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Zoning By-law Project

New Zoning By-law Project

Since amalgamation in 2001, Kawartha Lakes has been using the original 18 Zoning By-laws to address land development within the municipality as a whole.

While the original By-laws met development needs, the combination of outdated standards and regulations between areas has prompted the decision to create one new comprehensive Zoning By-law for the municipality.

This Project will take place in two phases: the first will address the 13 Rural Zoning By-laws* and the second phase will review the five Urban Zoning By-laws.

*The Oak Ridges Moraine Zoning By-law will be reviewed separately.

Phase One: Rural Zoning Project.

The municipality's Planning Division will be taking a close look at the current 13 Rural Zoning By-laws and will be working directly with WSP to consolidate all regulations into one. The first phase will involve an entire review of the existing rural by-laws by a Council appointed Task Force, who will be in discussion over the course of the next couple months to establish the Project schedule management and next actions. There is also a Technical Advisory Committee in place to provide input and advice on the content and format of the new zoning by-law.

In additional to the Task Force, the Planning Division will also be seeking public input through several methods, such as an a online survey, social media platforms, open houses and public meetings. Opportunities to provide your ideas and dates will be announced shortly.

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Phase one timeline:

February 18, 2020

  • Council Meeting - Project Update

December 19, 2019.

  • Rural Zoning Taskforce Meeting 2

September 2019

July 25 2019

June 2019

  • WSP Consultants hired WSP Logo


March 2019

Public comments and feedback

Thumbnail of Discussion PaperDraft Discussion Paper: provides an overview of the guiding policy, outlines various approaches to developing a new zoning by-law, and identifies key issues. 

Please submit comments by Sunday, March 15, 2020 by using our online comment form.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the Rural Zoning By-law Review?
The purpose of this project is to consolidate and modernize the City’s 13 existing zoning by-laws into a single new Comprehensive Rural Zoning By-law across the rural areas of the City. Prior to amalgamation, each of the former municipalities had a zoning by-law that regulated the development of land within their former boundaries. Some of these by-laws date back to the 1970s and are still used today. 
 What is the rural area?
The rural area is generally comprised of lands outside of the Urban Settlement Areas of Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, and Woodville. Zoning for the Urban Settlement Areas and the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Area are not being considered through this project and will be reviewed in a subsequent phase of the Zoning By-law Review.
 What is a Zoning By-law?
The Zoning By-law is the City’s primary tool to regulate the use of land, buildings and structures in the City. The Zoning By-law divides all land in the City into various zone categories (e.g., residential, agricultural, commercial), establishes what uses are permitted and identifies standards about the location, massing and height of buildings and structures.
 Why is the municipality undertaking this project?
The Rural Zoning By-law will implement the policies of the City’s Official Plan and provide updated zoning and development standards that reflect current policy and regulatory initiatives at the provincial and City level. The effect of the Rural Zoning By-law is to repeal and replace all existing Rural Zoning By-laws in the City of Kawartha Lakes with a new, modern Comprehensive Rural Zoning By-law that addresses current and future planning challenges.
 How can I be involved?

There will be several opportunities for the public and landowners to be involved in this project through 2020/2021, including public open houses. Additionally, this webpage will be updated throughout the project with key documents for public review. Subscribe to this webpage, below, to receive project updates.

Project Information

For more information on the current by-laws in place, visit the "Zoning By-Laws Section" located at the bottom of our Planning and Development Page.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the project, please send an email to project team.
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