Stop over-development in Muskoka on Leonard Lake

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Leonard Lake is a beautiful headwater lake that drains into Lake Muskoka, but this last stretch of natural shoreline on the lake, along with endangered species habitat and prime wetland is in danger of being lost.

The owners of this property have registered an application to re-zone and sever this mile of shoreline, adding five development lots to the one in existence, and to expand the road, potentially setting the stage for further development. This is the second application that the owners have filed to sever and rezone this property. The current application asks the Township for an exemption to the zoning by-law to get around the rezoning requirement and an Official Plan Amendment to counteract the fact that Leonard Lake is still considered an “over-threshold waterbody”.

This application is a disguised waterfront sub-division and we strongly oppose this development. Smaller lakes such as Leonard are vulnerable to development activity and decisions taken by Townships regarding land use changes on small lakes are precedent setting for all of Muskoka. We believe that the fight to prevent the development of this last stretch of undisturbed shoreline on Leonard Lake is a watershed event and worth the engagement of Muskoka residents far beyond the borders of this lake.

The approval or denial of this development application will be determined September 12th and 14th at the Township of Muskoka Lakes hearing and public meeting and we need your support to defeat this application.

Please help us to protect Leonard Lake and protect Muskoka by signing this petition and where possible, attending the hearings. 

Your comments are greatly appreciated, they will be shared with Township decision-makers prior to the hearing.