Citizen Engagement: questions comments concerns

Waterfront Study

Dorset Waterfront Plan and Downtown Study

The Dorset Waterfront Plan & Downtown Study, dated June 6, 2016, written by urbanMetrics Inc. and Dillon Consulting, provides the community of Dorset a comprehensive long-term vision for the general waterfront and downtown area. From the outset of the study, direct community engagement was an integral component of the consultant’s analysis. During February and March 2016, an extensive community consultation process was undertaken, including:

  • Community Surveys (February 4 – March 4, 2016)
  • Information Booth at Snowball Winter Carnival (February 20, 2016)
  • Key Stakeholder Interviews (February – March, 2016)
  • Public Workshops (March 2016)

These community engagement exercises were used to encourage widespread public participation and to ensure that local residents, seasonal residents, business owners, and other stakeholders were given opportunities to provide their insights with respect to how the downtown and waterfront area in Dorset can be improved. Input from the local community has been instrumental in helping to identify opportunities to better promote economic development, tourism, and job creation, and recommend ways that the Dorset community as a whole can improve upon its image and sense of pride among the users and business owners.

As this study has considered both the public (Lake of Bays and Algonquin Highlands) and private assets within the local community, it is important to emphasize that the recommendations and potential land use concepts presented in this report are only conceptual in nature and are not intended to place any burden (financial or otherwise) on the various stakeholders, partners or other authorities having jurisdiction that have been identified.


The insights and perspectives of permanent and seasonal residents have been invaluable in guiding the development of the Dorset Waterfront Plan & Downtown Study. The Project Team would like to extend a special thank you to local residents for your interest and participation throughout this study. We would also like to thank seasonal residents of Lake of Bays, Kawagama Lake and the surrounding communities for their participation. Finally, this study could not have proceeded without the guidance of key community stakeholders, as well as the support of project partners, including:

  • The Township of Lake of Bays;
  • The Township of Algonquin Highlands;
  • The Lake of Bays Marine Museum & Navigation Society;
  • The Dorset Community Partnership;
  • FedNor;
  • and Various other community organizations.

Click below to view the Dorset Waterfront Plan and Downtown Study.

Final Report

The Dorset Waterfront Plan and Downtown Study was received by the Township of Lake of Bays Council on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and was received by the Township of Algonquin Highlands Council on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Clancy
Economic Development Coordinator
Township of Lake of Bays

T: 705-635-2272 ext. 235 
Toll free: 1-877-566-0005
Email Jennifer

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