Two years ago, McNair and Marshall Planning and Development Consultants prepared, at the Glamorgan Council’s request, a report on lake capacities which may be of interest to Minnicock residents and which was printed in the Haliburton Echo. Rather than a full environmental assessment, which is a lengthy and costly procedure, they used a system developed by Jim Dyment of Lehman and Associates which gives quite similar results to the full environmental assessment. The total surface area of the lake is divided by the number of lots on the lake, including back lots. If the number of lots exceeds one lot per four acres of lake surface area, the lake is considered to be at risk and a detailed study should be undertaken before any further development is permitted.
The most overdeveloped lake is Salerno with 357.3 acres of surface area, 89.3 capacity and 274 existing lots. With limited room for development, Koshlong has 990.4 acres, 247.6 capacity and has 237 existing lots. Koshlong has development on the lake in an abutting township and a large year-round camp which may thus skew the figures. Stormy Lake near Minnicock has 193 acres, 48.2 capacity and 110 lots.
Minnicock has 212 acres of surface area, a 53-lot capacity and has 63 existing lots and is thus over capacity by this formula. The figures may be somewhat off as Minnicock has 65 shoreline lots (21 on the west road, 33 on the east road and 11 with water access on the south shore). In addition, there are nine roadside lots. Minnicock has buildings on only 38 shoreline lots, so in terms of lots in use, the lake is fortunately at a sustainable level.