Shoreline Preservation By-law

The County of Haliburton is blessed with many lakes that serve important environmental, economic and social roles. The lakes support a variety of aquatic species, flora and fauna. They support a vibrant tourism economy and are home to many residents. They provide countless opportunities for recreational activities such as swimming, boating and fishing to name a few.

The health of our lakes is important for residents and businesses. The County and its municipal, public agency and not-for-profit partners have encouraged and guided lake health for many years through a variety of initiatives. For example, the County and its lower tier municipal partners all have tools that they use to regulate new waterfront developments including Official Plans, Zoning By-laws and the County’s Tree By-law.

Draft Shoreline Preservation Bylaw

Several years ago, the County embarked on a process to create a new Shoreline Preservation By-law to further strengthen existing controls for waterfront development in the County. This process resulted in the creation of a Draft Shoreline Preservation By-law.

In light of the significant interest in this issue and the Draft By-law, the County retained external, independent consultants to review the matter and return with professional recommendations on a new Shoreline Preservation By-law for the County. Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Limited and J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. have been retained by the County to lead this exercise.

How you can get involved!

Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. and J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. will review the scientific literature related to shoreline preservation, conduct an environmental scan of other successful municipal practices and consult with residents and stakeholders to understand their perspective on the issue of lake health and shoreline preservation and proposed solutions

This work will be undertaken in two phases.

Phase 1

The first phase will focus on understanding the issue, the scientific literature review, municipal best practices and preliminary directions for improvement. As part of this phase, residents and stakeholders will be informed, involved, collaborated and engaged through stakeholder interviews, a virtual public open house and on-line survey. Residents and stakeholders can also contact the consultants using the information provided below. It is anticipated that the feedback from this first round of consultation will be presented to County Council in August together with the consultant’s preliminary findings and directions.

Phase 2

Based on the feedback received from County Council, it is anticipated that the second phase will focus on regulatory improvements to strengthen existing shoreline protections. Residents and stakeholders will be informed, involved, collaborate and engaged in this second phase, again through a public open house and survey. The feedback generated through this process will be reported to County Council as they consider any proposed regulatory improvements. It is anticipated that this report will be brought to County Council for consideration in October 2021.


The County of Haliburton is blessed with many lakes that serve important environmental, economic and social roles. The lakes support a variety of aquatic species, flora and fauna. They support a vibrant tourism economy and are home to many residents. They provide countless opportunities for recreational activities such as swimming, boating and fishing to name a few.

The health of our lakes is important for residents and businesses. The County and its municipal, public agency and not-for-profit partners have encouraged and guided lake health for many years through a variety of initiatives. For example, the County and its lower tier municipal partners all have tools that they use to regulate new waterfront developments including Official Plans, Zoning By-laws and the County’s Tree By-law.

Draft Shoreline Preservation Bylaw

Several years ago, the County embarked on a process to create a new Shoreline Preservation By-law to further strengthen existing controls for waterfront development in the County. This process resulted in the creation of a Draft Shoreline Preservation By-law.

In light of the significant interest in this issue and the Draft By-law, the County retained external, independent consultants to review the matter and return with professional recommendations on a new Shoreline Preservation By-law for the County. Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Limited and J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. have been retained by the County to lead this exercise.

How you can get involved!

Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. and J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. will review the scientific literature related to shoreline preservation, conduct an environmental scan of other successful municipal practices and consult with residents and stakeholders to understand their perspective on the issue of lake health and shoreline preservation and proposed solutions

This work will be undertaken in two phases.

Phase 1

The first phase will focus on understanding the issue, the scientific literature review, municipal best practices and preliminary directions for improvement. As part of this phase, residents and stakeholders will be informed, involved, collaborated and engaged through stakeholder interviews, a virtual public open house and on-line survey. Residents and stakeholders can also contact the consultants using the information provided below. It is anticipated that the feedback from this first round of consultation will be presented to County Council in August together with the consultant’s preliminary findings and directions.

Phase 2

Based on the feedback received from County Council, it is anticipated that the second phase will focus on regulatory improvements to strengthen existing shoreline protections. Residents and stakeholders will be informed, involved, collaborate and engaged in this second phase, again through a public open house and survey. The feedback generated through this process will be reported to County Council as they consider any proposed regulatory improvements. It is anticipated that this report will be brought to County Council for consideration in October 2021.


Water Wanderer

10 months

Click on the map identify for us where you primarily wander our waters.  Maybe you stay close to home or the cottage?  Maybe you portage our many natural routes off the beaten path?  Or maybe you wish to tell us about your favourite fishing hole?


By showing us where you use our lakes and rivers we can best identify the different uses and interactions our residents and visitors have with our water resources.

CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.
Page last updated: 20 September 2021, 08:06