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Township Watch – November 2023

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.

Township Watch – October 2023

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”.

Township Watch – September 2023

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.

Township Watch – August 2023

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.

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