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Intensification and Intensification Urban Design Guidelines:
Planning Services prepared an Intensification Study (April 2009) which recommended appropriate areas in the City and related policies to guide intensification initiatives throughout the City to encourage growth through increased residential density and mixed use development. The strategy approved by Council and implemented in the policies of the Official Plan (June 2009) established four (4) principle areas where intensification is encouraged including:
- The Urban Growth Centre (UGC) comprised of downtown Barrie and Allandale Centre;
- Primary and Secondary Corridors consisting of arterial roads such as Bayfield Street, Dunlop Street, Essa Road, Duckworth Street and Yonge Street.;
- Primary and Secondary Nodes at significant intersections along the Primary and Secondary Corridors; and
- The Major Transit Station at the South Barrie GO Station near Yonge Street and Mapleview Drive East
Links to the Intensification Study (April 2009) as well as a related Presentation to City Council can be found in the Downloads section on the right.
To implement the Intensification Study and the Official Plan, an Intensification Area Urban Design Study has been initiated in order to create a series of guidelines to help direct new development within these intensification areas. These guidelines are viewed to be complimentary to the existing City Urban Design Guidelines. The guidelines will create a set of principles along with an implementation framework that will assist new development to link respectfully to the existing fabric, create an attractive and safe pedestrian realm, support transportation of all types, and result in a thoughtful and attractive design. This initiative is also an important step towards achieving the Province’s and City’s long-term vision for high quality, sustainable growth.
There were several workshops held relating to the development of the Intensification Area Urban Design Guidelines. A draft of the Guidelines has now been prepared and is available for public input. Following this consultation, the guidelines will be submitted to City Council for consideration. Links to the Workshop Summaries and the Draft Intensification Urban Design Guidelines 2012 can be found in the Downloads section on the right.