General Committee Meeting Agenda

Council Chambers, City Hall
500 George Street North

Resolution to meet in Closed Session


Closed Session Minutes for Approval


December 4, 2023


January 8, 2024


Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest


Section 239(2)(a) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality - Construction Project


Section 239(2)(f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose - Insurance Matters


Section 239(2)(f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose - Local Board


Whereas, the City of Peterborough has committed to the Provincial Housing Pledge of supporting the creation of 4,700 new units by 2031;

Whereas, the City of Peterborough takes this responsibility seriously and has already implemented several initiatives to transform the planning and building ecosystem in our community and continues to move key initiatives forward;

Whereas, the City of Peterborough has made application to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Housing Accelerator Fund to secure funding that is critical to facilitating this market transformation;

Whereas the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities of Canada is publicly encouraging municipalities to end the practice of exclusionary zoning – zoning that only permits single or semi-detached dwellings to the exclusion of other housing forms – to provide greater flexibility in addressing the housing supply and affordability crisis;

Therefore, be it resolved, that staff be directed to bring forward, with a sense of urgency, updates to appropriate regulatory mechanisms as required including the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law for Council’s approval to put an effective end to "exclusionary zoning” in Peterborough, which could include expanding the City’s current Additional Residential Unit policies and regulations to permit more than three units per residential lot.

WHEREAS municipalities including the City of Peterborough and the provincial government have a strong history of collaboration

WHEREAS municipal revenues, such as property taxes, do not grow with the economy or inflation

WHEREAS unprecedented population and housing growth will require significant investments in municipal infrastructure

WHEREAS municipalities are being asked to take on complex health and social challenges – like homelessness, supporting asylum seekers and addressing the mental health and addictions crises

WHEREAS inflation and rising interest rates are sharply constraining municipal fiscal capacity

WHEREAS property taxpayers – including people on fixed incomes and small businesses – can’t afford to subsidize income re-distribution programs for those most in need

WHEREAS the province can, and should, invest more in the prosperity of communities

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Province of Ontario commit to undertaking with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario a comprehensive and collaborative social and economic prosperity review to promote the stability and sustainability of municipal finances across Ontario.