The Ivy Lea Club has planned the expansion of its marina docks for at least seven years and residents have been given ample opportunities to have their say on the project, the council of the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands heard this week.

Ian Seddon, a planning consultant contracted by the club, said the project was advertised in 2011 and again in 2012 as required by Transport Canada, and nearby owners were sent registered letters about the dock in October of 2013, as required by the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources.


Only two responses were received in response to the MNR letters, both favourable to the dock, Seddon said.

He told a public hearing into the rezoning of the dock area that the marina has been there since 1966 and that in 1976 the federal government approved a breakwater to allow for expansion of the docks.

The Ivy Lea Club this summer and fall built a 68-slip wooden dock to accommodate 50-foot-plus boats after getting the necessary approvals from Transport Canada, the provincial MNR and the Cataraqui Conservation Authority.

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