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April 23/24 OMB Hearing re: Villas of Muskoka & Mist Condo/Residential Appeal POSTPONED*. 

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Council Chamber – District Municipality of Muskoka, 70 Pine Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1N3

The application for Villas of Lake Muskoka has been taken to the OMB by the developer who is arguing that the District does not have the right to control ‘USE’ via a condominium agreement (eg. should not dictate how many weeks an owner of a condo unit can stay in his unit). Friends of Muskoka representatives have applied for party status and will be arguing our position at the hearing.  The MLA’s legal counsel has also submitted an opinion that the units must be in a rental pool year-round since this is a commercial resort property. The Township of Muskoka Lakes (TML) obtained a legal opinion which they claim disagrees with this. At the TML Committee of the Whole on January 16, 2018, we argued that we should be given their opinion — we await their decision. We will be canvassing our supporters to attend the hearing, even for a portion of it, to reinforce the community’s support, and will keep you informed as to how this issue progresses.

May 24, 2018 District PEDC OP Review (Date may change).

Council Chamber – District Municipality of Muskoka, 70 Pine Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1N3

WE NEED YOUR HELP (again!). At the February District Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) meeting, Committee asked staff to defer until May bringing forward options to move forward with the District OP review. This will be a very significant meeting as Committee will discuss and recommend what additional work needs to be done before a final draft of the plan is prepared. It will be an opportunity for us to once again let politicians know that we are against residential use on resort commercial properties, including the resort village of Minett. We are supportive of additional studies (economic, environmental, recreational lake capacity, etc.) BEFORE policies are set in stone so that we can determine the best way forward for Muskoka.

We will be asking you to write letters to councillors and planners and to attend this meeting – date TBD. We will provide additional information as soon as we have it.

Friends of Muskoka Calendar of Important Events

Paul Richards at District PEDC Meeting on March 22, 2018

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!

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

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 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...

OMB RULING ON MIST MAJOR WIN FOR MUSKOKA

OMB RULING ON MIST MAJOR WIN FOR MUSKOKA

Highlights include: Mist's request for appeal dismissal declined, District and Township have jurisdiction to enforce conformity to the official plans OMB rejects key Villas argument that rental pool conditions are beyond its jurisdiction OMB focuses on the definition...

Minett. One of the major battlegrounds to Save Muskoka

Minett. One of the major battlegrounds to Save Muskoka

This little bay on Lake Rosseau is turning out to be one of the major battlegrounds to Save Muskoka. Lakeside Lodge (Legacy Cottages), Clevelands House (Minett Village) and Marriott Red Leaves are planning to build thousands of residential properties on land zoned...

COW Meeting insist Legacy wait for OMB decision

COW Meeting insist Legacy wait for OMB decision

We've got more good news to report regarding the Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting this past Tuesday, Jan 16th at the Municipal Office in Port Carling. The meeting notes are below, but the big news is that Council deferred providing comment to District on Legacy...