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Services We Provide Incorporated in 1998, French Planning Services Inc.  provides a range of facilitation, research and communication services to help you through the lake planning process.
Getting Started Lake planning has taken off like wildlife across southern Ontario since the first lake plan was prepared for Peninsula Lake in 2000.
Diving Into The Lake Plan Process “The process is more important than the product” says Randy French of French Planning Services. 
Lake Plan Content, Actions & Implementation The lake planning framework provides an approach that can be adapted to fit local circumstances.
Resource Kit Useful links and 301 Moved Permanently templates of information as well as examples of approaches used by many lake and river communities in carrying out the Lake Plan process are available on the CD that accompanies the Handbook. 

Welcome to Lakeplan.com

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Welcome to www.lakeplan.com

French Planning Services Inc. is a consulting firm that specializes in facilitation and

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resource management planning. We created this web site to assist lake associations, residents, business operators and
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other stakeholders in protecting and conserving the quality of life in their lake or river community through the preparation of a personalized action plan.

The lake planning process identifies the social, natural and physical features that enhance your lake, and its surrounding area, and make it a desirable place for people to live, visit and earn a sustainable livelihood. The objective of the lake planning process is to develop a series of actions that protect, restore and enhance these features through a combination of land use planning policy and stewardship approaches. It is the combination of these approaches that ensures the protection of values and features that are important to sustaining the high quality of life in the lake’s community.

The scope of this web site is to encourage and enable local lake stewards to participate in strategic planning and the implementation of sustainable living practices at the lake level (sub-watershed) and, eventually, at the watershed level. It is an educational tool to assist local groups with understanding the lake planning process and provides many resources such as a lake plan handbook, contacts, success stories, examples of approved lake plans, and identifies other products and services that will assist you with writing, implementing and monitoring your lake plan to success.


Introduction
Ontario is known as the “land of lakes”, and, over time, these lakes have become important water resources for ecological, public and economic health. Unfortunately, increasing changes to so many of Ontario’s lakes by various natural occurrences and human activities is jeopardizing the ecological integrity of these ecosystems. In many areas of the province, the changes are significant, whereas in others, it has only just begun to be noticed.

People are attracted to lakes because of their recreational opportunities, natural settings and social values. Once a pristine environment, untouched by human intervention, our lakes are now ringed with residential and commercial development, and the very reason why people want to be on the lake may be in jeopardy. Many changes threaten the quality of our lake experience: development, pollution, boat traffic, construction, noise and the loss of special places of natural, social or historical significance. The biggest single source of change to a lake is property development and the actions of property owners within the watershed or along the shoreline.

Why Lake Planning?
There is a growing belief among many lake communities that the health of their lake is vested in those who use and have an interest in its future. With this in mind, communities and government agencies are buying-into the concept of a community-based approach that relies on local people to identify and confirm ecosystem health goals and to take action to protect these values. Lake planning enables lake residents and stakeholders to contribute a positive influence on the health of their lake by participating in the identification and protection of important values and features of their lake and its watershed, as well as those of the local community.

 
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Welcome to www.lakeplan.com French Planning Services Inc. is a consulting firm that specializes in facilitation and resource management planning. We created this web site to assist lake associations, residents, business operators and other stakeholders in protecting...

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We are French Planning Services Inc. Our approach is community-based and we encourage the use of local resources and volunteers for the collection of information and the preparation of your lake plan. We believe that this approach to make local people the “experts”...

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Why Are People Preparing Lake Plans?

Why Are People Preparing Lake Plans?

North America is endowed with many lakes, and lake-based tourism has been at the root of the economic growth and cottage enjoyment for many in-land lake communities. People are attracted to the clear waters, pristine shorelines, the natural environment, wildlife,...

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Who is Lake Planning?

Who is Lake Planning?

Many lake associations across Ontario have recently initiated or completed a lake planning process to identify the special character of their lake and to put in place a strategy to protect the high quality of life they currently enjoy.  And over 40 lake...

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What is a Lake Plan?

What is a Lake Plan?

The lake plan is an action-oriented plan developed by the community to reflect and preserve the special character of the lake. The end result is the protection of your lake’s special areas and features through land use regulation and stewardship approaches,...

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