Residents speak out against controversial secondary units rezoning in Bracebridge
About 20-23 residents attended Town hall last night in Bracebridge about a local rezoning many oppose. The Town’s planning committee is recommending Council allow a secondary dwelling unit to be built on each of 11 lots along MacArthur Drive. Several people spoke out against the proposal last night. Increased traffic, impact on property values and changing the nature of the community from a retirement one were some of the complaints. When the Town’s zoning bylaw is revamped in another 18 months, secondary units will be allowed in Bracebridge’s Urban, Rural and Muskoka Falls areas where there are semi-detached, detached, duplex or row housing or accessory buildings. Mayor Graydon Smith says allowing secondary units are part of Bracebridge’s Official Plan and that it’s a Provincial mandate to allow them. Council is set to discuss the recommendation further at their meeting next week, when the rezoning could be ratified.