Change is Inevitable
Change around the lakes is
inevitable because residents’ needs and visions change over time.
The Town of Gravenhurst is
responsible for ensuring change to properties meets its rules, as defined in
documents such as the Official Plan and the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. Change that is consistent with these rules
will be approved by the Town.
When proposed changes
aren’t consistent with the rules, a zoning amendment or minor variance may be
requested by the resident proposing the change.
KLRA Role in Change
It is a core role of ratepayers’ associations in
general to play a role in development in its community – the KLRA is no
exception. According to our recent
survey, residents strongly support this role, which involves two primary areas
Influencing Planning and By-Law Development
The KLRA has been very involved with the Town on
the topic of development, over a long period of time. The Official Plan has a Kahshe Lake-specific
section, driven largely by the Kahshe Lake Plan. The Association has also been very involved
in the Town’s new Comprehensive Zoning By-law, to be passed by Council in 2010.
It is through this activity that the KLRA has
sought to influence the rules that apply to most development activities.
Commenting on Applications
When zoning amendments or minor variance
applications are made, the Town advises the KLRA so that we may provide input
into the Town’s decision. Our principal
interface with the Town is through letters signed by the President and through two
committees: The Town and District Liaison Committee and The Kahshe Lake Plan
Town and District
Town and District Liaison Committee is a standing committee established to work
with the Town of Gravenhurst and the District of Muskoka on municipal planning
and by-law enforcement issues. You can
learn more about the Committee by clicking here [link to OPR content].
- To maintain an
effective, on-going liaison system to monitor new Town and District
proposals that are relevant to the lake.
- To support the
Town in its efforts to enforce the official plan, zoning and other
regulatory bylaws, regulations and law enforcement programs.
- Monitor the activities of the Town and District as they apply to the
Kahshe Lake .
- Monitor development activity on the lake to encourage compliance with
the bylaws by property owners and service workers.
Kahshe Lake Plan Implementation Committee
The Kahshe Lake Plan Implementation Committee
(KLPIC) is a long-term ad hoc committee focussed on change initiatives
necessary to realize the Lake Plan. It
has been the KLRA’s primary agent in influencing the Town’s Official Plan and
Comprehensive Zoning By-Law. KLPIC
members have considerable expertise in these matters. You can learn more
about the Committee by clicking here [link to OPR content].
Town provides the KLRA President and the Chair of the Town and District Liaison
Committee with all applications for by-law amendments and minor variances that
apply to waterfront properties on Kahshe and Bass Lakes.
KLRA will research the details/specifics of each application and
respond to the Town either supporting the request or opposing it. The
application is analysed with reference to the principles and the specific
limitations set out in the Lake Plan.
Application Review Process
A “response group”, comprised of KLRA Board of Directors members and the Committees
mentioned above, reviews each application.
The response group will consider the application and the drawings, and
the Town’s Planning Department report.
If feasible, site visits and discussion with neighbours will take
place. A draft response will be vetted
by the group for acceptability, and when finalized, sent to the Town’s Planning
Department and the local Councillors. This
official e-mail will be filed together with any responses from the Town, as
well as the decision of the Council on the application.
KLRA liaison may attend the meeting at which the application is presented to
Council and may address the Council regarding the application. The group will
assess the Council decision and decide on whether or not further action is
Role of The Kahshe Lake Plan
applications come to the KLRA, the Town has already determined that the
application isn’t a perfect fit with the Official Plan and/or the Comprehensive
Zoning By-Law (or, perhaps, other applicable regulations). Other “filters” are necessary for a decision
to be reached.
bases on which the KLRA makes its comments are the Lake Plan and input received
from area residents.
detailed Lake Plan, which has broad support of the KLRA membership, provides
guidance regarding many specific details of the development or redevelopment of
waterfront properties on Kahshe and Bass Lakes. Furthermore, the Lake Study provided the KLRA
with essential goals and directions in preserving the quality of life on Kahshe
Lake, based on positive social values and aesthetics, as well as the scientific
health of the lake and its surroundings.
details of The Kahshe Lake Plan are available here.
TOWN OF GRAVENHURST PLANNING
A key source of information is the
Gravenhurst planning department, which manages official plan and zoning
bylaw information. Here is the link to their site: http://www.gravenhurst.ca/municipal-services/departments/planning/.