Development and Planning

COVID-19 Updates

The Lambton Shores Planning Department continues to review all development proposals and planning applications.

Although public meetings cannot be held at this time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Municipality asks that you continue to plan your projects in discussion with staff and submit applications when they are ready. By doing so, staff can start the application process and help reduce future backlogs.  Until then however, the Municipality will not be able to hold public meetings or make decisions on Minor Variances, Consents (severances), Official Plan and Zoning Amendments,  Draft Subdivision and Condominium Approvals, and any other approval under the Planning Act requiring a public meeting or subject to an appeal period.

All applications, approvals, and processes not requiring a formal public meeting or subject to an appeal period remain unaffected. This includes general advisory services, site plan approvals, completion of development agreements, final subdivision and condominium approvals, and stamping of deeds for conditionally approved consents.

Our planning and engineering staff remains available through email or phone to answer any inquires you may have; however no in-persons meetings are currently being scheduled.

If you have any planning related inquiries, please contact Will Nywening as follows:
Phone 519-243-1400, Ext. 8512

Good planning leads to organized growth and the efficient delivery of services. The policies and regulations in the Lambton Shores planning documents ensure that lands are developed in a manner that meets the existing and future goals of our community.

Current Council planning applications

Ross Lichty
Zone Amendment Application ZO-03/2020
7352 Arkona Road, Arkona
Notice and Maps


Current Committee of Adjustment planning applications

Leo and Caroline Vanderheyden (Agent - Ryan Brandon)
Minor Variance Application A-05/2020
45 MacNab Street, Forest
Notice and Maps

Peter Hagemann (Agent - Matt Relouw)
Minor Variance Application A-06/2020
10144 Andrea Street, Port Franks
Notice and Maps

Renee Henderson
Consent Applications B-09/2020 and B-10/2020
9569 Ipperwash Road, Ipperwash
Notice and Maps






Official plan

An official plan sets out the Municipality's general policies for future land use, and states the land use planning goals that guide development.

Zoning by-laws

Zoning by-laws establish and regulate land use by implementing the general policies from the Official Plan.

Minor variance

If a development proposal does not conform exactly to a Zoning By-law, but meets the general intent and purpose and complies with the Official Plan, an application may be made for a minor variance.

Site plan

Site plan control by-laws require certain types of buildings or developments to obtain “site plan approval” prior to construction.

Consent (Severance)

All division of land in Ontario is subject to subdivision control, either through a plan of subdivision or consent approval to ensure that the new lots are consistent with the planning policies set out in the Official Plan and Zoning By-laws.

Development charges

The Municipality of Lambton Shores has established development charges to ensure there are necessary funds to provide infrastructure and services needed for the growing population.

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