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Building Barrie is all about becoming ‘future ready’ — helping the City thrive as the heart of Simcoe County and as its only designated urban growth centre. It’s about moving forward and upward, and realizing Barrie’s inherent potential — both today and tomorrow.
Buillding Barrie is the umbrella name for a collection of planning and implementation initiatives designed to position the City for future success and to capitalize on coming growth. More specifically, it includes the following inter-related plans, strategies and technical studies:
This will form a critical background document for the City as it moves forward with the development of its downtown and existing built-up areas, the remaining designated greenfield areas, as well as the newly annexed lands located in south Barrie. The Strategy will guide and direct population and employment growth within the City to the year 2031 and ensure that Barrie continues to develop as a complete, well-balanced and sustainable community.
This includes a range of initiatives, focused on the creation of a secondary plan for the annexed lands and a series of City-wide infrastructure master plans. The secondary plan will establish a vision for the annexation area and related policy directions and strategies to guide its implementation. The plan will draw on the Growth Management Strategy as well as numerous technical background analyses in the areas such as natural environment, archaeology, agriculture, cultural heritage and finance. In addition, infrastructure master plans are to be prepared for the entire City, including the annexed lands. These plans will drainage and stormwater management, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, water storage and distribution, water supply and multi-modal transportation.
Based on a detailed analysis of intensification opportunities, the City’s Official Plan identifies four principal areas where intensification will be promoted: the downtown Urban Growth Centre, arterial road corridors and significant intersections along those corridors, as well as the area around the GO station at Yonge Street and Mapleview Avenue. Urban design guidelines are being prepared to ensure that the proposed intensification will be high quality and well integrated with surrounding development.
The City of Barrie has initiated an urban design study in order to create a series of guidelines to help direct new development within its intensification areas. The guidelines will create a set of principles along with an implementation framework that will help any new development knit respectfully into the existing built fabric, create an attractive and safe pedestrian realm, support transportation of all sorts, and result in a thoughtful and attractive contribution to the local community and to the city as a whole. This initiative will also be an important step towards achieving the Province and the City’s long-term vision for high quality, sustainable growth. Intensification Map (Schedule A - 2009).
These guidelines are to be the result of a collaborative effort with the City, local residents, and the business community.
Other Related Projects
These include updating the City’s: Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan, Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, Transit Master Plan, Fire Master Plan and Library Strategic Plan. In addition, other initiatives — from operational, facility and space accommodation exercises, to other master plan projects — will also be taken into consideration.
These initiatives — in support of a City and regional centre that work for residents and business — build on key ongoing projects such as the redevelopment of the Allandale Station area and the Downtown Community Theatre, and draw on the City’s technical expertise. They are part of the City’s commitment to furthering Barrie’s economic prosperity, environmental leadership, innovation and creativity, and great place making.
Community engagement is a critical component of the Building Barrie approach. Public input is welcome and valued.