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 - May 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/07/19/ML, SLATER, 3-1572 WALKER'S POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA              
B/08/19/ML, EVANS, 1002 BUTTLER ROAD EAST, BRANDY LAKE            
A-14/19, GREENWOOD & FLYNN, 1028 AVON LANE, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-16/19, CARTWRIGHT, 8-1038 NEALS ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-18/19, MORIANA, 10-1202 SHEA ROAD, THREE MILE LAKE            
A-20/19, COOPER, 8-1191 GLEN GORDON ROAD, LEONARD LAKE            
A-21/19, HALL, 1093 BRADLEY ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-22/19, TAIT & MCNAIR, 1619 ACTON ISLAND ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-23/19, BRIGHT, 1217 BUTTER AND EGG ROAD, LEONARD LAKE            
A-24/19, SIFFT, 1070 HAMILLS POINT ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
             
Previous Council Meeting - May 17, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2019-25, ZBA-06/19, CURRIE, 2-1020 GOSTICK RD            
BY-LAW 2019-32, ZBA-07/19, BOCK, 8-1092 BIG JOE RD            
BY-LAW 2019-35, ZBA-08/19, HILLIER, NO CIVIC ADDRESS ASSIGNED            
BY-LAW 2019-36, ZBA-09/19, HUSON, 1051 BARLOCHAN RD            
             
Committee of Adjustment - June 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
B/09/19/ML, ZBA-12/19, DONALDSON, 2-1096 PLEASANT VIEW POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA             
B/08/19/ML, EVANS, 1002 BUTTLER ROAD EAST, BRANDY LAKE            
B/15/16/18/19/ML, DUNKIN & COHEN, 6 & 4 - 1080 WOODROFFE ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
B/17/19/ML, SMITH & MCKIBBIN-SMITH, 12-1094 MORTIMER'S POINT ROAD, LAKE MUSKOKA            
A-17/19, THOM, 4 HOME ISLAND, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-19/19, GUY AND HEARD, J32 - 7 BLACK FOREST ISLAND, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-25/19, SHIRRIFF, 1091 HALLETT ROAD, BASS LAKE             
A-26/19, LANFORD, 1047 MONTGOMERY DRIVE, LAKE ROSSEAU            
A-27/19, HERRMANN, 1 - 1032 REDWOOD ROAD, LAKE JOSEPH            
A-28/19, MESTER, 1132 COWAN PARK ROAD, THREE MILE LAKE            
A-29/19, VOKEY AND TONIUTTI, 7 - SR400 LOST CHANNEL, SEVERN RIVER             
A-30/19, APPLETON, 1001 BURNS STREET, LAKE MUSKOKA            
             
Council Meeting - June 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.            
             
BY-LAW 2018-34, ZBA-10/18, MUSKOKA LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB LTD., 1078 SHAMROCK RD            
BY-LAW 2019-40, ZBA-10/19, MCBRIEN & ROWE, 1075 KEMP ROAD            
BY-LAW 2019-43, ZBA-11/19, WOODFIELD ENTERPRISES LTD., 1212 THREE MILE LAKE RD 1            

 

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