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 Planning Committee Meeting - September 13, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/33/19/ML, T & R OF BALA LIMITED, CIVIC ADDRESS NOT ASSIGNED            
B/34/19/ML, CDS HOMES INC., 1-1248 MILFORD BAY ROAD             
B/35/19/ML, MITCHELL, 46 ISLAND CHIEF'S - UNIT J5, LAKE JOSEPH            
ZBA-14/19, EZARD/BRAS, 3 INDIAN POINT ROAD, INDIAN RIVER            
ZBA-16/19, T & R OF BALA LTD., CIVIC ADDRESS NOT ASSIGNED            
ZBA-24/19, STODDART, 1101 GREENWOOD POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
ZBA-26/19, DICKSON, 1056 BERNERS ROAD, BASS LAKE            
             
Previous Committee of Adjustment - September 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/36/19/ML, BISSELL, 1056 BRACKENRIG CENTRE ROAD            
A-43/19, MCKERNAN, 2-1002 OLD PARRY SOUND ROAD, NUTT LAKE            
A-44/19, STIPSITS, J46-1 PICKEREL ISLAND, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-45/19, LACKEY & WERNHAM, 1623 ACTION ISLAND ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-46/19, KROEGER, 1635 BRACKENRIG ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-47/19, MILLER, 198 NINE MILE LAKE, NINE MILE LAKE            
A-48/19, MCNAIR, 1106 BEAUMARIS ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
             
Committee of Adjustment - October 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/37/19/ML, A-49/19, BRYANT & MUNDY, SR-402-11, SEVERN RIVER            
B/38/19/ML, LAURO, 1006 MACDONALD ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA             
A-50/19, MENS AND ARCHER, 1018 ISLANDER ROAD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-51/19, BARKER, 1021 MARQUIS LANE, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-52/19, ATHWAL, 1015 LAKEVIEW ROAD, SKELETON LAKE            
A-53/19, LOVE, 2-2631 MUSKOKA ROAD 118 WEST, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-54/19, RYAN, 9-1669 MUSKOKA ROAD 118 WEST, LAKE MUSKOKA             
A-55/19, MANCHEE, 5-1032 POINT MANCHEE ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-56/19, EMINGER, 2-1064 BOYCE ROAD             
A-57/19, MATTHEWS, 12-1090 ARUNDEL LODGE ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-58/19, PAFER MUSKOKA INC., 10-1046 CRAIGIE LEA ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
             
Planning Committee Meeting - October 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2019-92, ZBA-22/19, PJD PROPERTIES INC, CANNIFF ISLAND J23, LAKE JOSEPH            
BY-LAW 2019-93, ZBA-23/19, PJD PROPERTIES INC, CANNIFF ISLAND 1-J23, LAKE JOSEPH            
BY-LAW 2019-103, ZBA-25/19, HAMLIN, GOVERNORS ISLAND J13-1, LAKE JOSEPH            
BY-LAW 2019-109, ZBA-28/19, SCULLY, 8-1843 BRACKENRIG RD, LAKE ROSSEAU            
BY-LAW 2019-125, ZBA-36/19, RIGBEY, 1026 RIGBEY ROAD, MOON RIVER            

 

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