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Official Plan

The Official Plan is a general policy document that establishes a long range planning blueprint for land uses and resource management within the municipality. ​

Land uses are identified by designations, under which specific policy direction is given to deal with such matters as type of use, density, massing, community design, and development criteria. In addition, policies related to park systems, transportation, servicing and implementation are outlined within the Official Plan. New developments that do not conform to the plan must seek approval of an Official Plan Amendment.

New Official Plan Consultation Process and Updates

Over the public consultation process for the draft new Official Plan that was done from 2018 until 2021, the City received valuable feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including Barrie residents and business owners, developers, landowner groups and community organizations. 

Final Version of the draft new Official Plan released on December 13, 2021
The final version of Barrie’s draft new Official Plan is ready. Thanks to everyone who provided input through the engagement process.

The final version of the draft new Official Plan and the accompanying maps are available at​​.

Next steps
A staff report on the Official Plan and the City’s municipal comprehensive review will be going to the City's Planning Committee in January 2022. If City Council approves the Plan, it will then go to the Province of Ontario for review and approval.

Official Plan Text & Schedules 

On April 23, 2010 The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) approved a new Official Plan for the City of Barrie. 

Official Plan - January 2018

Schedule A: Land Use

Schedule B: Planning Areas

Schedule C: Special Policy Areas 

Schedule D: Road Plan

Schedule E: Road Widening Plan

Schedule F: Conservation Authority Regulation Limits & Watercourses 

Schedule G: Drinking Water System Vulnerable Areas

Schedule H: Natural Heritage Resources 

Schedule I: Intensification Areas

Schedule J: Lake Simcoe Watershed 

Shaping the Future of Your City

The City has undertaken a process to revise its Official Plan to address new challenges in the future growth of the City as well as to bring it into conformity with Provincial policy, in particular the “Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” and amendments to the Planning Act.

An Official Plan is a long range planning document that guides the use of land in the City as well as its future growth and development.  It provides direction on how and where change and growth should take place and identifies the services and facilities needed to support the development of healthy and complete communities while setting out measures to conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

The City of Barrie adopted a new Official Plan on June 22, 2009 in conformity with the Provincial Growth Plan: Places to Grow.  This Plan was forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for final approval.  The Ministry has now completed their review of the Plan and proposed a series of modification in keeping with matters of Provincial interest. As part of the process, the Ministry has requested that these modifications be reviewed by Council and any questions or concerns be forwarded for consideration.  The significant modifications relate to

a) Population distribution and densities

b) Settlement Area Boundary Expansion

c) Intensification Policies

d) The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

e) Cultural Heritage resources

f) Renewable Energy and Alternate energy systems 

g) Waste Disposal Assessment areas

Official Plan June 2009 - Draft Modification January 25, 2010.

Official Plan Amendments

An Official Plan Amendment (OPA) is a formal document that changes a municipality's official plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the community or because of requests made by property owners.

​Official Plan Amendment 24

Official Plan Amendment 44

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