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Planning for the Annexed Lands

Secondary Plan, Background Studies
& Infrastructure Master Plans

Project Overview

The City of Barrie is preparing a Secondary Plan, related Background Studies and Infrastructure Master Plans for the annexed lands south of the City’s former boundary. The Infrastructure Master Plans will also cover intensification and greenfield development within the City’s former boundary. These coordinated Planning Studies and Infrastructure Master Plans are being prepared in accordance with both the Planning Act and the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

The Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, 2009 (Bill 196) extended the southern boundary of Barrie to include 2,335 hectares (approximately 5,700 acres) of land previously in the Town of Innisfil, effective January 1, 2010. The Secondary Plan and associated studies will form the basis for an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) to the City of Barrie Official Plan 2009.

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The focus of the Secondary Plan and associated studies is to create a vision for the annexed lands and related policies/directions that will ensure its successful implementation — including conceptual designs for the future development areas.  The process will identify opportunities and constraints for development of the annexed lands and the location, extent and sensitivity of the existing natural, social, cultural and economic environment in the study area. Mitigation measures for any impacts to the environment will also be determined. As a basis for the plan, assessments for Cultural Heritage, Archaeology, Agriculture Lands, Natural Heritage, and Financial Impact will be carried out. Infrastructure Master Plans will be prepared to support the Secondary Plan and intensification and greenfield development within the former City boundary and will include: Drainage & Stormwater Management, Wastewater Collection, Wastewater Treatment, Water Storage & Distribution, Water Supply, and Multi-Modal Transportation.

The secondary planning exercise is being undertaken in accordance with the framework established through Provincial policy including the directions in Places to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. The Secondary Plan will reflect the City’s Official Plan, Council’s Guiding Principles for Future Plans and the results of all the associated Background and Master Plan studies.   The planning period is to the year 2031.

Preliminary Draft Secondary Plans and Related Official Plan Amendments - September 2012

Preliminary draft Secondary Plans have been prepared for the Salem Secondary Plan (West Annexed Lands) and the Hewitt’s Secondary Plan (East Annexed Lands) and public input is welcomed and valued. The Secondary Plans are proposed to be added to the Official Plan as Sections 8 and 9, respectively.  In addition, a number of other potential amendments have been identified to the City’s Official Plan.   

The preliminary draft Secondary Plans and proposed amendments to the Official Plan are based on the Background Reports, the Preferred Concept and the work on the Infrastructure Master Plans to date as well as the City’s Growth Management Strategy.

The proposed potential amendments to the Official Plan are shown in red as tracked changes in the Official Plan document. 

The Secondary Plans have been prepared as separate new sections of the Official Plan.

Proposed  Official Plan Amendments

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan are summarized as follows:

·         Section 1.0: Introduction 

o   The addition of a paragraph outlining the purpose of Amendment No. 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan) in Section 1.3 Basis.

·         Section 2.0: Community Context

o   Change in the size of the land area for the City to recognize the addition of the Annexed Lands in Section 2.1, Background, Introduction.

o   Revisions to the description of how growth and development will occur to reflect Amendment No. 1 to the Growth Plan and the addition of the Annexed Lands in Section 2.1, Background, Growth and Development.

o   Revisions to the assumptions about future trends and factors influencing Barrie based on Amendment No. 1 to the Growth Plan and the City’s Growth Management Strategy (GMS) in Section 2.3, Assumptions.

·         Section 3.0: General Policies

o   Revisions to the projected housing units based on the GMS in Section 3.1.2.3 Density of Development and Intensification.

o   Modification to the description of the current settlement boundary in Section 3.1.2.4, Settlement Boundary Expansions to reflect the changes in the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans.

·         Section 4.0: Land Use Policies

o   Addition of a reference to the Growth Plan target of 50 residents and jobs combined per hectare in greenfield areas to Section 4.2.2.2 (a), Residential Densities.

o   Addition of a reference to Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans in Section 4.2.2.7, Secondary Planning Areas

o   Addition of policies for a new land use designation, “Mixed Use Nodes and Corridors” in Section 4.9.  The policies will be applied initially in the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans.

o   Addition of policy reference for a new land use designation “Rural Area” in Section 4.10. This designation will apply to the lands in the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans.

·         Section 6.0: Implementation - Addition of a reference to the Growth Plan target of 50 residents and jobs combined per hectare in greenfield areas to Section 6.15, Density Calculations.

Preliminary Draft Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans

The Secondary Plans both have a similar format which is summarized as follows:

·         Introduction

The Introduction identifies the purpose of the Secondary Plan, the lands to which is applies and the format of the Plan.

·         Community Vision and Structure

This section identifies the Vision and the Planning Principles which are intended by Council to guide future development.  It also establishes the general community structure, the planning period (2012 to 2031), the projected population and employment, density, housing mix targets and references the City’s general policies for affordable/special needs housing.

·         Natural Heritage System

The purpose of the Natural Heritage System (NHS) is to protect, preserve, and where appropriate, enhance the natural environment. The policies in this section establish direction for the various components of the System – Natural Core Area, Natural Linkage Area and Stream Corridor Areas.  It also provides direction on the boundaries of the System; permitted uses, buildings and structures; infrastructure; stormwater management facilities; the relationship to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan; securement of the System; floodplain management, erosion, hazardous sites and fill control; and surface and ground water protection.

·         Community and Sustainable Design Strategy

The objective of the Vision and Planning Principles is the creation of a complete community providing a range of employment, housing, and a mix of other uses that allow residents to live, work and play in their community.  High quality and sustainable community design is a key to the achievement of this objective and this section establishes the general design policies for the Secondary Plan areas.   It provides direction on the community form including the implementation of the detailed Master Plan (found in an appendix to each Plan).   This section also provides detailed policies with respect to design and sustainable development including community design, cultural heritage conservation, streetscape design, parking, landscaping, safe community design, sustainable development, public utililties, accessibility and visitability and public and community facilities.  It also provides specific direction with respect interim and ultimate development in mixed use nodes and corridors.

·         Land Use Strategy

The Land Use Strategy provides general policies applicable to all land use designations as well as policies for each of the land use designations in the Secondary Plan Area. For each land use designation, specific goals are established, as well as permitted uses, buildings and structures and related land use policies.

·         Community Services Strategy

The Community Services Strategy provides direction with respect to the provision of transportation, water, wastewater, stormwater management, waste management, recreation, utilities and other services in the Secondary Plan Areas.

·         Development Review and Growth Management

All development applications in the Secondary Plan Areas will be subject to review in accordance with the policies of this section.  Development will also be subject to the growth management policies including phasing.

·         Implementation and Interpretation

This section provides guidance with respect to the implementation and interpretation of the Secondary Plans related to matters such as zoning, consents, the relationship to the official plan and definitions.

 

Background Studies

Cultural Heritage

The Cultural Heritage Assessment identifies and evaluates the existing built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes in the annexed area and presents general approaches to their conservation. Built heritage resources include buildings, structures, monuments, installations or the remains of such features that are of historical significance and identified as important to the community (for example, farmhouses, barns, schools and churches).   Cultural heritage landscapes are defined as geographical areas of heritage significance that have been modified by human activities and are valued by the community (for example, cemeteries, parks, gardens, main streets, or heritage conservation districts).

Archaeological

The Archaeological Assessment (Stage 1) identifies the known archaeological resources in the annexed area — these could include artifacts as well as First Nations sites — and includes recommended actions to mitigate any adverse effects of any future development.

Agriculture Land Assessment

The Agriculture Land Assessment identifies the agricultural character and resources in the annexed area as well as off-site features such as barns and livestock operations. It also assesses the impacts of future development on agriculture and propose measures to address them.  

Natural Heritage (Natural Environment)

The Natural Heritage assessment identifies the natural heritage system, the hydrological system and the natural hazards in the annexed area.  This will form the basis for the establishment, protection and enhancement of a Natural Heritage System for the annexed lands that connects with the System in other areas of the City, as well as neighbouring communities.  As part of this process, implementation approaches have been considered.

Financial Policy Review and Impact Assessment

One of Council’s principles for managing growth in the annexed lands is that “growth must pay for growth.” To ensure that the City’s financial policies are appropriate to support growth in a sustainable fashion, a Financial Policy Review and Impact Assessment will be undertaken. The Financial Policy Review has been completed. The Impact Asessment study will include a financial evaluation of the various land use options for the Secondary Plans and an assessment of projected capital and operating costs associated with implementing City-wide growth plans to 2031.  

Master Plans

Context

The Master Plans are applicable to the entire City of Barrie, including the annexed lands.  They include Phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment process.  The Master Plan process provides the public with the opportunity to review municipal servicing for the study area. Phase 1 is the Problem/Opportunity phase wherein the Proponent (City of Barrie) identifies the issues, at a very high level, that the Master Plans are to address. Phase 2 of the process includes the assessment of alternatives and the identification of the preferred alternative.  At the completion of the Study, Master Plan documents will be available for water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation infrastructure.

Environmental Assessment Process

Drainage & Stormwater Management Master Plan

This study will provide guidance on stormwater and drainage management. It will develop and evaluate various stormwater management and servicing strategies for the Secondary Plan area, and will recommend a preferred approach. 

More specifically, the study will develop modeling and a comprehensive stormwater master plan that will allow future development to meet the objectives of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and to address, monitor and document phosphorus reduction at existing stormwater management ponds and other point sources. The study will also identify the drainage & stormwater management requirements of the Study Area, provide recommendations for preliminary servicing options to be included in the secondary planning process and finalize the preliminary drainage & stormwater management concept for the preferred secondary plan option.

Wastewater Collection Master Plan

This study looks at the trunk collection system required to convey the wastewater from intensification nodes and corridors, greenfield areas within the former City boundary and the annexed area to the City’s Water Pollution Control Centre.

The study will identify and evaluate the phased wastewater collection system requirements of the Study Area, and provide preliminary servicing alternatives for the draft secondary planning alternatives. It will finalize the preliminary wastewater collection system concept for the preferred secondary plan alternative and complete a master plan that will also address the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan policies (for the expansion of the wastewater collection system to service intensification within the existing settlement area and greenfield development within the annexed lands).

Wastewater Treatment Master Plan

This study applies to the lands within the City of Barrie boundary on January 1, 2010 and those lands outside this area required for the biosolids management strategy in the Township of Oro-Medonte.

The study will identify and evaluate the wastewater treatment and biosolids management requirements of the Study Area, and provide recommendations for wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids management alternative solutions to be included in the secondary planning process. It will also finalize the recommended wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids management alternative solutions to meet the projected growth and deliver a wastewater treatment master plan to address the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan policies.

Water Storage & Distribution Master Plan

This study addresses expansion of the City of Barrie water storage and distribution system to serve the demands of the proposed intensification and greenfield development in the annexed area.

The study will identify and evaluate the water storage and distribution requirements of the Study Area and provide recommendations for preliminary servicing options to be included in the secondary planning process. It will also, based on the draft planning alternatives, finalize the preliminary water storage and distribution system concept for the preferred secondary plan alternative and complete a master plan that will also address the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Water Supply Master Plan Update

This study applies to the lands within the City of Barrie boundary on January 1, 2010. The study will identify the water supply requirements of the Study Area, and provide recommendations for preliminary servicing options to be included in the secondary planning process.  It will also finalize the water supply requirements and phasing for the projected growth and complete a master plan that will address the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan

This study applies to the lands within the City of Barrie on January 1, 2010 and the Greater Simcoe transportation and public transit networks. The study will identify a Multi-Modal Active Transportation (MMAT) Master Plan for the Study Area that will address the policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006), and the transportation network needs forecasted for the period 2011 – 2031. It will provide recommendations for system alternatives to be included in the secondary planning process, which will minimize travel demand and automobile-dependence by supporting walking, cycling and transit use and the inclusion of Active Transportation polices. The study will also finalize the MMAT System for the preferred secondary plan alternative and complete a master plan that will address (as a minimum) the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class EA process.

Environmental Assessment Process

Infrastructure Master Plans/Class Environmental Assessments related to water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation infrastructure are being prepared for the annexed lands as well as to provide for intensification and greenfield development within the former boundary of the City.  

These coordinated Planning Studies and Infrastructure Master Plans are being prepared in accordance with both the Planning Act and the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. The coordinated Planning Act and Class Environmental Assessment process avoids duplication and ensures improved environmental protection.  Combined public notices and meetings will occur throughout the study process.

The Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, 2009 (Bill 196) extended the southern boundary of Barrie to include 2,293 hectares (approximately 5,700 acres) of land previously in the Town of Innisfil, effective January 1, 2010. The Secondary Plan and associated studies will form the basis for an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) to the City of Barrie Official Plan 2009.

The Master Plans cover Phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment process.  The Master Plan process provides the public with the opportunity to review municipal servicing for the study area. Phase 1 is the Problem/Opportunity phase wherein the Proponent (City of Barrie) identifies the issues, at a very high level, that the Master Plans are to address. Phase 2 of the process includes the assessment of alternatives and the identification of the preferred alternative.  At the completion of the Study, Master Plan documents will be available for water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation infrastructure.

The Notice of Study Commencement was issued on January 28, 2011 and was published in the Barrie Examiner on January 28 and 29, 2011.

The following flow chart illustrates the general Class Environmental Assessment process: MSH Proposal

The following flow chart illustrates the coordinated Planning Act/Environmental Assessment process for Barrie: General Study Flowchart

This coordinated process includes the following phases for each of the Master Plans/Class Environmental Assessments:

  1. Identify the problem or opportunity
    1. Identify the alternative solutions to the problem or opportunity
    2. Carry out an inventory of the environment — including the natural, social, cultural and economic environment
    3. Identify the potential impacts of the alternative solutions on the environment and any measures needed to mitigate those impacts
    4. Carry out a comparative evaluation of the alternative solutions and identify a preliminary preferred solution
    5. Notify and consult with review agencies and the public (this is a mandatory point of consultation)
    6. Determine the preferred alternative solution (project) based on the results of the comparative evaluation and feedback received from the review agencies and the public
    7. Key Decision Point – the City must confirm the applicable Class EA Schedule for the preferred solution (project)
      • If the Project would have been defined as a Schedule B project under this Class EA, and this is confirmed, then the City must:
        • Document the study process and description of the physical location and dimensions of the project in a public document consistent with Provincial requirements;
        • Issue mandatory notification (e.g. Notice of Completion) to review agencies and the public about the availability of the study documentation for public review as well as appeal rights; and,
        • Proceed to Phase 5 of the Class EA below.
      • If the Project would have been defined as a Schedule C project under this Class EA, and this is confirmed, then the proponent must:
        • Proceed to Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the Class EA below (although this will be undertaken by the City as a separate study).
    1. Identify the alternative design concepts for the preferred solution (project).
    2. Undertake a detailed inventory of the environment — including the natural, social, cultural and economic environments.
    3. Identify the potential impact of the alternative project designs on the environment and any measures needed to mitigate those impacts.
    4. Carry out a comparative evaluation of the alternative project designs and identify a recommended project design.
    5. Notify and consult review agencies and the public (this is a mandatory point of consultation).
    1. Document the coordinated approach, including the problem or opportunity, alternative solutions, alternative project design concepts, preferred project designs, preferred design of the project, consultation and decision making process.
    2. Issue mandatory notification (e.g. Issue Notice of Completion) to review agencies and the public about the availability of the study documentation for public review and their rights of appeal.



  2. Once all necessary Planning Act approval(s) have been obtained and the coordinated planning process is complete, the City may proceed to implement the project. 

This coordinated process applies, as noted above, to each of the Master Plan/Class Environmental Assessments as follows:

  • Drainage & Stormwater Management Master Plan
  • Wastewater Collection Master Plan
  • Wastewater Treatment Master Plan
  • Water Storage & Distribution Master Plan
  • Water Supply Master Plan Update
  • Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan

Project Schedule

Work on the Secondary Plan, Background Studies and Master Plans began in December 2010.  It is anticipated that the majority of the background studies will be available for public review in September 2011, with the final Secondary Plan and Master Plans following in early 2013.   A related implementation strategy is planned for June 2013. 

General Study flowchart

Community engagement is a critical component of the Secondary Plan and Master Plan processes. Public input is welcome and valued.  Throughout the process opportunities for public input have included:

  • a Secondary Plan vision workshop (March 2011);
  • a workshop to consider the background reports and land use options for the annexed lands (September 2011); and,
  • a Development Services Committee and a Council meeting to review the preferred land use option for the annexed lands (May/June 2012).

Public review of the draft Secondary Plans, related Official Plan amendments and Infrastructure Master Plans will occur in the Fall of 2012, and review of the Implementation Strategy is anticipated in the Spring of 2013.

Public Consultation

Community engagement is a critical component of the Secondary Plan and Master Plan processes. Public input is welcome and valued throughout the study.  

General Comments and Questions

General comments and questions may be submitted at any time to the following.

Secondary Plans, Background Studies & Natural Heritage

Eric Hodgins, MCIP, RPP

Growth Management Coordinator

City of Barrie

70 Collier Street, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5

Tel:  705-739-4220 ext. 4403

Fax: 705-739-4270

Email: ehodgins@barrie.ca

Infrastructure Master Plans 

Paul Smeltzer, P.Eng.

Principal Consultant

AMEC Earth and Environmental

3215 North Service Road

Burlington, ON L7N 3G2

Tel: (905) 335-2353

Fax: (905) 335-1414 

Email: paul.smeltzer@amec.com

Ralph Scheunemann, P. Eng.

Sr. Infrastructure Planning Engineer

City of Barrie

70 Collier Street

Barrie, Ontario  L4M 4T5

Tel: (705-) 739-4220 ext.4782

Fax: (705) 739-4247

Email: Ralph.Scheunemann@barrie.ca

Public Input Sessions

Throughout the study, there will also be a number of sessions where the public will have an opportunity to hear about the study and provide their input.

Public Information Centre - Preliminary Draft Secondary Plans and Related Official Plan Amendments

The first opportunity for public input to the proposed Secondary Plans and related Official Plan Amendments is a Public Information Centre. This be held:

·         Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012

·         Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

·         Presentation: 7:00 pm

·         Location: Liberty North, 100 Caplan Ave., Barrie

The open house-style Public Information Centre will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and provides an opportunity to review information related to the preliminary draft Secondary Plans and associated studies, and ask questions of City staff and consultants.  A presentation will be made at 7:00 pm followed by questions and comments, following which the open house will resume.

An update will also be provided with respect to the associated studies being carried out by the City including the Infrastructure Master Plans that also cover intensification and greenfield development within the City’s former boundary. These coordinated initiatives are being prepared in accordance with both the Planning Act and the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process.

The City is interested in hearing any comments that you may have about the preliminary draft Secondary Plans and other related Official Plan amendments. Comment sheets will be available at the Information Centre.  If you are unable to attend, you can still make your views known by sending your comments by email, fax or in writing at the address noted above. Submission of any comments by Friday, October 19, 2012 would be appreciated.

Please attend and help shape the future for this important part of Barrie.

If you are unable to attend, you can still make your views known by sending your comments to Mr. Eric Hodgins by email, fax or in writing to the address noted above.

Other Opportunities for Public Input

Subsequent to input received at the September 27th Public Information Centre, and through the comment sheets and other means, revised draft Secondary Plans and other related Official Plan amendments will be developed for presentation to the public at the statutory open house and public meeting required by the Planning Act.   The dates of these sessions which are anticipated in November/December 2012 will be advertised in the Barrie Examiner and posted on the City' of Barrie website.  Notices will also be mailed to those in the City’s stakeholder list.

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Facts

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the City undertaking this study? Answer
The Province has designated Barrie as an Urban Growth Centre. The City has accepted the challenge of accommodating significant new development both within the former City boundary and the annexed lands. The Secondary Plan and Master Plans will help ensure the City continues to develop as a complete, well-balanced and sustainable community.
How much and what kind of development will be accommodated in the annexed lands — will it be residential, employment, a mix of the two or something else? Answer
The City has completed a Growth Management Strategy (GMS). The GMS will guide Barrie’s future population and employment growth to the year 2031. It will provide direction for where residential and commercial intensification will occur and the phasing/timing of these opportunities, as well as ensuring the provision of an adequate supply of employment lands. The Strategy will also determine the amount and type of development that needs to be accommodated in the annexed lands.
What opportunities are there for the public to participate in the study? Answer
Community engagement is a critical component of the Secondary Plan and Master Plans process. Public input is welcome and valued throughout the study. General comments and questions may be submitted at any time. If you want to be added to the City's stakeholder mailing list, please contact Mr. Eric Hodgins or Mr. Wayne Bando at the address noted above. 

 

Facts

  1. The Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, 2009 (Bill 196) extended the southern boundary of Barrie to include 2,335 hectares (approximately 5,700 acres) of land previously in the Town of Innisfil, effective January 1, 2010.
  2. Barrie is the largest centre in the Simcoe County area. The current population of the City of Barrie is approximately 140,000. The population allocated by the Province for the year 2031 is 210,000.
  3. Downtown Barrie is designated as an Urban Growth Centre in Places to Grow, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In fact, the City’s downtown is one of 25 such areas across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the only Urban Growth Centre in Central Ontario.
  4. Urban Growth Centres are areas that will be focal points for investment in institutional and region wide public services, as well as commercial, recreational, cultural and entertainment uses. In addition, they will serve as major employment centres and be planned to support major transit infrastructure and accommodate a significant share of population and employment growth.
  5. Intensification includes infill and redevelopment in existing developed areas.



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