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Building the 2022 Operating and Capital Budget

The Township of Muskoka Lakes has started the 2022 budget process, and will be introducing the budget at a Special General/Finance Committee on November 3rd, 2021 starting at 9:00 am.

A copy of the document can be accessed here -2022 Draft Operating and Capital Budget 2022 Budget Introduction - Operating and Capital

AGM 2021 / Yearbook

Once again, due to COVID-19, the board decided to cancel the in person meeting.

The meeting will be held via ZOOM at 10am Saturday August 28th, 2021. If you choose to attend, please email us at info@muskokaratepayers.ca.

Once again, we are forced to produce an electronic only version of our 2021 Yearbook.  This has been emailed to our members, but a copy is also available here - Yearbook - 2021 Yearbook - 2021

 

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Township Draft Official Plan

The Township has formally released a draft Official Plan for public review and comment. The draft Official Plan is based on a series of Policy Directions that were endorsed by Council on August 12, 2020 and then modified on October 28 and 30, 2020. A series of meetings were then held with the Official Plan Review Working Committee and/or Planning Committee on March 29th, April 1st, 6th, 16th and 26th, June 23rd and 24th, July 6th and September 1, 2021 to review iterations of the draft policy framework. The result of these many discussions is a draft Official Plan dated October 2021.

A copy of the latest draft can be foind here -TML Official Plan - Draft 2 TML Official Plan - Draft 2

More details can be found on the Township web site at - OP - Survey and Open House

Township By-Law Enforcement

The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures.  This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas.  A copy of that summary can be found here -TML By-Law. Enforcement TML By-Law. Enforcement

Consider posting a copy in your cottage.

 

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Township Watch - November 2021

Following multiple budget meetings, public input is to be received on a net levy increase of 6.6% over the 2021 Township budget on November 30th. The Muskoka Lakes Public Library continues to offer services during COVID 19. General/Finance Committee votes to rehabilitate Burgess 1 Dam and power generator. Public request for ice in the Bala arena received a position outcome. Although Township Community Centres may re-open Township staff must be present to confirm vaccination status and supervise events. No Parking on Beaumaris Road reinstated. Township hires a new building inspector. Community Improvement Plans for Bala and Port Carling receive support from the Planning Committee. Township to review seven by-laws including site alteration and tree preservation by-laws.  -  Read more about Township Watch - November 2021

Township Watch - October 2021

Bala Falls Bridge design is to be Option 2. Director of Legislative Services retiring after 34 years. New Director of Legislative Services hired. Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Muskoka Lakes Museum, Walker’s Point Community Library and Milford Bay Community Library make budget requests. On street parking to be reviewed in Official Plan and Transportation Projects, while parking by-law and signage on Beaumaris Road to be aligned. Township receives clean 2020 audit review. Integrity Commissioner provides annual report to Committing including complaints received. Options for Burgess 1 Dam presented to Council. Township seeks public input on new on site sewage system draft policy. Enforcement policy and procedure manual presented to the Planning Committee who put forward by-laws to be reviewed. Township seeking input on draft fireworks by-law.  -  Read more about Township Watch - October 2021

Ratepayers' Comments on 2022 Budget Process

The Ratepayers comment on the 2022 proposed budget process  -  Read more about Ratepayers' Comments on 2022 Budget Process

Township Watch - September 2021

New deputy clerk named for the Township. Special Planning Meeting held to discuss changes to the Official Plan, public input to be received this fall. Fire Department administration to be relocated to the Port Carling Fire Station to optimize space in the Township offices. Were you ticketed for parking on Beaumaris Road? Public input on the Bala Falls Bridge design brought to Council. Swift River Energy Limit completes rehabilitation of Portage Landing Parkette. Township to seek public input on Port Carling and Bala community improvement plan. Public voiced major concerns on draft by-law for legal non-complying lot provisions and accessory building provisions. 2021 septic system re-inspections program annual report. Draft fireworks by-law suggests ban on fireworks except for five specific days.  -  Read more about Township Watch - September 2021

Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Operating Budget

The Ratepayers comment of the Township's 2021 Operating Budget  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Operating Budget

Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Capital Budget

The Ratepayers comment of the Township's Capital Budget  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Capital Budget

Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Concerns regarding illegal activities, accumulation of garbage and failing infrastructure of the Torrance Barrens and Hardy Lake Parks prompt the Muskoka Ratepayers to write Minister Yurek. Upon receipt, a reply from Minister Yurek, it will be added  -  Read more about Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Letter to Council re Official Plan

Letter to Township Council re Official Plan  -  Read more about Letter to Council re Official Plan

Delegating at Council

Have something to say? Want to tell Council what you think? Here's how.  -  Read more about Delegating at Council

Muskoka Etiquette

A set of suggestions to live by  -  Read more about Muskoka Etiquette
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Upcoming Events - Monthly Calendar

TML - Committee of Adjustment
Dec 13, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - General / Finance Committee
Dec 15, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Dec 15, 2021 1:00pm to 5:00pm
TML - Planning Committee
Dec 16, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm
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