I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. It has been a year that none of us will soon forget. However, despite pandemic lockdowns and closures, the LLPOA has been active and involved, albeit remotely, ensuring that our environmental voices are heard, and our concerns addressed.
Great News: “The major concerns that galvanized our community and inspired civic action over a year ago have been addressed!”
Early in the new year the LLPOA was invited by our municipality of Wentworth to submit a summary of recommendations for by-law modifications. I am pleased to say that our feedback was taken into consideration, and the LLPOA supports the environmentally focused bylaw modifications (number), which received final approval from our Mayor and Wentworth Council June 7th, 2021.
The new bylaws offer increased environmental protection on all fronts, and the LLPOA will be highlighting these positive changes in our annual newsletter which you will receive in a few weeks. In the interim, I will take the opportunity to share the following key points:
- The new bylaws do not allow for large-scale developments to be built within our watershed,
- The new bylaws offer increased protections to maintain the “country” feel of our community, while providing for more consistent zoning surrounding Lake Louisa, and
- The possibility of golf, marinas, amusement parks and firing ranges have now been removed from the vast majority of Wentworth territory.
So please check out the upcoming newsletter to hear about the path the LLPOA has taken over the past six months. I am pleased to say that through our recent engagement with the municipality we have experienced an increased openness and spirit of collaboration, and we are on a better path, as we continue to strive to work together to protect our great lake. Therefore, while the focus of our newsletter will be on the bylaw modifications, we will also be sharing some good news about protections for Heron Pond, highlighting some of the ongoing work with environmental organizations and community associations that our directors have been involved with over the fall/winter months, and recognizing a significant new contribution to the protection and preservation of our natural resources and watershed, thanks to a forward-thinking initiative by our municipality.
Finally, I hope it goes without saying that we really miss seeing you all in person. We hope that this summer, we may begin to get together safely, perhaps outdoors and socially distanced. Since we will not likely be canvassing again this year, we would appreciate if you would renew your membership on-line or via regular mail, so we can continue our work to protect and support the environment of our beautiful lake community.