Land Use & Planning – News and References

January 2019 – FOCA comments on the Province’s proposed “open for business” Bill 66.

November 2017 – cottagers wary of proposals to ease development limits in Muskoka for “resort-to-condominium” conversions. Read the article (Globe and Mail)

November 2017 – Minaki Lodge development plans – Ontario Municipal Board rules against the plan; appeal pending. Read an overview (Winnipeg Free Press)

October 2017 – On October 6th, FOCA received notice that the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) issued its long-awaited decision concerning an application to build on the Fraser property in the Burleigh Bay area. The OMB has denied the developer’s application and appeals, protecting two provincially significant wetlands that include Blanding’s turtle and muskellunge habitat, and over six kilometers of undeveloped shoreline in the Kawarthas, from a planned 58-unit housing development on Stoney Lake. Read more from the Friends of the Fraser Wetlands.

image: asterix buttonIt is the hope of the Friends of the Fraser, Jennifer David reported to FOCA, “that this decision will give hope to other grassroots groups and cottage communities involved in OMB cases and other struggles to preserve the environment and character of their lakes.”

Older News:

October 2013 – When is a boathouse NOT an aerodrome? (pdf; 14 pages) – Seguin Township planning decision upheld by Ontario Superior Court decision.

May 16, 2013 –The future of resorts in Muskoka; the discussion continues. (Cottage Country Now)

Muskoka Resort & Tourism Policy Review

FOCA comments on the proposed changes to MNR permitting Jan 2013

FOCA’s 2012 PPS Comments (pdf; 5 pages)

The Province of Ontario is currently seeking  input on the draft policies for a revised Provincial Policy Statement (PPS).  Comments are officially due by November 23, 2012, but will continue to be received after this date.

FOCA’s 2010 PPS input to the 5-year review (pdf; 3 pages)

Background on the PPS
PDF version of the Draft policies (PDF, 52 pages)
Official comment site (the Environmental Bill of Rights posting)

May 2012

MNR Permits and Fish Habitat presentation

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario makes recommendations every year that relate to land use planning in Ontario:

Land use planning in Ontario – Ten years of ECO recommendations

Parks Canada Guidelines for In-Water Works

Michelle LewinLand Use & Planning – News and References