URGENT INFORMATION FOR SHORELINE PROPERTY OWNERS

The following links are for the document we are talking about:
Draft Shoreline Management Plan
as well as the accompanying
Draft Hazard Maps found in Appendix C
First, determine if your property is in Lakeshore Area 1 or Lakeshore Area 2 by identifying your location on one of the 31 Hazard Maps. (A red line denotes the Top of Bluff, purple denotes the eastern limit of Lakeshore Area 1 and yellow determines the 100 year erosion line and the eastern limit of Lakeshore Area 2). The Consultant Recommended Shoreline Development Guidelines found on Pages 113 -117 propose serious restrictions to all Lakeshore property owners within the ABCA watershed – from Tower Line Road in the north of Bayfield south to Kettle Point. BSRA has posted a resource document, BSRA Concerns about the Draft ABCA Document: Shoreline Management Plan 2016-Consultant Recommendation Report 

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Navigating the Shoreline Management Plan Draft

This draft document, as well as the accompanying Draft Hazard Maps found in Appendix C, can be downloaded from the ABCA website: www.abca.on.ca
First, it is important to determine whether your shoreline property is in Lakeshore Area 1 or Lakeshore Area 2.  The set of 31 Hazard Maps (Appendix C) covers the shoreline within the ABCA watershed – from Tower Line Road north of Bayfield south to Kettle Point. Find the map that includes your property.
On the maps, a red line denotes the Top of Bluff, a feature of the shoreline north of Grand Bend.  A purple line denotes the eastern limit of Lakeshore Area 1 and the yellow line determines the 100 year erosion line as well as the eastern limit of Lakeshore Area 2
The changes you may or may not be able to make to your cottage/home are outlined in the Consultant Recommended Shoreline Development Guidelines that are found on pp. 113 to 117 in the draft document. Do not overlook the footnotes.

Draft Updated Shoreline Management Plan Consultants’ Recommendation Report

abca smp 2016This draft is what we have been telling you about all summer. It is now available on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority website. Review it carefully. You have 90 days, until December 1, 2016 to submit your comments to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority to be considered by the steering committee. This is your opportunity to provide input. You may choose to copy your written comments to your councilor and info@bsra.ca

Shoreline Management Plan web page
– 2016 Shoreline Management PLan Consultant’s Report
– 2016 Draft Hazard Maps – Appendix C
– 2016 Appendices (apart from maps, which are posted above)

Huron County Health Unit News

As BSRA did send a letter of concern to the Health Unit when the original study was paused, it is important for you to know that the following motion was passed at the Huron County Board of Health Meeting,Thursday, September 1, 2016

Under section 8.1 of the agenda is a recommended motion that  

the Board of Health agrees to the request made during its August 4, 2016 meeting for the Health Unit’s participation in the proposed investigation into wind turbines and reported associated human health effects, to be conducted in partnership with Wind Concerns Ontario and the University of Waterloo

 

Municipality Official Plan Review

The Municipality is required to review their official plan every few years. The draft is available Official Plan Review Draft where you can easily see changes that are being considered and the specific dates and times and options when and how you can find our information and have your questions answered. PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE THIS DRAFT WITH THE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN, WHICH WE ARE ALL WAITING FOR THIS WEEK AS WELL.

ABCA Presentation at Annual Meeting

Hopefully you have read our E Bulletins and Newsletters but the Board of Directors of BSRA cannot stress enough, the seriousness of the impact that the Shoreline Management Plan Update will have on the future of every property owner along the lakeshore.

BSRA is disappointed that the original timeline suggesting public meetings during 2016 cottage season has changed. We know the steering committee received the draft, including consultations’ recommendations for no future erosion control structures and new restrictions that will affect all building permits. The ABCA is currently completing the maps of each area and a plan for implementation to provide context to the draft, prior to posting it on the ABCA website. We understand the posting should be expected by September 1, 2016 followed by a 90 day window for public comment. Considering the draft is not publicly available we appreciate that Geoff Cade from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority will attend our Annual Meeting, August 27th to discuss the process and provide important information so you can take the best advantage of your opportunity to comment, when the time comes.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, August 27th at St. Peter’s Church Hall, just north of St. Joseph oh HWY 21.

Open Air Fire Ban LIFTED August 15th

An Open Air Fire Ban was extended today to all of Huron County.

The Fire Chiefs of Huron County have jointly declared a fire ban because of the lack of significant rainfall and the forecast of more hot dry conditions ahead.

All open air fires are prohibited in Huron County, including those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit.   This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, recreational fires, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces and chimineas,  or any other fires set in the open.

The only exceptions to this ban are cooking fires in approved campgrounds. Cooking fires are permitted on campsites from noon to midnight only.   After midnight, all fires must be completely extinguished.