Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan

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Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan is a Town policy project aimed to provide more detailed development policies to guide future development and redevelopment within the Special Study Area on Old Lakeshore Road.

The Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan is now drafted and the Town is seeking feedback from Stakeholders.

Where is the Special Study Area?

The Special Study Area encompasses a 1.2 km stretch of Old Lakeshore Road, approximately 21 hectares in area. Only lands designated for residential uses, with some adjacent hazard lands below the slope of the Escarpment, are included in the Special Study Area as shown in the map. Old Lakeshore Road is a deed-ended road with no opportunity to connect to other existing roads in the area. The limited development that currently exists on Old Lakeshore Road makes this Special Study Area unique.


Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Town of The Blue Mountains 2016 Official Plan identifies a Special Study Area on Old Lakeshore Road (see the attached policies on the right-hand side of this page). These policies require that the lands within Special Study Area be subject to further study and review through a neighbourhood plan prior to any new development proceeding. See also the Official Plan page for more information about the need for a Neighbourhood Plan https://www.thebluemountains.ca/official-plan.cfm(External link). It should be noted that a proposal known as “Romspen” for 34 single detached dwellings on one of the parcels of lands in the Special Study Area is also under review. More information about the Romspen proposal is available on the Town’s Website https://www.thebluemountains.ca/2220740-ontario-inc-romspen-investments.cfm?is=26


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan is not a development proposal, but a policy document intended to complement, but not replace, the Town’s Official Plan. The Study Area lands are also designated as Residential Recreational Area and Hazard Lands.

The Official Plan already contains detailed policies for these lands through the land use categories and the development policies. However, given some of the unique characteristics of the Special Study Area, the Neighbourhood Plan is intended to be a further guide to direct future development of the Special Study Area. The Neighbourhood Plan is designed in accordance with the Official Plan, and other Town policies and regulations that apply. The Neighbourhood Plan intends to provide a vision for the neighbourhood and goals to achieve the vision.

Public feedback is valuable in revising and refining the draft Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan. Please note that the public commenting period closed on August 14, 2020.


When will the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan be Approved?

Town Planning Staff will be reviewing the all of the comments received on the draft Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan and developing a staff report to Council to be considered by Council in the fall 2020. This staff report will include the comments received on the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan.


Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan is a Town policy project aimed to provide more detailed development policies to guide future development and redevelopment within the Special Study Area on Old Lakeshore Road.

The Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan is now drafted and the Town is seeking feedback from Stakeholders.

Where is the Special Study Area?

The Special Study Area encompasses a 1.2 km stretch of Old Lakeshore Road, approximately 21 hectares in area. Only lands designated for residential uses, with some adjacent hazard lands below the slope of the Escarpment, are included in the Special Study Area as shown in the map. Old Lakeshore Road is a deed-ended road with no opportunity to connect to other existing roads in the area. The limited development that currently exists on Old Lakeshore Road makes this Special Study Area unique.


Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Town of The Blue Mountains 2016 Official Plan identifies a Special Study Area on Old Lakeshore Road (see the attached policies on the right-hand side of this page). These policies require that the lands within Special Study Area be subject to further study and review through a neighbourhood plan prior to any new development proceeding. See also the Official Plan page for more information about the need for a Neighbourhood Plan https://www.thebluemountains.ca/official-plan.cfm(External link). It should be noted that a proposal known as “Romspen” for 34 single detached dwellings on one of the parcels of lands in the Special Study Area is also under review. More information about the Romspen proposal is available on the Town’s Website https://www.thebluemountains.ca/2220740-ontario-inc-romspen-investments.cfm?is=26


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan is not a development proposal, but a policy document intended to complement, but not replace, the Town’s Official Plan. The Study Area lands are also designated as Residential Recreational Area and Hazard Lands.

The Official Plan already contains detailed policies for these lands through the land use categories and the development policies. However, given some of the unique characteristics of the Special Study Area, the Neighbourhood Plan is intended to be a further guide to direct future development of the Special Study Area. The Neighbourhood Plan is designed in accordance with the Official Plan, and other Town policies and regulations that apply. The Neighbourhood Plan intends to provide a vision for the neighbourhood and goals to achieve the vision.

Public feedback is valuable in revising and refining the draft Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan. Please note that the public commenting period closed on August 14, 2020.


When will the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan be Approved?

Town Planning Staff will be reviewing the all of the comments received on the draft Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan and developing a staff report to Council to be considered by Council in the fall 2020. This staff report will include the comments received on the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan.

Provide Comments and Feedback

Please share your comments regarding the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood plan below. All comments will be public. 

Thank you for your submission. Town Planning Staff will be reviewing the comments received on the draft Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan. A staff report will be presented to Council likely August 25, 2020. The final adoption of the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan is expected in September. 

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    Additional Comments Received

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    Waterpark or maybe amusement park??

    by James Hunter, 3 months ago

    Since the new plan is to completely demolish this part of the escarpment, let's go all in and create an amusement park. Imagine the waterslide from the top? It'll be awesome!

    134 units? Come on. Where do you draw the line on development?

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    OLRNP - Need Progress, with Vision

    by Hmcclellan, 3 months ago

    Our family has owned the farm on Old Lakeshore Road since the early 1950's. We all love the area and want to preserve its rural nature.

    In order to allow our younger generation to own a piece of their heritage we would like to show our support for John Tennant and my brother-in-law Craig Goodman's simple solution to a sewer problem in the OLRN Plan. Their solution, as detailed in our submissions, would solve a technical stumbling block that has handcuffed us for decades and would be a win for all parties.

    My husband Gordon and I believe that there... Continue reading

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    Strongly Oppose the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan

    by fahamed, 3 months ago

    We are full time residents on Old Lakeshore Rd and this is our Principal Residence.

    We are AGAINST the draft Neighbourhood Plan. There is no need for the neighbourhood plan as it is not aligned with the Town of the Blue Mountains Official Plan, which we had reviewed as part of our due diligence prior to purchasing our home. We are opposed to ANY future development as we and residents from the surrounding areas purchased our homes with the intent that these wooded areas would not be developed one day. We love the natural beauty that the current area offers... Continue reading

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    Old lakeshore Rd

    by Sherkie, 3 months ago

    Please stop developing every possible green space in are community.

    The number of houses being developed around highway 26 between Georgian Peaks and Meaford is out of control. Where will all the tragic go? Where will all the people go? Where will the students go to school, where will the elders retire to? Think long term and the damage this will cause to our land....that we are to be keepers of, not changers of?

    Thank you

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    Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan

    by Lou Montana, 3 months ago

    We live in a home we had built in the development known as "The Residences of Peaks Bay" adjacent to Dephi Point Park. This development was the vision of the late Ken Kent . Through building covenants and a Tree Preservation Plan he strived to ensure the neighbourhood would have the "character" one would expect for the Town of Blue Mountains.

    We have also seen another vision crafted by George Fleming for the Nipissing Ridge developments (Where we had a home for a number of years. ) Prior to that we had a condo in Historic Snowbridge that we bought... Continue reading

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    OLD LAKESHORE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS TO STOP AND BE RE-WORKED

    by Scheuring, 3 months ago

    We are strongly opposed to the proposed draft neighbourhood plan for Old Lakeshore Road.

    This plan not only impacts the residents along Old Lakeshore, but those in a much broader vicinity, and the area in general. The Town is about to launch into another mis-managed eyesore much like the disaster at Peaks Bay across from the Georgian Peaks Ski Club. That development had no oversight on the developer and clearly no consequences given the complete clear-cutting that occurred. This area in the NEP Evaluation study has been deemed "very attractive" citing tree cover and vegetation. What this plan proposes would... Continue reading

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    T Burrows

    by ted burrows, 3 months ago

    To whom it may concern

    As a full time resident on Wensley dr I am already concerned with the increase in traffic on the private rd. that our condo corp owns. In addition to this many of the "visitors" to the neighborhood do not abide by the speed limit.

    The wonderful thing about being on a private dead end street is that it keeps the speed down to allow children to play safely out side. I am deeply worried that there will be an incident especially in the winter when we have more children and less forgiving road conditions. The... Continue reading

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    Old Lakeshore Development - No to high density development!

    by lizbialkowski, 3 months ago

    As a long term resident in the Camperdown area it's hard to imagine a high density development at the bottom of the hill. I'm wondering what happened to the Niagara Escarpment plan of little development and regard for the environment is this area? The thought of using the trail with high density housing as a background is not appealing.

    How did this proposal go from 34 estate lots last year - to 134 townhouses this year? What really alarms me is we received no distribution of Notice for the proposed Old Lakeshore Road Plan. We feel this plan has not... Continue reading

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    Strongly Opposed to the Proposed Old Lakeshore Road Plan

    by Paulinepduffy, 3 months ago
    We are deeply concerned and opposed to the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan for several reasons. The increased density of 134 potential units being added to the immediate area is troublesome. This translates into potentially hundreds of extra cars, individuals, families and their guests who would further be impacting the fragile immediate environment We are wholly opposed to that extreme level of density proposed for the site. Additional building of single family homes would make sense to retain the character of the current surrounding neighbourhoods that are full of mature trees and single family detached homes. The sheer density of
    ... Continue reading