November 16, 2018

Township of Lake of Bays Public Meeting for
Langmaid’s Island Application

It has been a week of surprises and changes on the Langmaid’s Island development application and the Lake of Bays Association (LOBA) and Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation (LBHF) have been working hard to understand what is going on. Here is what we know and/or have been told.

On Tuesday November 13, Township of Lake of Bays released their staff report , recommending Council deny the current development proposal from Langmaid’s Island Corp (LIC). The next day, LIC filed a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) appeal on the basis that a decision had not been reached within the 180 days mandated by the Planning Act. (LPAT is the replacement for the Ontario Municipal Board). On advice from their lawyer, the Township cancelled the Public Meeting scheduled for Tuesday November 20. They also added a Closed Session to the agenda for councillors to speak with the Township lawyer and understand their next steps. At the beginning of the November 20 meeting, we understand that a motion will be made to remove the Langmaid’s Island proposal from the agenda and that motion is expected to pass. That means there will be no opportunity for the public to speak on the issue at this time.

Given that there will be no discussion in the open meeting pertaining to the Langmaid’s Island application, we do not feel that a strong public attendance is required . LOBA and the LBHF will have representatives attend to monitor the meeting and report if there are any unanticipated outcomes.

For those who were intending to submit their comments after November 13 for input to the public meeting, your letters will not be added to the meeting agenda for November 20, however, they will be read by the staff and councillors to whom they are addressed. We have been informed that in light of the appeal, councillors have been advised not to comment on this matter, but that they are still interested in hearing from constituents. We continue to encourage the public to remain engaged and to share their comments with their elected officials and Township staff as planned.

We will continue to monitor the application and keep you informed as the LPAT appeal process unfolds.

Town of Huntsville releases staff report on
Waterfront Landing sites proposed for Langmaid’s Island

At 12:40 today, the Town of Huntsville released their staff report on the zoning amendment applications for 3933 and 4215 South Portage Road (proposed waterfront landings for Langmaid's Island). The report recommends denial of the application. Click here to read the full report and attachments.

The application will be discussed at the Town of Huntsville November 20 Planning Committee meeting (10:00 a.m., Town of Huntsville Council Chambers, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville). The meeting is open to the public, and anyone wishing to make comments at the meeting must submit a deputation request in advance of the meeting for approval by the Chair - click here to get a deputation form. Written comments provided prior to the meeting will be shared with the members of Planning Committee. Click here for the agenda.

We will keep you informed on this matter also.

The purpose of the Lake of Bays Association is to promote, sustain and enhance a clean and healthy natural environment, a well serviced community and a safe and peaceful Lake of Bays.

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