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2016 Financial Statements

Posted to Downloads, Financial Reports on Jul 20, 2017

The audited Financial Statements for the year 2016 for the Municipality of Highlands East are now available for download below.

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Private Road Grant Program and Application Form

Posted to Applications, Downloads, Roads, Services on Jun 15, 2017

The Municipality of Highlands East has established a grant program for the improvement of private roads. The By-Law, Policy and Application form is available for download below.

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2016 Council Remuneration

Posted to Council, Downloads, Financial Reports on Apr 5, 2017

2017 Budget

Posted to Budgets, Downloads on Feb 23, 2017

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Fire Department Application Forms

Posted to Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 12, 2017

Cardiff & Dyno Estate Drinking Water Systems Financial Report 2016

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, Financial Reports, Services on Dec 5, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting regarding Official Plan Amendment to Implement Source Protection Plan for Crowe Valley Watershed

Posted to Downloads, News & Notices, Official Plan on Nov 18, 2016

The Council for The Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East will be holding a public meeting under Section 17 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P. 13 as amended, to inform the public of the Municipality’s intent to implement provisions of the approved Trent Source Protection Plan, which covers the Crowe Valley Conservation source protection area.

A public meeting is being held in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act to provide members of the community with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed amendment and to provide comments to Council. 

Date & Location of Public Meeting

11AM on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 1101 Holmes Road; The new County Library in Wilberforce, Ontario

The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that sufficient information is made available to enable the public to generally understand the Source Protection Plan and the draft Amendment. Any person who attends the meeting shall be afforded an opportunity to provide comments to Council. If you cannot attend this meeting, written submissions will be accepted by Council provided they are dated and signed. 

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council for the Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East with respect to the proposed amendment you must submit a written request (with forwarding addresses) to the Clerk of the Municipality of Highlands East.


The proposed Official Plan Amendment implements the Trent Source Protection Plan (which covers the Crowe Valley Conservation protection area) by establishing new land use policies in the Highlands East Official Plan to ensure that all municipal drinking water sources within the Municipality are recognized in accordance with the Source Protection Plan.

The proposed amendment will apply to two wellhead protection areas, which are located in Cardiff Village and Dyno Estates. The amendment will establish land use restrictions and development policies in accordance with the Trent Source Protection Plan. The lands subject to the amendment are identified on key maps available for download below.


The draft Official Plan Amendment (OPA 2) will not be adopted by Council at this public meeting. Subsequent to receiving and considering any comments from members of the public, Council for the Municipality of Highlands East will adopt the Official Plan Amendment, and it will be forwarded to the County of Haliburton as the County is the approval authority for Official Plans.


The Trent Source Protection Plan was approved by the Ministry on October 23, 2014. The Source Protection Plan (SPP) was prepared by the Trent Conservation Coalition and comprised the source protection areas of Crowe Valley, Kawartha-Haliburton, Lower Trent and Otonabee-Peterborough.

Source Protection Plans are authorized by the Clean Water Act, and their purpose is to protect existing and future drinking water sources and to eliminate threats to drinking water.

One of the implementation requirements of the approved Source Protection Plan is for municipalities to update their Official Plans and Zoning By-laws to identify and protect vulnerable areas such as municipal wellheads. The purpose of the draft Official Plan Amendment (OPA 2), which is available for download and review below, is to fulfil this implmentation requirement.

If you have questions with respect to the Source Protection Plan or the draft OPA, please feel free to contact:

Vicki Woolfrey
Source Water Protection Specialist and Risk Management Official 
Crowe Valley Conservation Authority


Chris Jones, MCIP, RPP
Municipal Planning Services Ltd. 
Municipal Planner

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Asset Management Plan

Posted to Asset Management Plan, Downloads on Oct 18, 2016

The Municipality of Highlands East has prepared an Asset Management Plan for its core infrastructure services including roads, bridges, water and wastewater. The Plan is intended to provide a comprehensive reference for renewing, operating, maintaining, building, replacing and disposing of the municipality’s core Infrastructure Assets. The plan is based on the guidelines provided in the Province of Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure’s Building Together Guide for Municipal Asset Management Plans. The Plan is based on currently available data and information on the core services of the municipality. The plan is a living document and will require continuous updates and improvements over time with the municipality’s ongoing data collection programs.

Infrastructure investment is an important component of municipal government responsibility. It helps facilitate economic development, promotes quality of life improvement for residents and can even create jobs.

For more information please contact:

Shannon Hunter, CMO, AMCT, Dipl.M.M.
Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer
705-448-2981 Ext. 231

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Highlands East Strategic Plan

Posted to Downloads, Strategic Plan on Aug 17, 2016

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Building Permit Requirements & Application Form

Posted to Applications, Building, Downloads, Services on Jun 6, 2016

Before you start any construction on your property contact the Building Department and obtain any necessary permits!

Building Permit Application, Application Requirements and Guides are available for download below:

The following items shall accompany an application for a building permit.

Site Plan

  • Site Plan showing location of building and septic system on lot, and also showing distances to the property lines, Front Yard Setback, Side Yard (both sides) and Rear Yard.
  • Location to other buildings on the lot.
  • Location to Hydro Lines or any other hazards on the lot.
  • Entrance to the Lot.
  • When difference in Municipal records, Ownership of property is required.

Building Plans

  • Two sets of Scaled drawings
  • Foundation Plan: example showing footing sizes, pier footings, locations, laminated beam sizes and floor joist size and spacing etc.
  • Floor Plan: example showing room sizes, locations, exterior, interior wall thickness, door sizes, window sizes, chimneys and ventilation system etc.
  • Cross Section: example showing foundation depth, foundation type (block or solid concrete etc.), foundation damproofing, foundation drainage, foundation slab, footing sizes, sill gasket, anchor bolts (spacing), joist size, subfloor size stud sizes and spacing, insulation, vapour barrier, interior, exterior finishes, roof type, sheeting, shingles and venting etc.
  • Copy of TRUSS DRAWINGS from manufacturer.

Other Requirements

  • Municipality of Highlands East copy of the Site Inspection Report for a Sewage System, when required.
  • Entrance Permit from the Municipality of Highlands East Roads Department, County of Haliburton or the Ministry of Transportation when required.
  • Any Permit required by any other authority.
  • Payment of Fees

Please note that any application which is not signed by the owner, and is signed by another authorized person, it shall be accompanied by a letter of authorization signed by the owner.

Any difference found in the Front, Side, or Rear setbacks by the Chief Building Official may result in an Application for a Building Permit being refused or revoked, until the Plot Plan is corrected.