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Official Plan

The Official Plan is a general policy document that establishes a long range planning blueprint for land uses and resource management within the municipality.

The land uses are identified by designations, under which specific policy direction is given to deal with such matters as type of use, density, massing, community design, and development criteria. In addition, policies related to park systems, transportation, servicing and implementation are outlined within the Official Plan. New developments which do not conform to the Plan must seek approval of an Official Plan Amendment (OPA).

On April 23, 2010 The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) approved a new Official Plan for the City of Barrie. 

General Growth Management Related OPA 40 OMB Approved May 2016

Official Plan Text & Schedules 

Official Plan February 2014

Schedule A: Land Use

Schedule B: Planning Areas

Schedule C: Special Policy Areas

Schedule D: Road Plan

Schedule E: Road Widening Plan

Schedule F: Watercourses

Schedule G: Drinking Water System Vulnerable Areas

Schedule H: Natural Heritage Resources

Schedule I: Intensification Areas

Schedule J – Lake Simcoe Watershed

Shaping the Future of Your City

The City has undertaken a process to revise its Official Plan to address new challenges in the future growth of the City as well as to bring it into conformity with Provincial policy, in particular the “Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” and amendments to the Planning Act.

An Official Plan is a long range planning document that guides the use of land in the City as well as its future growth and development.  It provides direction on how and where change and growth should take place and identifies the services and facilities needed to support the development of healthy and complete communities while setting out measures to conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

The City of Barrie adopted a new Official Plan on June 22, 2009 in conformity with the Provincial Growth Plan: Places to Grow.  This Plan was forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for final approval.  The Ministry has now completed their review of the Plan and proposed a series of modification in keeping with matters of Provincial interest. As part of the process, the Ministry has requested that these modifications be reviewed by Council and any questions or concerns be forwarded for consideration.  The significant modifications relate to

a) Population distribution and densities

b) Settlement Area Boundary Expansion

c) Intensification Policies

d) The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

e) Cultural Heritage resources

f) Renewable Energy and Alternate energy systems 

g) Waste Disposal Assessment areas

Official Plan June 2009 - Draft Modification January 25, 2010.


Official Plan Amendments

An official plan amendment is a formal document that changes a municipality's official plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the community or because of requests made by property owners.

 Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning

May 26, 2014 Public Meeting Proposed Industrial Mapping

Official Plan Amendment 24



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