120-Site RV Park Proposed for Ontario City

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January 12, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Proponents for a major expansion of a Pine Portage Bay marina in Kenora, Ontario, sought city council's endorsement for the project in a deputation prior to standing committee meetings on Monday (Jan. 10), the Kenora Daily Miner & News reported.

Consultant Allan Clark submitted the presentation on behalf of Northern Harbor marina owner Gary Hall. The proposed development plan details expansions to the existing marina from its current capacity of approximately 200 slips to accommodate more than 400 boats, a new RV park for 120 campers and a charitable art park.

Northern Harbour marina is located outside of the city of Kenora's jurisdictional boundary off Highway 17 East.

Clark acknowledged Hall has been unable to secure the required environmental approvals from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to proceed with the project. He said MNR contends the expansion is inconsistent with current land use plans, citing concerns regarding additional boat traffic in the bay and objections by area residents.

"MNR is not receptive as they believe there are better locations for such developments," Clark said. "The ministry backed away due to public objections."

Clark explained the expansion is required to meet demand for additional camping and docking facilities on Lake of the Woods. He contended the development will contribute significantly in direct and secondary benefits to the Kenora area in terms of enhanced summer tourism, economic investment and seasonal jobs. He said the proposal was developed with the assistance of the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and the project is supported by the local business community.

Council accepted the presentation, reserving comment pending review of potential financial benefits to the community.

Commenting on the matter, Pine Portage/Bigstone Bay Area Property Owners Association president Phil Carlson said members strongly oppose the plan to nearly triple the size of the marina

"We view the area as at capacity and already overcrowded with boats and activity. MNR has concluded the area is at capacity also," Carlson stated. "We believe the city of Kenora has better opportunities to expand capacity within its jurisdiction which would better serve Kenora's business interests."

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