Official Plan

An official plan outlines how land in a municipality should be used. It is prepared with input from the community and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of the community.

An Official Plan addresses issues, such as:

  • Where new housing, businesses, and industry will go;
  • What services will be needed (ex. roads, water, infrastructure, parks and schools); and
  • When, and in what order, parts of your community will grow

This year (2022), The Municipality of Huron Shores is currently updating the most recent Official Plan of 2011. We update our Official Plan to reflect changes in the community and economy in accordance with the Ontario Planning Act.

Zoning Bylaws

A zoning bylaw controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street

The Official Plan sets out your municipality’s general policies for future land use. Zoning bylaws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that doesn’t comply with a zoning bylaw is not allowed, and the municipality will refuse to issue a building permit. Sometimes you can apply for an amendment to these bylaws.

Huron Shores has a Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw #18-18 that divides the municipality into different land use zones, available in the Zoning Maps Schedule detailed maps. The bylaw specifies the permitted uses (for example, commercial or residential) and the required standards (for example, building size and location) in each zone.

For more information on planning or zoning, understanding zoning bylaws, property setbacks and how to develop your property, contact the Municipal Office.

Amber Burgler, Deputy Clerk


Application for Consent, including application guide FAQ’s
Application to Amend the Official Plan or Zoning By-Law


Provincial Plans and Legislation

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing works with local governments to build strong and safe communities with dynamic local economies, a high quality of life and affordable homes for everyone. Information on the MMAH and links for resources in housing, land use planning, local government, building codes and other municipal guides can be found by clicking here.

Council passed By-law #22-84 to Amend Planning Application Fees at the November 9th, 2022, Regular Meeting.

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