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 Several of those appeals have been resolved, dismissed or withdrawn since then, and the remaining appeals are presently before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (‘LPAT’).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.