Development Potential for Vacant Lots in the Township of Algonquin Highlands and Municipality of Highlands EastShorline Restoration at public beaches - Elvin Johnson Park

Title

Development Potential for Vacant Lots in the Township of Algonquin Highlands and Municipality of Highlands EastShorline Restoration at public beaches - Elvin Johnson Park

Author

Mitch William Simmons Holly Zimmerman & Katelyn MckInnon

Date

20132013

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TP-672TP-667

Subject

This report is based upon research that was conducted for an undergraduate community research

project at Trent University. On behalf of the County of Haliburton, the Trent Centre for

Community-Based Education, and U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research, formulated

a proposal to be given to the 4030 Community-Based Research class at Trent University in order

to recruit several students to take on this task. It began in October of 2012, and concluded in

April 2013. The purpose of the study was to assess the future development potential for land

parcels currently classified as vacant lots within the township of the Algonquin Highlands, and

the municipality of Highlands East, in Haliburton County. A previous study, conducted over a

three year period, had been carried out by the County of Haliburton. The conclusion made by

researchers who conducted this study was that more specific site characteristics and information

concerning development capacity of these vacant lots was needed.

The purpose of this study is to further determine the development potential of these vacant

lots. Its goal is to determine development potential, which takes into consideration a sustainable

approach not only to the natural environment, but also to maintaining the rural lifestyle in safe

livable communities. Through this research, it has been determined that the majority of the

development potential in the municipality of Highlands East, as well the Township of Algonquin

Highlands, will be mainly residential. This is partly a result of the numerous bodies of water and

protected wetlands in these areas which would be impacted by large scale commercial

developments, but this does not mean that of this area potential for commercial development is

not ruled out entirely. Such development will require an Environmental Assessment Study, to

determine if the land is, in fact, subject to reclassification. The County of Haliburton, as a whole,

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Mitch William Simmons Holly Zimmerman & Katelyn MckInnon, Development Potential for Vacant Lots in the Township of Algonquin Highlands and Municipality of Highlands EastShorline Restoration at public beaches - Elvin Johnson Park, 20132013