The MLA has been concerned about the new threat to Muskoka’s natural waterfront and the proposal by the District of Muskoka to allow resorts to build urban-style residential developments. We have been reporting on this issue to our MLA members since January 2017.
Such proposals contradict Muskoka’s long record of diverting high-density development away from the waterfront to preserve Muskoka’s unique scenery and water quality. We’re pleased to say this questionable District initiative has been stopped in its tracks. While no one knows how this issue will end, know that the MLA has been active in this fight and will continue to be.
See below for our bullet point summary starting in January of 2017.
Where do we stand today and how did we get here?
Important letter to Everyone who loves Muskoka (Posted Oct 24, 2017)
MLA Launches Fund Raising Campaign To Combat Resort Over Development (Posted Nov 7, 2017)
MLA Resort Over Development Update (Posted Nov 25, 2017)
Important Meeting at Township of Muskoka Lakes Dec 14, 2017 (Posted Dec 9, 2017)
What you can do:
Here is a contact list of Councilors for the District and the local municipalities. If you have not al-ready emailed them to voice your displeasure with their plans, please do so.
Two ways to donate:
By Cheque - please forward a cheque payable to “MLA” marked “Save Muskoka” to the following address. MLA, Box 298, 65 Joseph St. Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0
By Credit Card – please call the MLA at 705 765-5723 Monday to Friday during business hours.
We regret that donations to causes such as these are not tax deductible.
If you have any questions, please call the MLA office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters of Support to Stop the Resort Over Development
Lake Rosseau North Association - Supports MLA over development cause (Posted Nov 20, 2017)
Cottagers oppose changes to Muskoka Official Plan (Posted Nov 16, 2017)
Minett Zoning Changes (Posted Nov 17, 2017)
Letter to District Council Goodmans-December 20-17 (Posted January 4, 2018)
Letter to District re Minett sections of the MOP-Decxember 20-17 (Posted January 4, 2018)
Muskoka Ratepayers Association - Commercial Resort Properties (Posted Nov 14, 2017)
Muskoka Ratepayers Association Township Watch (Posted Nov 15, 2017)
Globe & Mail - Ontario's Muskoka cottagers wary of proposals to ease development limits (Posted Nov 21, 2017)
Globe & Mail - Ontario Cottage Country to reconsider development limits around lakes. (Posted Nov 23, 2017)
Muskoka Region.com - Backlash prompts review of Muskoka OP resort-residential proposal (Posted Nov 24, 2017)
Muskoka Mayor defends "palace" remark (Posted Jan 12, 2018)
Township of Muskoka Lakes defers comments on Legacy Cottages (Posted Jan 16, 2018)
Muskoka Lakes Council votes unanimously for review of Minett Development (Posted Jan 18, 2018)
Friend of Muskoka The Friends of Muskoka is a coalition of cottage associations, local residents, environmentalists, farmers and local business people who are concerned about the future of our communities in Muskoka. The Friends of Muskoka advocate for responsible economic development, environment protection and preservation of Muskoka’s unique character, in order to ensure its economic well-being and to preserve its natural environment for future generations. . The MLA works collaboratively with the Friends of Muskoka and is pleased to share these posts with MLA members, which are a sample of the fine work being done by the Friends group.
Brief of Experts (Posted November 2017)
Summary of Experts (Posted January 2018)
CV's of Experts (Posted November 2017)
Video - SAVE MUSKOKA - Legacy Development (Posted December 13, 2017)
TML voted to Review Minett Development (Posted January 14, 2018)
http://savemuskoka.ca/blog/ (Posted January 19, 2018)
Waves - Edition II (Posted January 15, 2018)