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TML Official Plan Draft 3 Review Meeting - June 20

On June 20, 2022, at 9:00 am, the Township of Muskoka Lakes will hold a Special Planning Committee Meeting to review Draft 3 of the revised Official Plan. This updated draft includes revisions based on public feedback to the previous drafts of the Official Plan, and is available to view on the TML Government Portal. Delegations to speak at the meeting will be accepted in accordance with the Township's Delegation policy.

In terms of our campaign to block the Lippa quarry application, I believe that there have been significant improvements to Section K - Aggregates, and that our efforts have produced positive results in terms of retaining and enhancing some key policies. Specifically, the policy to prohibit new quarry developments within 2 km of waterfront areas, and the policy to site new quarries in close proximity to provincial highways. Thank you to all those who helped to make this happen!

However, I am very concerned that Mud Lake (aka Collins Lake) has been dropped from the list of Category 3 lakes in Table E4.3. The status of this lake is very important because of its proximity to the proposed Lippa quarry site, and it is well within the 2 km limit. Unless this issue is resolved, I will be delegating at the meeting on June 20.

Going forward, we must continue to scrutinize all policies related to the aggregate industry with utmost care, and we must be prepared to deal with inappropriate bias whenever it arises. We do not want to have new quarry sites springing up all over the Township of Muskoka Lakes, threatening our lakes and rivers, and potentially destroying the very qualities that make this area so attractive to so many!

Tom

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