Planning

The Planning Department provides various planning services to the Township Council, under the Planning Act, making recommendations to Council and Committees on development and land use matters. The Planning Department is also involved with special projects, the Tree Preservation and Site Alteration By-laws and heritage related matters. The Planning department administers official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, site plan agreements, minor variances, severances, deeming by-laws, zoning inquiries and municipal record searches.

Bala and Port Carling are the two larger serviced towns within the Township of Muskoka Lakes. The main streets of both towns are zoned core commercial, with some residential lands surrounding each town. Most of the land zoned between these two towns is designated rural with some highway commercial. There are very few, small portions of land zoned industrial within the Township of Muskoka Lakes, and most of the waterfront is zoned residential interspersed with resort or marina commercial.

For questions or concerns relating to planning matters, please contact the Planning Department by Phone 705-765-3156, Fax 705-765-6755 or Email planning@muskokalakes.ca

Click here to access the Document Centre for all Guides, Permits, Applications and Agreements related to the Planning Department.

*NOTE: Some of these documents are too large for dial-up connections. Please call the Planning Department at (705) 765-3156 to make alternate arrangements to obtain them.

ZONING BY-LAW

What is a Zoning By-law?

Zoning by-laws regulate how land and buildings are used, the location of buildings, lot coverage, building heights and other provisions necessary to ensure proper development.

How do I find out what the zoning is for a property?

Contact the Planning Department at the Township of Muskoka Lakes or visit
 MUSKOKA WEB MAP to determine your zoning designation. Official Zoning Schedules are located at the Township of Muskoka Lakes office.  Please contact the Planning Department for current information. 

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ZONING BY-LAW 2014-14 

Zoning By-law 2014-14 is the new comprehensive zoning by-law applying to all properties in the Township of Muskoka Lakes.   

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2014-14 (Consolidated December 2017)
By-law 2014-14 Illustrative Diagrams

PLANNING DOCUMENTS

Official Plan
Tree Preservation By-law

Site Alteration By-law
Other By-laws
Committee of Adjustment Overview


MINETT JOINT POLICY REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE

PUBLIC NOTICES           
Public Hearing Notices for Planning Matters           
           
Committee of Adjustment - January 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.          
           
B/63/18/ML, SMITH, 1021 SMITH ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA          
B/65/18/ML, B/66/67/18/ML,TRG-KFH (LAKESIDE) INC., HORSLEY, RICHARDS, EASTWOOD & EASTWOOD-FLAHERTY, 2-2046 PENINSULA RD., LAKE ROSSEAU          
B/68/18/ML, RIGBEY, 1026 RIGBEY ROAD, MOON RIVER          
A-72/18, SNIDER, 1290 WALKER'S POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA          
A-73/18, HUGHES, 20-1361 FOREMAN ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA          
A-74/18, MCLEAN, 5-4805 MUSKOKA ROAD 169, CASSIDY LAKE          
           
Council Meeting - January 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.          
           
BY-LAW 2018-127, ZBA-44/18, SPARFEL/GLOVER, 2643 MUSKOKA ROAD 169          
BY-LAW 2018-143, ZBA-49/18, PFENDER, CIVIC ADDRESS NOT ASSIGNED          
           
           
Previous Committee of Adjustment - December 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.          
           
B/57/18/ML, GRUMMITT, 2501 HIGHWAY 141          
B/58/59/60/18/ML, CLARK, 4-1020 HUNT ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH          
B/61/62/18/ML, PORT CARLING GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, 12 DONALD DRIVE          
A-64/18, GAMMON AND WOODRICH, 2-2802 MUSKOKA ROAD 118W          
A-65/18, AMARAL, 1112 CLEARWATER SHORES BOULEVARD, HENSHAW LAKE          
A-66/18, SHARP, CIVIC NOT ASSIGNED          
A-67/18, WILTON, 3-1251 BRACKENRIG ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU          
A-68/18, PORT CARLING INN DEVELOPMENTS LTD., 4 ARMSTRONG POINT ROAD, INDIAN RIVER          
A-69/18, GRANT, 1 AND 2 - 1129 ELGIN HOUSE ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU          
A-70/18, HARPER PROPERTIES INC., 3-1131 ELGIN HOUSE ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH          
A-71/18, DONALDSON, 12-1532 MORTIMERS POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA          
           
Previous Council Meeting - December 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.          
           
BY-LAW 2018-128, ZBA-45/18, IVEY/SMITH, 2-J11 (LOON ISLAND), LAKE JOSEPH          
BY-LAW 2018-135, ZBA-48/18, KOFMAN, 1646 JUDDHAVEN ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU          
           
           

 

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