Saturday February 16, 2019

Official Plan Review – Response to HHLPOA from Council

As part of the Official Plan 5 Year Review process, there was an opportunity to submit proposals for changes.  Halls Hawk Lakes Property Owners Association took advantage of that opportunity and submitted our proposal based on the data collected and documented in our Lake Plan.  Our submission is posted on this website under “Our Position”.  I really like George’s suggestion to use the Shoreline Advisor Program to review the geese situation at Johnson Park.  Here is the preliminary response we have received from Council.

Good Morning George,

I apologize for the delay in responding to your email.  We have been compiling the submissions we have received to date and providing responses where appropriate.  Your comments will be presented to Council for their consideration.

For clarification, Provincially Significant Wetlands are areas that have been evaluated by the Province of Ontario.  These are areas covered by shallow water all the time causing the soil to be water logged which encourages growth of plants.  In turn, these wetlands play a crucial role in providing habitat for endangered wildlife and other species, stabilizing shorelines, providing spawning grounds  for fish etc.  Areas of Provincial Significance (ANSI’s), which are what is shown on the Official Plan maps are areas of land and water that represent significant geological and biological features including areas that contain rock, fossil and landform features. 

The issue of geese at Elvin Johnson Park, as you are aware, has been an ongoing one.  Council has given direction to staff to leave the landscaping at the park, somewhat un-groomed to try and discourage their presence.  Certainly the Township is open to any free advice in this regard.  Your offer to assist in our efforts will be passed along to Council for consideration.  Your commitment to the health and preservation of Halls Lake and our lakes in general is welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you for your continued input and support.

Township of Algonquin Highlands