Comprehensive Zoning By-Law & Official Plan

Posted to Building, By-Law, Downloads, Official Plan, Property, Zoning By-Law on Nov 20, 2018

Official Plan

The Municipality of Highlands East completed a Comprehensive Review of its Official Plan in 2011 and 2012, which culminated in the approval of Official Plan Amendment 1 (OPA 1) by the County of Haliburton on April 24, 2013. This update was the first amendment to the Official Plan, which was originally approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 2004. The comprehensive amendment introduced new land use schedules, added new policies to guide mineral aggregate operations, updated local growth management and rural development policies, added shoreline design guidelines, and added new implementation policies for site plan control and development permits. The attached Official Plan is a consolidated version which includes amendments made by OPA 1.


The Official Plan is available for download below and for review at the municipal office in Wilberforce during regular office hours. Official Plan Schedules (maps) may be viewed below or at the Municipal Office.

The Zoning By-law (2005.29) is also available for download. This is a comprehensive version updated and passed in 2018 including all applicable amendments made in the intervening time. All documents are available for review at the municipal office in Wilberforce during regular office hours.

Zoning By-law maps may be viewed below or at at the Municipal Office.

Copies of either document can be purchased from the municipal office by contacting 705-448-2981.

Questions regarding the Official Plan or Zoning By-law can be directed to Robyn Rogers, Clerk at 705-448-2981 Ext. 422

Official Plan

Official Plan Schedules

Zoning By-Law

Zoning By-Law Maps

Housekeeping Amendment Reports

Source Protection Policies (OPA 2) In Effect

Posted to Downloads, News & Notices, Official Plan on May 2, 2018

On March 29th the County of Haliburton approved OPA 2, an official plan amendment to integrate source protection policies and land use schedules into the Highland East Official Plan. The County approval as well as OPA 2 can be reviewed and downloaded below.

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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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