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

A Zoning By-law can not:

  • prevent the maintenance, repair, or reconstruction of any non-complying or non-conforming building
  • prevent the continued use of a legally established non-conforming use

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.

How to Participate

The Township will be hosting an Open House on July 8th to give the public an informal opportunity to review and ask questions about the proposed amendments. Any person may attend an Open House to discuss their comments and concerns with municipal planning staff. Comments and concerns received as a result of the Open House will be considered in the preparation of a Planning Report for Council’s information, and may result in modifications to the proposed amendments.

Additionally, the Township will be holding the next Public Meeting on July 27th, to inform the public of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. The purpose of a Public Meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to understand and comment on the proposed Amendment.

Next Public Meeting

Public Meeting #3
Notice of Public Meeting

Date: Thursday July 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Municipal Council Chambers, 7 Milne Street, Minden ON


Previous Meetings and Open Houses

Open House #3
Notice of Open House & Public Meeting

Date: Saturday July 8, 2017
Time: 1pm – 3pm – Presentation to start at 1:30 with question and answer period to follow.
Location: Minden Community Centre, 55 Parkside Street, Minden ON

Presentation Material:


Public Meeting #2
Notice of Public Meeting

Date: Thursday June 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Municipal Council Chambers, 7 Milne Street, Minden ON


Public Meeting #1
Notice of Open House & Public Meeting

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

Presentation Material:


Open House #2 (rescheduled from Friday May 12 due to flooding)
Notice of Open House & Public Meeting

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

Presentation Material:


Open House #1
Notice of Complete Application & Open House

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

Presentation Material:


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.