Community Improvement Plan

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The Township of Muskoka Lakes is undertaking a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the communities of Port Carling and Bala. The Township’s new Economic Development Strategy recognizes downtown enhancement as a key priority for the growth of the local economy. One of the key functions of the Township’s economic development role is to ensure existing businesses are supported and well positioned to maintain and grow their employment opportunities and support a competitive business environment.

The purpose of the CIP will be to identify community priority areas/projects for revitalization, allowing the Township to direct capital project investments in a strategic manner. A CIP identifies improvements for the public realm – streets, parks and other public spaces and identifies financial incentive programs (grants and loans) and eligible works to encourage the private sector to revitalize and or develop their properties.

The CIP will include:

  • a review and update to current streetscape plans,
  • identification of target projects,
  • design guidelines to direct public realm improvements and development in the private realm,
  • incentive programs, and,
  • marketing tools.

Public Meeting - Community Improvement Plan | November 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Agenda/Report: Coming soon.

View Draft 1 Community Improvement Plan

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is undertaking a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the communities of Port Carling and Bala. The Township’s new Economic Development Strategy recognizes downtown enhancement as a key priority for the growth of the local economy. One of the key functions of the Township’s economic development role is to ensure existing businesses are supported and well positioned to maintain and grow their employment opportunities and support a competitive business environment.

The purpose of the CIP will be to identify community priority areas/projects for revitalization, allowing the Township to direct capital project investments in a strategic manner. A CIP identifies improvements for the public realm – streets, parks and other public spaces and identifies financial incentive programs (grants and loans) and eligible works to encourage the private sector to revitalize and or develop their properties.

The CIP will include:

  • a review and update to current streetscape plans,
  • identification of target projects,
  • design guidelines to direct public realm improvements and development in the private realm,
  • incentive programs, and,
  • marketing tools.

Public Meeting - Community Improvement Plan | November 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Agenda/Report: Coming soon.

View Draft 1 Community Improvement Plan

  • Notice of Public Meeting | November 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

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    Community Improvement Plan – Bala and Port Carling

    TAKE NOTICE THAT THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF THE CORPORATION OF THE
    TOWNSHIP OF MUSKOKA LAKES WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING ELECTRONICALLY
    FROM THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, MUNICIPAL OFFICE, PORT CARLING, ONTARIO

    November 11, 2021 at 9:00 am

    TO CONSIDER a Community Improvement Plan for the communities of Bala and Port Carling.

    TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT as part of the Township’s response to stop the spread of COVID-19, this public meeting will be held in a virtual forum with electronic participation. The meeting will be held via ZOOM and will commence at 9:00am. More information about viewing and/or participating in the ZOOM meeting is included in this Notice and can be found on our website at www.muskokalakes.ca.

    ANY PERSON may make verbal representation by participating in the ZOOM meeting or make written representation prior to the meeting. This representation can be in support of or in opposition to the proposed Community Improvement Plan.

    The Township of Muskoka Lakes is undertaking a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the communities of Port Carling and Bala. The purpose of the CIP will be to identify community priority areas/projects for revitalization, allowing the Township to direct capital project investments in a strategic manner.

    The Bala study area includes the Muskoka Lakes Sports Park on the north, south along Highway 169, including the Library, Arena and Legion, Jaspen Park, Windsor Park and terminates at Windsor Drive on the south. The Port Carling study area extends from the Foodland grocery store and Bruce Wilson Drive on the west, easterly along Highway 118 to the Municipal Office, including Bailey Street and Hanna Park to the east.

    A copy of the Draft Community Improvement Plan and key map showing the lands to which the CIP applies are available at www.engagemuskokalakes.ca/communityimprovementplan.

    For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact Please direct all inquiries to the Economic Development Department:

    The Corporation of the Township of Muskoka Lakes
    1 Bailey Street, P.O. Box 129, Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0
    Telephone: (705) 765-3156 | Email: economic.development@muskokalakes.ca

    Dated this 21st day of October, 2021.

    Cheryl Mortimer, Clerk
    P.O. Box 129
    Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0

  • Virtual Public Open House | October 20, 2020 1:00 p.m.

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    All interested persons are invited to attend a Virtual Open House to learn about the Draft Community Improvement Plan for the communities of Bala and Port Carling. Members of the project team from the Township and their consulting team will provide a presentation, followed by a conversation. The consultant will facilitate the conversation, making sure all those on the call have a chance to share ideas.

    Virtual Open House

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.
    Online – Zoom | RSVP Required
    View Public Open House Notice

    Due to the virtual format, registration is required to attend the open house. You will be able to join the Public Open House via a computer or via telephone.

    REGISTER NOW

    View Draft Community Improvement Plan


  • Community Improvement Plan Survey

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Although we can't hear your thoughts in person, we still want to hear them virtually! Let us know what you think about the early ideas for Bala and Port Carling by completing the following surveys. The feedback collected from the community will help guide and identify community priority areas/projects for revitalization in the downtown commercial cores.

    The short surveys will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and will be available online until June 25, 2021.

    A summary of the findings will be available and included in the draft plans presented to Council in Summer 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Communications and Economic Development Specialist.

    Draft Early Ideas for Bala and Port Carling

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    Bala Community Improvement Plan Survey

    Take Bala Survey

    Port Carling Community Improvement Plan Survey

    Take Port Carling Survey

  • Virtual Public Workshops - March 9, 2021

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Join us on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 to discuss and provide input into the development of a Community Improvement Plan for the communities of Port Carling and Bala. Members of the project team from the Township and their consulting team will provide a presentation, followed by a conversation. The consultant will facilitate the conversation, making sure all those on the call have a chance to share ideas.

    Participation

    Bala Community Workshop
    Date – Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
    Time –1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Location – Zoom.

    Register Now

    Port Carling Community Workshop
    Date – Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
    Time –3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location – Zoom.

    Register Now

    Instructions

    • Register for the workshops by clicking the links above. This enables the consultant to track the number of people and to understand who’s joining.
    • The consultant will set up the online meeting and forward the link to registered participants the day of the meeting. This will include instructions on how to use the platform and will have a person available to troubleshoot if people have difficulty joining.
    • The public workshops are typically recorded and posted to the project web page.
    • The consultant will summarize the conversations and share with all those online before the end of the meeting.
  • One on One Interviews

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The Township of Muskoka Lakes has initiated a Community Improvement Plan for Bala and Port Carling. The Community Improvement Plan will be prepared over the next several months, targeting completion in September 2021. The work will proceed in four phases, beginning with an understanding of opportunities and challenges for change.

    In this early phase of the process, we extend an invitation for a 20-minute one-on-one virtual meeting with a member of the project team on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 anytime between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. We’d love to hear your thoughts on opportunities for change in the Port Carling or Bala core commercial areas – changes to streets and public spaces, opportunities for revitalization or redevelopment.

    To arrange for a 20-minute meeting, please email muskoka@planpart.ca and indicate a time slot that best suits your schedule. We will follow with a virtual meeting link.

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