“Technically, someone could be on our coastline all summer and not have the proper safety equipment,” lamented local officials
If you think beach fences and short-term rentals are a problem for Tiny residents, get ready for the next wave.
Floating accommodation on the waterway came to the council’s attention during the most recent committee across the conference, touching on the problems the Georgian Bay town is facing in dealing with the issue.
A request from the Northern Department of Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) was made to Tiny Council on the management of ‘camping’ and the use of floating accommodation in municipalities through staff who have been monitoring the issue.
“The Ministry has become increasingly interested in the use of waterways by vessels of all types (i.e. vessels equipped with overnight accommodation),” the NDMNRF’s request quoted the NDMNRF’s request. Accommodation rather than concerns for ships sailing.”
Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma is also concerned that floating accommodation could become as problematic as short-term rentals.
“(As) municipalities, we pay for OPP,” Walma said. “If we see this trend increasing, we may see an increase in OPP costs, and we may be in a bind for that. If there is a licensing angle, that should be factored into the budget for that section along with the increased septage.
“If we’re talking about boats that have lodging facilities, then all the rubbish on those boats is pumped out, and I’m guessing – I’m not sure – that it’s going to rot and it doesn’t get into the sewage facility, which could spread to the farmer’s fields. , so we’re going to see that traffic increase to a certain point,” Walmart added.
County. Gibb Wishart noted that residents experiencing building code issues as their property footprint increased could see a floating solution for moving buildings over waterways.
“Many saunas have showers,” Wishart said. “When they find the municipality saying: ‘You need to get rid of some outbuildings’, they say: ‘Well, we’re going to put the sauna on the floating fitting’; all of a sudden you’ve moved the shower over the bay.
“And you can bet they won’t catch that grey water.”
Since the floating accessories are not boats, don’t have motors and don’t travel like boats, pumping services are required to get to them, Wishart said, adding “good luck if you’re on the Tomb of the Giants.”
“The town of Georgian Bay has had quite a headache about it. I’m surprised we haven’t,” Wishart said.
Mayor George Cornell says the problem is A recent discussion topic at the Ontario Federation of Farmers’ Associationss (FOCA) Annual General Meeting on Interfering with Boating and Visibility in Their Discussions.
Cornell shared this Gloucester Pool Lodge Association The Port of Severn-based company has raised awareness of placing containers on waterway terminals, as raised at FOCA.
Tim Leitch, director of public works, acknowledged that, along with planning director Shaun Persaud, Tiny staff were aware of the problems that were happening in Georgian Bay, which was why they felt the need to add the NDMNRF to the Tiny council to digest.
“It’s also in the legislation that they only have to move once — I believe every 30 days — 100 meters,” Leitch said. “So technically someone could be on our coastline all summer without proper safety equipment.
“It’s a concern, as Councilman Wishart said, in Georgian Bay Township – I’ve seen it – people tie something to shore and leave it all there , it’s a concern. A long summer.”
The matter was recently discussed in depth by the Georgian Bay Township Planning Board, after a Development Services Department report examined the authorities and tools expected to control and, if necessary, enforce floating accommodation.
Compliance for floating structures was recently discussed at Georgian Bay Town Council Following the planning committee report in February Tools and enforcement were checked after an instance on Little Lake last summer, sparking multiple complaints.The use of floating structures as living units is Deemed illegal in Georgia Bay Township’s zoning bylaw.
Small council approves staff’s request for NDMNRF to investigate “issues including wastewater management, tenure, increased human pressure on waterways, obstruction of access to public lands and waterways, and municipal bylaws,” and asks council to see comments before submission at next meeting superior.
A compliance summary of floating structure reports and discussions can be found on the Council Agenda page Georgian Bay Township Website.
NDMNRF’s request for comments on floating accommodation on waterways can be viewed on the agenda page at on the Small Township website.
Archives of council meetings are available for viewing On Tiny Township’s YouTube channel.