Site Alteration/Tree Preservation By-law Review

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The Township of Muskoka Lakes is committed to the protection of the health and integrity of the natural environment and the water quality of its lakes and rivers, which are all part of the Township’s most valuable resources. To ensure that environmental protection meets the highest standards, consideration is being given to updating the Township’s existing Site Alteration and Tree Preservation By-laws.

Current Site Alteration By-law

The by-law is structured with prescriptively prohibiting site alteration outside of development in receipt of municipal approvals or permits. In other terms, provided a property owner has received, amongst others, site plan approval and/or

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is committed to the protection of the health and integrity of the natural environment and the water quality of its lakes and rivers, which are all part of the Township’s most valuable resources. To ensure that environmental protection meets the highest standards, consideration is being given to updating the Township’s existing Site Alteration and Tree Preservation By-laws.

Current Site Alteration By-law

The by-law is structured with prescriptively prohibiting site alteration outside of development in receipt of municipal approvals or permits. In other terms, provided a property owner has received, amongst others, site plan approval and/or a Building Permit, which would not be available unless in full compliance with the Township Zoning By-law, grade is permitted to be altered to install the building without the need for additional review or approval. Should a property owner alter grade outside of a permitted building, septic, etc. envelope, they would be in contravention of the by-law and enforcement action would be available.

Updated Site Alteration By-law

While the current by-law has been effective, administration and enforcement of the by-law since 2008 has identified areas in need of improvement. In addition, Council has requested that the distance regulated from the water’s edge be increased as well as making entire island properties subject to the by-law.

Some of the more notable changes to the By-law include Lands Subject to the By-law, Patios and Stairways/Pathways and Sedimentation Fence Requirements.

Current Tree Preservation By-law

The Tree Preservation By-law is structured similarly to the Site Alteration By-law. Corresponding changes to the Tree Preservation By-law are envisioned as a result of the ongoing review.

Updated Tree Preservation By-law

Suggested changes include extending the driveway width and changing of wording for the spacing of joints on a stone patio.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We look forward to receiving your comments on the review of the Site Alteration and Tree Preservation By-laws. While comments on any aspect are welcomed, a number of survey questions are below to assist the Township in evaluating what changes, if any, are required.

    Please review the content regarding the Draft By-law Amendments prior to completing the survey. The survey will close on February 25, 2022.

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Page last updated: 18 May 2022, 01:41 PM