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Proposed New Community Improvement Plan

The City is proposing a new Community Improvement Plan (CIP) which would offer financial incentives for eligible projects that target key planning and growth management objectives for development within Barrie including affordable housing projects, brownfield site redevelopment, and mixed use developments within the Urban Growth Centre, key intensification areas and the preservation of built heritage.

Council Consideration

The New Community Improvement Plan was approved by Council on Monday December 16th, 2019. The adopting by-laws were approved at Council on January 13th, 2020. There will be a twenty-day (20) appeal period following the notice of a passing of the by-laws. The intake period for applications will commence once the appeal period for these by-laws ends. ​

Public Meeting

The General Committee of the City of Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie held a Public Meeting on Monday September 23, 2019, at 7pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to review the municipally-initiated proposed Community Improvement Plan.


The purpose of this Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is to provide financial incentives to support key planning and growth management objectives, development of affordable housing units across the City, development of a mix of uses within the Urban Growth Centre (UGC) as well as support for built heritage preservation.

Community Improvement Plans are a tool under the Planning Act used to attract investment and foster redevelopment. The effect of the proposed CIP will be to provide financial incentives designed to achieve emerging community goals and priorities which target key planning and growth management objectives for development within the City.

Broadly, the objectives of this CIP are to:

  1. Facilitate the development of a mix of land uses within the UGC;
  2. Support built heritage preservation; and
  3. Support the provision of a variety of affordable housing units by offering financial support based on a continuum of housing options.

More specifically, the plan is intended to:

  1. Intensify the UGC and strategic growth areas by encouraging a mix of land uses and an increase in the number of residential units.
  2. Make use of existing municipal services and infrastructure.
  3. Create a mix of unit types across the continuum of affordable housing options, geared towards the low and low to moderate income households.
  4. Increase the number of affordable housing units within the City.
  5. Facilitate renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse of existing buildings in the Urban Growth Centre and buildings included on the Municipal Heritage Register.

Incentive Programs

There are three programs proposed:

  1. Redevelopment Grant Program
  2. Preservation of Built Heritage Grant Program
  3. Affordable Housing Development Grant Program

Proposed developments will have to satisfy general eligibility requirements and then specific eligibility requirements under each program.

The proposed incentives include things such as a rebate on certain fees and permits (such as planning application fees and building permit fees), affordable residential units per door incentive, a tax increment based grant on eligible brownfield redevelopments and a grant for renovation and restoration work on buildings on the Municipal Heritage Register.

The timing of making an application and any grant payouts are described within the CIP text. All grant applications will be considered based on available funding. Council may approve an annual budget for these incentive programs. Approval of grants will be delegated to a City staff committee, the Grants Review Group. City Planning staff will make recommendations to the Grants Review Group. Construction of an approved project must commence within eighteen (18) months of the grant approval, with the issuance of a building permit, to be specified within the agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at the Public Meeting?

City Planning staff will make a presentation to explain the nature of the proposed new CIP and describe the proposed grants programs. Members of the public are welcome to make oral submissions at that time or provide written comments to the City Clerk ahead of time.

When will these incentives be available?

Subject to City Council’s approval of the proposed new CIP, which includes a repeal of the two existing CIPs, City Council has allocated some initial funding to support these strategic priorities. Annual funding will be considered by Council during budget discussions.

How can I apply for funding?

An online application form will be made available and applications will be received at various in-take periods throughout the year. Applicants must meet the general and specific eligibility requirements.

Are there grants for renovations that involve façade improvements like under the current Built Boundary CIP?

The proposed new CIP will include financial incentives for renovations and restorations to properties on the​ Municipal Heritage Register. 

Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the staff member listed above or by visiting the Department of Planning on the ground floor of City Hall (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm)


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