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Scugog Lake Stewards Inc. is an all volunteer group dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the health of Lake Scugog and its watershed through the promotion of PROJECTS, RESEARCH. EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP.  It is a Registered Charitable Organization incorporated in 2003 and audited annually.  Your involvement in our work, your actions and your knowledge are critical to the health of the lake.

SCUGOG LAKE STEWARDS’ STAGE 2 RESPONSE TO THE AVENU PROPERTIES DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR THE SHORES OF LAKE SCUGOG

SCUGOG LAKE STEWARDS, submission to Scugog Township Council

Avenu Properties Development Corporation – Equus/Scugog Port Perry,  (Cawker’s Creek)

 

 

SUBJECT:  THE SCUGOG LAKE STEWARDS’ COMMENTS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MZO APPLICATION TO THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO   

We are aware that the Township is currently in receipt of the above development application which seeks to rezone lands to facilitate intensive residential development on private services directly adjacent to the lake on the mouth of Cawker’s Creek. This proposal is conceptual only without the necessary data-study to enable essential assessment of its potential short and long term impact on the health of the lake and therefore the economy.

The proponent’s apparent intention is to obtain rezoning approval of their proposal for the land through the new Bill 185 and through a Ministerial Zoning Order. Does Council support this Ministerial Zoning Order in the face of missing prerequisite information, or feedback from the community to evaluate its short and long term impact to Lake Scugog?

Scugog Lake Stewards Inc. was established in March 2003 as a non-profit charitable corporation with a mandate which included the conservation and protection of Lake Scugog and its watershed and to increase public awareness of lake health and support for continued economic, social and recreational development around the lake in an ecologically responsible and sustainable manner.

We believe that the health and vitality of Lake Scugog is critical to the continued success of the economy of the Township of Scugog and its livability as a community. Especially since 2015 we have observed a serious deterioration of lake quality through the impact of many factors including the various results of recent climate change, the introduction of destructive invasive species and continued shoreline development deteriorating near shore viability and balance, to name a few.

The Scugog Lake Stewards are supportive of continued development in the Township of Scugog and would not oppose development which has been evaluated positively with regard to its short and long term impact on the environment generally and upon Lake Scugog in particular, …

Therefore, the Scugog Lake Stewards’ Board of Directors have resolved:

“That Scugog Lake Stewards Inc. recommends that Council not support advancing this major conceptual proposal to the Province at this time or until such time as the necessary detailed information is provided to enable knowledge that the development will not significantly negatively impact the health of the lake and or the municipal financial responsibility in both the short and long term, .. 

And that any future proposal to develop adjacent to Lake Scugog require similar substantive evaluation to ensure that the lake and the municipality will not be adversely affected in the short or long term.”

Proposed as at:  Scugog Township Council, June 24, 2024.

President, Rob Messervey, Scugog Lake Stewards Inc.

IMPORTANT OTHER DOCUMENTS:

Our 2023 Annual Report 2023 SLS Annual Report Rev 4 which will outline the work that we have accomplished in 2023.

 

 

Click here to view the webcam mounted on the Port Perry Marina. It is time limited for viewing. 

 

Our mission is to preserve, protect and enhance Lake Scugog.  Like other lakes, our Lake Scugog faces the challenges of invasive species, sedimentation, water quality and lake level issues.  It is our job to work with partners to ensure the lake remains healthy and attractive for future generations.

Rob Messervey, President

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