Planning Information

Planning Applications

The Township’s Planning Staff provide assistance to Council, Committees and the public regarding how land can and should be used. Planning at the Township of Minden Hills is responsible for the review, development and implementation of land use policies, reviews development applications such as zoning amendments, minor variances, as well as applications for the purchase, or use, of unopened road allowances such as the 66’ Shore road allowance typically found between a waterbody and the adjacent waterfront property.

For information regarding the development of your property, including application forms, click on one of the following tabs.

Minor Variance Application

Zoning by-laws regulate the use of land and buildings, location of structures, density, height of structures and parking, etc.  They implement Official Plan policies and ensure orderly development with limited environmental impacts.  However, it may not always be possible or appropriate to meet all the applicable requirements of the zoning bylaw, for example, because of terrain constraints or pre-existing development. In such cases, a minor variance can be applied for.

Under Section 45(1) of the Planning Act there are four tests a minor variance must meet:

  1. Is the application minor?
  2. Is the application desirable and appropriate development?
  3. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Zoning By-Law?
  4. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Official Plan?

The Committee of Adjustment meet on the last Monday of every month, with the exception of December when meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. Minutes and Agendas for the Committee can be found here.

An Application for Minor Variance must be submitted with the required $700.00, non-refundable administration fee.  As these applications require preparation, the Minor Variance Meeting Date Schedule – 2018 advises the last date and time of submission for each monthly meeting.

It is recommended that an appointment be scheduled with the Planning Department prior to submission of the application to ensure all required information is received.

Zoning By-Law Amendment Applications

The Zoning Bylaw implements the policies and objectives detailed in the Official Plan. It outlines how a specific parcel of land may be used and regulates matters such as lot size, parking requirements, building height, landscaping requirements and other site-specific factors.

If an applicant wishes to develop a property in a manner that deviates from the current zoning provisions, they must apply for a Zoning By-law Amendment; also referred to as a rezoning. For example, a change of use from residential to commercial would require a Zoning By-law Amendment.

The Planning Act also allows a Zoning By-law to permit a use for a temporary period of time or to apply a holding (H) provision requiring certain criteria such as servicing be in place before the holding (H) provision may be removed and the land used for the underlying zoning.

An Application to Amend Zoning By-law is to be submitted with the required $1,750.00 application fee.  This application fee consists of a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $750.00 and the balance in the amount of $1,000.00 is a deposit to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

An application for Temporary Use By-law  is to be submitted with the required fee in the amount of $1,000.00.  This fee includes a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $350.00 and a deposit in the amount of $650.00 to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

An application to Remove Holding Symbol is to be submitted with the required $1,000.00 application fee.  This application fee consists of a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $350.00 and the balance in the amount of $650.00 is a deposit to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

It is recommended that an appointment be scheduled with the Planning Department prior to submission of the application to ensure all required information is received.

Official Plan Amendment Application

The Official Plan is an important policy document Council uses for making land use decisions and managing change in the Township. It sets out a vision for the community based on long-term goals and objectives. All public works, by-laws, including the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By-law, and land use approvals must conform with the Township's Official Plan to ensure that Council's vision is consistently implemented.

Amendments to the Official Plan are sometimes necessary when a development proposal does not comply with the Plan, but represents good planning. In these cases, the Official Plan can be altered through an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) process. The OPA process allows for amendments to the Plan to be evaluated and to be presented to the public before changes are approved by Council.

An application to Amend the Official Plan is to be submitted with the required $3,000.00 application fee. This application fee consists of a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $1000.00 and the balance in the amount of $2,000.00 is a deposit to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

Where a development requires both an Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment, a combined application to Amend Zoning By-Law Official Plan is to be submitted with the required $3,500.00 application fee. This application fee consists of a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $1,500.00 and the balance in the amount of $2,000.00 is a deposit to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

It is recommended that an appointment be scheduled with the Planning Department prior to submission of the application to ensure all required information is received.

Severance Application and Severance Pre-Consultation Requests

The Township of Minden Hills is the lead commenting agency for applications to sever property where the severance is for the creation of a new lot or to add property to an abutting property. The County of Haliburton requires a pre-consultation report from the Township prior to submitting a formal application to the County. A pre-consultation report reviews an application to determine if the application conforms to the Zoning By-law and Official Plan for the Township of Minden Hills and would identify any studies and other requirements that the Township may request as a condition of approval.

The Pre-Consultation Request Form is to be submitted together with a copy of the County of Haliburton’s Application for Consent Form, and a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $450.00 for each severance. Where a severance is for a Right-of-Way only, you may apply directly to the County, however the Township will still require a $250 application review fee which would be requested subsequent to your submission to the County.

Plan of Subdivision Application

The Township of Minden Hills is the lead commenting agency with respect to Plan of Subdivision Applications.  All information requests should be directed to the Planning Staff for the County of Haliburton.

Once a complete application is received by the County of Haliburton a copy will be forwarded to the Planning Department for the Township of Minden Hills.

Prior to receiving direction from Council a fee in the amount of $5,000.00 will be requested.  This fee includes a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $1,000.00 and a deposit in the amount of $4,000.00 to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

Site Plan Agreement Application

A site plan is a drawing, or set of drawing s, showing the physical layout of the property improvements such as building, driveway, parking area, pedestrian sidewalks, landscaping, fences, light fixtures, drains and municipal services.

The Site Plan Approval process promotes functional and attractive development, protection of important and sensitive natural features while minimizing adverse impacts on the surrounding land uses. In certain circumstances development witin the Township, such as for commercial, institutional, industrial and some multi-residential and single family residential, will be subject to site plan approval pursuant to By-law 14-48.

The cost deposit required for Site Plan Approval is $5,750.00, which includes a non-refundable administration fee of $1,250.00.

The cost deposit required for an amendment to Site Plan Approval is $2,500.00, which includes a non-refundable administration fee of $500.00.

The APPLICATION FOR SITE PLAN APPROVAL or amendment to Site Plan Approval is to be submitted with the required fee as stated above.  This fee includes a non-refundable administration fee and a deposit to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

Site Plan Approval is completed prior to the issuance of a building permit. It is an interactive process involving both the property owner and Township staff, and may include other local government agencies to match the property owner's requirements with both the unique characteristics of each property and municipal development standards.

It is recommended that an appointment be scheduled with the Planning Department prior to submission of the application to ensure all required information is received.

Severance Agreement Application

An Application for Severance Agreement is to be submitted with the application fee in the amount of $1,000.00.  This cost deposit includes a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $350.00 and the balance in the amount of $650.00 is a deposit to cover the costs of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, photocopies and any outside planning consultant fees if required).

It is recommended that an appointment be scheduled with the Planning Department prior to submission of the application to ensure all required information is received.

Deeming By-law Application

Adjoining lots on Registered Plans of Subdivision can be sold without Planning Act approval at any time, as independent parcels.  A deeming by-law allows for other lands to be added to a lot on a Registered Plan so that the titles merge to form one indivisible parcel.

The fee to be submitted with the Deeming By-law Application is $650.00, which includes a $250.00 non-refundable administration fee.

There is a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $250.00 to be submitted in connection with a Shore Road Allowance Application or an Application for Consent (Severance).

For information regarding the purchase of, or license of occupation over, Township property, including application forms and applicable policy documents, click on one of the following tabs.

Shore Road Allowance Purchase Application

You may apply to purchase the shore road allowance adjacent to your property. Though most applications are approved, Council may deny your application if there is a publicly maintained road between your property and the shore road allowance. The application process can be lengthily and takes a minimum of one year to complete. The Original Shoreline (Marine) Allowance for Road – Close and Convey Portions (Application) – Policy 19 governs the closing of Shore Road Allowance Applications.

The Shore Road Allowance Application is to be submitted with a cost deposit of $4,750.00.  This cost deposit includes a non-refundable administration fee in the amount of $500.00, $250.00 to cover the cost of processing the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, advertising fees, postage costs, HST on the purchase price of land and photocopies) as well as a partial purchase price of $4000.00 for the land.

The cost to purchase between 0 and 150 feet of frontage is $4000.00. Any frontage over and above 150 feet is $18.00 per foot.  The purchase price is subject to HST.

The applicant is responsible for survey fees and legal fees in addition to any municipal costs.

The Township of Minden Hills solicitor is David A. P. Shapiera, the applicant has the right to choose his or her own solicitor but it is made clear in the application that the applicant is responsible for the fees of both solicitors.

As the survey is the most expensive cost associated with the purchase of the shore road allowance it is recommended that you contact several surveyors to obtain a cost estimate.

Shore Road Allowance Occupation Application

If there is a publicly maintained road between your property and the Shore road allowance you may be eligible to construct a dock on the Township’s shore road allowance subject to Original Shore Road Allowances – Use of (Application) – Policy 45. You must be immediately adjacent to the Shore Road Allowance or your application will be denied. In order to request this permission, you must submit an Application for Use of Original Shore Road Allowances to construct a new dock or repair an existing dock. There is a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $250.00 to be submitted with your application.

If you live within the Village of Minden and would like to place a dock on the Gull River we recommend that you read the Information for Owners of Docks (July 24 2017) as the construction of new docks is not permitted and the alteration and repair of existing docks is limited.

Road Allowance Purchase Application

You may apply to purchase the original allowance for road abutting your property.  If the road allowance leads to water your application will be denied as per the Township of Minden Hills Road Allowances – Municipal (NOT Shoreline (Marine) Road Allowances) – Close and Convey Portions – Application – Policy 26.

The Road Allowance Purchase Application is to be submitted with the required fee in the amount of $2,025.00.  Included in this initial deposit amount are a $225.00 non-refundable preliminary consultation fee, and a $300.00 non-refundable administration fee.  The remaining $1,500.00 is a deposit to cover the cost of process the application (these costs include, but are not limited to, appraisal of land to be purchased, advertising fees, postage costs, HST on the purchase price of land and photocopies).  The purchase price for the land is obtained through an appraisal of the land to be purchased and is subject to HST.

In addition to any municipal costs the applicant is also responsible for survey fees and legal fees.

The Township of Minden Hills solicitor is David A. P. Shapiera, the applicant has the right to choose his or her own solicitor but it is made clear in the application that the applicant is responsible for the fees of both solicitors.

As the survey is the most expensive cost associated with the purchase of the shore road allowance it is recommended that you contact several surveyors to obtain a cost estimate.

Road Allowance Access Road Application

Anyone may apply to construct an access road on an original Road Allowance.  Approval is required from the Township’s Road Superintendent and the applicant will enter into an agreement to construct the access road pursuant to the Access Road (Construct) on a Portion of an Original Allowance for Road (Application) – Policy 32.

The Application to Construct an Access Road is to be submitted with the cost deposit of $1,000.00, which includes a non-refundable fee in the amount of $350.00.

Compliance Letters

The fee for a Compliance Letter is $50.00 per request.  When submitting a request kindly indicate the Requisition Date and the Closing Date which will help this Office prioritize requests.  A compliance letter request cannot be processed until payment has been received.


Site Specific Zoning Requests

The written text and Schedules for Zoning By-Law 06-10 are available for download on the Planning Documents Page.

Should you wish to have the Planning Department provide this information we will require completion of the Site Specific Zoning Request form. The Planning Department for the Township of Minden Hills will not give site specific zoning information over the telephone.  The request must come in writing and we will reply in writing. You can e-mail your request to the Planning Department or fax your request to 705-286-6005.

The Township of Minden Hills regularly posts notices of development applications on its website. If you would like to stay informed of such applications, you can do so by entering your e-mail address in the “Subscribe to Alerts” box at the bottom right corner of this web page and select “News & Notices” in the “Newsroom” tab.