Official Plan Review

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Updated June 29, 2022

The Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan (2009) is the principle policy document, which the Municipality uses to express its goals and objectives for the community, identifies significant natural features and guides its physical development and redevelopment. It provides a general policy direction and a land use planning framework to guide the physical, social, economic and environmental management and growth of the Township. In addition to adhering to good planning principles, the Official Plan was prepared within the context of the Provincial Policy Statement and the District of Muskoka Official Plan.


Updated June 29, 2022

The Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan (2009) is the principle policy document, which the Municipality uses to express its goals and objectives for the community, identifies significant natural features and guides its physical development and redevelopment. It provides a general policy direction and a land use planning framework to guide the physical, social, economic and environmental management and growth of the Township. In addition to adhering to good planning principles, the Official Plan was prepared within the context of the Provincial Policy Statement and the District of Muskoka Official Plan.


  • Statutory Open House and Public Meeting Concerning Proposed New Draft of Official Plan

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    TOWNSHIP OF MUSKOKA LAKES DRAFT OFFICIAL PLAN - JUNE, 28, 2022

    TOWNSHIP OF MUSKOKA LAKES OFFICIAL PLAN SCHEDULES

    Open House: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

    The Public Open House provides the public with the opportunity to review and discuss the proposed Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan with representatives of the Municipality. The Open House will be held in a virtual forum with electronic participation via Zoom and will commence at 9:00 a.m. The zoom link for the meeting can be found below however, registration is strongly encouraged.

    Register for the Open House.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87669642876?pwd=fVDdJhJQAQAUxmHjEI4NAAHWTH2lN8.1

    Meeting ID: 876 6964 2876

    Passcode: 544994

    Public Meeting: Friday, August 12th, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

    The Public Meeting is to allow the public the opportunity to provide comments to Municipal Council on the proposed Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan. The Public Meeting will be held in both an in-person and virtual forum with electronic participation. The meeting will be held from the Council Chambers, Municipal Office, 1 Bailey Street, Port Carling, Ontario and will commence at 9:30 a.m. The zoom link for the meeting can be found below however, registration is strongly encouraged.

    For those who wish to make in-person verbal representations to Council, please note that as part of the Township’s response to stop the spread of COVID-19 and occupancy limits of the facility, only one speaker will be permitted in the Council chambers at a time. Please note that the meeting will be made available for viewing at the adjacent Port Carling Community Centre while waiting for your turn to speak and afterwards.

    Members of the public may also observe the proceedings by accessing the live webcast at: www.muskokalakes.ca. If the live webcast fails, the meeting recording will be posted at: https://muskokalakes.civicweb.net/Portal/.

    Register for the In-Person Public Meeting.

    Register for the Virtual Public Meeting.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84531036931?pwd=M_afG9PqWT1434HGbdIHAsajLw-HLs.1

    Passcode: 527461

  • Draft 3 - Official Plan

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The Township is pleased to announce that staff and the consulting team will be bringing a report and Draft 3 of the Official Plan to a series of Special Planning Committee meetings commencing on June 20, 2022 at 9 am. This updated draft is based on all of the feedback received from the community and agencies from last fall’s Open Houses and online survey. Planning Committee will give consideration to further revisions to the draft of the Official Plan as well as direction to circulate the draft prior to hosting a statutory Open House and Public Meeting later this summer, where more opportunities for public feedback will be available.

    The report and draft Official Plan is now posted on the Engage Muskoka Lakes webpage as well as the Government Portal. Delegations at the meetings are being accepted in accordance with the Township’s Delegation policy.

  • Special Planning Committee - March 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Staff and the consulting team will be bringing a report to a Special Planning Committee meeting on March 22, 2022 at 9 am which will provide an overview of comments received from the community and agencies from last fall’s Open Houses and online survey. The report will also provide recommendations to Committee, based on the feedback received, on suggested revisions to the draft Official Plan. Upon receipt of direction from Planning Committee, a further draft of the Official Plan will be prepared and presented to Planning Committee at a future Planning Committee meeting, prior to consideration of hosting a statutory Open House and Public Meeting where more opportunities for public feedback will be available.

    Please note that Special Planning Committee meetings are also tentatively scheduled for March 25, 2022 at 9 am should additional time be needed to review the forthcoming report. The report and recommendations will be posted on the Engage Muskoka Lakes webpage the week prior to the meetings. Delegations at the meetings are being accepted in accordance with the Township’s Delegation policy.

    Special Planning Committee Agenda

  • Draft 2 Official Plan

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The Township is pleased to formally release a draft Official Plan for public review and comment.

    The draft Official Plan is based on a series of Policy Directions that were endorsed by Council on August 12, 2020 and then modified on October 28 and 30, 2020. A series of meetings were then held with the Official Plan Review Working Committee and/or Planning Advisory Committee on March 29th, April 1st, 6th, 16th and 26th, June 23rd and 24th, July 6th and September 1, 2021 to review iterations of the draft policy framework. The result of these many discussions is a draft Official Plan dated October 2021.

    VIEW DRAFT 2 OFFICIAL PLAN

    View Draft 2 Schedules and Appendices

  • Virtual Public Open House | October 28, 2021 3:00 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 Official Plan. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation on the draft and to ask questions and discuss with Meridian Planning and Township staff.

    Please be advised that these are not public meetings. Open houses are an opportunity for the project team to disseminate information, allowing the community to learn about the Official Plan and ask questions. Please note that the Township will also be hosting a future Public Meeting in order to consider public comments.

    Virtual Open House

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.
    Online – Zoom | RSVP Required

    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 Official Plan

    View Draft 2 Schedules and Appendices

  • Virtual Public Open House | October 29, 2021 10:00 a.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 Official Plan. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation on the draft and to ask questions and discuss with Meridian Planning and Township staff.

    Please be advised that these are not public meetings. Open houses are an opportunity for the project team to disseminate information, allowing the community to learn about the Official Plan and ask questions. Please note that the Township will also be hosting a future Public Meeting in order to consider public comments.

    Virtual Open House

    Friday, October 29, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.
    Online – Zoom | RSVP Required

    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 2 Official Plan

    View Draft 2 Schedules and Appendices

  • Virtual Public Workshop – Proposed Policy Directions

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Join us on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the proposed policy directions as part of the Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan Review. Members of the project team from the Township and their consulting team will present the proposed policy directions and answer questions from participants. There will also be opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed policy directions.

    This is a workshop-style session that includes a brief presentation followed by interactive small group discussions. The purpose of these discussions is to encourage constructive and collaborative dialogue between participants. As such we will not be accepting delegation requests for this session – questions, comments and feedback can be submitted before, during and after the session to info@lura.ca.

    Individuals and organizations who plan to participate are strongly encouraged to review the policy directions slide deck before the session. Download the draft policy directions.

    Participation

    Date – Saturday, September 26th, 2020
    Time – 9:30 a.m. to Noon
    Location – Zoom. Join the meeting or call-in.

    Participants are encouraged to join 10 minutes before the start of the meeting to ensure their connection is good. Participants can join the virtual public workshop in one of two ways – these are:

    Online through the Zoom App

    Click the following link on your computer or tablet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89061061523?pwd=NEsrOHZTVjkyY3FYbk5VNTJUdEJXdz09

    OR

    Input the Meeting ID and passcode into Zoom:
    Meeting ID: 890 6106 1523
    Passcode: 901782

    By phone

    Dial one of the following phone numbers and enter the meeting ID.
    +1 647 374 4685 Canada
    +1 647 558 0588 Canada

    Participants are encouraged to RSVP for this event however advance registration is not required. Please RSVP to info@lura.ca.

    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: This workshop will be recorded and posted online for future reference.

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