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Previews and highlights of upcoming and recent City Council, General Committee, and Planning Committee meetings, posted weekly on Fridays and Tuesdays.

General Committee, City Council, and Planning Committee meetings air/stream live on Rogers Television and the City's YouTube channelThese meetings are being held electronically in accordance with Section 238 of the Municipal Act, 1990, which provides for electronic participation where an emergency has been declared to exist in all or part of the municipality under Section 4 or 7.01 of the Emergency Management and Civil Pr​otection Act.

PREVIEW: Council Meeting
7pm Monday September 21, 2020
Virtual Meeting

Full agenda | Livestream


The following Deputations will be heard by Barrie City Council:

  • Deputations concerning motion 20-G-139, Adoption of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism
  • Deputation by a representative of Innovative Planning Solutions and Sean Mason Homes concerning motion 20-P-033, Zoning By-law Amendment Application
  • Deputation by Barbara Mackie on behalf of the Allandale Neighbourhood Association concerning motion 20-P-041, Zoning By-law Amendment

Motions, Staff Reports, Items for Discussion

City Council will consider final approval on the following staff reports, motions and items for discussion:

COVID-19 Relief – Agreements Related to the Use of City-owned Property
COVID-19 relief provisions will be offered related to the use of City owned property; and that the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute any agreements that may be required to document the arrangements, upon approval of the form of agreement by the Director of Legal Services.

Extension of Loading Zone Parking Standard – Downtown Barrie (Ward 2)
Effective, retroactively to September 9, 2020, the temporary “Loading Only Zone" parking standard will be kept in place to improve traffic flow in support of businesses receiving deliveries due to construction taking place in the downtown area. This will remain in place until the Downtown Business Improvement Association requests its removal or until the Dunlop Streetscape Project is completed.

OMERS Administration Changes
As of January 1, 2021, the Barrie Police Service (BPS) and Barrie Public Library (BPL) will be treated as separate entities from the City of Barrie with respect to the OMERS pension plan; and the BPS and BPL will administer the OMERS pension plan for their own employees.

Adoption of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism
The Corporation of the City of Barrie will adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism as adopted at the IHRA plenary on May 26, 2016 as follows: "Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities." This decision will be forwarded to the Chair of the Province of Ontario's Standing Committee on Justice Policy.

Presentation – Healthy Barrie
Healthy Barrie will be invited to provide a presentation to City Council concerning their Community Snapshot Tool.

Exploring Fiscal Tools and Strategies within the Municipal Framework
Economic and Creative Development Department staff will explore fiscal tools and strategies, including, but not limited to, Community Improvement Programs (CIP) and Development Charges, within the Municipal framework to increase the City's competitiveness in attracting business and investment to employment lands within the City's boundary. Staff will report back to General Committee with an analysis, recommendations and associated fiscal implications.

Shak's World – Facility Analysis
City Council expresses its support for Shak's World vision to establish a centre for at risk youth in the City of Barrie. Staff will refer Shak's World to the Sandbox and Georgian College Centre for Change Making and Innovation for assistance in the development of their business plan.

Free Transit for Barrie High School Students
Transit and Parking Strategy Department staff, in consultation with the local schoolboards and the Student Transportation Consortium, will investigate the feasibility of providing free transit service to City of Barrie high school students until December 31, 2020. Free transit service will only be provided within one hour following the end of school time and at bus stops adjacent to City of Barrie secondary schools, and the free transit service will be contingent on support from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to remove passenger capacity limits on Barrie Transit. As well, City staff, in consultation with the local schoolboards and the Student Transportation Consortium, will investigate the feasibility of implementing a longer term solution to provide free transit service to Barrie high school students and report back to General Committee.

SCATECH Barrie Chapter concerning and update on the Milligan's Pond Eviction Follow-up Report
Correspondence from the SCATEH Barrie Chapter concerning an update on the Milligan's Pond Eviction Follow-up Report (August 2020) will be referred to staff in the Legislative and Court Services Department to provide a response concerning enforcing the “No Camping" and Parks Use By-law, with discretion to ensure that enforcement does not criminalize homelessness.

Zoning By-Law Amendment Application – Sean Mason Homes (Veteran's Lane) Inc. – 339 Veteran's Drive, 341 Veteran's Lane and 19 Montserrand Street (Ward 6)

Zoning By-Law Amendment Application – 2 Arbour Trail (Ward 8)

Temporary Use By-Law to Permit Agriculture Uses at the Southwest Corner of Highway 400 and Harvie Road – Barrie-Bryne Developments Limited (Ward 7)

Application for Zoning By-Law Amendment – 97 Miller Drive (Ward 5)

Zoning By-Law Amendment Applications – 989 Yonge Street (Ward 9)​

Zoning By-Law Amendment Application – Mario Lampert Holding Ltd. – 79 Gowan Street (Ward 8)

Public Meeting

The Planning Committee held a public meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. to review an application for an Official Plan Amendment and Amendment to the Zoning By-law submitted by MHBC Planning Inc. on behalf of Huronia Barrie Land Inc for 521 Huronia Road, Barrie.

Presentations by Staff (at the Sept. 15 Planning Committee meeting)

2019 Growth Report
Michelle Banfield, Director of Development Services provided a presentation concerning the 2019 Growth Report.

Status Update on the new Official Plan Project
Michelle Banfield, Director of Development Services provided a presentation concerning the status on the new Official Plan (OP).


The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority will share a presentation ​regarding their 2020 Budget Companion and Annual Operating Priorities.


The following By-laws will be considered by City Council:

  • Bill #080​: A By-law of The Corporation of The City of Barrie to expropriate the lands described as Part of the East Part of Lot 22, Concession 3, being Part 1, on Plan 51R-42230, City of Barrie, County of Simcoe and being part of PIN 58829-0151(LT). (Acquisition of Property for Various Infrastructure Projects - Ward 2) (115 Bell Farm Road) (INF002-20) (Files: T05-GE and L07-1158)
  • Bill #081: A By-law of The Corporation of the City of Barrie to further amend By-law 2020-009 with respect to the establishment and requirement of the payment of fees for information, services, activities and use of City property. (20-G-121) (Business in the Parks Pilot Program - Economic Recovery Plan) (ECD014-20)
  • Bill #082: A By-law of The Corporation of the City of Barrie to further amend By-law 80-138, as amended, being a By-law to regulate traffic on highways. (20-G-124) (Implementation of No Parking - Miller Drive to Dunlop Street and Miller Drive to Edgehill Drive) (Ward 5) (Item for Discussion 8.1., August 10, 2020)
  • Bill #083​: A By-law of The Corporation of the City of Barrie to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on the 21st day of September 2020.

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