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

PUBLIC NOTICES             
Public Hearing Notices for Planning Matters             
             
Previous Committee of Adjustment - March 13, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/01/02/03/19/ML, 2134999 ONTARIO LTD., 2A WEST STREET, PORT CARLING            
B/04/19/ML, SMITH/MCKIBBON-SMITH, 12-1094 MORTIMER'S POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA             
B/05/19/ML, DONALDSON, 1-1096 PLEASANT VIEW POINT DRIVE, LAKE MUSKOKA            
B/06/19/ML, KINGSTONE, 4-1114 HALLS ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-01/19, BLANCHET & DECAIRE, 1075 WHITESIDE ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-02/19, CHRISTIANSEN, 1104 BARLOCHAN ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-03/19, NELSON & POLLARD, 1135 KEELER ROAD, DARK LAKE            
A-04/19, SUTTON, 1387 MOON RIVER ROAD, MOON RIVER            
A-05/19, 2134999 ONTARIO LTD., 2A WEST STREET, PORT CARLING            
             
Previous Council Meeting - March 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2018-156, ZBA-51/18, TSENG, 50 HUTTON ROAD            
BY-LAW 2019-09, ZBA-01/19, SEDLBAUER, 59-1160 WHITESIDE ROAD            
BY-LAW 2019-18, ZBA-02/19, LUSH, 29 BADGEROW ISLAND, UNIT J18            
             
Committee of Adjustment - April 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
A-44/18, AMENDED (2), 2121289 ONTARIO LIMITED, 1480 ACTON ISLAND ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-06/19, WEST, 1270 PENINSULA ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-07/19, KOFMAN, 1646 JUDDHAVEN ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-08/19, SHAPIRO, 2-1025 APPIAN WAY, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-09/19, GARDNER, 1-1289 PENINSULA ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-10/19, TAYLOR, 6-1794 PENINSULA ROAD, JOSEPH RIVER            
A-11/19, COOPER POINT COMMUNITY INCORPORATED, 25-1188 COOPER POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-12/19, ROZAK, 1047 INNISFREE ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-13/19, PARKINSON, 1-1321 BRACKENRIG ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-15/19, GREEN, 1120 SAGAMO BOULEVARD, LAKE ROSSEAU             
             
Council Meeting - April 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2018-21, ZBA-05/18, IRENIC INCORPORATED, 9-1307 THREE MILE LAKE ROAD            
BY-LAW 2019-19, ZBA-03/19, ANDERSON, 3142 MUSKOKA ROAD 118W            
BY-LAW 2019-23, ZBA-05/19, MCCORMICK, 34-4182 MUSKOKA ROAD 169 (ALSO KNOWN AS 34 WRIGHT'S ROAD)            

 

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