Dear Raven Lake Cottagers’ Association Members,
On behalf of the RLCA Landing Committee we would like to share some exciting news about the progress of docking project at the Landing.
The Raven Lake Dock Association’s (RLDA) vendor, R&J Machine has completed the construction of the first phase of docks, and they are now ready to be installed as soon as the ice is gone from the lake this spring. The initial installation will provide 40 slips which the 76 RLDA members will be sharing to start the 2022 cottage season.
On March 29th a rezoning application to permit the RLDA docks to extend up to a maximum of 176' from shore and accommodate a maximum of 96 boat slips for Raven Lake Water Access Residents was heard at the Lake of Bays (LoB) Council meeting.
Council unanimous voted to approve the LoB Staff Report recommending the approval of the rezoning application.
During the council meeting, on behalf of the RLDA, the Landing Committee committed to continuing to work with our neighbours near the landing to ensure concerns about the project are addressed:
- Keeping the overall length of the docking project to a minimum, and to keep the 4 main docks as close to uniform lengths as possible
- The RLDA has contacted the docking vendor, the layout of the docks and slips in second phase has been changed to be more rectangular and uniform in length, and the shorter main dock has been placed at north end of the project.
- No additional lighting is included in the project in order to protect the night sky / dark sky in 5 Mile Bay
- RLDA will assist with re-naturalization of the shoreline where possible, appropriate, and allowed by the MNRF
- A working group has been established with the residents located near the landing to tackle some of the common neighbourly behaviour issues at the landing (ie. lighting, car lights, noise, boating, wakes, etc)
LoB published the rezoning approval on April 4th; the Landing Committee is continuing to work with our planning consultant and with the LoB Planning and Building departments to submit the development permit application and building permit applications for the second phase of the project.
Once the necessary approvals are in place the main docks will be extended and slips will be installed for each of the 76 RLDA members.
The Landing Committee hopes that everyone is as excited as we are about how quickly and successfully the project has progressed since last fall. The RLCA Board of Directors, numerous Past Presidents, and volunteers on the Landing Committee have been working to see this project come to life since 2007. With the former stick docks removed, a new organized and centralized docking system installed, boating traffic removed from the shallow and environmentally sensitive areas and a large portion of the shoreline able to return to a natural state the whole Raven Lake community will be able to enjoy a much-improved situation at the landing this spring.
If you have any questions or concerns about the RLDA project, please reach out to the landing committee.
The RLCA Landing Committee
Sean Hungerford, Scott Lewis, Graham Donald, Ross Lawrence, Mike Wlodek, Peter Hungerford, George Kenins, Craig Stoyles, Tom Wilson
Z 04-22 (Raven Lake Dock Assoc.) Notice of Passing.pdf