Public Consultation Notice - Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property

The Municipality of Bluewater seeks your input regarding the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property. Due to erosion, private property owners have requested to install shoreline protection on municipal property to protect their own properties.   To date, Council has permitted the installation of erosion mitigation measures on one property.  Multiple reports have been presented to Council regarding these requests, the most recent being a draft policy regarding "Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property". The intent of the policy is to apply guidelines for potential construction of shoreline protection on municipal properties, while at the same time mitigating risk of potential liability due to the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property by private property owners.
In addition to this survey, comments are welcome via email. Please find the notice and the email link on the home page at www.municipalityofbluewater.ca

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* 1. Are you aware of current erosion along the Lake Huron Shoreline due to the near record high lake levels?

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* 2. Are you aware of the requests from private residents to install shoreline protection on municipal properties?

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* 3. Are you aware of the potential liability risks that were outlined in the “Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property” Report that was presented to Council on February 1st 2021, if private residents were permitted to install shoreline protection on municipal properties?

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* 4. Would you be comfortable with the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property if there was liability risk that could incur costs to the tax base for residents within Bluewater in the future? Short or long term.

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* 5. Do you agree that private residents should be able to install shoreline protection on municipal property?

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* 6. In your opinion, was the draft “Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property” policy that was presented to Council on February 1st 2021, prepared in a manner that would mitigate as much liability to the Municipality as possible?

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* 7. Do you feel the draft "Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property" policy too restrictive and/or too expensive for the residents to install shoreline protection on municipal property?

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* 8. If shoreline protection was installed on municipal property, would your family attend these properties more or less than in the past?

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* 9. Do you think there is another way to address shoreline protection on municipal property?

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* 10. Please share any other comments you have below:

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