The Town of Deseronto has been considering alternatives for the development of waterfront property and adjacent open spaces along Deseronto’s shoreline for a number of years, beginning with the completion of preliminary and detailed follow up waterfront development studies in 1987 and 2005. The final recommendations of both studies concluded that a similar mixture of development initiatives including residential, commercial, marina and related recreation facilities would be of great economic benefit to the municipality. To facilitate development activities, the Town initiated a Waterfront Development Feasibility Study in 2011 to assess the economic viability of a marina and related waterfront developments. The feasibility study concluded that a number of waterfront developments would facilitate economic growth for the municipality.
In response, the Municipality has initiated a study under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act to investigate the potential of a mixture of waterfront developments on the Bay of Quinte.
Information related to the waterfront development project is provided below, and will continue to be updated as the project moves forward.
Dana Valentyne, Community Development Officer
Town of Deseronto
A review of the approval process has confirmed that the project is subject to an Individual Environmental Assessment in accordance with the Environmental Assessment Act; before it can proceed to the next phase of development, Terms of Reference (TOR) must be prepared and approved by the Ministry of Environment to govern the Individual Environmental Assessment (IEA) of the proposed undertaking.
In the interest of proceeding with the next phase of waterfront development, Deseronto is commencing with the Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference preparation to investigate the development of a municipal boating marina and related land development initiatives on Deseronto’s waterfront on the Bay of Quinte waterway.
As part of the planning process for the Waterfront Development Project, a terms of reference was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment for review as required under the Environmental Assessment Act. If approved, the terms of reference will serve as a framework for the preparation and review of the environmental assessment for the proposed undertaking.
A draft Terms of Reference has been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Environment (MOE) for initial review. In response to comments received from the MOE following the ministry’s review of the draft Terms of Reference, there has been a significant change in how the Town proposes to prepare its Terms of Reference. The Town has decided to pursue a focused as opposed to generic environmental assessment. As a result, the MOE has approved a request from the Town to withdraw its submission to make necessary amendments to the document prior to submitting it for formal review. The Terms of Reference will be submitted for formal review once the necessary amendments and public consultation has been completed.
MOE Response to Request for Withdrawal of Terms of Reference
Request for Withdrawal of Terms of Reference
MOE Response to Amendment Request
Request for Amendment of Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference Notice of Submission
Deseronto Waterfront Development Public Information Centre (Notice of Commencement)
Deseronto Waterfront EA Terms of Reference Preparation RFP - Closed
The Town retained the services of a consultant in September of 2011 to complete a waterfront development feasibility and economic impact study. The study provides a detailed assessment of potential waterfront development sites and alternatives, market and financial analysis, and forecast of resulting economic impacts. The completed study presents recommendations for a number of developments along Deseronto’s waterfront would be economically viable and greatly enhance the community’s waterfront lands and quality of life through improved public waterfront access, recreation amenities and investment attraction capabilities the development will generate. The study was approved and adopted by Deseronto Council in October 2012.
Feasibility Study Final Report
Feasibility Study Key Figures & Maps
Hastings County Official Plan
Deseronto Waterfront Study 1987
Deseronto Waterfront Study 2005
Deseronto Land Use Plan 2001
Environmental Assessment Report - Mill St. South (Former Arctic Gardens Site)