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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 coming before Council for consideration at the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 9, 2021.

The Public Consultation has now closed; many thanks to all to provided valuable feedback used in drafting and refining the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan.

You can find relevant documents, including the full version of the Old Lakeshore Neighbourhood Plan and public comments in the documents section at the bottom of this page.

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.

When will the Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan be Approved?

A staff report to Committee of the Whole is scheduled for February 9, 2021 which will provide a summary of the feedback received, as well as the revised Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan for Council’s review. The Old Lakeshore Road Neighbourhood Plan may be approved by way of a Council resolution.