Your Property Rights in the Township of Muskoka Lakes Might Be Changing

Your Property Rights in the Township of Muskoka Lakes Might Be Changing

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Our Muskoka Stakeholders Association started this petition to Township of Muskoka Lakes

Our Muskoka Stakeholders Association is managed by a group of local business owners and residents with the aligned goal of informing property owners on the potential impacts of the Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan policies and by-law revisions.

How could the new Official Plan affect you?

  • Restricting the current grandfathered rights for expansions of existing buildings that are setback less than 66ft from the shoreline.
  • On certain lakes, based on the total number of lots on that lake, the amount of development and redevelopment permitted will be restricted on existing lots.
  • The maximum number of lots permitted on certain lakes or rivers will be restricted based on the current total number of lots on a lake regardless of how much frontage you have.
  • Requiring all new boathouses to be subject to Site Plan Approval. 
  • Limit the use of the dock level portion of boathouses to boat storage only (No lower level lounge area in boathouse).
  • New water access lots will require a deeded mainland lot to provide parking. The mainland and water access lots will not be able to be sold separately.
  • Construction on almost every new building or new addition will require a Site Plan Agreement.
  • Minimum lot size and frontage for new lots will be increased from 60M to 90M on all lakes except for Lake Joseph (where it is already 90M) It will increase beyond that (120M) for lots fronting on narrow waterbodies, with steep slopes and that are water access only. The minimum lot area is proposed to be doubled and the minimum frontage is to increase by 50%.
  • The creation of new lots that meet the applicable standards will require detailed environmental analysis conducted by professionals to confirm where will be no negative environmental or water quality impacts.
  • On a smaller lake (Leonard, Bass, Bruce, Brandy, Three Mile for instance) the lot size increases from 60M to 90M, Recreational Carrying Capacity (RCC) policies are applied and then Causation studies (which must be done by a public authority) are required. The result of this combination of policies is that regardless of how much area or frontage individual property owners have, development on these lakes could potentially be frozen.

Would you be interested in...

  • The ability to add a second sleeping cabin to a property and have an increased size cabin.
  • Increasing the accessory of a building by 25ft.
  • Keeping the right to extend a dock of less than 66ft in length into the lake if it exceeds the maximum permitted 25% width.


The proposed Official Plan is a lengthy document that includes substantial detail and requires almost 200 pages of policies to describe how the Township plans to manage growth and development over the next 10 years. It will be difficult for a property owner to understand its implications. Our Muskoka believes the Official Plan should contain short, concise, and succinct policies that property owners can understand. This is available in many other jurisdictions.

For the full Official Plan click below 

Table of Contents
Section A - Introduction
Section B - Waterfront
Section C - Urban Centres
Section C1 - Resort Villages
Section D - Communities
Section E - Rural
Section F - Implementation
Section G - Definitions
Schedules and Appendices

Questions? info@our-muskoka.ca

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