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Community Improvement Plans
Financial Incentives Program

The City has three Community Improvement Plans (CIP) offering financial incentives to encourage private sector investment in redevelopment projects that support strategic objectives for defined areas throughout the municipality.

Loan and grant packages are available for commercial and residential projects that increase the functionality of existing building, promote the development of vacant and underutilized sites, and improve or restore exterior building facades and signage.

Proposed New (2016) Community Improvement Plan

A new Community Improvement Plan is proposed to replace two existing Community Improvement Plans:  Downtown Barrie: Next Wave and Allandale Centre. The new Built Boundary Community Improvement Plan will incorporate elements of programs offered under these existing CIP's, but will expand the area of applicability to encompass the entire Build Boundary as identified on Schedule I of the Official Plan.

public meeting took place Monday April 4th to review the proposed Community Improvement Plan. A public open house will take place 4–7pm on Wednesday May 4th (City Hall, Huronia Room A).

The purpose of the new CIP will be to provide for financial incentives designed to achieve emerging community goals and priorities which target key planning and growth management objectives for development within the Built Boundary. Two programs are proposed:

  • A Renovation Program to provide a grant to promote the renovation and restoration of existing buildings within the Urban Growth Centre and buildings listed on the Municipal Heritage Register.
  • A Redevelopment Program to provide for various grants to support these key objectives:   
    • Provision of Affordable Housing
    • Brownfield redevelopment, and
    • Mixed-use development within the intensification areas identified on Schedule I of the Official Plan.

Staff Report PLN032-15: Financial Incentive Review

Downtown Barrie: The Next Wave

The 'Next Wave' Community Improvement Plan presents an exceptional opportunity for the City to realize its strong, healthy, vibrant core.  Focused on the historic downtown, encompassing the Dunlop Street and Bradford Street corridors, the Plan encourages the revitalization of existing heritage buildings, as well as the development of uses that promote linkages to the waterfront and add diversity to the defined Community Improvement Area.

Financial Incentive Package:

  • Tax Increment Grant Program
  • Application Fees, Permit Fees, and Special Fees Grant for Program
  • Adaptive Re-use and Upgrade to the Building Code Program
  • Facade and Signage Loan Program

Downtown Next Wave  

Application Form- Downtown CIP

Allandale Centre Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

Allandale is a gateway to the older parts of Barrie; its centre focuses around the Bradford-Tiffin-Essa intersection. The Allandale Centre Community Improvement Plan identifies the challenges imposed by the convergence of these roads, and encourages compatible neighbourhood development. Addiitonally, the plan encourages the use of distinctive area characteristics including the historic Allandale Rail Station and Kempenfelt Bay.

Financial Incentive Package:

  • Tax Increment Based Grant
  • Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Dedication Grant
  • Facade Improvement Loan
  • Renovation Loan

Application Form: Allandale CIP

Georgian College Neighbourhood Strategy

The Georgian College Neighbourhood includes all of the Georgian Drive and Grove Street East Planning Areas and portions of the Alliance, Wellington, and Little Lake Planning Areas.  The boundary of the Neighbourhood is generally defined by a reasonable walking distance to the College.

The Georgian College Neighbourhood Strategy (May 2007) was implemented to highlight the importance of Georgian College to Barrie, and demonstrates the unique opportunity to encourage safe and accessible student-oriented housing while promoting increased density in the northeast end of the City.

Financial Incentive Package:

  • Tax Increment Based Grant
  • Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Dedication Grant
  • Renovation Loan

Application Form- Georgian CIP

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