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Friends of Muskoka Waves Newsletter

WAVES - SPECIAL EDITION

A Defining Moment for Muskoka
IN THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE: (Press  to return to this index)

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION ON THE RESORT VILLAGE OF MINETT 

We are all concerned about high density development in Minett. Thankfully the major property owner, Mitch Goldhar, is a member of Friends of Muskoka and he is equally concerned. However, the current Minett Official Plan policies allow for thousands of units to be developed in this small bay on Lake Rosseau.

The Minett Joint Policy Review Steering Committee (MJPRSC) has been tasked with making recommendations concerning appropriate development in Minett. The Township of Muskoka Lakes (TML) is holding a special Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on January 24, 2020 at 9:00 am at the Port Carling Municipal Offices to consider the Committee’s recommendations. Initial recommendations are detailed here.

Updated recommendations will be presented next week. Developers across Muskoka are awaiting the outcome of this process, as well as the decision on the Legacy LPAT hearing on Feb 27th & 28th (see below). 
 
There will be an opportunity at the meeting next Friday for the public to provide input. It is extremely important for you to make your views known.
These recommendations will likely form the basis for all future resort development in TML and, possibly, the District of Muskoka.

If you are unable to attend in person, we encourage you to write an email to your representatives to express your views. Friends of Muskoka have prepared several points you may choose to use to bolster your arguments against unsustainable development in Muskoka. All the information and email addresses you need are here for you to compose your own email, but this link may further help get you started by creating the email for you to edit as you wish (this may not work on all systems, though :).. 
 

LEGACY COTTAGES ("HOUSES") LPAT HEARING COULD DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS ON THE SHORES OF THE MUSKOKA LAKES

WE NEED YOUR HELP - PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING!

The LPAT hearing for the Legacy Cottages development on Lake Rosseau is scheduled for February 27th and 28th, 2020 at the District’s offices in Bracebridge. Friends of Muskoka is a party to this hearing, and we need our supporters (you) to attend the meeting. Close to 80 people attended the preliminary hearing for the Lippa Pit LPAT and their support made a difference. 

The developer proposes to construct 43 buildings on only 470’ of shoreline. Friends of Muskoka is opposing these units being used as residential cottages when zoning for one residential cottage requires a minimum of 200’ of shoreline and other restrictions that protect our lakes from over-development. 
 

MUSKOKA WATERSHED ADVISORY GROUP COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION ON JANUARY 23, 2020

The Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group (MWAG) will be hosting a community listening session to obtain input from the public on issues within the watershed in Port Carling on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 2:30 to 5 pm (Port Carling Community Centre-Upper Level, 3 Bailey Street, Port Carling). See their invitation here for more information.

In August 2018, the Ontario government announced it will invest $5 million in a Muskoka Watershed Conservation and Management Initiative. To support the development of the initiative, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) established the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group in August 2019 to help the Province identify risks and issues facing the watershed.

The focus of the MWAG is to provide advice and recommendations to the MECP on measures to protect the watershed and support economic growth in the region. 

Check our website for the Minett Steering Committee’s updated recommendations which we will post as soon as they come available. Stay tuned!

FRIENDS OF MUSKOKA

Friends of Muskoka are a group of dedicated volunteers working to protect and to preserve the natural environment and unique character of Muskoka by promoting responsible use and development of its land and lakes. Friends of Muskoka believe that the environment IS the economy in Muskoka since millions of people come to Muskoka and invest here because of its clean water and natural, treed shorelines. Our lakes, forests and rivers are a resource that can drive Muskoka’s economy for decades to come if we put the environment first. To this end, Friends of Muskoka is trying to stop residential subdivisions on the waterfront in Muskoka and will work to enshrine sustainable development in the Municipal and District Official Plans.

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