What is the Rural Zoning By-law Review?

    The purpose of this project is to consolidate and modernize the City’s 13 existing zoning by-laws into a single new Comprehensive Rural Zoning By-law across the rural areas of the City. Prior to amalgamation, each of the former municipalities had a zoning by-law that regulated the development of land within their former boundaries. Some of these by-laws date back to the 1970s and are still used today.

    What is the rural area?

    The rural area is generally comprised of lands outside of the Urban Settlement Areas of Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, and Woodville. Zoning for the Urban Settlement Areas and the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Area are not being considered through this project and will be reviewed in a subsequent phase of the Zoning By-law Review.

    What is a Zoning By-law?

    The Zoning By-law is the City’s primary tool to regulate the use of land, buildings and structures in the City. The Zoning By-law divides all land in the City into various zone categories (e.g., residential, agricultural, commercial), establishes what uses are permitted and identifies standards about the location, massing and height of buildings and structures.

    Why is the municipality undertaking this project?

    The Rural Zoning By-law will implement the policies of the City’s Official Plan and provide updated zoning and development standards that reflect current policy and regulatory initiatives at the provincial and City level. The effect of the Rural Zoning By-law is to repeal and replace all existing Rural Zoning By-laws in the City of Kawartha Lakes with a new, modern Comprehensive Rural Zoning By-law that addresses current and future planning challenges.