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Trout Lake Study

Notice of open house

The second open house has been scheduled for Wednesday June 22, 2022 from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the East Ferris Community Centre & Arena located at 1267 Village Road, Astorville and from 6pm to 8pm at the City of North Bay Council Chambers  located on the second floor at 200 McIntyre St. W in North Bay.

We encourage anyone who has an interest in the management of Trout Lake to attend the open house. For those not able to attend, we would ask that you send any questions or comments to troutlakestudy@northbay.ca or fill out the comment form at the bottom of this webpage. This webpage will be updated with the background reports and a presentation prior to the open house.

Project Overview

The City of North Bay, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) and the Municipality of East Ferris are undertaking a Trout Lake Watershed and Management Plan. The project is split into 4 separate phases (Understanding, Directions, Planning and Implementation).

The purpose of this study is to establish policies and provisions that will help to protect and preserve Trout Lake, Four Mile Lake and associated inflowing streams. These policies and provisions will protect the quality of water and visual & aesthetic characters of the lakes. These policies and provisions will also preserve recreational, social and environmental experiences on the lakes.     

Trout Lake is North Bay’s source of municipal drinking water and is also the source of water for many of the
shoreline residents in North Bay and East Ferris.

An important part of phases 2 and 3 will be input from the public, key stakeholders and relevant agencies. The study is taking a holistic approach and will be seeking comments from residents in North Bay and East Ferris. 

Project Phases

The project is split into 4 separate phases;

  1. Understanding;
  2. Directions; 
  3. Planning; and 
  4. Implementation 

The project will review all existing relevant lake water quality and land use planning information for the study area. This work will include water quality data which will be gathered and compared both spatially and temporally to characterize water quality conditions in relation to municipal, provincial and federal water quality objectives.

This data will also be used to assess the impact of historical development on water quality in Trout Lake and to understand parcel configuration, land ownership, and the pattern of development. 

The Understanding Phase will create a scope of the current situation of water quality and the future development pressure for the lake. The Understanding Phase will create 3 deliverables: 

  1. Background Reports
    1. Land Use (click here to access report)
    2. Water Quality (click here to access report) 
  2. Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints Report; and
  3. Updated Lakeshore Capacity Assessment Model

The Directions Phase will provide an opportunity to engage and consult with the public, stakeholders and agencies on the Background Report and Issues, Opportunities and Constraints Reports. The public engagement component is an important part of the study and the public will be invited to two open house style meetings, partake in an Opinion Survey and also provide feedback to troutlakestudy@northbay.ca

The project team will also meet and discuss with up to 5 key stakeholder groups. 

The Directions Phase will provide the project team a direction from the public and stakeholders on what they like about the lake, what they think should be improved and other ideas to protect and improve the lake. The Directions Phase will have four 4 deliverables: 

  1. Public Open House Presentation Materials;
  2. Public Opinion Survey;
  3. Public Feedback Summary Report; and
  4. Directions Report. 

The Planning Phase will consult with the public and stakeholders on the Directions Report and solicit feedback on the key direction to further protect and enhance water quality in the study area. The public engagement will mirror the Directions Phase. The Planning Phase will have four 4 deliverables. 

  1. Public Open House Presentation Materials;
  2. Public Opinion Survey;
  3. Public Feedback Summary Report; and
  4. Directions Report. 

The Implementation Phase will take all of the data and input from the previous stages and propose to implement these into Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations. The Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments will follow the Planning Act and have at least one 1 Public Meeting and the Amendments will be a decision of Council.

The deliverable for this phase will be a Planning Report and amendments for the Official Plan and Zoning By-law.  

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