Planning

Planning

The goals of the Township of Central Frontenac are to support growth and development, conserve important natural and cultural resources, and provide efficient municipal services to enhance the quality of life of Central Frontenac citizens. The Planning Department implements the community's vision for a well-designed and integrated community through the Central Frontenac Official Plan.

Planning services are provided to the Township of Central Frontenac by the County of Frontenac Planning Department.

The planning department:

  • Reviews planning applications and makes recommendations to Council and the Committee of Adjustment
  • Prepares planning documents, such as:
    • official plan, which sets out the municipality’s general planning goals and policies that will guide future land use
    • zoning bylaw, which set the rules and regulations that control development as it occurs
  • Ensures planning decisions and documents are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and conform to the County and Township Official Plans

Planning Inquiry Request Form

For inquires related to planning or to schedule a pre-application meeting or phone call, please submit a planning inquiry request form.  Completing this form provides staff with the necessary information to respond to your inquiry.

Upon submission of the form, you will receive an email confirming receipt and outlining an anticipated timeline to respond. Please be aware that during peak development season, it may take planning staff up to 10 days to return your inquiry. Thank you for your patience.

Before submitting an inquiry form, please visit the resources below:

Frontenac Maps: Publically accessible interactive online mapping tool maintained by the County of Frontenac. Please note that zoning information and conservation authority boundaries are available on Frontenac Maps

Conservation Authority: If your property contains any of the following or is located along the waterfront, the local conservation authority will be required to review the application: natural features and hazards such as flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, unstable bedrock/soils, wetlands, and steep slopes.

Surveys & Deeds: These are available through the Land Registry Office. Frontenac LRO 13 is located at 1201 Division Street, Kingston, Ontario Telephone: 613-548-6767. To search Ontario land property records, please visit Ontario Land Registry Access.

Submit an Intake Form

 

Individuals wishing to develop or change the use of land in the Township may need to obtain approvals from the Township.

For more information about local planning policies and regulations, to submit an application or an inquiry, please visit the links below.   

Planning Resources and FAQ

For more information on the planning process and application, please review the following frequently asked questions.

 How do I know what I can build on my property?
The Central Frontenac Zoning By-law controls the use of land in the Township. The Zoning By-law sets out where buildings and structures can be located, the types of buildings and structures permitted, how buildings can be used, lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks. To look up the zoning on your property, please visit Frontenac Maps and turn on the zoning layer on the left panel. Once you know the zoning of the property, please find the relevant section in the Zoning By-law (e.g. rural).
 What is the Zoning of my property?
To find out a property's zoning, use Frontenac Maps. This website is a publicly accessible interactive online mapping tool maintained by the County of Frontenac. Check the zoning layer in the left panel to determine the zoning of the property.
 How can I do an addition to my house or cottage that is too close to the lake?
The standard setback from the high water mark of a lake is 30 meters; you may require planning approvals if you are intending to build within 30 meters from the lake. Please review the information for a minor variance application, as this may be the planning approval required. Once you have reviewed the relevant information, please submit a planning inquiry request form and book a pre-application meeting.
Does the Township have mapping I can use?
Frontenac Maps is a publicly accessible interactive online mapping tool maintained by the County of Frontenac. Please note that zoning information and conservation authority boundaries are available here. There are also measuring tools and the ability to see aerial imagery.  Frontenac maps is a great tool to be used to assist with the technical drawing in the application.
What is the role of the Planner?
The planning department:
  • Reviews planning applications and makes recommendations to Council and the Committee of Adjustment
  • Prepares planning documents, such as:
    • official plan, which sets out the municipality’s general planning goals and policies that will guide future land use
    • zoning bylaws, which set the rules and regulations that control development as it occurs
  • Ensures planning decisions and documents are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and conform to the County and Township Official Plans

The County of Frontenac provides planning services to the Township of Central Frontenac. Please submit a planning inquiry form should you have a planning related question or are interested in submitting an application.

How is the Conservation Authority involved in the planning process?
Unique to Ontario, Conservation Authorities are local watershed management agencies that deliver services and programs to protect and manage impacts on water and other natural resources in partnership with all levels of government, landowners and many other organizations. There are three conservation authorities across the Township: Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Quinte Conservation Authority and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. To learn more, please check out What is a Conservation Authority? Following a pre-application meeting with the Township, you may be directed to the Conservation Authority for more information before submitting an application.
What is Parkland Dedication?
Parkland dedication is a component of the consent process, outlined in the Planning Act, which is designed to help municipalities ensure parkland is available for the use of citizens. Municipalities can opt to accept cash-in-lieu or a combination of land and cash-in-lieu to put towards parkland at a later date. The rates and equations used to calculate the appropriate amount of parkland or cash-in-lieu is outlined in the Township's By-law.
When do you need a zoning by-law amendment (rezoning) as opposed to a minor variance?

Minor variances are evaluated based on four tests under Section 45(1) of the Planning Act:

  1. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Official Plan?
  2. Does the application conform to the general intent of the Zoning By-law?
  3. Is the application desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?
  4. Is the application minor?

If a proposal does not pass all of these tests but is still related to requirements in the zoning by-law, it is likely requiring a zoning by-law amendment. Often times a zoning by-law amendment is required to change a use of a property such as a property going from residential to commercial. To find out more, please refer to the following: What is a Minor Variance? and What is a Zoning by-law Amendment?

When do you need a severance versus a subdivision?
A plan of subdivision or plan of condominium is required if a property owner would like to establish more lots than permitted by severance, or there is a common element required, such as a new private lane. There may be additional circumstances that require a plan of subdivision. To learn more, refer to the following: What is a severance? Or the County Website, as they are the approval authority for plans of subdivision and condominium.
 What is Minimum Distance Separation (MDS)?

Minimum Distance Separation is formulae and guidelines developed by the Province, as amended from time to time, to separate uses so as to reduce incompatibility concerns about odour from livestock facilities. MDS I setbacks are required for the creation of a new lot, change in land use or issuance of a building permit when there are livestock facilities (vacant or used) or anaerobic digester within 1.5 kilometers of the subject property. MDS II setbacks are required prior to the issuance of a building permit for new or altered livestock facilities greater than 10 m2 or any aerobic digester and is measured from existing land uses. 

For more information, see What is Minimum Distance Separation (MDS)?

Zoning Certification Letter Request Form

For inquiries regarding the zoning information of a property, you can request for a Zoning Certification Letter from the Township using the form below. This form only confirms that appropriate approvals have been granted for the subject property. The form will request information about the applicant, property owner (if different from the applicant) and information about the property. Once all fields (mandatory fields included) are filled out, submitted and paid for, the form will be sent to the development services department to be completed.

***Note: Any other specific information requested beyond the scope of this letter, may be billed @ $60.00 per hour.***

 

Zoning Certification Letter Request Form

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