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Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
The vision for growth management is being implemented through collaboration and partnership with City departments and outside agencies. The City has established
Secondary Plans to guide greenfield development and
Master Plans to coordinate infrastructure delivery.
Ensuring that this level of growth is managed in a sustainable, efficient, and financially responsible manner will be central to the long-term health, prosperity, and well-being of Barrie and its residents. Working within the policy framework provided by the Growth Plan, the City has been preparing an updated Growth Management Strategy. Planning staff have also been developing
policies and strategies to foster higher-density, mixed-use development in the Urban Growth Centre as well as within important Intensification Nodes and Corridors.
Downtown Barrie Urban Growth Centre (as defined by the Province of Ontario in the
Growth Plan) consists of the traditional downtown area as well as a significant portion of the historic Allandale neighbourhood. Moving forward, this area will serve as the focal point for higher-density growth and intensification in Barrie.
When it comes to planning and development, “density" refers to the number of people who live and/or work within a given area. The Growth Plan has set a density target for the Downtown Barrie Urban Growth Centre of 150 residents and jobs per hectare, to be achieved by 2031. For an area of approximately 156 hectares, this translates to around 23,408 people living and/or working within the Urban Growth Centre. Growth of this magnitude needs to be managed in a way that:
Intensification is the process of increasing the density of an already built-up area. Intensification can involve developing or redeveloping individual properties, extending or adding on to existing buildings, adapting existing buildings for different uses, or creating new buildings and uses on land that isn't currently being used to its full potential (referred to as “infilling"). Intensification can help foster a more active urban environment by making places more “walkable," increase the viability of public transit, and create vibrant public spaces that enhance a feeling of community belonging.
In 2012, the City established a set of
Urban Design Guidelines specifically directed toward development within Intensification Areas. This document defines different types of intensification areas (such as Mixed-Use Main Streets and Established Neighbourhood Streets) and sets out guidelines for elements such as boulevards and crosswalks, parks and open spaces, public art, and signs, among others.
In addition to the Urban Growth Centre, the City has identified a number of important “nodes" and “corridors" as targets for intensification:
The City has established new Mixed-Use zoning categories in order to support the combination of various residential and commercial uses within a higher-density urban environment. Mixed-use zoning will help us achieve the density targets set by the Province and will contribute towards a more pedestrian-friendly public realm where residents can take advantage of living, working, shopping, and leisure opportunities within their own neighbourhoods.
The Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, which came into effect in 2010, extended the City's southern boundary to incorporate 2,293 hectares of land that had previously been located within the Town of Innisfil. This expansion led to the creation of the Salem Secondary Plan and Hewitt’s Secondary Plan, which were completed in December 2016 and incorporated into the City of Barrie
Official Plan as sections 8 and 9 respectively.
The Salem Secondary Plan Area has been divided into three “Phases," and the Hewitt's area into four “Phases." Sections 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 of the Official Plan set out a number of requirements that must be met before any development in the Salem and Hewitt's Secondary Plan Areas can proceed. From Phase 2 onward in both areas,
development must be approved (either as a draft plan of subdivision or as an approved site plan) on at least 60% of the land in the previous phase before development in the next phase can begin.
As the city continues to grow, many of our new and existing residents are opting to buy homes in new subdivisions. If you’ve just bought a home in a subdivision, learn about who manages what in the Homeowners and Residents: New Residential Subdivision FAQs document.
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