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Public Feedback

Your input, collected through the methods below, provides great insight when making decisions with outcomes that affect us all. Visit this page to give your feedback on topics affecting our community that are open to the public.

Surveys Open for Feedback

Vacant Unit Tax Rebate

The City is preparing to update the Vacant Unit Rebate Program and is seeking feedback through a surveyThis program provides property tax rebates to eligible owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings. The Province of Ontario, which has mandated the program since 1998, has recently allowed municipalities broader flexibility to tailor the program to reflect local community needs and circumstances.

The current rebate is 30% of the property tax for the vacant commercial space and 35% for vacant industrial space.  In 2016, the program cost was $422,000 for approximately 400 vacant properties. Since 2012, it's cost $2.33 million (excluding program administration fees).

Results will help inform the City's recommendation to Council as to how this program should be updated.

Draft Heritage Strategy

Heritage Barrie and the City are asking for feedback from the community on the draft Heritage Strategy. The feedback will help prioritize actions items that need to be completed in order to conserve, protect and enhance Barrie’s heritage.

Drop-in sessions will be held to provide in person feedback on:

Feedback gathered will help in the development of the Heritage Strategy implementation plan. New action items will be incorporated into the strategy where possible. 

Barrie Transit Customer Satisfaction

MVT Canadian Bus Inc. has provided Barrie Transit and Specialized Transit services since 2015. As part of this contract and to help ensure this service continues to meet rider needs, please provide feedback on your experiences with Barrie Transit. All responses are confidential and you won't be identified in any way.

Results collected will provide the City of Barrie and MVT Canadian Bus Inc. with identifiable areas for continuous improvement and will form a baseline to compare future experiences when service updates are made. 

Building Services Customer Satisfaction

The City’s Building Services has been implementing new processes to improve customer interactions and are requesting your feedback to measure their effectiveness. If you’ve recently interacted with this department, please share your experiences with us.

Results collected will help determine if the updates are creating a timely, positive experience. We’re making changes to be better for you — your suggestions will be taken into consideration for future improvements.

Community Survey

The Community Survey is an opportunity for residents to provide ongoing feedback on programs and services provided by the City. Your feedback is important to us.

Construction Survey(s)

Share your feedback on a construction projects that have recently been completed in your neighbourhood. 

Last updated October 6, 2017. Surveys listed above are currently open for feedback and managed through Access Barrie, unless otherwise noted.

Past Surveys

Transportation Industry By-law updates

The public shared about recent experiences with taxicab, rideshare (private transportation) and driver for hire companies in Barrie through an online survey. The Transportation Industry By-law was updated on on August 1, 2017, and survey results will help determine if the updates ensure public safety, maintain ride service levels and create competitive rates for all passenger transportation companies in Barrie. 

The updates reduce taxicab regulations and create two new licensing categories: rideshare (private transportation) and driver for hire.

  • Transportation Industry By-law survey data collection: July 4 - October 1, 2017
  • Survey results (295 respondents)
Sign By-law Review

The public shared their views on outdoor sign advertising in Barrie. The City is explored community and business opinion on various sign types including billboards, mobile and temporary signs. 

Results are being used to guide any by-law updates necessary to maintain a visually attractive streetscape and ensure safety for both vehicles and pedestrians, while fulfilling business marketing needs.

  • Sign By-law Survey data collection: June 5 - July 31, 2017
  • Survey results (363 responses)
Music Rehearsal Space

Members of the music community gave feedback on the current need for music rehearsal space in our area.

As part of the Dorian Parker Centre consultation project, the Culture Branch is exploring the option of introducing a pilot project to use the facility as a music rehearsal space. Responses from this survey will help inform the City's recommendation to City Council

  • Data collected online from May 10 - 23, 2017
  • Survey results (60 responses)
  • Staff report with recommendations to be presented to Council on Monday, June 5, 2017
For more information please contact culture@barrie.ca or 705-739-4299.
Transit Survey

Employers located in Barrie's south-end industrial area completed a short transit survey to help assess transit needs for employees. 

  • Data collected online March 1 to March 31, 2017 (51 responses)
  • Invest Barrie and Barrie Transit staff will be engaging those who expressed an interest in joining the South Barrie Industrial Park Transit Working Group. The goal of the working group is to discover innovative ways to increase transit service access in the industrial park.
For more information, please contact Mislat Balogun at (705) 739-4220 x 5035 or Mislat.Balogun@barrie.ca
Proposed Naming: Sunnidale Park Water Reservoir & Pumping Station

Members of the public shared their views of the proposed naming of the Sunnidale Park Water Reservoir & Pumping Station in honour of H. John Murphy (1918-1983).

  • Municipal Naming Working Group recommended public consultation for this proposed naming on December 19, 2016 
  • Data collected January 31 to March 5, 2017
  • Online survey results (21 responses)
  • On April 3, 2017, General Committee recommended passing the naming proposal at a future City Council meeting 
  • City Council passed the naming proposal on Monday, April 10, 2017
Winterfest

Residents and visitors shared their Winterfest 2017 feedback in order to help build more enjoyable community events in the future.

  • Data collected February 8-20, 2017
  • Online survey results (53 online surveys collected)
  • Results under review and any adjustments will be made during the 2018 planning process
Proposed Naming: Sunnidale Park Arboretum

The City sought feedback on naming the Arboretum at Sunnidale Park in honour of Wyman Jacques.

  • Municipal Naming Working Group recommended public consultation for this proposed naming on September 26, 2016 
  • Data collected from December 17, 2016 to January 27, 2017
  • Online survey results (168 surveys collected)
  • On March 20, 2017, General Committee recommended passing the naming proposal at a future City Council meeting 
  • City Council passed the naming proposal on Monday, March 27, 2017
Downtown Countdown

Residents and visitors shared their 2017 Downtown Countdown feedback to help build more enjoyable community events in the future.

  • Data collected January 3-22, 2017
  • Online survey results (55 online surveys collected)
  • Results under review and any adjustments will be made during the 2018 planning process
Citizen Satisfaction Survey

The City completed the 2016 Citizen Satisfaction Survey in October 2016. Working with Forum Research Inc., 1,004 Barrie residents were phoned (cellular and landline) for their perceptions of the quality of life in Barrie, their satisfaction with municipal programs and services, and to identify opportunities to improve service and program delivery. 

  • Survey tested October 3-6, 2016
  • Data collected October 12-25, 2016
  • Final report presented to City Council on November 28, 2016
Last updated October 2, 2017. Surveys listed above are removed after one year or replaced with the next year's survey (if completed annually) and are managed through Access Barrie, unless otherwise noted. 

Projects

Dorian Parker Centre

About the Project

The Dorian Parker Centre is located within Sunnidale Park. Since the 1960's, it's been used for social functions, meetings, seminars, recreation programs, banquets and family events. 

This facility is of an age where it will require major renovations to remain operational. The City is working with residents to gather feedback on best uses for the building to guide its potential redevelopment.

For more information about this project, please contact culture@barrie.ca or 705-739-4299.

Recent Feedback Gathered

As part of the Dorian Parker Centre consultation project, the Culture Branch is exploring the option of introducing a pilot project to use the facility as a music rehearsal space. Members of the music community gave feedback on the current need for music rehearsal space in our area. 

Responses from this survey will help inform the City's recommendation to City Council

  • Data collected online from May 10 - 23, 2017
  • Survey results (60 responses)
  • Staff report with recommendations to be presented to Council on Monday, June 5, 2017
For more information please contact culture@barrie.ca or 705-739-4299.
 

Previous Feedback Gathered

The public have engaged in this project the following ways:
  • April 2017 Community Information Session to discuss several options for the future of the facility 
  • November 2015 Community Consultation & Online survey results
 
Last updated May 24, 2017. Community Engagement projects listed above are maintained through Access Barrie, unless otherwise noted.

Meetings

Public Meetings

A Public Meeting is a provincially legislated meeting that municipalities are mandated to host for certain applications made to the City (i.e. applications made under the Planning Act). Before a plan is adopted, Council must hold at least one public meeting where people can formally give their opinion regarding that specific the plan. Views shared at public meetings can be referred to during Council’s decision-making process and are a matter of public record.

In Barrie, Public Meetings take place at General Committee meetings and are advertised at least 20 days ahead of time in the Barrie Examiner, at barrie.ca/PublicNotices and, in most cases, through a sign posted on the subject site, or a notice mailed to residents within 120m of the subject site. 

For more information on speaking at a Public Meeting or alternative methods to share your views with council, please visit Communicating with City CouncilFor agenda-related information, please visit the Calendar of Meetings.

Other meetings

The City also hosts many other types of meetings that are open to the public, such as Reference Committee meetings, Town Halls and Neighbourhood Meetings, but are not legislated to take place. In many cases, these meetings are an additional step that provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about a project, ask questions and share their opinion in a less formal setting. 

These meetings may be shared through e-bulletins to residents within the ward, on the City's events calendar and through social media.







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