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Trout Lake Study

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).

Upcoming Meeting - November 14th, 2023

Planning Staff and consultants from J.L. Richards and Hutchinson Environmental will be attending the Committee of Council meeting on November 14th, 2023 at 5:30pm to present updated reports. 

You are welcome to attend this meeting in person or watch online by visiting the City's YouTube page at www.youtube.ca/@thecityofnorthbay .

You can access the Report to Council here. You can also access the updated 'Existing Conditions, Issues, Opportunities and Constraints' report here and summary letter here

Should you have any questions, please contact us by email at troutlakestudy@northbay.ca .  

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. 

J.L. Richards and Hutchinson Environmental presented their reports to North Bay City Council on July 25th, 2022. This was a comprehensive review of their findings and their recommendations on the findings to date. Planning Staff was looking for direction from Council on an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendments for 2023. 

A Community Service Committee has been schedule for November 14 2023 to receive further direction from City Council. 

Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact troutlakestudy@northbay.ca 

Project Phases

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.  

Reports and Documents

Video Gallery

June 22 2022 Open House
June 22 2022 Open House

Click here for YouTube video.  

July 25 2022 Committee of City Council Meeting
July 25 2022 Committee of City Council Meeting

Click here for YouTube video. 

August 9 2022 City Council Meeting
August 9 2022 City Council Meeting

Click here for YouTube video. 

November 14 2023 Committee of Council Meeting
November 14 2023 Committee of Council Meeting

Click here for YouTube video. 

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Timeline

Understanding Phase - Historical Use and Water Quality of the Lake

Directions Phase - Public Engagement on Future Development and Management of the Lake

Planning Phase - Implementation and Monitoring

Implementation Phase - Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment

Key Dates

Wednesday June 22 2022
Open House

Monday July 25 2022
Committee of City Council Meeting

Tuesday August 09 2022
City Council Meeting

Tuesday November 14 2023
Committee of City Council Meeting

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