NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING RESPECTING A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE OFFICIAL PLAN OF THE MUSKOKA DISTRICT AREA TAKE NOTICE THAT The District Municipality of Muskoka will hold a Public Meeting for Official Plan Amendment No. 45 - Lake System Health Policy Update on: Date: October 20, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. Location: Council Chamber, District Municipality of Muskoka Municipal Office, 70 Pine Street, Bracebridge EXPLANATION OF THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT: The purpose of the proposed Official Plan Amendment would be to provide an updated, simplified and scientifically defensible policy set for the continued protection of Muskoka's recreational water quality. In this regard, the effect of the Amendment would be to revise and update the existing planning policies to guide development around lakes and rivers in a holistic manner by responding to the findings of the Revised Water Quality Model and Lake System Health Program Final Report by Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Limited (HESL) dated April, 2016. This report provides evidence based and outcome driven recommendations on how to protect water quality in the watersheds of Muskoka in consideration of multiple environmental stressors and using the data from the District's water quality monitoring program. As these policies would apply to The District Municipality of Muskoka in its entirety, no key map is attached to this notice. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, is available by contacting Summer Valentine, Director of Planning at 705-645-2100, ext. 388, summer.valentine@muskoka.on.ca or Christy Doyle, Director of Watershed and Environmental Programs, ext. 278, christy.doyle@muskoka.on.ca. Copies of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and related background materials are available for review online at muskoka.on.ca and at The District Municipality of Muskoka Planning and Economic Development Department, 70 Pine Street, Bracebridge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.


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