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 October 22 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.
Who can vote?
- A Lake of Bays Township property owner AND their spouse.
- A person who rents property in Lake of Bays (for 6+ weeks in 2018) AND
- their spouse.
- You can vote in each municipality in Ontario where you own or rent
- Only Canadian citizens, 18+ years old.
- You can give a proxy to a family member to vote for you.