Project Overview

Welcome to the City of Kawartha Lakes Growth Management Strategy (GMS). We invite you to review the information presented on this page and to reach out to the Project Team with any questions you might have.

What is the intention of the project?

The GMS will provide an assessment of future growth and urban land needs within our City to the year 2051. In addition, the GMS will inform the completion of the City’s Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) and support the City’s Official Plan (OP) update.

Why does it matter?

The City of Kawartha Lakes is expected to grow to 117,000 people and 39,000 jobs by 2051. To plan for this growth, and in accordance with Provincial requirements, the City’s Planning Division is initiating a new GMS. This is the second GMS exercise the City is administering; the first GMS was completed in 2010 and updated in 2011 (see Project Resources tab).

The new GMS will plan for the City’s population growth, housing and employment needs and coordinate with infrastructure investments to the year 2051. The GMS will also establish a foundation for the forthcoming update of the City’s Official Plan, which is also referred to as the municipal comprehensive review (MCR).

How can people get involved in the process?

If you are generally interested in being part of our ongoing engagement, check out this website! The website provides a place where you can learn about the most recent project activities, subscribe to receive project updates, and ask questions.

Are you an urban landowner and would like the City to consider your land for future intensification? Are you a landowner with property adjacent to the approved urban settlement boundaries and would like the City to consider your land for future urban development? Are you a landowner with property in the rural areas and would like the City to consider your land for future growth potential? Please complete our Growth Proposals Requests Form (under Survey tab). This survey remained open through September 30, 2022. The survey is now closed.

How will your input be used?

All input received will be considered during the development of the GMS.

THANK YOU for your participation in the Preferences Survey and for submitting your Growth Proposals Requests. The Project Team is reviewing all submissions during Phase 2 of the project.

Learn More



Growth Proposal Requests

CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

Preferences Survey

CLOSED: This survey has concluded.


Provide a short summary of your question.

You have 150 characters left

Provide detailed information relating to your question.

You have 500 characters left

Moderation Policy

These are the people that are listening and responding to your questions.

{{ question.title }}

{{ question.username }} asked


{{ }}
| Edited

Answer this question

Select the respondent who will be marked as answering the question

Provide the answer to the question. Answer can be saved as draft and published when complete.

No questions found