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Lake of Bays Council Meeting, Tuesday January 10th, 2023, item 6(E)(V) "Raven Lake Landing Parking Lot

5 Jan 2023 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Attention: Mayor Glover, Councillor Lacroix, Councillor Anderson, Ms Sykes,

Mayor - Terry Glover:

District Councillor - Robert Lacroix:

Area Councillor - George Anderson:

Director of Corporate Services / Clerk: Carrie Sykes:

Subject: Lake of Bays Council Meeting, Tuesday January 10th, 2023, item 6(E)(V) "Raven Lake Landing Parking Lot"

I am a property owner on Raven Lake, and I regularly use the Raven Lake Landing and Parking Lot. I am deeply concerned that Township Staff have prepared a report to Council regarding a significant change in policy regarding the Raven Lake Landing Parking Lot with insufficient notice or consultation with the various individuals and organizations which use the Raven Lake Landing and Parking Lot. 

I understand that in the fall of 2022, the Raven Lake Cottage Association and Raven Lake Dock Association were told, by the mayor, that the matter of maintenance being completed by Lake of Bays at the parking lot was not an issue for the Township at that time.

Many groups, in addition to the residents and cottagers of Raven Lake, require that the landing and parking lot be maintained, as it has been, by the Township of Lake of Bays for the past thirty years.  Groups that use the landing and parking lot year round as the only public access point to the lake include the Algonquin Highlands Fire Services Dept, Lake of Bays Planning and Building Departments, Algonquin Highlands Planning and Building Departments, Haliburton Highlands Water Trails users, The MNRF Enforcement branch, The Ontario Provincial Police, Hydro One Crews, Raven Lake Dock Association members, Raven Lake Cottagers Association members, Tall Pines Snowmobile Club trail users, Lake of Bays ATV Club trail users, local contractors, and many other leisure organizations and members of the general public.

I request that:

  1. Lake of Bays Council NOT accept the recommendation from staff at this meeting to “immediately cease all operational maintenance activities” at the Landing. 
  2. Council commits to providing sufficient time for a rigorous public consultation and due diligence process which would detail the future impacts that such a measure would have on each of the public, and public sector stakeholders that will be impacted.
  3. Council commits that it will not take such a direction without a fully developed solution in place for the continued operation and maintenance of the Raven Lake Landing and Parking lot.


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