The Township of Muskoka Lakes held a virtual meeting on Sept 26th to review the Policy Directions for the new Official Plan. It was overwhelmingly attended by Skeleton Lake cottagers, underscoring our concern for protecting the fragile environment in Muskoka and in particular our pristine lake.
We want to make sure, once we finally bury Lippa's planned quarry, that there will never again be an opportunity to establish a harmful Pit & Quarry or any other harmful industrial site near our precious lakes.
So I'm asking you to make sure you take some time this week to complete the survey regarding the Policy Directions that will shape the actual policies in the next Official Plan due to be drafted in early 2021. The deadline for the survey is this Friday, October 9th.
Here's what we want the new OP to reflect:
The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and you should review the Policy Directions document as well if you haven't already. In the survey, make sure to select "Mineral Resource Uses Adjacent to Waterfront Area" in Question 2 and fill in your comments as above in Question 3.
You can also choose to comment on other areas that are important to you, the community and our lake such as; Lake System Health, Recreational Carrying Capacity, Watershed Planning and Cumulative Environmental Impacts - all important and all impacted by quarrying.
You can find the links to the survey here - https://engagemuskokalakes.ca/official-plan-review/survey_tools/proposed-policy-direction-questionnaire
and the Policy Directions document here - https://engagemuskokalakes.ca/16524/widgets/64937/documents/39418
Please take a few minutes this week and let our township know we're serious about protecting our lakes in Muskoka!
President, Skeleton Lake Cottagers Organization