Strategic Planning for the Township of South Frontenac

At the AGM on July 21, 2019 Ross Sutherland, South Frontenac Councillor, spoke about the 2019-2021 Strategic Planning for the Township of South Frontenac, and emphasized how important it is for all residents to get involved in helping develop the plans for the future.

Start by giving your input to the South Frontenac survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSTMT8M.

For more information or to contact Ross please go to his website https://rosssutherlandloughborough.net/.

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Annual General Meeting – Sunday July 21, 2019

Dear Residents, Cottagers and Members.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday morning, July 21, 2019. As usual, the meeting will be held at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters.

We really hope to see you there. This is a great opportunity to share news of what is happening to our lakes and surroundings, and also to meet the other people who share your lake.

Here’s an outline of the updated schedule:

9:30 a.m. Coffee, paying memberships, name-tags

10:00 a.m. AGM business

11:00 a.m. A few words by Ross Sutherland, Councillor, South Frontenac Township

11:15  a.m. A few words by a representative of Frontenac Provincial Park

11:30 a.m. Talk on owls by Anne Robertson


After the presentation there will be time to socialise and enjoy a tea or coffee and cookies. The AGM part of the meeting does not really take that long. Much of the time is spent talking and exchanging ideas.

If you have anything you would like to be discussed at the meeting please contact me so that it can be included on the agenda.

We are looking for people interested in joining the Executive. We meet casually a couple of times a year to discuss issues relating to our community and region, whether environmental, social, or political. This is not a large commitment, but it is important in ensuring that we can monitor, and if necessary intervene in, any affairs which might affect our lakes and our residents. If you would like to know more please contact me.

We look forward to seeing you at Frontenac Park Headquarters on the morning of Sunday, July 21, 2019. 

Anita Dunn

President
NSOLA

Date change for our 2019 Annual General Meeting

Please note that due a scheduling conflict the date for this year’s NSOLA Annual General Meeting has changed.

It will now be held on Sunday July 21, 2019 at 10am at the Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. Please save the date!

We welcome and encourage everyone with property on North or South Otter Lake or Elbow Lake (Pearkes Lake) to come along. It will be your chance get the latest news about our beautiful lakes, exchange information and meet your neighbours.

Further details will be available soon.

Anita Dunn
President, NSOLA
Email: executive@nsola.org

CRCA Lake Assessment Reports

Just released by the CRCA: CRCA Lake Assessment Report fact sheets were produced for 45 lakes in the Cataraqui region. They provide maps, note the physical features, assess water quality, identify the invasive species and outline aquatic diversity.

Check it out!  CRCA Lake Reports

The report for North Otter Lake is attached. There does not seem to be a separate report for South Otter or for Pearkes (Elbow Lake).

2017-FactSheet-NorthOtterLake

Annual General Meeting – July 15, 2018

Dear Members of the North and South Otter Lake Association:

Our Annual General Meeting will be held again this year at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. The date of the meeting is Sunday, July 15, 2018. See the attached Notice and Agenda in the link below.

 

All members (or their designates) and new members are welcome. Membership dues remain at $10.00 per person. You can pay at the meeting; or if you prefer, or cannot attend the AGM, please complete the membership form (copy attached but also available online at https://nsola.org/forms/) and email transfer the dues, or post a cheque, to Mike Kramer, our treasurer, at the following address:

Mike Kramer, mike.kramer@investorsgroup.com, 6541 Salmon Lake Road Sydenham ON K0H 2T0

In addition to our usual AGM business, Ben Chabot, our Park Superintendent, will give our group and update on developments in Frontenac Provincial Park and the Frontenac area. There will also be a presentation on bird species in the Frontenac area. As Ben will explain, the area has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by Bird Studies Canada: https://www.ibacanada.org/; https://www.ibacanada.org/mapviewer.jsp?lang=EN. Studies over the past number of years have revealed how important the Frontenac area is for Warbler habitat. This year, moreover, is designated as the “year of the bird” by National Geographic so the Park is highlighting birds throughout its Frontenac Hiking Challenge and has recently introduced a Christmas Bird Count as well.

As we did last year, we invite you to stay after the meeting for coffee and snacks, and to meet, or catch up with other members in our group. Please come with any reports of sightings of fauna or flora, issues, or changes to the health of the lake.

If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact any of our executive at executive@nsola.org or nsola@nsola.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on July 15, 2018.

Your Executive

 

NSOLA Notice of AGM and Agenda 2018

Join the Kingston Field Naturalists for their 20th “BioBlitz”: June 25/26, 2018

BioBlitz poster

From the KFN website:

2018 Bioblitz!
This will be the Kingston Field Naturalists 20th BioBlitz in the Kingston area! We would like to record up to 1,000 species in 24 hours and hope that everyone, including our volunteers, will find it a fun and educational event. This BioBlitz follows Blitzes in this location in 2000 and 2002 and will serve to show changes that have occurred in the past 16 years as well as add to the to the tally. The idea for the BioBlitz comes from the Canadian Biodiversity Institute. It’s an inventory of as many living things as can be identified within a 24 hour period. Specialists and experts from a diverse set of disciplines will be grouped with interested volunteers to explore the area under investigation. The inventory and interaction of volunteers with the public are integral goals of this event. The BioBlitz takes place from 3:00 pm on Friday, 15 June, to 3:00 pm on Saturday, 16 June, 2018. The event will run, rain or shine. The program, letter and poster are available below. For further information contact Anne (n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca, 613 389 6742)

Here’s the itinerary/program:

BlitzProgram2018FINAL

 

 

 

 

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting – July 9, 2017

Dear Members of the North and South Otter Lake Association:

 Our Annual General Meeting will be held again this year at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. The date of the meeting is Sunday, July 9, 2017. Here’s the schedule:

9:30 a.m.                  Coffee, paying memberships, nametags

10:00 a.m.                 AGM business

11:00 a.m.                 Tom Veldman, Deputy Chief, South Frontenac Fire Services

11:30 a.m.                 Ben Chabot, Park Superintendent

All members (or their designates) and new members are welcome. Membership dues remain at $10.00 per person. You can pay at the meeting; or if you prefer, or cannot attend the AGM, please complete the membership form (copy attached but also available online at https://nsola.org/forms/) and email transfer the dues, or post a cheque, to Mike Kramer, our treasurer, at the following address:

Mike Kramer mike.kramer@investorsgroup.com , 6541 Salmon Lake Road, Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0

In addition to our usual AGM business, Tom Veldman, Deputy Chief, South Frontenac Fire Services, has offered to talk to our group about fire safety and prevention, burning by-laws, and related matters. Ben Chabot, our Park Superintendent, has also kindly agreed to give a short talk providing an update on developments in the Park.

As we did last year, we invite you to stay after the meeting for coffee and snacks, and to meet, or catch up with other members in our group.

If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact any of our executive at executive@nsola.org or nsola@nsola.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on July 9, 2017.

Your Executive

OMB Appeal of Zoning By-law Amendments Affecting Buildings within 30 metre Setback Scheduled for May 25/26

An appeal initiated by the South Frontenac Waterfront Coalition (SFWC) to the Township’s recent zoning by-law amendments (see earlier posting on this topic) is now scheduled to be heard May 25/25 at the SF Township Offices.

SFWC has provided the following summary and background information on their appeal:

Neighbours:

Find below UPDATE 006 concerning our OMB challenge of the SFT Bylaw Amendment that restricts (and will eventually eliminate) all grandfathered waterfront property rights.
Please let me know if you would like a general info meeting to occur the weekend of 20-21 May.
BOTTOM LINE – SFT staff has confirmed to me that the intent of the bylaw amendment is to eventually REMOVE all LEGAL non-complying (grandfathered) structures by pushing them back outside the 100 foot set-back, or as far back as possible for those undersized lots that do not have 100ft depth
This is a huge revelation, however it has been our fear/suspicion all along and the reason why we appealed the bylaw amendment to the OMB.  We think:
1 – SFT does not have the legal authority to pass this bylaw.  The same piece of legislation that gives them the authority to make property bylaws, specifically exempts the making of Bylaws that restrict or frustrate LEGAL non-complying structures
2 – Regardless of the law, this is bad policy planning.  We think it will damage the health of our lakes as you are  going to see an increase in people building without permits and building without proper conservation authority oversight.  You will also see an eventual  property devaluation as people loose their grandfathered footprints.
3 – SFT has passed up on a real opportunity to be  a leader in municipal waterfront planning.  Our group approached this issue very reasonably and pragmatically.  By putting all parties in a room we felt a simple solution could be achieved that protects both our property rights and the environment.
BACKGROUND
1 – As you may recall, ever since the Bylaw Amendment was passed we have spent considerable effort to open dialogue with SFT.  We recognize that there is a lot of common ground such as the environment and property standards on which  to base a potential negotiated settlement.  Our goal was to come to an agreement where SFT environmental and property standard concerns could be complimented with a bylaw that also protects our property rights.
2 – Unfortunately, however, after approximately 10 months of effort SFT informed us in  mid April that they would only communicate through their lawyer AND (most importantly) that the INTENT of the bylaw is to see the eventual removal or push back of all structures within the 100 foot setback.   Unfortunately, SFT actions suggest that they think the only way their environmental and property standard goals can be achieved is to move pre-existing structures back.
If successful, I feel sorry for all the cottages that were built 30-50 years ago that need substantial  structural and foundational improvements to bring them up to today’s building code.
3 – Thankfully our legal/planning team has prepared for this situation.  They have already won a similar case at the OMB and on Appeal.  We are confident that the law and policy is on our side.
4  – Our OMB Appeal is scheduled for 25/26 May at the SFT Office
5 – COSTS:  We need your help.  This issue is rarely fought because the costs are too high for any one family to tackle.  But as a group we have strength in numbers.  We still need to raise additional funds. While we were able to raise the funds for the first hearing in February our costs increased 50% when a SFT mistake resulted in a 3 month delay
Ideally these new funds would come from new supporters.  Please spread the word.  However, if you are an existing supporter and have some additional money to commit please let us know.  We have asked for $300 per supporter, however multiple families have now contributed up to $1000.  No amount is too small.

If you would like to make a donation it can be e-transferred to eastmanjm@bell.net, or chqs can be made out to South Frontenac Waterfront Coalition and sent to (or dropped off at):

Jennifer Eastman 2114 Hambly Lane Hartington, ON K0H 1W0 613 374-5460

6 – LAKE ASSOCIATIONS:  Our best guess is that this issue will affect approx 1500 SFT residences.  I would guesstimate that 30-40% of all waterfront property has at least one grandfathered structure.   Please keep your membership informed.  We are not asking you to take a position, rather give your membership the information so they can make an informed decision.  I am happy to make myself available if you would like additional information.  Six lake associations have already contacted our group seeking additional information
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Sincerely
Jeff Peck
peck.ja@kos.net

Thank you from Friends of Frontenac Park

Simon Smith, Interim President of the Friends of Frontenac Park (FFP), recently sent the attached letter to our organization thanking NSOLA for its donation to FFP ($500 as agreed by our members at this summer’s AGM).   As you can read in the letter the funds will assist with a number of important FFP activities consistent with its objective of developing programmes and materials which enhance the public’s awareness, education and appreciation of the natural environment and human history of Frontenac Park.

Peter Neumann, President, NSOLA

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