Official Plan Review

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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.

The Official Plan is the Township's overarching policy document that is intended to provide for the vision of the future of the Township of Muskoka Lakes. It has not been thoroughly reviewed or evaluated since 2009. The intent is for the Official Plan Review to be a community discussion about the future of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, rather than being exclusively a land use planning exercise. Community engagement and participation in the process is paramount to the success of this project.

Help Shape the Plan

The Township of Muskoka Lakes  is at an exciting time as it matures and  will continue to  change. Public and stakeholder engagement is critical to shaping a Plan that suits the needs and desires of Muskoka Lakes'  full-time and seasonal residents. Everyone's voice is  important,  and we would like to hear from as many people as possible. The  feedback collected through the engagement process will be used to inform decision-making as  the Review is conducted. 

The Township began a review of its Official Plan in Summer 2019, holding a community vision session and an online survey that engaged 853 people. Participants were encouraged to identify key vision ingredients to be considered through the Official Plan review process to help shape draft policy directions.

The Township and its consultants have prepared draft Official Plan Policy Directions – received and reviewed by Council in August 2020. We are now seeking input from residents on these Policy Directions before finalization by Council.

Context Presentation - Proposed Policy Directions
Proposed Policy Directions


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.

The Official Plan is the Township's overarching policy document that is intended to provide for the vision of the future of the Township of Muskoka Lakes. It has not been thoroughly reviewed or evaluated since 2009. The intent is for the Official Plan Review to be a community discussion about the future of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, rather than being exclusively a land use planning exercise. Community engagement and participation in the process is paramount to the success of this project.

Help Shape the Plan

The Township of Muskoka Lakes  is at an exciting time as it matures and  will continue to  change. Public and stakeholder engagement is critical to shaping a Plan that suits the needs and desires of Muskoka Lakes'  full-time and seasonal residents. Everyone's voice is  important,  and we would like to hear from as many people as possible. The  feedback collected through the engagement process will be used to inform decision-making as  the Review is conducted. 

The Township began a review of its Official Plan in Summer 2019, holding a community vision session and an online survey that engaged 853 people. Participants were encouraged to identify key vision ingredients to be considered through the Official Plan review process to help shape draft policy directions.

The Township and its consultants have prepared draft Official Plan Policy Directions – received and reviewed by Council in August 2020. We are now seeking input from residents on these Policy Directions before finalization by Council.

Context Presentation - Proposed Policy Directions
Proposed Policy Directions


  • Virtual Public Workshop – Proposed Policy Directions

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    10 September, 2020

    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.