Development and Planning

COVID-19 Updates

The Municipality of Lambton Shores is now scheduling public hearings for Planning Act applications. For the present, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these hearings will be held before Council and the Committee of Adjustment virtually by videoconference. The public will have the ability to participate in these public hearings by choice of videoconference or telephone. Notices of hearing are being given as required by the Planning Act and also posted on the web site (see below). The notices include instructions for how to participate in a hearing.

Please note that, since Municipalities are not required to process planning applications during the declared state of emergency, the Municipality reserves the right to postpone hearing a particular application if it is deemed more appropriate to hear that application when hearings are again held “in-person”.

The Lambton Shores Planning Department continues to review all development proposals and planning applications. The Municipality asks that you continue to plan your projects in discussion with staff and submit applications when they are ready. 

Our planning and engineering staff remain 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

None at this time


Current Committee of Adjustment planning applications

Gables Holdings Inc.
1 Ontario Street North, Grand Bend
Consent Application B-11/2020
Notice and Maps

Michael Arnold (Sharratt)
6660 East Parkway Dr., Ipperwash
Consent Application B-10/2020
Notice and Maps

Michael Arnold (Sharratt)
6660 East Parkway Dt., Ipperwash
Minor Variance Application
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.

Reports and publications


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