Township Watch

25 Apr, 2024

Township Watch – April 2024

2024-04-25T12:09:55-04:00

Some Township gravel roads fail. Arena feasibility study to be considered in Level of Service Study. Windermere Village playground deferred. Having an outdoor gather of 500 or more people, you now need a permit. Director of Operational Services retires. What is a strategic plan? District reports on Integrated Watershed Management projects. Request for a review of the Muskoka River Watershed Plan sent to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

26 Mar, 2024

Township Watch – March 2024

2024-05-17T20:32:26-04:00

Continual improvement at Township meetings. New playground for Windermere? Arena feasibility study says one arena for the Township. No waterfront hut at Windermere House. Walker’s Point Community Centre kitchen work to be re-tendered. CAO Recruitment Committee. Council appoints consultant for Level of Service study Sewage system inspections appointed. 2023 Building Division annual report. Request to review the Noise By-Law. Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser.

28 Feb, 2024

Township Watch – February 2024

2024-02-28T20:06:41-05:00

48 delegates spoke regarding the proposed Short-Term Rental Accommodation By-Law. Beach front hut at Windermere House? Staff work with Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association. Mortimer’s Point Road speed reduction. Township says yes to cannabis retails stores. Update on Muskoka hospitals. Township proceeds with updating their Comprehensive Zoning By-Law. New Strategic Plan to begin. AMPS policy passed.

2 Feb, 2024

Township Watch – January 2024

2024-02-02T16:02:56-05:00

No headway made in cannabis store in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Community Improvement Plan boundaries to be expanded. EV charging stations in Bala and Port Carling. Corporate Asset Management Plan approved. New building inspectors and property standards officers hired. Community Planning Permit System not moving forward. 2024 growth numbers in the Township. Township’s new Official Plan has been appealed.

28 Dec, 2023

Township Watch – December 2023

2023-12-28T13:57:40-05:00

Highland Cannabis asks permission to open a store in the Township. Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association asks for Township support. Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce Year End report. Fire station location study underway. Condition of Township assets. Council approves 2024 budget. By-laws and Zoning by-laws carry. Community Planning Permit System or Comprehensive Zoning By-Law. District Budget approved.

1 Dec, 2023

Township Watch – November 2023

2023-12-01T11:15:47-05:00

Hospice Muskoka asks for funding help. What should be included in arenas? Terms of Reference for capital works level of service and new strategic plan approved. January 2024 meeting schedule altered. Should the Township change to a Community Planning Permit System? Education on feeding wildlife. Short-Term Rental Regulation going forward. Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan approved by the District.

24 Oct, 2023

Township Watch – October 2023

2023-10-24T14:13:37-04:00

Dr. William S. Monk Community Health Care Fund established in hopes of attracting health care workers to Muskoka. Request to have Torrance Barrens monitored. No Parking by-law. Official Plan modification approved. Transportation Master Plan approved. Burgress Dam design contract awarded. Public meeting to be called for the Draft short-term rental licensing by-law. 2023 sewage re-inspection results. District Council contributes $77.3 million to hospitals “local share”.

28 Sep, 2023

Township Watch – September 2023

2023-09-28T14:44:26-04:00

Public input received on 2024 budget preparations. What the Muskoka Lakes Museum did in 2023. Both Muskoka arenas require work. Staff to prepare a 2024 budget at 6.9%. Township hires new Economic Development Officer. Order to Remedy confirmed by Council. Medora Street retaining wall to be repaired in spring 2024. Township returns OP comments to the District.

5 Sep, 2023

Township Watch – August 2023

2023-09-09T20:38:19-04:00

Roadwork on Juddhaven Road. 40 KM zone in Port Carling. Councillors to comment on Transportation Master Plan prior to approval. Letter of intent issued for EV stations in the Township. TML receives clean audit opinion. Noise by-law to be reviewed. Scott Aitchison brings greetings from Ottawa. Tree cutting without permits has consequences. Planning Committee to further discuss District comments to the Official Plan.

9 Aug, 2023

Township Watch – July 2023

2024-03-12T11:38:01-04:00

Township Procedural by-law under review. Working groups being established. Electric vehicle charging station coming to the Township? 2024 Township budget timelines. Dark sky communication posters available. By-laws amended to set AMPS fines. Councillor Moyer Kent appointed to Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce board. By-annual by-law activity report. Delegation requests feeding wildlife by-law.

5 Jul, 2023

Township Watch – June 2023

2024-01-07T14:42:22-05:00

Muskoka Conservancy active in Muskoka Lakes. National Junior Hockey League team in Port Carling? Township implements “working groups”. Community centre kitchens more expensive than anticipated. Procedural By-law changes? Building inspectors and property standard officers appointed. Dark Sky- By-law approved by Council. Try to protect a Port Sandfield cemetery. Township looks for public input on Short Term Rental Licensing By-law & communication strategy.

1 Jun, 2023

Township Watch – May 2023

2023-09-11T17:07:33-04:00

Muskoka Tourism marketing Muskoka as four season destination. Healthcare providers needed in Muskoka. Arenas feasibility study approved. Fire station location study approved. Council approves Administrative Monetary Penalty System By-law. Planning Committee forwards Dark Sky By-law to Council for approval.

29 Apr, 2023

Township Watch – April 2023

2023-04-29T14:35:06-04:00

Transportation Master Plan Phase 1 findings presented to Committee. Burning by-law being updated. Administrative Monetary Penalty System By-law acceptance recommended to Council. Process for potential short-term rental licensing by-law started. Mayor Kelley appointed Chair of Muskoka Housing Task Force Committee.

28 Mar, 2023

Township Watch – March 2023

2023-09-11T17:19:20-04:00

Township to undertake arena feasibility and fire station location studies. Muskoka Road 38 to be renamed Kanien’kehá:ka Iohatátie. Water levels page on Township website. District alternate Councillor named. Short-term rental by-law development process. Mayor Kelley orients himself with District meetings.

27 Feb, 2023

Township Watch – February 2023

2023-09-11T17:22:59-04:00

Process! MPAC review. What the Muskoka Lakes Public Library does. 40 km/h Sagamo Blvd. No changes to Community Improvement Plan for one year. Township to have “in house legal system” for fines. Township’s climate action plan. District Council meetings at 1 PM. ROMA.

7 Feb, 2023

Township Watch – January 2023

2023-09-11T17:25:27-04:00

Workers acknowledged during weather event. Presentations by the Muskoka Lakes Museum, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare and Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Rename Southwood Road? Water levels update. Hybrid meetings soon. Stove removal re-discussed. Dark Sky By-law to be amended. 2022 year-end statistics.

2 Jan, 2023

Township Watch – December 2022

2023-01-02T16:27:30-05:00

District Chair appointed. Township Clerk gives notice. Township Council appointments. Kitchen closures in Community Centres. 8.5% starting point for 2023 budget. Washroom upgrade. January 2023 meetings. Bill 23. Pre-Consultation By-Law proposed. Site Alteration & Tree Conservation fines set. Standing Committees and Deputy District Chair appointed.

29 Oct, 2022

Township Watch – October 2022

2022-11-07T14:03:08-05:00

Special Planning Committee for Draft Official Plan. How Watha Mohawks came to Muskoka? Southwood Road to “Prince Philip Way”? Pedestrian only area successful? Official Plan adopted. Part Highland Island rezone EP 1.

10 Oct, 2022

Township Watch – September 2022

2023-05-17T17:40:04-04:00

Staff to legally remove & dispose of items. More Community Grants. Tree Conservation & Site Alteration by-law approved. Fireworks by-law strengthen. New sewage inspection program. Garbage reductions.

7 Sep, 2022

Township Watch – August 2022

2022-11-07T14:46:53-05:00

Request for refund of rental monies. Q2 financial report. Fire Route By-Law. Integrity Commissioner report & contract extension to 2025. Fireworks exemptions denied. Enhance hybrid meetings. Tree Conservation and Tree Alteration By-Laws deferred. Moon River Rock Plaque. OPA 56 appealed. Sewage inspection reports. By-law enforcement files presented. ZBA 36-21 approved in part. OP Open House comments.

4 Aug, 2022

Township Watch – July 2022

2022-08-04T19:54:22-04:00

Parking restrictions placed on Armstrong Point Road. Parking and storage of trailers at Whiting Beach & Lawrence Pit discussed. Township given a 2021 “clean audit opinion”. Township’s Fire Master Plan recommends a feasibility study of the location of Township fire stations. “Shake The Lake” event to be held at Bush’s Watersports Park. Staff directed by resolution to review previous Short Term Rental By-Law. Approval of the Tree Conservation and Site Alteration By-Laws deferred by Council. Muskoka heritage plaque program requests funds to continue the program throughtout the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Draft Dark Sky By-Law to be uploaded to an Engage Muskoka Lakes page for public comment. Amendments to Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 14-14 further discussed at a Special Planning Committee meeting. Official Plan Amendment 56 Resort Village of Minett approved by District Council.

18 Jul, 2022

Township Watch – June 2022

2023-09-08T12:40:57-04:00

Muskoka Watershed Council provides an update on their activities. Safe Quiet Lakes has biggest response to survey ever and presents results. 111 recommendations put forward for the Township’s Parks & Recreational Master Plan. Internet coming to the Raymond Community Centre. Municipal insurance premium to decrease with new provider. New internet for the Township office. Township appoints a new building inspector. District of Muskoka Community & Planning Services Committee and Township’s Planning Committee hold a joint public meeting to hear a plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment for proposed development in Port Carling. Staff directed to look into short term rental by-law in early 2023. Planning Committee recommends to Council to adopt the site alteration & tree preservation by-laws. Graydon Smith’s seat at District declared vacant. Commissioners of Engineering & Public Works and Community & Planning Services named at the District. Draft Official Plan proceeds to public open house and public meeting.

27 May, 2022

Township Watch – May 2022

2022-05-27T17:22:48-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Electric Vehicle Charging Station Lease Renaming of Muskoka Road 38 Q1 Financial Update Enhanced Hybrid [...]

7 May, 2022

Township Watch – April 2022

2022-05-07T14:49:02-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Transportation Master Plan Terms of Reference Budget Guiding Principles Policy Update Port Carling Pedestrian Area [...]

28 Mar, 2022

Township Watch – March 2022

2022-04-13T08:52:47-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Skeleton Lake Water Access Property Mainland Parking & Docking Hybrid Council & Committee Meetings COVID-19 [...]

17 Feb, 2022

Township Watch – February 2022

2022-04-22T21:20:12-04:00

General/Finance Committee Muskoka Road 169 Speed Limit Ferndale Road Realignment Parks & Recreation Master Plan Fire Master Plan Council Planning Committee  Shoreline Vegetative Buffers Bell Telecommunications Tower Bell Telecommunications Tower [...]

18 Jan, 2022

Township Watch – January 2022

2022-04-13T08:42:40-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Special General/Finance Committee 2022 Budget General/Finance Committee By-Law to Regulate Alteration of & Encroachment on Public Lands [...]

18 Dec, 2021

Township Watch – December 2021

2022-04-13T08:44:27-04:00

The Muskoka Ratepayers are in the process of changing to a new website.  It has been brought to our attention that some may have recently received an email receipt for [...]

18 Nov, 2021

Township Watch – November 2021

2022-04-21T12:03:39-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Budget Meetings General/Finance Committee  - Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 Muskoka Lakes Public Library Update Burgess 1 Dam [...]

18 Oct, 2021

Township Watch – October 2021

2022-04-21T12:06:28-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Correction Staff Retiring New Appointment General/Finance Committee - Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 Budget Requests Increase of Off [...]

18 Sep, 2021

Township Watch – September 2021

2022-04-13T08:37:57-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Staff Special Planning Meeting - Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 Official Plan Review General / Finance - Wednesday, [...]

18 Aug, 2021

Township Watch – August 2021

2022-08-07T15:59:29-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Special Planning Committee Official Plan Amendment - Resort Village of Minett General/Finance Committee Marina Road Parking (Walker’s [...]

18 Jul, 2021

Township Watch – July 2021

2022-04-21T12:03:41-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Staff General/Finance Committee - Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 Parking on Beaumaris Road Parking on Marina Road License [...]

18 Jun, 2021

Township Watch – June 2021

2022-04-21T12:03:43-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Staff Correction - Spelling Error in May Township Watch General/Finance Committee - June 16th, 2021 Proposed Updated [...]

18 May, 2021

Township Watch – May 2021

2022-04-21T12:03:43-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Mill Stream Bridge Torrance Barrens Special Committee Update Heritage Building Plaques Licensed Cannabis Retail Locations [...]

18 Apr, 2021

Township Watch – April 2021

2022-04-21T12:03:44-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Meeting Presentation on Historic Plaque Project Currie Street On-Street Parking Bala Creek (Mill Stream) Bridge [...]

18 Mar, 2021

Township Watch – March 2021

2024-03-13T09:27:02-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Special Council 2021 Budget Special Planning Committee Official Plan Amendment for Minett General/Finance Committee Municipal Property Assessment [...]

18 Feb, 2021

Township Watch – February 2021

2022-04-21T12:17:46-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Staff General Finance Committee Council Resort Village of Minett Joint Policy Review Draft Official Plan Amendment Planning [...]

18 Jan, 2021

Township Watch – January 2021

2024-02-03T15:44:36-05:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Township Staff General/Finance Committee Library Update Asset Management Progress Report Council MP Scott Aitchison Township Strategic Plan [...]

18 Dec, 2020

Township Watch – December 2020

2023-09-08T12:42:55-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Torrance Barrens Safe Quiet Lakes Yearly Update Muskoka Road 169 Active Transportation Council Municipal Operating [...]

18 Nov, 2020

Township Watch – November 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:46-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Integrity Commissioner - Mid-Term Training Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce Third Quarter Financial Update Calgary [...]

18 Oct, 2020

Township Watch – October 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:48-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Planning - September 2020 First Storey Boathouse Usage General/Finance Committee Staff Recognition Draft Parks Use By-Law Council [...]

18 Sep, 2020

Township Watch – September 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:46-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Meeting - Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 Budget Policy Discussion Township Winter Initiatives Council Meeting - Wednesday, [...]

18 Aug, 2020

Township Watch – August 2020

2022-04-21T12:19:32-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General Finance Committee Restoration of Portage Landing Park Council Solar Speed Sign in Bala KEE to Bala [...]

18 Jul, 2020

Township Watch – July 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:47-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Currie Street Parking COVID-19 Pandemic Property Tax Assistant Emergency Services Annual Activity Report 2019 Council [...]

18 Jun, 2020

Township Watch – June 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:47-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest General/Finance Committee Asset Management Plan Port Sandfield Bridge Closure Littering in the Township The KEE to Bala [...]

18 May, 2020

Township Watch – May 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:48-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Committee of the Whole - Friday, May 1st, 2020 2020 Budget Deliberations Special Council - Wednesday, May [...]

18 Apr, 2020

Township Watch – April 2020

2022-04-21T12:07:55-04:00

The following index should help you in locating an article of particular interest Special Council Meeting - Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 By-Law Officer & Property Standards Officer Appointment Moon River [...]

18 Mar, 2020

Township Watch – March 2020

2022-04-21T12:03:47-04:00

Correction On Monday, March 23rd, 2020 the Muskoka Ratepayers circulated a Keeping You Informed with a newsletter by Barb Bridgeman. We acknowledge that Barb's name was inadvertently spelled incorrectly.‎ We [...]

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