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Regular Council Highlights - January 31, 2023

Regular Council Highlights with image of Council in Council Chambers

Regular Council Highlights with image of Council in Council Chambers

Kawartha Lakes – The following are highlights of the Regular Council Meeting on January 31, 2023.

The Regular Council Meeting can be viewed in full on the City’s YouTube channel.

Mayor Elmslie’s tribute to Hazel McCallion

Mayor Doug Elmslie opened the meeting by paying his respects to the former Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, saying, “She was a giant in Canadian politics. Known as Hurricane Hazel, over 36 years as Mayor, she took Mississauga from the small town it was to the metropolis it is today. She was a force to be reckoned with. She was one of a kind.”

Committee of the Whole recommendations from January 10, 2023

All recommendations were adopted as printed in the minutes, with the exception of the extracted items below which were discussed and adopted:

Energy Storage Project - BluEarth Renewables

Council acknowledged that green energy is important for the municipality’s future. A friendly amendment was put forth, and passed, requiring BluEarth Renewables to go through the proper planning process prior to receiving support from Council on their application.

Geranium Homes – King’s Bay

Correspondence was received regarding concerns with the proposed Geranium Homes development at King’s Bay. Members of Council have arranged a meeting to visit the community and listen to their concerns. Richard Holy, Director of Development Services, confirmed that the planning department is working with the developers on their proposal with the goal of ensuring that what is being proposed is compatible with the existing development, which is a low density retirement community.  

Minister's Zoning Order Request for Lands Known as 405 St. David Street, Lindsay (Riverwalk),

There was a deputation, correspondence and a report on the agenda for this matter. The Mayor's motion passed that Council defer the request for a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) until statutory processes are completed. Development Services staff will work with the developer to include their lands in the Growth Management Strategy (GMS) as the process unfolds. Once completed, the developer may return to Council to apply for an MZO for the total 1800 units. In the interim, 100 units are included in the GMS and can proceed through the planning approvals process. Read the Riverwalk MZO request report.

Bill 109 and 23 – Legislative Changes update

Leading up to the January 31 Regular Council Meeting, City staff provided Council with the Bill 109 and 23 – Legislative Changes Council Report. The report was extracted by Councillor Warren. The Councillor expressed several concerns with Bill 109 and 23 including the severe environmental and financial impacts for the municipality. A resolution will be brought forward by the Councillor at a future meeting. View the Bill 109 and 23 – Legislative Changes Council Report.

Council had a list of specific Bill 23 questions for City Staff, view the Bill 23 Questions & Answers here.

Phase 3 of Lindsay-Ops Landfill Cells 4 and 5 update

The Contract Administration for Phase 3 of Lindsay-Ops Landfill Cells 4 and 5 Council Report seeks authorization for City staff to retain WSP Canada Inc. to provide contract administration services for the project. The new cells will be built in the existing landfill footprint. View the Contract Administration for Phase 3 of Lindsay-Ops Landfill Cells 4 and 5 report.

Did you know?
Kawartha Lakes adopts the Missing Children app called MCSC rescu’
Council authorized the City’s participation in advocacy and communications, in partnership with the Missing Children Society of Canada, Kawartha Lakes Police Service and Kawartha Lakes OPP, to expand the use of the app locally in order to help find and return home missing children. Download the MCSC rescu’ app today through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Livestock predation investigators and fence viewers

All by-laws were passed, including the appointment of new livestock predation investigators and fence viewers for the next four years.


Two petitions were received. The first, referencing road resurfacing, was received and forwarded to staff for consideration. The second petition, in relation to Short Term Rentals, was received and forwarded to the Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing Office for inclusion in the report coming back to council this Spring. This report will also include results from the Short Term Rental Survey, available on the Jump In engagement platform until February 15.

View the request for resurfacing of Coldstream Road and Greywood Road petition.

View the Short Term Rental petition.

Next Council meeting:

Council will return with Committee of the Whole on February 7, 2023 at 1pm. View the February 7 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

Public attendance in Council Chambers is now available without an appointment. The meeting will be broadcast live on the City’s YouTube Channel and broadcast live on Cogeco cable television.

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