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Public invited to Planning Approvals Task Force Open House

June 16, 2016 - The City of Kawartha Lakes Planning Approvals Task Force is a volunteer task force appointed by City Council. There is an Open House scheduled on Monday, June 20 from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre to meet with the public to receive their input on the planning approval processes.

The Planning Approvals Task Force will provide advice and recommendations to Staff to inform the City’s Core Service Review of planning and building approvals, with the objective of recommending approval process improvements to accommodate and facilitate targeted development within the City.

The objectives of the Task Force are:

  • Identifying barriers and limitations in the current planning approval process(s), including but not limited to, consideration of approval timelines, costs, clarity and consistency;
  • Improving and streamlining the building permit process, with emphasis on established standards and requirements that are clear to the public, that meet the Ontario Building Code requirements and are appropriate to the scale and complexity of the approval being sought;
  • Improving and streamlining planning approvals, and recommended strategies to accelerate and realize targeted growth and development in the City; and
  • Process improvements in the planning and development approval process (and including coordination of approvals/interests of all City departments and lead agencies).

The Task Force has circulated a Satisfaction Survey on the City’s Website or at this link (, to Council, Planning Consultants and the development community. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016.

For background information on the Planning Approvals Task Force, visit the City website at this link

The Planning Approvals Task Force regularly meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Victoria Room at City Hall.  The next regular Planning Approvals Task Force meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 am in the Victoria Room.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Wendy Ellis, Executive Assistant at or (705) 324-9411 extension 1294.


For further information, please contact:

Wendy Ellis
Executive Assistant, Development Services
705-324-9411 Extension 1294

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