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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.

The City will not be accepting further applications for 2019 as Staff are undertaking a review of the Program.​

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 Redevelopment grant provides financial incentives to achieve current community goals and priorities within the Built Boundary.

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 Redevelopment 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.

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