Planning Committee Makes Recommendations On Development In Minett
After more than a year of research and discussion, the Minett Joint Policy Review Steering Committee has delivered their final recommendations to the Township of Muskoka Lakes.
The group was tasked with making recommendations on official plan policies as they relate to the village of Minett. The area’s been a hotspot for the controversy surrounding the overdevelopment of Muskoka waterfront.
The committee made a number of recommendations. A major one was to change the designation of Minett from a "Resort Village" to a " tourist and recreation focused Special Policy Area”. They also concluded that development at levels proposed previously in the Official Plans is excessive and is not recommended for Minett. New developments should have a lighter environmental footprint, work with Minett’s topography, vegetation and within the capacity of the environment to absorb any impacts and be designed in a way that is mindful of the impacts that climate change will bring to Muskoka over the coming decades.
They also concluded that the Township should repeal the by-law for the extension of the Wallace Bay Marina dock, as boating numbers are reaching unsafe levels in the bay.