Commercial and residential development is a hot topic throughout the District of Muskoka.
In fact, requests for information about land use planning and development are among the most common reasons cottagers contact the Muskoka Lakes Association.
Under the guidance of a qualified land use planner, the MLA advocates for responsible land use planning and thoughtful development that protects water quality and respects the natural beauty of Muskoka.
What you can do
By understanding the land use planning process in your community, you can ensure your voice is heard in land-use decisions that affect you.
It's up to citizens and communities to speak up and protect what they care about. Community engagement and open communication between individuals, organizations, community and government are the basis for sound planning decisions.
To contact the MLA about an issue, to learn more about our efforts, or to get involved, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MLA political and land use committee meets monthly to discuss issues affecting the Muskoka community. This committee also reviews and responds to member requests for assistance about precedent-setting political and land use issues (zoning issues, by-law amendments, etc.). Here's how the process works:
Note: The MLA does not typically engage in disputes between residential neighbours, unless the proposed land use issue has precedent setting impact.
The Muskoka Lakes Association Government and Land Use Committee (GLUC) tracks issues affecting the Muskoka tax payers and the shoreline community. We monitor municipal activities, particularly related to planning issues, policy development and budgets that affect taxation. We are proactive in tracking issues but also rely on our members to identify local issues. Our committee is made up of volunteers and as such, we must limit our involvement to precedent setting land use issues. We cannot respond to, or support issues related to neighbour disputes or enforcement of by-laws. The MLA seeks partners in our individual members or Lake Associations in pursuing planning issues given our limited resources.
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