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Lakefield Ward Boundary Review


Township Council has reviewed the existing Ward boundaries and is considering the expansion of the Lakefield Ward to include the developable lands that are located in the Lakefield South Secondary Planning Area (LSSPA). (see map below)

The purpose of this page is to provide information with respect to this proposal and to obtain feedback, and answer questions and/or concerns.


A two-part consultation process is to take place this Fall. The first part of the process will be to circulate information to potentially affected properties in the LSSPA, explaining the proposed boundary adjustment and seeking feedback from those property owners directly impacted by the proposed change.

The next stage of consultation will be to hold a public open house to present the proposed ward boundary adjustment.  This open house will be held at the Municipal Office on December 6, 2016 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM & 6:00PM to 8:00PM, and is open to all ratepayers interested in the potential boundary adjustments.

Following completion of the public consultation, a follow-up report summarizing the feedback would be provided for Council's consideration.  At that point Council will be in a position to finalize the review of this boundary adjustment and, if desired, pass the required Bylaw to establish the new ward boundary for the 2018 election. 

What are the current Ward boundaries?

The current ward boundaries in the Township are based on the geographic boundaries of the three former municipalities Ennismore, Lakefield and Smith.

Ward boundaries are utilized for the purposes of the Municipal Election. Each ward elects and is represented by one Councillor along with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor who are elected at large.

In addition, the Lakefield Ward boundary identifies the service area for water and waste water systems and for policing by the Peterborough Police Service. The costs associated with these services are covered by the properties in the area through the water and sewer utility charges and the area rate for the police service. Ennismore and Smith Wards are policed by the OPP and the costs are paid through an area rate specific to those wards.

What is the Lakefield South Secondary Planning Area (LSSPA)?

The LSSPA is shown on the map below (outlined in green):

Lakefield South Developable Lands Map

This area was established as a result of a thorough planning process in 2002/2003 and is intended to accommodate the growth of 2,259 residential dwellings in the Lakefield growth area in the coming years. There are currently 90 properties in this area of approximately 340 acres and the undeveloped lands in the area will be developed with water and sewer services from the Lakefield systems. The area will be policed by the Peterborough Police Service which currently provides policing to the Lakefield Ward.

What change is being proposed?

The map identifies the properties that would be included in the expanded Lakefield Ward - outlined in green. These lands are suitable for new development in the future. Existing residential and/or commercial properties adjacent to this area (along the 7th Line, Lakefield Road, and Seaforth Crescent) would not be included in the expanded Lakefield Ward, they would remain in the Smith Ward.

Why is this change being proposed?

The LSSPA is currently in the Smith Ward. When LSSPA is developed and serviced by water and sewer and policing from Lakefield it makes sense for this area to be part of the Lakefield Ward.

While the development of this area is projected for the future it is important to be prepared, especially given that there are few lands remaining available for development within the existing Lakefield Ward.

How will this change impact the residents in the area?

  • Maintains the historical community of interest for the existing residences and commercial properties in the LSSPA area; the properties adjacent to the area outlined in green will remain in the Smith Ward.
  • More even distribution of population being represented in each Ward over time as the lands in LSSPA develop.
  • Provides for a consistent community of interest for those properties serviced by the Lakefield water and sewer systems and the Peterborough Police Service as development occurs in the future years.
  • Maintains the existing police service (OPP) and related area rate for the existing residences and commercial properties which remain in Smith Ward.
  • Allows for the phase-in of the area rate for the Peterborough Police Service on the properties within the expanded boundary as the lands are developed. i.e. the Lakefield area Tax Rate will apply only when the property is developed, and until then will remain taxed at the applicable rural rate.

How can I get more information and/or provide my feedback?

You can contact the following Township staff to obtain additional information.

Janice Lavalley, Chief Administrative Officer - 705-292-9507

Angela Chittick, Manager of Community & Corporate Services/Clerk - 705-292-9507


Feedback Form

Email to:

Mail to: Selwyn Township, P.O. Box 270, Bridgenorth, Ontario K0L 1H0

Thank you for reviewing this information

Please come to the Open House on December 6, 2016
3:00PM to 5:00PM & 6:00PM to 8:00PM

 We look forward to receiving your input