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Draft of new Official Plan is now Public

The County of Peterborough’s draft new Official Plan is now available for review and comment. The Plan incudes a variety of sections relating to Agriculture, which we are following closely. Planscape Land Use Planning Consultants has been contracted to review the Plan from an agricultural perspective, paid for by the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture.

Two of the stated goals of the Plan directly relate to agriculture:

  • Recognize the importance of agriculture in the County and ensure its continued viability by protecting prime agricultural areas; and 
  • Protect rural and agricultural lands, and natural heritage features by directing new development and employment uses primarily to settlement areas within the County  

The draft Plan covers all of the County townships except Cavan Monaghan, which has elected to maintain its own Official Plan. However, each township will have its own "Land Use Schedules" which may differ from each other. Each Township will also continue to work under the regulations of its own Comprehensive Zoning By-Law.

Stay tuned for more information about consultation with the farm community in the next couple of months.