Pertinent Documents


The Planning Act sets out the ground rules for land use planning in Ontario and describes how land uses may be controlled, and who may control them. The Act provides the basis for:

  • Considering provincial interests;
  • Establishing local planning administration;
  • Preparing official plans;
  • Streamlining planning processes;
  • Regulating and controlling land use through zoning by-laws and minor variances;
  • Dividing land into separate lots through a plan of subdivision or severance;
  • Ensuring the rights of local citizens to be notified about planning proposals; and
  • Ensuring the approval authorities have regard to decisions made by municipal councils.

Click here to view a copy of the Planning Act.


The Northern Ontario Growth Plan is a 25-year plan that guides decision-making and investment planning in the North. It focuses decisions that build an economy that is resilient and sustainable and leverages the strengths and human potential of northerners by providing them with more education and career opportunities. The Growth Plan aims to strengthen the economy in the North by:

  • Diversifying the region's traditional resource-based industries;
  • Stimulating new investment and entrepreneurship; and
  • Nurturing new and emerging sectors with high growth potential.

The Plan's policies are built upon six themes that each contribute to the region's long-term sustainability and prosperity:

  1. Economy
  2. People
  3. Communities
  4. Aboriginal People
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Environment

Click here to view a copy of the Northern Ontario Growth Plan


The Provincial Policy Statement provides direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development and promotes the provincial "policy-led" planning system. The Planning Act requires that all decisions affecting land use planning matters "shall be consistent with" the Provincial Policy Statement.

Click here to view a copy of the Provincial Policy Statement.


A Zoning By-law contains provisions that regulate the use, size, height, density and location of buildings on properties within the City. The basic purpose of a Zoning By-law is to regulate what you can build.

Click here to view a copy of Zoning By-law 12-019.

Click here for Zoning Schedule "A-1" - Kirkland Lake

Click here for Zoning Schedule "A-2" - Chaput Hughes

Click here for Zoning Schedule "A-3" - Swastika

Click here for Zoning Schedule "A-4" - Goodfish Lake

Click here for Zoning Schedule "A-5" - Nettie Lake

* Please contact staff to ensure that you have interpreted the By-law properly.


An Official Plan is a comprehensive, long-range planning document designed to guide and direct future growth in a logical and orderly manner to the benefits of all residents. It can be considered a blueprint of how a municipality wants to guide and direct future land use development and growth.

The Official Plan sets out areas of the City intended for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional, as well as identifying major open space areas and parkland. The plan contains general policies to guide development within the various land use designations. Policies within the Official Plan are then implemented through the more detailed land use regulations contained within the Town's Zoning By-law.

Click here to view a copy of the Adopted Official Plan.

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