Zoning By-law Update

The Township of Minden Hills is currently in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-law. The Township’s current By-law has been in effect since 2006 with the former Zoning By-laws of Anson Hindon and Minden, Lutterworth, and Snowdon governing land use within the Township previous to its passing. The zoning bylaw is a legal document that specifies how land can be used through regulations (property setbacks, building heights etc.) and permissions (residential, commercial, mixed-use etc).

What is a zoning bylaw?
A zoning by-law is a legal document that is passed under Section 34 of the Planning Act. It is considered “applicable law” under the Ontario Building Code Act and is intended to reduce conflict between incompatible land uses, as well as to be an implementation tool that gives effect to the Township’s Official Plan.

This allows municipalities to control:

  • how land or buildings are used
  • the type of building that can be constructed
  • where buildings can be located
  • how tall a building can be
  • how many residential units may be constructed
  • how small or large a property may be
  • the number of off-street parking, accessible parking and bicycle parking spaces
  • and other features related to the use of land

In the time since the passage of the Township’s Zoning By-law, there has been numerous changes in Provincial legislation and policy, including amendments to the Planning Act, a new Provincial Policy Statement, the approval of the Trent Source Protection Plan among others, as well as updates to the Township’s Official Plan, and the anticipated update to the County of Haliburton’s Official Plan. All of these changes necessitate a comprehensive review and update to both the Township’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law.

To address these changes, the Township is proposing updates to take place in two phases:

  • Phase 1 is intended to ensure clear and consistent language throughout the text, as well as to provide updates to regulations in areas where the township is currently too permissive, or too restrictive.
  • Phase 2 will entail a comprehensive review of the Official Plan together with more broad amendments to the Zoning By-law including the change in Zoning of specific properties, and the permitted uses in each zone.

At this time, the Township is not changing the zoning associated with any property, but intends to modify both the Definitions and General Regulations which will have an effect on how land may be used within the Township.

Phase 1 Housekeeping

The housekeeping amendment proposes broad changes to various definitions in order to ensure consistent language throughout the text; new Minimum Distance Separation Requirements (MDS) to be consistent with Provincial Policy; new and revised regulations providing standards and requirements for parking, including accessible parking, and loading spaces; revised sections on non-complying buildings and structures, and shoreline structures; new regulations governing hunt camps; and allowing for two (2) storey accessory structures in certain situations.

The Draft text of the amended document can be found here: Final Draft for Open House (no redline)

The Draft text, shown as red-line revisions to the existing text can be found here: Final Draft for Open House (with redline)

A copy of the existing by-law, including schedules, as well as the current Official Plan is found on the Zoning Bylaw and Official Plan page of the website.


How to Participate

You are encouraged to provide input to help guide the development of the zoning by-law. There are a few ways to get involved:

The Township has scheduled and provided Notice of Open Houses to give the public an informal opportunity to review and ask questions about the proposed amendments:

Open House #1

Date: Wednesday May 3, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Minden Community Centre, 55 Parkside Street, Minden ON

Open House #2 (rescheduled from Friday May 12 due to flooding)

Date: Monday May 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Minden Community Centre, 55 Parkside Street, Minden ON

Additional Material

• Proposed Changes Rational Information sheet
Existing vs. Proposed Loading Requirements Table with example Building Sizes
Proposed Designated Accessible Parking Requirements Table with example Building Sizes (Retail & Restaurant only)

As required under the Planning Act, the Township will hold a Public Meeting to provide the public with an opportunity to understand and comment on the proposed Amendment. A Public Meeting has now been scheduled:

Public Meeting

Date: Thursday June 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Municipal Council Chambers, 7 Milne Street, Minden ON

Please Provide Your Feedback!

The Township welcomes and encourages the public to participate in this process. Comments can be provided via the
ONLINE ZONING BYLAW UPDATE COMMENT FORM or by written submission to:

Ian Clendening, Planner
7 Milne Street, P.O. Box 359
Minden, ON, K0M 2K0

Or by e-mail to iclendening@mindenhills.ca


Phase 2 Comprehensive Update
(Official Plan & Zoning By-law Update)

At a later date the Township will be engaging the public in the preparation of updates to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law.

Comments provided during Phase 1 will also be considered for the Phase 2 updates.