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Community Improvement Plans
Financial Incentives

The Community Improvement Plans (CIPs) provide financial incentives to achieve current community goals and priorities, and targets key planning and strategic objectives for development within Barrie’s Built Boundary.

Built Boundary Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

The Built Boundary CIP was approved in October 2016. It encompasses Barrie’s entire Built Boundary and replaces two previous CIPs: Downtown Barrie and Allandale Centre. The Built Boundary CIP includes two grant programs: Renovation and Redevelopment. Both provide financial incentives to achieve current community goals and priorities within the Built Boundary.

Renovation Grant
Intake period: June 25 – August 3, 2018

The Planning Services Department is hosting Renovation Grant Application Support Sessions, on Thursday, July 5 and on Wednesday, July 18, from 4–7pm in the City Hall Rotunda. These sessions are open-house format, offering opportunities for anyone interested in applying for a 2018 Renovation Grant to have their questions answered and receive help completing an application.

The City is now accepting applications for 2018 Renovation Grants under the Built Boundary CIP.  Eligible applicants:

  • Anyone who owns a property located in Barrie's Urban Growth Centre. Renovation Grants assist with the improvement, restoration, or adaptive re-use of existing buildings in this area.
  • Anyone who owns a property listed on the Municipal Heritage Register. Renovation Grants assist with the restoration or preservation of heritage features on buildings listed on the register.

Each grant covers 50% of the costs of renovation work up to a maximum amount of $25,000 per property. The number of grants awarded will depend on the amount of funding available. 

Each application we receive will be evaluated on its own merits. For the 2018 Renovation Grant, priority will be given to applications that involve the following components: 

  • converting currently vacant space to residential units;
  • providing units for affordable housing;
  • providing ground-floor commercial space and/or upper-floor office;
  • features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability;
  • features to improve and promote accessibility;
  • improvements to the property's overall visual appeal.

Eligible renovations include interior alterations as well as improvements to the exterior of the property. Based on the evaluation criteria, applications that propose extensive and significant renovation work will receive higher scores.

To apply for a Renovation Grant: 

  1. Complete the Renovation Grant Application Form.  For assistance completing the form, please contact Service Barrie at call 705-726-4242
  2. Submit completed application to Service Barrie or to Planning Services on the 1st floor of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, by August 3 2018
2018 Renovation Grant Applications - Key Dates 
Monday, June 25 First day to submit applications.
Thursday, July 5 Grant Application Support Session
City Hall Rotunda, 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18

Grant Application Support Session
City Hall Rotunda, 4-7 p.m.
Friday, August 3 Last day to submit applications.
Week of August 13 Applications will be evaluated.
Week of August 27 Successful applicants will be informed.

Redevelopment Grant
Applications accepted year-round

The Redevelopment Grant program helps with projects that introduce mixed-use development to key intensification areas within the City, promotes increased affordable housing of various types, and supports the remediation and redevelopment of "brownfield" sites. 

A variety of incentives are available, depending on the nature of the project  These include:

  • rebates for portions of planning applications fees, building permit fees, and/or development charges;
  • tax increment based grants, paid in decreasing increments over a five-year period; and
  • financial assistance with the costs of environmental studies for brownfield sites and with the costs of some remediation.

Redevelopment Grant applications are accepted at any point during the year and are considered based on the funding that is available.  It is recommended that grant applications be included when submitting site plan applications for a development and redevelopment project, in which case the applications will be considered as part of the site plan review and approval process.  Grant applications can also be submitted with pre-consultation applications. 

To apply for a Renovation Grant:

  1. Complete the Redevelopment Grant Application Form. For assistance completing the form, please contact Service Barrie at 705-726-4242.
  2. Submit completed applications to Service Barrie or Planning Services on the 1st floor of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, by the August 3rd deadline.

Georgian College Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

The Georgian College Neighbourhood (GCN) CIP covers the area surrounding Georgian College in the north-east of the City, generally defined as being within a reasonable walking distance (around 2km) of the College.  The CIP is meant to encourage the provision of safe purpose-built multi-unit rental housing geared towards students and to promote increased density in appropriate locations within the GCN area.

The incentives available under the GCN CIP include tax increment based grants (paid in decreasing increments over a five-year period) and rebates for planning application fees and a portion of building permit fees.

Applications for these incentive programs are accepted at any point during the year.  Applications will be considered based on funding available and with the overall objectives of the Georgian College Neighbourhood Strategy.

To apply for a Georgian College Neighbourhood CIP Grant:

  1. Complete the Georgian College CIP Application Form
  2. Submit completed application to Service Barrie or to Planning Services on the 1st Floor of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, by the August 3rd deadline.   

In the case of any overlaps between the areas covered by the Built Boundary CIP and the GCN CIP, Grant applications will only be considered under one program or the other.

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