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File # D14-1643, D12-436

405 Essa Road

Sean Mason Homes (Essa Road) Inc. has applied for Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision for a proposed development at 405 Essa Road.

Type of Application Date Received Status
Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision November 3, 2017 Under review

Public Consultation

  • Neighbourhood Meeting: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00pm - Holy Spirit Parish located at 650 Essa Road
  • The application(s) were circulated to applicable City departments and external agencies for their review and comment on November 9, 2017
  • Public Meeting: RESCHEDULED for Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street 
  • General Committee Meeting: Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
  • Council Meeting: Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

About the Application(s)

Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of Sean Mason Homes has applied to amend the current agricultural (A) zoning of the property to Residential Multiple Dwelling Second Density with Special Provisions (RM2)(SP) to permit the development of 16 residential units in the form of block, stacked and back to back townhouse units.  The special provisions relate to:

  • a reduced front yard setback
  • an increase to the permitted gross floor area
  • an increase to the permitted height
  • a reduced driveway length
  • a reduction in the required dwelling unit (bedroom size) and an increase to the permitted density.  The proposed density is 59 units/ha. 

Access to the development is proposed from Essa Road via Phase 2.

Reports & Plans 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 (

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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