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Proposed Development

405 Essa Road

Innovative Planning Solutions Inc. on behalf of Sean Mason Homes (Essa Road) Inc. are proposing an Amendment to the Zoning By-law for lands known municipally as 405 Essa Road.

Type of ApplicationDate ReceivedStatus
Zoning By-law Amendment (original) File # D14-1643Nov. 3, 2017Approved
​Draft Plan of Subdivision (original) File # D12-436​Nov. 3, 2017​Approved
​New Development Concept (2021)October 12, 2021​Under Review
​Site Plan​N/A​Pending

About the Applications

The site is located on the west side of Essa Road, north of the intersection of Ferndale Drive South and Veteran’s Drive.  The lands are approximately 0.276 hectares (0.67 acres) in area and are currently vacant.

A new development proposal has been received for the subject lands. The previous proposal for sixteen (16) townhouse units was appealed and subsequently approved by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) on March 10, 2021.

The proposed Zoning By-law Amendment seeks to amend the existing ‘Residential Multiple Dwelling Second Density with Special Provision, Hold’ (RM2)(SP-562)(H-138) zoning over the lands to ‘Mixed Use Corridor with Special Provisions’ (MU2)(SP-X). The proposal would facilitate the development of an eight-storey residential condominium building with 89 residential condominium units, six three-storey townhouse units and ground floor commercial units. A total of 95 units are proposed.

Key Dates

Revised Development Concept (2021)
Public Consultation:
Neighbourhood Meeting

Tuesday June 22, 2021, at 5pm
Watch the Neighbourhood Meeting presentation

Public Consultation:
Public Meeting

December 14, 2021 at 7 pm

If you wish to provide oral comments at the virtual public meeting, please register in advance by emailing: or calling 705-739-4220 x5500 during regular office hours prior to Wednesday, December 08, 2021 by 12:00 p.m.  

General Committee Meeting To be determined
Council Meeting To be determined
Appeal Period Ends To be determined
Original Applications (Zoning By-law Amendment & Draft Plan of Subdivision)
Public Consultation:
Neighbourhood Meeting

Tuesday February 6, 2018, at 7pm
Holy Spirit Parish, 650 Essa Road

Applications Circulated to applicable City departments and external agencies for review & comment November 9, 2017
Public Consultation:
Public Meeting
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7pm
Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street
General Committee MeetingMonday, June 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
Council MeetingMonday, June 18, 2018 at 7:00pm
Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
(File # D14-1643)
Approved March 10, 2021

Reports & Plans Submitted with the Applications

Available documents are listed below. Additional information can be obtained from Michele Freethy, Planner, at 705-739-4220 x4117 or

In accordance with the Copyright Act, the plans/reports provided on these pages are for viewing purposes only. Copyrighted documents may not be reproduced for profit nor may any person/organization present these records as their own work.

 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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