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Annexed Land Planning

Secondary Plans and Infrastructure Master Plans guide the annexed land development in Barrie's south end. These plans are based on many background studies and environmental assessments in areas including natural environment, archaeology, agriculture, cultural heritage and finance.

Project Overview

In 2010, the Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, 2009 (Bill 196) came into effect, extending the southern boundary of the City to include 2,293 hectares, or approximately 5,700 acres, of land previously in the Town of Innisfil.

The annexed land boundary expansion provides opportunities for Barrie to plan for and manage growth to support a strong and competitive economy; build a compact, vibrant and complete community; and create a sustainable future while addressing provincial growth management initiatives.

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Latest Updates

Monday April 3, 2017:Growth Management Update was presented to Council with the current status of development applications in the Salem Secondary Plan & Hewitt’s Secondary Plan, as well as the Infrastructure Implementation Plan, which outlines how and when the City is going to service the secondary plan lands to accommodate expected growth.

Guiding Plans

The City has prepared Infrastructure Master Plans and two secondary plans, based on the Growth Management Strategy and various background studies to guide the annexed land development.

Salem & Hewitt’s Secondary Plans

Finished in December 2016, the Salem Secondary Plan & Hewitt’s Secondary Plan guide the development for the annexation area west and east of Huronia Road (respectively).

These plans set the vision and expectations for building out the annexed lands in a coordinated and community minded manner, and using innovative built forms to create complete neighbourhoods. The growth management process has identified opportunities and constraints for development, the extent and sensitivity of the existing natural, social, cultural and economic environment in the study area, and mitigation measures for any impacts to the environment.

The plans are in accordance with the framework established through Provincial policy including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. They 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.

Infrastructure Master Plans

Infrastructure Master Plans have been prepared for the entire City, including the annexed lands. They include Phases 1 and 2 of the Environmental Assessment Process; Phase 1 is the Problem/Opportunity phase wherein the City identifies the high-level issues that the Master Plans are to address. Phase 2 includes assessing alternatives and identifying the preferred alternative.  Master Plans provide guidance on many infrastructure projects required for the successful development of the annexed lands.

Drainage & Stormwater Management Master Plan

This plan provides guidance on stormwater and drainage management by developing and evaluating various stormwater management and servicing strategies. It recommends the preferred approach for the secondary plan areas. 

It allows future development to meet the objectives of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and addresses, monitors and documents phosphorus reduction at existing stormwater management ponds. The plan also identifies the drainage and stormwater management requirements of the Study Area, provides recommendations for preliminary servicing options included in the secondary planning process, and finalizes the preliminary drainage and stormwater management concept for the secondary plan.

Wastewater Collection Master Plan

This plan looks at the trunk collection system required to convey the wastewater from the annexed area to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.

It identifies and evaluates the phased wastewater collection system requirements of the Study Area, and provides preliminary servicing alternatives for the draft secondary planning option. It finalizes the preliminary wastewater collection system concept for the preferred secondary plan alternative and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan policies for the greenfield development within the annexed lands.

Wastewater Treatment Master Plan

This plan identifies and evaluates the wastewater treatment and biosolids management requirements of the Study Area, and provides recommendations for wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids management alternative solutions included in the secondary planning process. It also finalizes the recommended wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids management alternative solutions to meet the projected growth and addresses 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 plan addresses expansion of the City of Barrie water storage and distribution system to serve the demands of greenfield development in the annexed area.

It identifies and evaluates the water storage and distribution requirements of the Study Area and provides recommendations for preliminary servicing options included in the secondary planning process. It finalizes the preliminary water storage and distribution system concept for the preferred secondary plan alternative and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment studies and the policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Water Supply Master Plan Update

This plan identifies the water supply requirements of the Study Area, and provides recommendations for preliminary servicing options included in the secondary planning process. It also finalizes the water supply requirements and phasing for the projected growth and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment studies and the policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan

The Multi-Modal Active Transportation (MMAT) Master Plan addresses the policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the transportation network needs forecasted for the period 2011 – 2031. It provides recommendations for system alternatives included in the secondary planning process, which minimizes travel demand and automobile-dependence by supporting walking, cycling and transit use and the inclusion of Active Transportation polices. It also finalizes the MMAT System for the preferred secondary plan alternative and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class EnKvironmental Assessment studies.

Infrastructure Implementation Plan

The Infrastructure Implementation Plan (IIP) is our community road map that outlines how and when we’re going to service the secondary plan lands to accommodate expected growth. It allows the City to ensure land use, infrastructure and financial planning remain woven together for successful community growth.

The IIP serves as a framework to plan out all of the infrastructure needs for the next 20 years through the capital planning process. This ensures we know what we need and when we need it so growth stays coordinated.

Moving ahead, this plan is subject to regular review through the capital planning process and as such, could change as development evolves.

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 (i.e. farmhouses, barns, schools, churches). Cultural heritage landscapes are geographical areas of heritage significance that have been modified by human activities and are valued by the community (i.e. cemeteries, parks, gardens, main streets, heritage conservation districts).

Archaeological

The Archaeological Assessment identifies the known archaeological resources in the annexed area (i.e. artifacts, First Nations sites) and includes recommended actions to mitigate any adverse effects of 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 (i.e. barns, livestock operations). It also assesses the impacts of future development on agriculture and proposes 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

Growth must pay for growth — this is a Council principle for managing growth in the annexed lands. The Financial Policy Review and Impact Assessment has been completed to ensure the City’s financial policies can support growth in a sustainable fashion. It includes 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the City undertaking this study?
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?
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?
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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