Community Plan

Small group discussion (seven participants seated at a table engaged in discussion  ) involved in building the Integrated Community Sustainability PlanFrom September 2010 – April 2012, the Greater Peterborough Area (GPA) underwent an exciting journey – the development of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan – Sustainable Peterborough. Developing the Sustainability Plan was a collaborative endeavor by all members of the GPA, which includes the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, the Municipality of Trent Lakes, the Township of Asphodel-Norwood, the Township of Cavan Monaghan, the Township of Douro Dummer, the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, the Township of North Kawartha, the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan, the Township of Selwyn, along with Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

The Sustainability Planning process was driven by community input and ideas, and its implementation is driven by community energy and action. The theme areas that Sustainable Peterborough focuses on were augmented by the input received from approximately 2,200 community members.

The Sustainable Peterborough Plan defines what a Sustainable Peterborough will look like for the next generation, it defines your 25-year vision for the GPA, and sets goals, directions, and actions for balancing the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic pillars of sustainability. These pillars are interconnected, and the impacts of a decision directed at one pillar are felt in all. Sustainable Peterborough accounts for this and actively encourages thought across all pillars of sustainability in decision-making.

The Plan and implementation efforts moving forward will help to foster healthy environments, people, and economies by guiding the way to reducing environmental impacts, strengthening social networks, and increasing economic prosperity. Already a provincial and national leader in environmental awareness, our community’s reputation only stands to strengthen with the implementation of our sustainability plan.

The Sustainable Peterborough Progress Report 2012-2017 is now available!  The purpose of this report is to provide a document highlighting progress focusing specifically on the Sustainable Peterborough Plan priority action advancements made in the community between 2012 and 2017. The Progress Report highlights the status of each action, provides community results, community accomplishments, identifies implementation challenges, and potential next steps.  The results of this report demonstrate that through collective action, our community can make measurable steps towards balancing prosperity, well-being and nature. This report leads Sustainable Peterborough into a new phase of planning, refreshing strategic direction, action, and future goals.