The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is seeking members* interested in serving on the Board of Directors.
This is an exciting opportunity for members who have a keen interest in our organization, who have foresight, and are good at conceptualizing. Serving on the Board of Directors with fellow business leaders in the community will utilize your group and teamwork skills.
The Board of Directors plays a significant role in the development of Chamber policies and focuses on governance of the organization through policy governance.
Directors must be willing to make the appropriate time commitment (please see application form). Representing the Chamber Membership, Directors carry forward the "Voice of Business" to all levels of government.
For more information on the work of the Chamber, please visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
If you are interested, please complete the Board Application Form. The form must be completed in its entirety and submitted to the Chamber by Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at either:
Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, 175 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9J 3G6
*Only members in good standing may apply. We are dedicated to diversity and inclusivity. Accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.
Another step forward for the City of Peterborough in the updating of the Official Plan (OP).
The OP is a document that is required by the province and according to the a city report presented to General Committee earlier this week, is the “guiding document that helps set the broad vision and direction for future growth and development.”
That vision is organized around five themes:
At first blush, it seems that the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and the Official Plan are moving in the same direction. During the 2018 municipal election campaign, the Chamber released a business platform with ten recommendations. Among the recommendations is an official plan that encourages innovative and adaptive zoning practices, builds community engagement into the process, and supports various types of housing stock. All very comparable to what is being presented in the draft official plan.
"However we think it’s fair to ask if this plan will address a long standing and fundamental challenge – the shortage of serviced industrial land," said Stuart Harrison, President & CEO, Peterborough Chamber of
Commerce. "Reading carefully we see terms such as “maximizing available land”, “adaptation of older employment lands”, and “intensification”, but a clear statement about where the future job growth will be located is very much open to interpretation."
Earlier this year, the provincial government started discussions around provincially significant employment lands. They identified 29 areas across the province, mostly in the GTA.
While the Peterborough area was not selected to have any provincially significant employment lands, the issue of employment lands is extremely important. There is a need as a community to be nimble and to be able to adapt to emerging industries. So as the process continues, the Chamber encourages thought around:
What kind of space will maximize the land available for employment? As with any planning exercise it should be a balance between the needs of residents and the need to create space for employment for those residents and commuters. In general, there is a trend toward using less space and building up. Despite manufacturing not requiring the massive land use of the past, doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for some space and land on which to build places that create and develop products.
Part of the draft official plan is a new employment land planning framework. Intensification is possible in Peterborough, in some areas it is necessary. But there is also a need to have space to be ready for those emerging industries that require more land and cannot be situation in a residential area. It is in this plan that balance is required and cannot be forgotten.
The Official plan is viewed through the lens of the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement as well as the guidelines of the 2017 and 2019 iterations of the Growth Plan. But there is also a subtlety of making the plan uniquely Peterborough. Of creating a plan that is bold, encouraging of our creative entrepreneurs and draws on our strengths in aerospace, cleantech, agriculture, and tourism.
If we are going to create the jobs that this area so badly needs, both now and into the future, we need to have a crystal clear path to that future.
There’s an exciting new project afoot in downtown Peterborough and it is in line with an issue near and dear to the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce – the re-development of 2nd and 3rd floor units in downtown cores. In many cases, these spaces are under-utilized or have remained empty for a period of time.
The Chamber views these spaces as an opportunity, as increased residential settlement in the
downtown leads to increased economic activity in that area.
Sitting as General Committee, city council will discuss the approval of an intensification grant for 362 George Street North. This is the building on the northeast corner of George and Simcoe Streets that is also home to commercial businesses including The Speak Easy Café.
The grant is for $132,000 ($10 per square foot) and the owner is planning to build 14 two-storey apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building.
A report by City Staff shows that the project is consistent with the desired intensification targets of 40% under the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement and the 2019 Growth Plan.
The project is also in line with the principles of Peterborough’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law.
The City has community grant and incentive programs that are available around residential needs in the community.
The Central Area Community Plan
This program offers financial incentives to stimulate private-sector investment and revitalization of the Central Area. Grant programs are provided to:
The Affordable Housing Community Plan
Financial incentives are provided to stimulate the construction of affordable housing in our community.
Providing affordable housing is a major social issue and a priority for most urban communities across
Ontario. By providing relief on fees for planning approvals, development charges, and property taxes, we can help lower rents, creating more affordable housing for residents. The Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan also embraces home ownership models.
Heritage Property Tax Relief
Owners of designated heritage properties in the Central Area may be eligible for tax relief in the amount of 40% for residential properties or 20% for commercial properties.
Part of the Chamber's support for this type of redevelopment was in the form of a policy resolution to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
The recommendations included:
Back to our city incentive programs, they are in place to encourage redevelopment of varying degrees. We have a developer willing to invest in our community which helps our community. If your future vision of Peterborough includes a vibrant downtown core then this project is yet another step in achieving that goal.