Final Report On Development In Minett Delivered To District
During their latest meeting, District of Muskoka council heard their final report on the future of the village of Minett.
In 2018 a 13 member committee began studying the issue of development in Minett. The area had been approved for massive resort development by a previous council in Muskoka Lakes Township, but the current council put a freeze on the development pending the outcome of the report.
The committee has already taken their fifth and final report to Muskoka Lakes council, but last week they took their findings to the District. The Minett steering committee found that Bala and Port Carling are in a better position for development since they already have the roads and bridges to accommodate growth, whereas Minett does not.
Their other recommendations included limits on grading and blasting, more vegetative buffers and recommendations that new development should have a lighter environmental impact.
The committee said growth forecasts for Minett have not come to pass and there are already many vacant lots in the area.
They said any development with more than 1,000 units would be completely out of character with the area, and boating capacity of Wallace Bay on Lake Rosseau is already showing signs of overcapacity at times
The District council thanked the committee for their hard work and also suggested that some of their recommendations on resort development might be applicable to the District on the whole.