Our team is responsible for the review, development and implementation of land use policies and by-laws including the Municipal of Dysart et al Official Plan. We accept, review and process development related applications such as zoning amendments, severance, minor variances, site plan agreements, deeming by-laws, unopened road allowance closings and shore road allowance closings.

 Pre-Consultation
A pre-consultation meeting is required before submitting a planning approval application including Multiple Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional developments. This allows you to explain the proposal and will allow Municipal staff to guide you through the process, provide preliminary comments about the viability of your proposal and advise you what plans and studies are required to support an application. At the pre-consultation meeting, a checklist will be provided setting out the submission requirements for a complete application.

We would like you to retain the services of a professional architect, planner or engineer to prepare your plans and we also encourage you to talk to adjacent property owners prior to the application process in order to answer questions and address any concerns your neighbours may have.

 

Please feel free to contact the Planning and Land Information Department by phone 705-457-1740 with questions or to make an appointment.
 Planning Application Forms and Fees

Planning Application Fees:

For fees, please see the following Municipality of Dysart et al Fees and Charges. 

The Municipality of Dysart et al Planning and Land Information Department is responsible for the review and administration of applications for Planning approvals. We highly recommend consultation with Planning staff prior to making an application. As processing times vary, please ensure that you have allowed sufficient time for the review and approval for any specific application.

In order for an application to be complete, all fees and requirements as noted in the application form need to be submitted. Applications may be accepted by mail or by dropping the application off at our office. Please see the fee schedule and take the time to carefully read the requirements for the application you will be submitting.

Below are links to each of our various application forms. Please note that we do not accept online applications. Most application will require original signatures from all registered owners.

The following is a list of application forms for the Municipality of Dysart et al:

Deeming By-law

License of Occupation

Minor Variance

Official Plan Amendment

The County of Haliburton is the approval authority for Official Plan Amendments.  A pre-consultation with the Municipality of Dysart is required prior to submitting an application.  For more information please visit the following links:

Original Shore Road Allowance Closing

Part Lot Control

Permission for Closure and Purchase of Road Allowance

Permission for Use of Road Allowance

Responsibility Agreement

Severances and Consents

The County of Haliburton is the approval authority for severance/consent applications.   A pre-consultation with the Municipality of Dysart is required prior to submitting an application. For more information please visit the following links:

Site Plan

Subdivision and Condominium

The County of Haliburton is the approval authority for subdivision and condominium applications.   A pre-consultation with the Municipality of Dysart is required prior to submitting an application. For more information please visit the following links:

Zoning By-law Amendment

 Official Plan

County of Haliburton Official Plan

To determine applicable designations and policies, reference should be made to the County of Haliburton Official Plan, which contains a vision and provides policies to protect the natural environment, align growth and development with municipal infrastructure investment, drive a vibrant economy and promote complete, safe, accessible and inclusive communities throughout the County.

Municipality of Dysart et al Official Plan

The Municipality of Dysart et al Official Plan (PDF) was approved the County of Haliburton on May 18, 2018. The Plan allocates land use, directs municipal services and facilities to guide development over a 20 year time frame. All development approvals within the Municipality must conform to the policies contained in the Official Plan. These policies are implemented through the Municipality of Dysart et al Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2005-120.

A Copy of the Official Plan is available here:

Official Plan Amendments

Occasionally, it is necessary to amend the policies and/or designations contained in the Official Plan in order to facilitate new development or redevelopment proposals. Opportunity for public consultation is required prior to Council adopting any new Official Plan Amendments.

Depending on the proposal, an application may also be required to amend the County of Haliburton Official Plan and the Municipality of Dysart et al Official Plan.

Before applying for an Official Plan Amendment, please contact the Municipal Planning Department for information regarding specific requirements. To support your application, you may be asked for additional information such as a planning justification report. All applications must be completed in full prior to submission.

Official Plan Amendment Applications are adopted by Council after a public meeting. The decision to approve or deny an application is made after recommendations from Dysart Council. Any person or agency may attend the public hearing. An appeal can be submitted to the County of Haliburton within 20 days of Council's decision. Only persons who have made oral submissions at the public meeting or written submissions to Council prior to the decision may appeal.

For general information on Official Plans in Ontario, please visit the following websites:

Zoning By-Law

Zoning By-law 2005-120 for the Municipality of Dysart et al was approved by Council on December 12, 2005. The Zoning By-law implements land use policies of the Municipality of Dysart et al Official Plan by regulating and controlling specific land uses on individual properties. The provisions of this By-law shall apply to all lands and waters within the Municipality, except for all lands and waters within the boundary of Algonquin Provincial Park including the geographic townships of Bruton and Clyde and part of the geographic township of Eyre.

A Zoning By-law contains a number of zones and sets out the permitted uses of land, minimum lot dimensions, building and structure locations, permitted types of buildings and structures, as well as parking and landscape requirements. Zoning maps are available to assist in determining the zoning of a property (see links below) as well as specific lot provisions and amendments.

Through zoning, a municipality can guide and shape the pattern of development that occurs. The requirements in a Zoning By-law help to determine the physical appearance of a community.

A full copy of the Municipality of Dysart et al Comprehensive Zoning By-law is available here:

Zoning Amendments

If you have a development proposal that does not comply with the Zoning By-law, you may apply for a Zoning Amendment. All applications must conform with the Municipality of Dysart et al Official Plan. If not, an Official Plan Amendment may be necessary.

Before applying for a Zoning Amendment, please contact the Planning and Land Information Department for information regarding specific requirements. To support your application, you may be asked for additional information such as a planning justification report or other required studies. All applications must be completed in full prior to submission.

Zoning Amendment applications are approved by Council after a public meeting. The decision to approve or deny an application is made after consideration of recommendations from Planning staff and public comments. Formal objections to Councils decision can be submitted to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) within 20 days of Council's decision. Only persons who have made oral submissions at the public meeting or written submissions to Council prior to the decision may appeal.

For general information on Zoning By-laws in Ontario, please visit: 

Zoning Amendment Application Form

Letter of Zoning Compliance 

If you are either buying, selling or mortgaging a property, you may need a letter of zoning compliance. Or, your lawyer may need to obtain a letter on your behalf. No problem - we can assist you.

Based on the request, here is some of the information that may be included in the letter:

  • Current zoning and whether the proposed property use complies
  • Pending zoning, if applicable
  • Compliance with building setback regulations
  • Status of any building and septic permits on file
  • Whether there are any active zoning or property standard violations
  • Whether the property has any heritage significance

Please contact the Planning and Land Information Department for further information.

Minor Variances 

A minor variance allows for a minor change from the requirements a zoning by-law. For example, you may want to construct a building on your property but the minimum setbacks, lot coverage or height cannot be met.

A minor variance does not change the zoning of a property. It will only allow for minor relief from specific requirements of the by-law in order to obtain a building permit (ex. rear yard setback for a shed).

The Committee of Adjustment is the approval body for Minor Variances in the Municipality of Dysart et al. As part of their review, the Committee must be satisfied that the minor variance will meet the following tests as outlined Under Section 45(1) of the Planning Act:

To approve any Minor Variance, the Committee of Adjustment must be satisfied that:

  1. The proposal is appropriate for the development of the land and/or building.
  2. The general intent and purpose of the Municipality's Zoning By-law is maintained.
  3. The general intent and purpose of the Municipality's Official Plan is maintained.
  4. The variance requested is minor in nature.

In order for the Committee to consider approval, the minor variance application must meet all of the tests. Any proposal not considered "minor" must proceed through the Zoning By-law Amendment process, which is considered by Council.

Minor Variance - Appeals

Formal appeals to Committee’s decision can be submitted to the Municipality within 20 days of the date of decision. The appeal is then forwarded to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

In order to ensure timely processing of an application, please contact the Planning and Land Information Department for a pre-consultation meeting. To support your application, you may be asked for additional information such as a planning justification report. All applications must be completed in full prior to acceptance.

For general information on minor variances and zoning by-laws in Ontario, please visit the following websites:

Severances/Consents

Pre-consultation for a severance/consent application is require with the Municipality of Dysart et al.  

The County of Haliburton is the approval authority for Consents and Land Severances. For more information, please visit the County of Haliburton Severances and Consents page. 

Consent applications are required to create a new lot, right-of-way, easement or any change to existing property boundaries (lot additions). Consent applications are also required if a landowner wants to sell, mortgage, charge or enter into any agreement (over 21 years) for a portion of their land.

Plan of Condominium/Plan of Subdivision

If several lots are being created, a Subdivision or Condominium application may be more appropriate. While many of the design standards are the responsibility of the Municipality of Dysart et al, the County of Haliburton is the approval authority for Plans of Subdivision and Condominium. For more information please visit the County of Haliburton Plans of Subdivision and Condominium Descriptions page.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Municipal Mapping

What is GIS?

GIS is a computer system that incorporates geographical features with tabular data in order to store, manipulate, analyze and display data on a map.  Each feature contains spatial data to locate it on the earth’s surface, as well as additional data in order to capture other important attributes about the feature. For example, the actual location of a bridge is the spatial data and the name, length and age of the bridge might be its attribute data.

Municipalities and local governments are defined by geographic boundaries. Municipal services are related to that geography, from roads and sewers, to parks/trail and recreational facilities, from development permits to tax collection. Location is an important aspect of most municipal information. 

Tree Preservation By-law/Shoreline Preservation By-law
The Shoreline Tree Preservation By-law No. 3505, as Amended, applies to all lands in the County of Haliburton, that are within 30 metres of a watercourse. The Shoreline Tree Preservation By-law governs the removal or injuring of all trees with a diameter of 5 cm or more. Diameter is measured 1.37 metres from the ground. The goal is to minimize the destruction of trees in order to protect our water resources and sustain a healthy natural environment.
Urban Design and Built Form

The Municipality Built Form Guidelines provide a framework for evaluating the aesthetic quality of development proposals. The intention of the guidelines is to ensure that the Municipality's built environment reflects the spectacular surrounding natural environment.  The Municipality has a built form vision, and new development will be encouraged to articulate their buildings to the Haliburton Village Built Form Guildelines, which has similar characteristics to the Banff Design Guidelines.   

Land Use Planning and Resource
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) 

About LPAT

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is an adjudicative tribunal that hears cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters. These include matters such as official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents, minor variances, land compensations, development charges, electoral ward boundaries, municipal finances, aggregate resources and other issues assigned by numerous Ontario statutes.

LPAT is part of Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), a cluster of tribunals that adjudicate matters related to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, property assessment, land valuation and other matters.

History of LPAT

LPAT was formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB was an independent adjudicative tribunal that conducted hearings and made decisions on land use planning issues and other matters. The OMB was also Ontario’s first independent, quasi-judicial administrative tribunal. Originally named the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board (ORMB), the ORMB oversaw municipalities’ accounts and supervised the rapidly growing rail transportation system among municipalities. In 1906, the ORMB assumed new responsibilities, including those previously carried out by the Office of the Provincial Municipal Auditor, and was renamed to the OMB in 1932. 
Current Development Applications

Committee of Adjustment

Public Meetings (including Zoning Amendments, Official Plan Amendments etc.)

Civic Addressing for your Property 

The County of Haliburton administers the civic addressing for the county.  To request a civic 911 address or sign, please see the following link:

 

Sign Maintenance

Your 911 civic address sign quickly alerts emergency responders to your civic address. Sign maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

  • Keep snow, brush and anything else from obstructing either side of your sign.
  • Repair damaged or knocked down signs quickly.
  • Apply for a replacement if your sign is missing or damaged beyond repair. You may put up a temporary sign until a replacement can be installed.
 

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