291-unit subdivision proposed for Port Carling; "Envisioned with nature and value in mind"

Planning draft of Muskoka Trails Residential Subdivision by Ledim Development Ltd.

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Agatha Farmer

Ledim Development Ltd. has submitted an application to the district of Muskoka for a residential subdivision in Port Carling.

The Muskoka Trails development would sit on 54 acres of land located between Muskoka Road 118, Foreman Road and Toldholm Drive. The proposal includes 85 detached homes and 206 townhomes with the first phase of construction to be completed in 2020. Designs include detached bungalows, bungalofts, two-storey homes, and townhouses.

Elevation samples from the developer's website include the below photos.

Ledim Development describes the subdivision as "nestled on forested hilltops in the beautiful Port Carling" and "is the ultimate abode for nature lovers and boating enthusiasts."

The developer notes on their website that the subdivision was "envisioned with nature and value in mind, Muskoka Trails Residential Subdivision is an ideal place for young families, as well as empty nesters."

Mel Heatlie, district of Muskoka communications, confirmed that an application for approval of a plan of subdivision was submitted and was deemed complete November 18, 2019. The application will now be circulated to utility companies, the municipality of Muskoka Lakes and neighbours. According to Heatlie the next steps include peer reviewing supporting documentation that was received with the application (e.g. traffic impact study, environmental impact study, etc.) and the scheduling of a public meeting.

"A notice of public meeting will be circulated once a date has been determined. A public meeting will not generally be scheduled until after the required supporting documentation  has been appropriately peer reviewed by independent third party consultants," said Heatlie.

Muskoka Lakes Mayor Phil Harding indicated that this development would provide affordable housing for the municipality.

"We certainly need more affordable housing in Port Carling. This is a development not on the water. It would be in a fully serviced area of Port Carling and would offer a variety of housing alternatives," Harding said.

Harding, however, did not know what the starting price point of the units will be. Muskoka Post reached out to Ledim Development as well as the district to identify if this is an affordable housing subdivision application.

Heatlie said that at this time the materials provided with the application "do not confirm whether the housing to be provided will be attainable or affordable."

At publication time of this article a response from the developer regarding price points had not been received. We will update this information as it becomes available.

This application has not yet been presented to the Township of Muskoka Lakes.

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