Minor amendment to the Red Lake and Lac Seul General Use Areas to allow for the disposition of Crown Lands for cottaging in the Township of Ear Falls

ERO number
019-1099
Notice type
Policy
Act
Public Lands Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
January 3, 2020 - February 17, 2020 (45 days) Open
Last updated

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
February 17, 2020

Proposal summary

We are proposing to amend area-specific Crown land use policies for the Lac Seul General Use Area (G2518) and Red Lake General Use Area (G2514) to allow potential sale of Crown land for the purposes of cottage lot development within the municipal boundaries of the Township of Ear Falls.

Proposal details

In 2015, we developed a Guide to Cottage Lot Development on Crown Land where it is stated that Crown Land could be made available at market value to support local economic development, but also that we will only consider the sale of Crown land for cottage lots within municipal boundaries.

In 2016, the Township of Ear Falls requested that Crown Land Policies for G2514 and G2518 be amended to permit the disposition of Crown land for cottaging within its municipal boundaries as a means of promoting economic development in the Township.

The amendment(s) to Lac Seul General Use Area (G2518) and Red Lake General Use Area (G2514) propose to permit the disposition of Crown land for cottaging within the municipal boundaries of the Township of Ear Falls.

It is proposed that the Guideline for the activity, ‘Crown Land Disposition, Cottaging’ in each Policy Report be edited to read as:

  • “Disposition may be considered within the municipal boundaries of the Township of Ear Falls only.”

The Policy amendments to G2514 and G2518 will not require a boundary adjustment of a land use planning area because the Township boundary offers a legal and observable description of the area affected by the change.

Other information

More than 70% of land within the Township of Ear Falls is Crown Land. The Red Lake General Use Area comprises approximately 90% of that Crown land (approx. 39,000 ha). Present uses include, but are not limited to, mining, forestry, cottaging, tourism, Crown land recreation, fishing.

The Lac Seul General Use Area comprises approximately 9% of the Crown land within the Township (approx. 3,900 ha). The area is comprised of a 650 metre setback from the shoreline of Lac Seul. Present uses include forestry, cottaging, tourism, Crown land recreation, fishing, hunting, and fur harvesting.

Public consultation opportunities

Consultation will be carried out via:

  1. posting the proposed amendment to the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas (CLUPA) website
  2. conducting a mail-out to local stakeholders such as adjacent landowners, stakeholder committees and interest groups (i.e. Lac Seul Advisory Committee, Local Citizens Committee, Ear Falls Trappers Council), as well as Indigenous groups (Wabauskang First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Metis Nation of Ontario)
  3. conducting a Public Information Centre within the Township of Ear Falls
  4. posting a local newspaper ad or equivalent

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Red Lake District
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227 Howey Street
PO Box 5003
Red Lake, ON
P0V 2M0
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