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 - July 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/20/19/ML, CHAFEE, R60 TOBIN'S ISLAND, LAKE ROSSEAU            
B/21/19/ML, MACLENNAN & THOMAS, 9-1523 FISH HATCHERY RD, SKELETON LAKE            
B/23/24/19/ML, GRAND & CARCAO, UNITS 1 & 2 1181 WALKER'S POINT RD, LAKE MUSKOKA             
A-31/19, ZINN, UNIT #221-R60 TOBIN'S ISLAND, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-32/19, ROSSEAU LEISURE INC., 3-1140 MORINUS ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-33/19, MILLIARD, 12-1135 ISLAND PARK ROAD, INDIAN RIVER            
A-34/19, STAJIC, 16-1061 CAMEL LAKE EXTENSION ROAD, CAMEL LAKE            
A-35/19, KUCHINAD, 20-1348 FISH HATCHERY ROAD, HIGH LAKE            
A-36/19, COOTE, 6-8150 LAKE JOSEPH ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
             
Previous Planning Committee Meeting - July 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2019-71, ZBA-15/19, B/10-14/19/ML, 2213080 ONTARIO CORP. & ROSSEAU FALLS ESTATES LTD., CIVIC NOT ASSIGNED, LAKE ROSSEAU              
BY-LAW 2019-081, ZBA-18/19, B/18/19/19/ML, EDEN, UNITS 3 AND 4 M69A TONDERN ISLAND, LAKE MUSKOKA            
BY-LAW 2018-100, ZBA-34/18, ROSS, 1058 CARLINGFORD RD (Concurrent with a Proposed Draft Plan of Subdivision S2018-7)            
BY-LAW 2019-55, ZBA-13/19, NEWLANDS, 2-1124 ISLAND PARK ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
BY-LAW 2019-82, ZBA-19/19, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (YMCA), 1090 GULLWING LAKE ROAD            
             
Committee of Adjustment - August 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/26/19/ML, LOWE, CIVIC ADDRESS NOT ASSIGNED              
B/27-32/19/ML, 1493222 ONTARIO LIMITED, 1041 BANNOCKBURN ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-28/19 - AMENDED, MESTER, 1132 COWAN PARK ROAD, THREE MILE LAKE             
A-37/19, STROMME, 3-1125 ELGIN HOUSE ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-38/19, FULLER, 3-1232 DAWSON ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-39/19, REICHERT, 2-1000 SAGAMO BOULEVARD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-40/19, COMMERCE ALLIANCE SERVICES, 1298 HEMLOCK POINT ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-41/19, LIVINGSTON AND POWER, 1112 PLEASANT VIEW POINT ROAD            
A-42/19, DIANA, 1-1003 OLD BALA ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
             
Planning Committee Meeting - August 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2018-102, ZBA-35/18, OLBERT, 107-R60 TOBINS ISLAND            
BY-LAW 2019-78, ZBA-17/19, 964424 ONTARIO LTD., 1 COLUMBIA ISLAND            
BY-LAW 2019-89, ZBA-20/19, BORNINO, 1900 WINDERMERE ROAD            
BY-LAW 2019-90, ZBA-21/19, BUTCHER, 1033 SECTION HOUSE ROAD            

 

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