At yesterday's Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting, City staff recommend that to allow continued use of the Dutch Point Road lake access, and also provide for safe, accessible parking, the right-angle parking option would be preferable. This would block vehicular access to the lake, but would allow for some limited parking (3 to 4 parking spaces) and continued use of the location for passive recreation options such as walking, canoeing, kayaking, etc. Due to the limited width of the encroachment allowance of Dutch Point Road over the CN rail right-of-way, it would be costly and difficult to provide safe parking and adequate turn-around for a limited number of vehicles with boat trailers along the road.
At the April 29th, 2014 Council meeting, staff presented a report outlining emergency access issues on Dutch Point Road, due to lake users using an informal boat launch at a dedicated lake access, parking on the road and blocking access to the neighbouring properties. Neighbouring resident complaints also included noise and nuisance concerns, as some of the users are misusing the area as a latrine and leaving garbage behind.