Lake Planning Handbook

Lake Planning Handbook – OVERVIEW

Lake Planning HandbookClick to download (members only)

The Lake Planning Handbook was developed by the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, the Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council and French Planning Services Inc. It was created to assist shoreline people in both engaging and supporting the members of their community in strategic planning and stewardship initiatives. It is based upon the collective experience of over 40 lake associations across Ontario.

FOCA would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing a generous grant that has made the development of the handbook possible.

The Lake Planning Handbook helps waterfront property owners and associations in building the important relationships around their lakes, lake plan development and implementation, and responsible stewardship practices.

The handbook is a 65 page self help guide with advice, ideas, and question and answers about lake planning, project management, communications. It also includes support materials such as example templates, lake plans, surveys, workshop agendas, presentations, and more.

“Lake planning is a strategic process that provides the opportunity to engage all people, governments and business operators to develop and implement actions to maintain or improve the natural and social qualities of life on our lakes, rivers and shoreline communities.”

Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council
Ontario Trillium Foundation
French Planning Services Inc.

The goals of the Lake Planning program are to:

  • Support waterfront property owners with community engagement, lake planning, and implementing actions in their communities.
  • Gather input and feedback from volunteer lake communities to develop a toolkit of best management practices, advice, and resources to support lake planning and stewardship.
  • Create a cost effective resource that is accessible and applies to waterfront communities across Ontario.


Michelle LewinLake Planning Handbook – OVERVIEW