Alarming new condo development on Grass Lake

To the Editor,

Many residents and property owners in the Haliburton-Minden area are just now finding out about a massive new condo development being proposed for a wetlands portion of Grass Lake, and the news is alarming. Apparently, 88 medium-density housing units are planned, which would more than double the occupancy on this relatively small lake in the five-lake chain. To say that wetlands, water quality, lake congestion, endangered species, existing wells and the natural beauty of this area will be negatively affected is an understatement. This project should not be approved to proceed, as its implications for the area are so very negative and, if it is approved, will never be able to be reversed.

It is clear that there is a need for affordable housing in the region, but there are many better locations for development that would result in much less disruption to the environment and community. Everyone who values the natural beauty of the Haliburton-Minden area and our clean lakes should express their opposition to this project in writing to the municipal council of Dysart et al township, located at 135 Maple Avenue, Haliburton, ON., K0M 1S0

Catherine Swift
Grass Lake Resident