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Planning and Building applications during COVID-19

Please be advised the submission process for Planning and Building applications has changed to accommodate physical distancing practices and staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following drop-off options are available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm:

If the item being dropped off is in a standard business envelope:

  • The envelope can be placed in the mail dropbox at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, located outside of the building's Colborne Street entrance.
  • The receptionist of City Hall will collect the envelopes from the dropbox and direct them to the appropriate person(s).

If the item is larger than a standard business envelope:

  • Come to the Colborne Street entrance of City Hall and ring the black doorbell beside the door.
  • The receptionist will answer the door and accept the items being dropped off. Please respect the receptionist's physical distance by placing the item on the ground and giving at least 6 feet of space.
  • The receptionist will then direct the items to the appropriate person(s).

The Planning Division is responsible for the administration, review and processing of development applications submitted under the Planning Act, and prepares various Agreements and By-laws.We administer the City’s Official Plan and Secondary Plans, manage growth, and lead other policy initiatives.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit a planning inquiry?

Send an email to the Planning Division and a Planner will be in touch with you within two business days.

We require a valid address, Assessment Roll Number or a Property Identification Number (PIN) of the property you are inquiring about.

What is the Zoning of my property?

A Zoning By-law establishes and regulates the use of land, its scale and intensity.

To check the zoning of a property in the City of Kawartha Lakes, use the City’s Planning and Property Viewer and review the applicable Zoning By-law text.


Resources

Development Applications

The Planning and Development department is responsible for processing development applications under the Planning Act.

Development Engineering

Annual Infrastructure Guidelines Update

Annual Updates to the Development Engineering Website and Infrastructure Guidelines - December 2018

Universal

• Dates - changed to reflect 2019

Water

• New City By-Law 2018-036 - Regulate Water and Wastewater Services

• New Ministry title - Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP)

• Removed references to "Appendix" - now "Supporting Documentation"

• Added Watermain Commissioning Work Plan

Sanitary

• 5.7 Pipe Deflection - updated to reflect OPSS

Storm and Stormwater

• IDF - updated to reflect current as per Kawartha Conservation (KRCA)

Drafting Standards

• Update to confirm Record drawings as per PEO (stamped as recorded information)

Engineering Drafting Standards

Read the Engineering Drafting Standards

Sanitary Infrastructure Guidelines

The City of Kawartha Lakes Infrastructure Guidelines are intended as a guide to provide a clear engineering basis for new development design, to establish a consistent guideline of minimum standards, and to improve the processing speed of site plan and plan of subdivision applications for approval within the City. The development review process involves multiple review agencies all having their own guidelines, policies and criteria. Where a discrepancy exists between the guidelines presented in these documents and other agency guidelines, the proponent shall identify the discrepancy to the City for review. Changes and revisions to the Guidelines may occur and it is the responsibility of the Developer's Consulting Engineer and or the Developer to obtain a copy of the latest version available on the City website at the time of engineering design.

Read the 2020 Sanitary Infrastructure Guidelines

Storm and Stormwater Infrastructure Guidelines

The City of Kawartha Lakes Infrastructure Guidelines are intended as a guide to provide a clear engineering basis for new development design, to establish a consistent guideline of minimum standards, and to improve the processing speed of site plan and plan of subdivision applications for approval within the City. The development review process involves multiple review agencies all having their own guidelines, policies and criteria. Where a discrepancy exists between the guidelines presented in these documents and other agency guidelines, the proponent shall identify the discrepancy to the City for review. Changes and revisions to the Guidelines may occur and it is the responsibility of the Developer's Consulting Engineer and or the Developer to obtain a copy of the latest version available on the City website at the time of engineering design.

Read the 2020 Storm and Stormwater Infrastructure Guidelines

Storm and Stormwater Supporting Documentation

  • Conservation Authority and Other Regulated Boundaries Map

  • CN Value Conversion Table

  • Storm Sewer Design Sheet

Road Infrastructure Guidelines

The City of Kawartha Lakes Infrastructure Guidelines are intended as a guide to provide a clear engineering basis for new development design, to establish a consistent guideline of minimum standards, and to improve the processing speed of site plan and plan of subdivision applications for approval within the City. The development review process involves multiple review agencies all having their own guidelines, policies and criteria. Where a discrepancy exists between the guidelines presented in these documents and other agency guidelines, the proponent shall identify the discrepancy to the City for review. Changes and revisions to the Guidelines may occur and it is the responsibility of the Developer's Consulting Engineer and or the Developer to obtain a copy of the latest version available on the City website at the time of engineering design.

Read the 2020 Road Infrastructure Guidelines

Road Cross Section Standard Drawings

  

Water Infrastructure Guidelines

The City of Kawartha Lakes Infrastructure Guidelines are intended as a guide to provide a clear engineering basis for new development design, to establish a consistent guideline of minimum standards, and to improve the processing speed of site plan and plan of subdivision applications for approval within the City. The development review process involves multiple review agencies all having their own guidelines, policies and criteria. Where a discrepancy exists between the guidelines presented in these documents and other agency guidelines, the proponent shall identify the discrepancy to the City for review. Changes and revisions to the Guidelines may occur and it is the responsibility of the Developer's Consulting Engineer and or the Developer to obtain a copy of the latest version available on the City website at the time of engineering design.

Read the 2020 Water Infrastructure Guidelines

Watermain Standard Drawings

Water Infrastructure Supporting Documentation

If you require any of these documents in an alternate format, please call 705 324-9411 extension 1146.

 

First Engineering Design Submission Requirements

Read the First Engineering Design Submission Requirements for Subdivisions

Construction Management Plan Requirements

Read the Construction Management Plan Requirements

Pre-Servicing of Subdivision Lands

Read Council's Policy CP2018-009 for Pre-Servicing of Subdivision Lands

Developer Responsibilities for a Successful Inspection

Read the Developer Responsibilities for a Successful Inspection

Lot Grading

Please visit our Building Permits page for more information on Lot Grading

Templates

Pre-Servicing Agreement Template

2020 Subdivision Agreement Template

Subdivision Cost Estimate Template

Subdivision Security Reduction Request Cost Estimate Template

Site Plan Cost Estimate Template

Statutory Declaration Template

Sanitary Sewer Design Sheet

Storm Sewer Design Sheet

Developer Letter to Residents Alteration of Grade and Driveways

Developer Letter to Residents Placement of Top Course Asphalt

Official Plans and Secondary Plans

City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan 

The Official Plan is created with public input and guides the use of land in Kawartha Lakes. Read the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan:

  • tells us where new housing, industry, offices and shops will go
  • identifies land that needs protection from development
  • helps us plan for services like roads, watermains, sewers, parks and schools that will be needed in the future
  • describes when and in what order parts of your community will grow

As of February 6, 2012, sections of this City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan are under Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. A complete listing of appealed Sections and Schedules is noted in Appendix K of the Official Plan. An updated Official Plan will be posted online once made available. Please email the Planning Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1231 for more information.

Lindsay Official Plan

Lindsay Official Plan schedules and appendix

Fenelon Falls Official Plan

Fenelon Falls Official Plan schedules and appendix

Oak Ridges Moraine Official Plan

Read the Oak Ridges Moraine Official Plan.

Oak Ridges Moraine Official Plan schedules and appendix

 

Secondary Plans

Secondary Plans are more detailed land use plans prepared for five settlement areas including Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville.  The Ontario Municipal Board is currently reviewing the proposed amendments in the secondary plans for these communities. Please be advised that the secondary plans listed below are current and all have been appealed.

Lindsay

  • Lindsay Secondary Plan
  • Lindsay Land Use Schedule
  • Lindsay Environmental Constraint Mapping
  • Lindsay Transportation Mapping

Bobcaygeon

  • Bobcaygeon Secondary Plan
  • Bobcaygeon Land Use Schedule
  • Bobcaygeon Environmental Constraint Mapping
  • Bobcaygeon Transportation Mapping

Omemee

  • Omemee Secondary Plan
  • Omemee Land Use Schedule
  • Omemee Environmental Constraint Mapping
  • Omemee Transportation Mapping

Fenelon Falls

Woodville

General Amendments and Schedule Documents

  • General Amendments
  • Official Plan Schedule A-2 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule A-3 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule A-4 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule A-5 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-2 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-3 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-4 Updates
  • Official Plan Schedule B-5 Updates

Planning Fees

The amended Consolidated Fees By-Law 2017-041 outlines all planning fees.

Provincial Plans and Legislation

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing is responsible for provincial land use planning and policy development in Ontario. The Planning Act establishes the rules and processes for land use planning and describes how land uses may be controlled, changed, and how these decisions are made.

Other relevant legislation includes:

Zoning By-Laws

Zoning By-laws govern the detailed use of land, the placement and size of building and structures, and other matters such as parking, loading, and landscaping. The City has 19 zoning by-laws that cover the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Bexley
 Bobcaygeon
 Carden
 Dalton
 Eldon
 Emily
 Fenelon Falls
 Fenelon Township
 Laxton, Digby, and Longford
 Lindsay
 Manvers
 Mariposa
 Omemee
 Ops
 Oak Ridges Moraine
 Somerville
 Sturgeon Point
 Verulam
 Woodville

Maps

Current Planning Initiatives

Aggregate Policy Review (OPA 11)

Aggregates Policy Review will update the City’s Official Plan mineral aggregate policies through an Official Plan Amendment process (‘OPA 11’).

Current Development Applications

Notice of public meetings regarding development applications will be posted on the notices section of our website.

You can view a schedule of upcoming Council and Planning Committee meetings and associated documents on our Council and Committee Calendar.

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

New Zoning By-law Project will consolidate the regulations of the City’s 19 Zoning By-laws.

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