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File # D09-OPA062 & D14-1618

37 Johnson Street

MHBC on behalf of D.D. 37 Johnson St. (Starlight Investments) has applied for an Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-law Amendment in relation to a proposed development at 37 Johnson Street.

Type of Application Date Received Status
Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Jan. 20, 2017

Staff Recommendation to Approve by Staff Report PLN025-17 dated Sept. 11, 2017

Council Decision to Deny by Council Direction 17-G-211 dated Sept. 18, 2017 

OMB Appeal has been submitted by Owner/Applicant

Public Consultation

  • Neighbourhood Meeting: February 24, 2017
  • The application(s) was circulated to applicable City departments and external agencies for their review and comment on Jan. 30, 2017.
  • Public Meeting: April 24, 2017

About the Applications

MHBC applied for an Official Plan amendment to permit a density greater than 150 units per hectare outside of the City Centre.  The owner/applicant has proposed a density of 290 units per hectare.

MHBC applied for a change in zoning standards for the existing Residential Apartment First Density (RA1-3) zoning. Staff recommended a change in the actual site zone from (RA1-3) to Residential Apartment Second Density (RA2-1) with Special Provisions to better represent the second 11 storey apartment building on the subject site with Special Provisions to permit:

  • Maximum GFA of 206%
  • Maximum height of 34m 
  • Reduced setbacks for front yard (5m) and secondary means of access (5m)
  • Reduced parking to 1 space per unit
  • Increase in surface parking coverage to 44% 

Documents Submitted with the Application

 Glossary: Planning Terms

Council Meeting

At a City Council meeting, Councillors make a decision on the application. There is an appeal period, in accordance with the Planning Act, following the Public Notice of the decision. Appeals are made to the City Clerk’s office. Learn more:

General Committee Meeting

General Committee meets to consider a staff report regarding the application that makes recommendations on the matter for Council consideration. Learn more:

Public Meeting

Formal meeting of General Committee where the applicant makes presentation re the proposed development. The public has the opportunity to speak and ask questions. No decisions are made at this meeting. Notice of the Public Meeting is mailed to property owners within 120m from the subject lands boundary & contained in the local newspaper. Signage is posted on the subject lands. Learn more:

Neighbourhood Meeting

Informal meeting hosted by the City at a venue in close proximity to the application location. The applicant presents the proposed development and attendees have the opportunity to ask questions. City staff provide information on application processing and timing. No decisions are made at this meeting. Notice of a Neighbourhood Meeting is mailed to property owners within 240m from the subject lands boundary, e-mailed to ward residents (, & posted on Facebook & Twitter. Signage is posted on the subject lands.

Subdivision Approval

Subdivision approval occurs when a parcel of land is subdivided into various lots and/or blocks, where each lot or block is developed individually. Subdivision approval is delegated to Planning Staff. No Council decision is made on the matter.

Site Plan Control

When a residential medium or high density, industrial, institutional or commercial property is located within a Site Plan Control area, development of the site requires approval from the City of Barrie. Site Plan approval is delegated to the Planning & Building Services Department. Signage is posted on the subject lands to inform the public that an application has been filed. No Public Meeting is held, no approval is required by Council, and the decision cannot be appealed by the general public.


A Rezoning application is required to revise or change the lands use or density of a property as recognized by the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw. For example, change the density of property from Residential Single Detached Dwelling Second Density R2 to Residential Apartment Dwelling First Density RA1.

Official Plan Amendment

An Official Plan Amendment is required to revise or change the land use of a property as recognized by the City’s Official Plan.  For example, change the land use from Commercial uses to Residential uses.

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