The Town of Bracebridge may soon see a boom in public water access.
Last week, the Town’s general committee voted to prioritize 32 municipally owned and undeveloped waterfront properties for future development.
Coun. Don Smith commended staff for the report and said he was very happy the Town now has a game plan going forward.
“There’s a huge demand for water access,” said Smith.
In December of 2020, Town council asked staff to take a closer look at what the options were for providing more public access to the water.
One year later Town staff returned with an initial evaluation of Town-owned undeveloped water access properties.
Staff looked at 45 municipally-owned water access properties as part of their assessment. They whittled that number down to 32 after excluding the ones that had no development potential.
Improvements to two (2) of the properties rated as high potential have already been completed as part of the 2023 Municipal Budget and Business Plan.
Further to these improvements, enhancements at the following locations will be included in the draft 2025 Municipal Budget and Business Plan for consideration.
Staff will now complete the Waterfront Park Enhancement projects listed and include additional development plans as part of future Municipal Budget and Business Plan items.
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