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Public Meeting: Draft Rural Zoning Bylaw

rural zoning bylaw mapKawartha Lakes -Take Notice that the Planning Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Council of the City of Kawartha Lakes, will hold a Public Meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, Ontario, to consider the proposed Rural Zoning By-law.

Information on how to watch or participate in the public meeting is detailed below.

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to understand and comment on the proposed Rural Zoning By-law. The lands subject to the proposed Rural Zoning By-law are all lands outside of the Urban Settlement Areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, and Omemee as delineated in the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan. The proposed Rural Zoning By-law excludes lands subject to the Oak Ridges Moraine Zoning By-law 2005-133. The affected areas are identified on the key map below. The proposed Rural Zoning By-law regulates the types of land uses and the character, height, location, size, and massing of buildings for all lands subject to the By-law. This meeting is the second of two statutory Public Meetings held regarding the Rural Zoning By-law. The first was held by the Planning Advisory Committee on August 9, 2023.

The effect of the proposed Rural Zoning By-law will be one updated and harmonized Zoning By-law that applies to the rural areas identified above. Currently, there are 14 Zoning By-laws in effect that apply to rural areas which vary in age, terminology, and permission. The proposed Rural Zoning By-law will apply a streamlined and consistent zoning framework to rural areas.  

The City of Kawartha Lakes initiated a review and consolidation exercise in 2019. This is the first comprehensive review of the rural area Zoning By-laws since amalgamation in 2001. In 2012, the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan came into effect. The Planning Act requires that a new Zoning By-law be prepared to be consistent with and implement the Official Plan.

The proposed Rural Zoning By-law is available online at The website also hosts information on the project and previous drafts of the Rural Zoning By-law. A copy of the proposed Zoning By-law may also be obtained from the project lead Jonathan Derworiz,

This meeting will be held in-person and through remote electronic participation in accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Planning Act, 1990.

This meeting is on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. It is a special meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee. The Rural Zoning By-law is the only item on the Agenda, so please attend promptly at 7:00 p.m.

How to Watch the Public Meeting

The general public and the media can view the Planning Advisory Committee webcast through the City of Kawartha Lakes livestream at:

How to Participate in the Public Hearings


Seating is limited. Registration is not required to participate in person, but we request you contact the Recording Secretary to attend the meeting at City Hall by email at Please let us know by April 10, 2023.

Electronic participation

Should you wish to speak at the Planning Advisory Committee meeting via Zoom, before April 10, 2023, please email Clerk’s Office at Please include:

• your first and last name;

• your email address where we can send the link to join the Zoom meeting; and

• any visual materials such as pictures or a PowerPoint presentation.

The Zoom meeting allows for participation by computer, mobile device or telephone. See below, Additional Information for Electronic Participation for further details.

If you register to participate electronically, you are encouraged to email your written comments by Tuesday, April 9, 2024 to so that Planning Advisory Committee Members have your comments in case there are difficulties joining the electronic meeting.

Submit comments in writing: Submit comments in writing to the City of Kawartha Lakes, Clerk’s Office, 26 Francis Street, P.O. Box 9000, Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 5R8, prior to this meeting or by email to Comments received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, will be provided to Members of the Planning Advisory Committee prior to the meeting.

Notwithstanding the deadlines noted above, members of the public are requested to provide any written comments and register as soon as possible in order to facilitate an orderly registration process and meeting.

Additional Information

Public delegations will be provided five (5) minutes in which to make their comments once called upon to speak by the Committee Chair. Questioning of or debate with the members or staff is not permitted. If you have questions, you may state them during your five minutes. Your comments must be directly related to the content of the report(s) to which you are speaking. The Committee Members may choose to ask you follow-up questions following your remarks, comment, or ask staff to respond to what you have said.

Any Person May Participate at the Public Meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. At the public meeting presentations that would take longer than five minutes should be presented in written form and summarized verbally. All submissions received prior to or at the Public Meeting will be considered.

If You Wish to Be Notified of the Recommendation and/or the Decision of the Council of the City of Kawartha Lakes on the proposed Rural Zoning By-law, you must make a written request to City of Kawartha Lakes, Clerk’s Office, 26 Francis Street, P.O. Box 9000, Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 5R8 or and/or provide your name, address and postal code on the appropriate form at the Public Meeting.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact Jonathan Derworiz, Senior Planner, via email ( or telephone (519-904-1761). Written comments can be mailed to, or dropped off at, The City of Kawartha Lakes – Planning Department – Rural Zoning By-law Project at 180 Kent Street, Lindsay, ON K9V 2Y6.

Appeal Rights

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the City of Kawartha Lakes to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Kawartha Lakes before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Kawartha Lakes before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Additional Information for Electronic Participation

If you requested to speak via Zoom (using the email above), you will be provided the Zoom meeting links, and educational resources for those who may be new to using Zoom during the week of the meeting.

Please note that you may also call in from a cell or landline if you do not have video sharing capability. A call-in number and password will be provided in the email invitation. The Committee does prefer video participation, where possible, for ease of communication.

The following information is provided for your consideration and guidance during electronic participation in the meeting:

  • Please join the electronic meeting 15-20 minutes early. When you join the meeting, either by phone or online, you will be admitted at a suitable time, and greeted upon joining the call. You will be able to hear the meeting and see the active speaker (if you have video capability), but your microphone will be muted until it is your turn to speak.
  • As screen-sharing will not be enabled for participants during this meeting, those persons who wish to provide a visual presentation (PowerPoint or other) must email it The Clerk who is moderating the meeting will share your presentation from their screen as you speak. Therefore, in order to allow sufficient time for set-up and testing in advance of the meeting start time, those who wish to provide visual presentations are required to register to speak and provide those materials to the Clerk’s Office prior to 4:00 p.m. on April 9, 2024.
  • If you join the Zoom meeting through your phone, please do not put the phone on hold at any time, as this will result in broadcasting “hold music” online once your microphone function is unmuted.
  • To optimize audio quality when using a laptop, using a headset with microphone is best; otherwise, whether using your laptop microphone or cell phone, please speak directly into the receiver and do not use speaker phone.
  • If you are having technical difficulties on April 10, 2024, with using Zoom, you may contact the Clerk’s Office via email at or call at 705-324-9411 ext. 1341 or ext. 1342. Please be advised that the City has limited resources available and is not able to diagnose or address technical issues with your hardware or internet connection.
  • Please be reminded that the meeting will be live streamed and archived to YouTube, and you will appear to the meeting participants and on the livestream.
  • Please do not share the Zoom meeting details with anyone or post through social media. These details are restricted to Members of Planning Advisory Committee, specifically designated staff, applicants or their representatives and persons that have made a request to speak. All others will be able to watch and listen to the meeting on the City of Kawartha Lakes livestream.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Dated at the City of Kawartha Lakes This 13th Day of March, 2024

Leah Barrie, Director of Development Services, City of Kawartha Lakes

180 Kent Street West, 2nd Floor, Lindsay, ON  K9V 2Y6

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