Extension of access for ATVs on K&P Trail, Verona to Harrowsmith

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This consultation has concluded. 

** Note: Engagement has ended on this topic. On December 20, 2023 the Council of the County of Frontenac passed a resolution to deny the request for extended ATV access on the K&P Trail, between Verona and Harrowsmith. **

Frontenac County Council received a request to expand ATV access on the Frontenac K&P Trail south from Bellrock Road in the village of Verona to the village of Harrowsmith, and received input from the community on making this change.

A public survey was available for input from May 23 until June 21, 2023. The results of the survey were included as part of a comprehensive report considered by the County’s Planning and Economic Development Committee on July 5, 2023 in order to make a recommendation to County Council. The committee will also hosted a public meeting at that time.

The agenda for the meeting with any associated reports is available for download from the County’s Civicweb Portal. A video recording of the meeting is also available for viewing on the County’s YouTube account.

After reviewing the staff report, survey feedback and receiving several presentations from the public, the committee requested more information from staff with respect to:

  • Safety
  • Liability
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Additional Use Data
  • Comparable Trails from other Jurisdictions
  • Status of the Verona Pilot Project

Frontenac County's Planning and Economic Development Advisory Committee discussed the Request to Extend Access for ATVs on the K&P Trail, between Verona and Harrowsmith at its regular meeting on December 13, 2023. The committee passed the recommendation that Frontenac County Council decline the request to extend ATV access on the K&P Trail. County Council confirmed this recommendation at it's regular meeting on December 20, 2023 and the request to extend ATV access was not granted.

Background

As part of the initial development process for the Frontenac K&P Trail, it was established that ATV use would begin at Craig Road, north of the village of Verona.

In 2020, County Council approved a pilot project for ATV access to be extended south through the village of Verona to Bellrock Road, where the popular Verona Trailhead access point and parking is located. That pilot project continues on a temporary basis until further information is available on the anticipated housing development in Verona, with consultation between the County and the Township of South Frontenac

At its regular meeting on April 19, 2023 County Council received a delegation from the Verona District ATV Club requesting expanded access to the K&P Trail an additional 9-km south of Verona to the village of Harrowsmith.

At its next regular meeting on May 17, 2023, County Council provided direction to staff for this request to be investigated, to solicit input from the community, and for a report to be presented to the Planning and Economic Development Committee at 10:00 AM on July 5, 2023. Prior to consideration of that report, the committee will be hosting a public meeting for anyone who may wish to provide their input in person.

Snowmobiles

In the winter, motorized access to the Frontenac K&P Trail for Snowmobiles extends the length of the entire trail in Frontenac County, beginning at Oser Road where the trail enters the City of Kingston. This access is available from December 1 - March 31 of each winter season and links the K&P trail with the Cataraqui Trail in Harrowsmith. The Cataraqui Trail is owned and managed by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and does not support motorized use except for snowmobiles during the winter months.


** Note: Engagement has ended on this topic. On December 20, 2023 the Council of the County of Frontenac passed a resolution to deny the request for extended ATV access on the K&P Trail, between Verona and Harrowsmith. **

Frontenac County Council received a request to expand ATV access on the Frontenac K&P Trail south from Bellrock Road in the village of Verona to the village of Harrowsmith, and received input from the community on making this change.

A public survey was available for input from May 23 until June 21, 2023. The results of the survey were included as part of a comprehensive report considered by the County’s Planning and Economic Development Committee on July 5, 2023 in order to make a recommendation to County Council. The committee will also hosted a public meeting at that time.

The agenda for the meeting with any associated reports is available for download from the County’s Civicweb Portal. A video recording of the meeting is also available for viewing on the County’s YouTube account.

After reviewing the staff report, survey feedback and receiving several presentations from the public, the committee requested more information from staff with respect to:

  • Safety
  • Liability
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Additional Use Data
  • Comparable Trails from other Jurisdictions
  • Status of the Verona Pilot Project

Frontenac County's Planning and Economic Development Advisory Committee discussed the Request to Extend Access for ATVs on the K&P Trail, between Verona and Harrowsmith at its regular meeting on December 13, 2023. The committee passed the recommendation that Frontenac County Council decline the request to extend ATV access on the K&P Trail. County Council confirmed this recommendation at it's regular meeting on December 20, 2023 and the request to extend ATV access was not granted.

Background

As part of the initial development process for the Frontenac K&P Trail, it was established that ATV use would begin at Craig Road, north of the village of Verona.

In 2020, County Council approved a pilot project for ATV access to be extended south through the village of Verona to Bellrock Road, where the popular Verona Trailhead access point and parking is located. That pilot project continues on a temporary basis until further information is available on the anticipated housing development in Verona, with consultation between the County and the Township of South Frontenac

At its regular meeting on April 19, 2023 County Council received a delegation from the Verona District ATV Club requesting expanded access to the K&P Trail an additional 9-km south of Verona to the village of Harrowsmith.

At its next regular meeting on May 17, 2023, County Council provided direction to staff for this request to be investigated, to solicit input from the community, and for a report to be presented to the Planning and Economic Development Committee at 10:00 AM on July 5, 2023. Prior to consideration of that report, the committee will be hosting a public meeting for anyone who may wish to provide their input in person.

Snowmobiles

In the winter, motorized access to the Frontenac K&P Trail for Snowmobiles extends the length of the entire trail in Frontenac County, beginning at Oser Road where the trail enters the City of Kingston. This access is available from December 1 - March 31 of each winter season and links the K&P trail with the Cataraqui Trail in Harrowsmith. The Cataraqui Trail is owned and managed by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and does not support motorized use except for snowmobiles during the winter months.


This consultation has concluded. 

  • Frontenac County Council denies ATV access extension request

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    On December 13, 2023 Frontenac County's Planning and Economic Development Advisory Committee received the requested information from County staff regarding safety, liability, bylaw enforcement, additional use data, comparable trails from other jurisdictions and the status of the Verona Pilot Project. The report and relevant appendices are available as part of the public agenda posted on the County's Civicweb Portal.

    After reviewing the report, the committee advised Frontenac County Council to deny the request for extended ATV access on the K&P Trail between Verona and Harrowsmith. The full committee meeting is available for review on the County's YouTube Page.

    At it's regular meeting on December 20, 2023, the Council of the County of Frontenac confirmed this recommendation and denied the request to extend access for ATVs on the K&P Trail, between Verona and Harrowsmith. Any additional questions or comments on this decision may be submitted to talktous@frontenaccounty.ca.

  • Planning & Economic Development Committee to Discuss Request on December 13, 2023

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    Frontenac County's Planning and Economic Development Advisory Committee will discuss the Request to Extend Access for ATVs on the K&P Trail, between Verona and Harrowsmith at its regular meeting on December 13, 2023. On July 5, the committee had deferred its decision until more information could be received on several topics. Staff Report 2023-129 provides information associated with these requests, and a briefing will be provided from the OPP East Region SAVE Team regarding safety and bylaw enforcement.

    A public meeting for this topic was held on July 5, 2023. The meeting can be viewed by visiting the Frontenac County Youtube channel at https://youtube.com/live/B1vp1ANibI4?feature=share. Additional correspondence to the committee on this matter can be directed through the committee clerk, Brieanna McEathern at bmceathern@frontenaccounty.ca

    The full agenda, including staff reports and streaming information can be found on the County’s Civic Web Portal at https://frontenac.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=2715. After reviewing the information provided, the committee will make a recommendation to Frontenac County Council at its December 20, 2023 regular meeting regarding the matter.

  • Update on ATV Access Request - K&P Trail South of Verona to Harrowsmith

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    After the public meeting regarding this request on July 5, 2023, the Planning & Economic Development Committee put forward a motion to defer the decision:

    Moved By: Mr. Leonard
    Seconded By: Councillor Fowler

    That the Planning and Economic Development Advisory Committee defer the decision to extend the ATV use on the K&P Trail South of Verona to Harrowsmith until the committee receives more information from the Manager of Economic Development on the safety, liability, bylaw enforcement, comparable and additional use data.

    Efforts by the County have been underway to gather crucial data, reaching out to entities such as the OPP, Trans Canada Trail, and neighboring jurisdictions responsible for similar trails. Unfortunately, some responses are still pending due to the heightened demand during the busy summer trail season. County staff are awaiting this information to fulfill the committee's request.

    In addition, Trans Canada Trail is adding mobile data reports that will complement the data from Frontenac County physical trail counters and is expected to significantly contribute to the committee’s considerations. This service became available to Frontenac County on October 2, 2023.

    To ensure a thorough presentation, a detailed report is planned for the regular committee meeting in December 2023. This update aims to equip the committee with the necessary information to make an informed decision on the matter. The County will circulate an email to those registered for this page and post a link to the Committee Report on the Engage Frontenac site prior to the Committee meeting.

  • July 5 Committee Meeting Summary

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    The Planning and Economic Development Committee reviewed the comprehensive report and hosted a public meeting on July 5, 2023. The agenda for the meeting with any associated reports are available for download from the County’s Civicweb Portal. A video recording of the meeting is also available for viewing on the County’s YouTube account.

    After reviewing the staff report, survey feedback and receiving several presentations from the public, the committee requested more information from staff with respect to:

    • Safety
    • Liability
    • Bylaw Enforcement
    • Additional Use Data
    • Comparable Trails from other Jurisdictions
    • Status of the Verona Pilot Project

    Once this information is gathered, the request will be considered once again by the committee at a future meeting. To be notified about any future meetings on this topic, or to be notified once a decision has been made by County Council, please add your email to the “Stay Informed” section on this webpage.

  • Survey Results & Public Meeting

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    Thank you for participating in the County of Frontenac survey – ATV Trail Access, through our Engage Frontenac. The survey, which was open from May 24 to June 21, 2023, is now closed and we are no longer accepting submissions.

    There were 867 responses to the survey, with 50.4% in favour of the request, 47.4% opposed to the request and 2.2% unsure or desiring more information.


    The full survey results have been included as part of a report for the County’s Planning and Economic Development Committee on July 5, 2023. The report is part of the public agenda at this meeting and will be used to make a recommendation to County Council. The report and public agenda is now available on the County’s Civic Web Portal.

    The agenda can be found here:
    https://frontenac.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/247966/?preview=252485&splitscreen=true

    During the Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting, there will also be a public meeting on the ATV Access on the K&P Trail.

    Date & Time: Wednesday July 5, 2023 – 10:00 a.m.
    Location: Verona Lions Hall, 4504 Sand Rd, Verona, ON

    Members of the public wanting to provide comments on any of the agenda items can submit written correspondence by emailing, Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development, at rallen@frontenaccounty.ca. We encourage all members of the public and applicants to submit their comments via writing so that Committee members may view them in advance. Comments may be submitted up until the start of the meeting. Should you wish to speak at the meeting, you can register at the door.

    Virtual Participation

    While residents are encouraged to make written submissions or in person delegations to the committee, members of the public will also be able to provide verbal comments at committee meetings through Zoom. Interested residents can register by visiting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_blafFEGwSVKu_dMtw64Mew.

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