The MLA supports an environment first approach in the Muskoka Lakes Official Plan. Our lakes, shorelines and wildlands are a finite resource, and growth and development should be approached carefully. Strong policy is needed to protect lake system health, enable watershed planning, and incorporate policies for climate change and sustainable development.
Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan processes and documents can be found here.
Open House Presentation - Township Official Plan - October 28 & 29, 2021
Official Plan Draft 2 Schedules and Appendices
Context Presentations - Proposed Policy Directions
Official Plan Policy Directions
Muskoka Lakes Official Plan Community Visioning Session Summary
Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan Review
The Township of Muskoka Lakes (TML) is reviewing its Official Plan (OP) that will guide growth and development in the municipality for the next 10 to 15 years.
TML's OP review began in summer 2019 with public input at each stage through community visioning sessions, workshops, open houses and online surveys.
TML's Planning Committee established policy directions, and staff and the township's consultants presented draft OP policy began March 2021. Following discussions at numerous meetings of the Official Plan Working Group (including MLA Director Liz Lundell) and TML's Planning Committee, the consultant presented OP draft #2 in October 2021 which was released for public comments which will be considered by TML's Planning Committee in March 2022. Planning Committee will direct revisions.
The final OP is scheduled to be approved in Winter 2023 and will be subject to approval by the District of Muskoka.
The MLA has engaged in the OP review through numerous verbal and written presentations (see below). Watch for updates in NewsBites, including details of how you can participate.
MLA and FOM Comments on October 2021 Draft Official Plan - March 2, 2022
MLA Letter: Comments on Official Plan Policy Directions - July 9, 2020
MLA and FOM Letter Re: Official Plan Review - February 13, 2020
MLA Letter Re: Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan - Vision Statement - February 7, 2020
MLA Delegation and Letter Re: Priorities for the new Official Plan - August 16, 2019
South Muskoka Doppler “Official Plan up for public review” Doppler Online-October 28, 2021
My Muskoka Now “Muskoka Lakes council begins review process for township’s official plan”- March 30, 2021
Toronto Star “Muskoka Lakes considers new building rules for lakeside property owners” - October 19, 2020
Engage Muskoka Lakes Virtual Public Workshop September 26, 2020 (Click on “Download the draft Policy Directions” (Endorsed by Council August 12, 2020))
Engage Muskoka Lakes “Community Vision Summary” Prepared by LURA Consulting, August 2019