontario, describes how land uses may be controlled, and who may control them.
  • Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe - Released by the Province, the Growth Plan is a long-term plan to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment.  The new County Official Plan must conform with the Growth Plan.
  • Provincial Policy Statement - The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) applies province-wide.  Its policies set out the government's land use vision for how we settle our landscape, create our built environment, and manage our land and resources over the long term.  The new County Official Plan must be consistent with the PPS.
  • Citizens Guides to Land Use Planning - A series of Citizens' Guides prepared to help you understand how the land use planning process works in Ontario.