Official Plan Appeals: Proposed Modifications to Urban Settlement Boundaries

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How we got here

The Official Plan for the City of Kawartha Lakes Planning Area, 2012 (‘Official Plan’) which guides the use of land in the municipality, was adopted by Council on September 21, 2010. On January 11, 2012 the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved the Official Plan with modifications; however, the Ministry’s decision was appealed. Several of those appeals have been resolved, dismissed or withdrawn since then, and the remaining appeals are presently before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (‘LPAT’).

Proposed Modified Boundaries

The Urban Settlement Boundary for each of the five Urban Settlement Areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville, shown on Schedules A-2, A-3, A-4 and A-5 to the Official Plan, is under appeal. The exact location of those boundaries is to be determined by the LPAT as part of the appeal proceeding.

The LPAT is being asked to modify Schedules A-2, A-3, A-4, and A-5 of the Official Plan to reflect the location of the boundaries for the five settlement areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville that existed prior to the Ministry’s approval. Land use planning evidence has been presented to the LPAT in support of these modified boundaries.

Proposed Candidate Sites

The LPAT has also been asked to consider proposals that would have the effect of re-aligning the boundaries for the settlement areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville, thereby removing from those settlement areas certain lands that are currently located within the boundaries of the settlement areas. The lands that may be considered by the LPAT for removal have been identified as “Candidate Sites” by all of the professional land use planners who have been identified as expert witnesses in the appeal proceeding. Candidate Sites represent land acreage that could be removed from one settlement area to adjust the boundary of that settlement area or another settlement area, provided Provincial planning policies are upheld.

You can view the proposed Urban Settlement Boundary modifications under the Resources section.

LPAT Direction

As part of the appeal proceedings, the LPAT has directed the City to give notice to the public that the LPAT is being asked to consider the proposed boundary modifications and, in addition, is being asked to consider the removal of Candidate Sites from the settlement area.

The City has also been directed to provide to the Tribunal any comments that are received by members of the public with respect to these proposals. Any individual wishing to provide comments may do so:

(a) in writing, by no later than March 9, 2021, by addressing their correspondence to the City Clerk by e-mail at LPATsubmissions@kawarthalakes.ca, or at 26 Francis Street, P.O. Box 9000, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5R8; or,

(b) through oral submissions at the non-statutory public meeting noted below.

Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

On March 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm, the Planning Advisory Committee held a non-statutory public meeting where the Committee heard Planning Staff’s summary of the proposed urban settlement boundary adjustments before the LPAT, and considered public comments.

The recording of the PAC meeting can be viewed on the City of Kawartha Lakes YouTube channel. Minutes of the PAC meeting are available on the City of Kawartha Lakes website.

Next Steps

The LPAT will hold a Case Management Conference by video on April 6, 2021 at 10:00 am. Members of the public who would like the details with respect to that meeting can contact the City Clerk's office as set out in the Notices.

Public information pertaining to the LPAT file can be viewed on the Tribunal's website.

How we got here

The Official Plan for the City of Kawartha Lakes Planning Area, 2012 (‘Official Plan’) which guides the use of land in the municipality, was adopted by Council on September 21, 2010. On January 11, 2012 the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved the Official Plan with modifications; however, the Ministry’s decision was appealed. Several of those appeals have been resolved, dismissed or withdrawn since then, and the remaining appeals are presently before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (‘LPAT’).

Proposed Modified Boundaries

The Urban Settlement Boundary for each of the five Urban Settlement Areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville, shown on Schedules A-2, A-3, A-4 and A-5 to the Official Plan, is under appeal. The exact location of those boundaries is to be determined by the LPAT as part of the appeal proceeding.

The LPAT is being asked to modify Schedules A-2, A-3, A-4, and A-5 of the Official Plan to reflect the location of the boundaries for the five settlement areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville that existed prior to the Ministry’s approval. Land use planning evidence has been presented to the LPAT in support of these modified boundaries.

Proposed Candidate Sites

The LPAT has also been asked to consider proposals that would have the effect of re-aligning the boundaries for the settlement areas of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee, and Woodville, thereby removing from those settlement areas certain lands that are currently located within the boundaries of the settlement areas. The lands that may be considered by the LPAT for removal have been identified as “Candidate Sites” by all of the professional land use planners who have been identified as expert witnesses in the appeal proceeding. Candidate Sites represent land acreage that could be removed from one settlement area to adjust the boundary of that settlement area or another settlement area, provided Provincial planning policies are upheld.

You can view the proposed Urban Settlement Boundary modifications under the Resources section.

LPAT Direction

As part of the appeal proceedings, the LPAT has directed the City to give notice to the public that the LPAT is being asked to consider the proposed boundary modifications and, in addition, is being asked to consider the removal of Candidate Sites from the settlement area.

The City has also been directed to provide to the Tribunal any comments that are received by members of the public with respect to these proposals. Any individual wishing to provide comments may do so:

(a) in writing, by no later than March 9, 2021, by addressing their correspondence to the City Clerk by e-mail at LPATsubmissions@kawarthalakes.ca, or at 26 Francis Street, P.O. Box 9000, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5R8; or,

(b) through oral submissions at the non-statutory public meeting noted below.

Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

On March 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm, the Planning Advisory Committee held a non-statutory public meeting where the Committee heard Planning Staff’s summary of the proposed urban settlement boundary adjustments before the LPAT, and considered public comments.

The recording of the PAC meeting can be viewed on the City of Kawartha Lakes YouTube channel. Minutes of the PAC meeting are available on the City of Kawartha Lakes website.

Next Steps

The LPAT will hold a Case Management Conference by video on April 6, 2021 at 10:00 am. Members of the public who would like the details with respect to that meeting can contact the City Clerk's office as set out in the Notices.

Public information pertaining to the LPAT file can be viewed on the Tribunal's website.

  • What is an Official Plan?

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    An Official Plan identifies land use planning policies and schedules that guide and direct how land in the City should be used and developed, including where growth should go. It is prepared based on the Provincial interests as expressed in the Provincial Policy Statement and Provincial Plans (A Place of Grow, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and Lake Simcoe Protection Plan), and with input from the public to help ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of the community.

    Parts of the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, 2012 are under appeal and before the LPAT. As a result, the Urban Settlement Boundaries, as illustrated in Schedules A-2, A-3, A-4, and A-5, are not in effect. Until such time as the appeals are resolved and the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, 2012 is fully in force and effect, parts of the Victoria County Official Plan still govern within the City.

    The City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, 2012 and the Victoria County Official Plan are included under the Resources section.


  • Why are changes being proposed to the City's Urban Settlement Boundaries?

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    16 Feb 2021
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    The proposed modifications to the municipality’s Urban Settlement Boundaries are being made as part of the appeal proceeding, based on the land use planning evidence that is before the LPAT with respect to the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, 2012, which is being processed under LPAT File No. PL120217. For more information about those proceedings, you may visit the Tribunal’s website.

  • What is the effect of the proposed modifications to the Urban Settlement Boundaries?

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    16 Feb 2021
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    The boundaries that are being proposed for LPAT’s approval are the boundaries that were in place prior to the adoption and approval of the City of Kawartha Lakes Official Plan, 2012, as determined by the expert land use planners through the appeal proceedings. In effect, what is being proposed is to maintain the status quo until such time as the City completes its 2019 Growth Plan conformity exercise, which is underway and requires the City to review its settlement area boundaries and plan for growth to 2051. You can view information on this exercise and the City's Growth Management Strategy project by visiting our Planning and Development page.

  • How were the Candidate Sites determined?

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    16 Feb 2021
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    Lands proposed as Candidate Sites for reassignment from one settlement area to another were evaluated against criteria that considered zoning, planned water/wastewater servicing, constraints due to land use compatibility, and a logical shape to the settlement boundary.

    Candidate Sites that do not get reassigned may be considered as excess lands at the municipality’s next Official Plan review.

    Excess lands are vacant, unbuilt but developable lands within settlement areas but outside of delineated built-up areas that have been designated in an Official Plan for development but are in excess of what is needed to accommodate forecasted growth to the horizon of the Province’s A Place to Grow Plan.