Paul Richards at District PEDC Meeting on March 22, 2018

Paul explains the "switcheroo" to the District PEDC: "Let’s look at the switcheroo. Legacy applied for a site plan approval. It was applied for in September 2017 and granted. Let me read you one of the clauses that they agreed to in writing and signed. 'The owner...

A mess in Muskoka!

We reported in Waves III that Friends of Muskoka and other concerned residents were successful at convincing the Township of Muskoka Lakes (TMO) Committee of the Whole to ask District to include the Resort Village of Minett in their comprehensive Official Plan (OP)...

The Legacy Docks

Here is the Legacy Cottages waterfront on Lake Rosseau as it was in the summer of 2017 (notice the water depth in the foreground). Unfortunately, you can't see the weasel running back and forth across the shore, the many families of ducks nesting in this bay, or the...

Legacy Cottages continues their assault on Lake Rosseau

Legacy Cottages has applied to build a series of docks and a boat house on their 470 feet of Lake Rosseau . If Legacy is allowed to build and use these docks as intended, everyone who cares about the water quality, the safety and the character of the Muskoka Lakes...

Another decision against residential units on commercial resorts in Muskoka

The Township of Muskoka Committee of the Whole reached a unanimous decision on Feb 15th to defer the decision on the Site Plan application for Marriott’s expansion until the issues we identified (including septic and wastewater treatment, and fire department access)...

Muskoka, we have a problem, a big problem!

We are asking for your help today to fend off a drastic threat to the scenic waterfront communities of Muskoka.

A new District Official Plan will, if enacted, generate high-density redevelopment of resort properties throughout Muskoka.

Official plans set the rules of land use and development for a municipality. This new plan would allow any of Muskoka’s 80-plus waterfront resorts to be redeveloped into high-density residential enclaves – thanks to a developer-friendly redefinition of what constitutes a “Resort”. The District of Muskoka’s planners, in a misguided attempt to prop up the ailing resort industry, are proposing that 50% of all new units may be sold and operated as fully residential units, without the requirement to rent. The other 50% can be sold with minimal (and unenforceable) rental obligations. It is, simply, residential densification under the guise of being a “Resort”. Ironically the real effect maybe doing away with resorts entirely.

If passed, this new District Plan will change the character of Muskoka and our beautiful shorelines forever.

The Muskoka Lakes Association Board is unanimously opposed to the District’s proposals, and has agreed to mount a strong and collaborative opposition effort. Several other cottage associations are working with us. The Board believes this is truly a defining moment for Muskoka. It could be an expensive undertaking. But if we don’t act now, in 10 years our children will ask us why we didn’t.

What can you do?

1. SIGN THE PETITION
Please get involved. If you love this beautiful region, let your voice be heard. You can start by joining the thousands who’ve already signed our petition. Here’s the link: bit.ly/SaveMuskoka

2. SEND A LETTER OR EMAIL
You can write via email to any or all of the people listed on the Petition. Here’s one example of a letter from a concerned Muskoka resident to Mayor Don Furniss: Get the Letter

3. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES ON THE NEXT CHANCE FOR INPUT ON THE MUSKOKA OFFICIAL PLAN

 

Let’s stop the Muskoka sell-out!

SIGN THE PETITION

We would like the Township of Muskoka Lakes and the Muskoka District Council to protect our environment by enforcing current residential setback and density restrictions for any residential construction proposed on commercial or resort designated or zoned lakefront properties.

SEND A LETTER