Hearings To Be Held On Lakefront Development

Posted: 2020-02-14 10:03:30 By: hbr

The small community of Minett continues to be the epicentre for the controversial issue of lakefront development in Muskoka.

On February 27 and 28 at the District of Muskoka offices in Bracebridge, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, or LPAT, will hear the final two days of hearings on the future of the proposed Legacy development on Lake Rosseau in Minett.

A group called the Friends of Muskoka have challenged, what they call the precedent setting intended residential uses for three resorts – Touchstone Resort on Lake Muskoka, Villas of Muskoka and Legacy.  The Friends of Muskoka, who are backed by the Muskoka Lakes Association, say that residential uses in resorts call into question the commerciality of resorts. 

The group says the Legacy proposal doesn’t meet the necessary shoreline requirements for Muskoka Lakes.

They also say that a resort must be operated by onsite staff and have resort amenities that differentiate it from a cottage. They say it’s the best way for resorts to separate themselves and compete against online cottage rental services such as Airbnb.