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Feb 15, 2018 – TML COW Marriott Site Plan (tentative date)

Municipal Office (Muskoka Lakes), 1 Bailey St., Port Carling Muskoka Lakes ON, P0B 1J0

As if the plan to build 1400 cottages (of the 3300 possible) in the Minett Village combined with the 43 cottages at Legacy were not enough, the Marriott Red Leaves has applied to build 40 more cottages in this little bay on Lake Rosseau in Minett, Muskoka. Like Villas, Mist, Legacy and the Minett Village – the Marriott is zoned resort commercial and they appear to be counting on the same bait and switch the other resorts are hoping to use that will enable them to sell these properties as residential units. There’s a rush to get this done now before the public catches on and before the District and Muskoka Official Plans formally put an end to this unsustainable and unlawful development in Muskoka.

Feb 21, 2018 – OMB for Skeleton Lake.

Municipal Office (Muskoka Lakes), 1 Bailey St., Port Carling Muskoka Lakes ON, P0B 1J0

Help establish the issues, parties, and participants prior to the OMB hearing expected to take place summer, 2018.

Apr 23 / 24, 2018 – OMB for the Villas of Lake Muskoka.

Municipal Office (Muskoka Lakes), 1 Bailey St., Port Carling Muskoka Lakes ON, P0B 1J0

This application 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 has applied for party status. The MLA’s legal counsel submitted an opinion that the units must be in a rental pool year-round since this is a commercial resort property. The Township obtained a legal opinion which they claim disagrees with this. At the TML Committee of the Whole on January 16, we argued that we should be given their opinion — we await their decision.

Friends of Muskoka Calendar of Important Events

The Villas Application is Back! (meeting deferred)

The Villas Application is Back! (meeting deferred)

We can now confirm that the Villas application to the Township (deferred by the Township for a legal opinion at the November 16, 2017 meeting) will be reintroduced at the Committee of the Whole meeting December 14th in Port Carling (map). There are numerous variables...

The Globe covers District meeting in Bracebridge

The Globe covers District meeting in Bracebridge

The unprecedented public turnout combined with the compelling presentations by the Friends of Muskoka at the District Meeting in Bracebridge caught the attention of The Glove and Mail. Read it all here....

Powerful Presentations Sway Councillors in Bracebridge

Powerful Presentations Sway Councillors in Bracebridge

Yesterday’s Public Meeting in Bracebridge was a great success. About 300 people attended, filling the council chamber, the lobby and a room in the basement where video monitors were set up. This was the highest public attendance at a meeting in 30 years! 53 people...

District Meeting Agenda

District Meeting Agenda

Prepare for the District Meeting on November 23rd in Bracebridge. We are expecting a huge turnout as the public is becoming aware of the huge risk to Muskoka if urban style residential developments are allowed on commercial lands. Make your voice heard!...

Synopsis of Township of Muskoka meeting concerning Villas of Muskoka

Synopsis of Township of Muskoka meeting concerning Villas of Muskoka

COUNCIL DEFERS DECISION ON VILLAS OF MUSKOKA CONDOMINIUM AGREEMENT  It’s not quite victory and too early to open the champagne, but it appears members of the Township of Muskoka Lakes Council have heard our voice and are having second thoughts about approving the...

43 Cottages Sharing 470 Feet of Lake Rosseau

43 Cottages Sharing 470 Feet of Lake Rosseau

Try to imagine boats from 43 cottages on this dock. Where do you swim?  Attend the Muskoka Township Meeting on Nov 16th to Protest Zoning Changes on the Muskoka Lakes. Subdivision developers are pushing changes that will allow residential cottages to be built on land...

Mayor Don Furniss uses magic in Muskoka

Mayor Don Furniss uses magic in Muskoka

It appears that The Mayor of Muskoka Don Furniss is using slight of hand to try to trick concerned Muskoka residents about the real plan being pushed through Council. Don is saying; Look over here… “zoning density for resort commercial properties has not changed in 25...

District Statutory Public Meeting

District Statutory Public Meeting

TAKE NOTICE THAT The District Municipality of Muskoka will hold a Statutory Public Meeting for the Shaping Muskoka Official Plan Review – Second Draft Inclusive of Official Plan Amendment 45 (Lake System Health Policy Update). The purpose of the Statutory...