Andrea Bourrie, RPP
Director of Planning
The Growth Management Strategy provides a foundation for land use planning in Barrie. It's the pillar that directs population and employment growth within the City up to the year 2031 and ensures that Barrie continues to develop as a complete, well-balanced and sustainable community.
This strategy, completed in 2012, guides the City as it moves forward with the development of its downtown and existing built-up areas, the remaining designated greenfield areas, and the annexed lands in south Barrie.
In January 2010, the Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, 2009 (Bill 196) came into effect, extending the southern boundary of the City to include 2,293 hectares, or approximately 5,700 acres, of land previously located in the Town of Innisfil.
The annexed land boundary expansion flagged a need for the City to plan for growth in both the new lands and the existing spaces within the City. These plans for growth must support a strong and competitive economy, help build a compact, vibrant and complete community, and create a sustainable future.
To address this, the City retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. in association with Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd. in May 2010 to develop the Growth Management Strategy. The project’s process and schedule included six phases and a study that extended until March 2011.
All phases of developing the Growth Management Strategy project are now complete:
Public Information Centre - Notice to Residents
Public Information Centre - Newspaper Notice
Public Information Centre - Comment Sheet
GMS PIC #2 Display Panels
GMS Phase 3 Employment Lands Comprehensive Review
GMS Phase 3 Developed and Vacant Employment Lands
GMS Phase 3 Employment Lands Absorption 2000-2009
GMS Phase 3 Surrounding Market Area
GMS Phase 2 Retail Commercial Land Use Needs Study
GMS Phase 2 Developed and Vacant Commercial Lands
GMS Phase 2 Trade Area and Capture Rates
GMS Phase 2 Commercial Vacancy by Major Node
GMS Phase 2 Residential Intensification Study
GMS Phase 2 Intensification Areas
GMS Study Process and Schedule
GMS Phase 2 and 3 PowerPoint Presentation
GMS Phase 2 Retail Commercial Land Use Needs Summary
GMS Phase 2 Residential Intensification Study Summary
GMS Phase 3 Employment Lands Comprehensive Review Summary
Notice of Public Information Meeting #2
GMS Phase 1 PowerPoint Presentation
GMS Phase 1 Summary
GMS Phase 1 Public Information Meeting Display Panels
Notice of Public Information Meeting #1
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