This is an important election year.
With a recent reduction in the power of the Ontario Municipal Board, it is clear that local municipal Councils hold huge influence.
With recent development proposals, it is clear that Lake of Bays is a target for developers and investors.
For example, the current development proposal for Langmaid's Island converts a designated Muskoka Heritage Area to building coverage for 38 cottages, 36 boat houses and 72 bunkies.
At the District level, a proposed Official Plan would have allowed any of Muskoka’s 80-plus waterfront resorts to be redeveloped into high-density residential complexes. This has been deferred for further study and a decision is pending.
Everyone should study the choices and participate in the election:
- To protect Lake of Bays Township’s natural character for future generations.
- To ensure responsible and sustainable development.
- To protect services such as public access docks, libraries, roads, hospitals and emergency responders.
- To elect responsible decision-makers who collaborate with each other and their constituents in a positive way.
Our elected officials must find more ways for both seasonal and year-round residents to live and prosper as one community, each benefitting from the contributions of the other.