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Places to Grow
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006
Proposed Amendment 1 (2010) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006
Secondary Plans and Infrastructure Master Plans guide the annexed land development in Barrie's south end. These plans are based on many background studies and environmental assessments in areas including natural environment, archaeology, agriculture, cultural heritage and finance.
In 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 in the Town of Innisfil.
The annexed land boundary expansion provides opportunities for Barrie to plan for and manage growth to support a strong and competitive economy; build a compact, vibrant and complete community; and create a sustainable future while addressing provincial growth management initiatives.
May 15, 2017: Recommended Zoning Frameworks, and Urban Design & Sustainable Development Guidelines for the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans were presented to General Committee and accepted by Council on June 5, 2017.
April 3, 2017: A Growth Management Update was presented to Council with the current status of development applications in the Salem Secondary Plan & Hewitt’s Secondary Plan, as well as the Infrastructure Implementation Plan, which outlines how and when the City is going to service the secondary plan lands to accommodate expected growth.
The City has prepared Infrastructure Master Plans and two secondary plans, based on the Growth Management Strategy and various background studies to guide the annexed land development.
These principles reflect public and stakeholder sentiment that growth in the Salem and Hewitt's areas shouldn't repeat past growth patterns, which can be characterized as developing predominantly low-density single-detached and semi-detached houses on large lots, in which residents are highly dependent on cars for day-to-day life.
The growth envisioned for the Salem and Hewitt's Secondary Plans is more intensive, with greater variety of housing options and complementary uses. This will support efficient and sustainable growth, active transportation and public transit in complete, livable, urban neighbourhoods. It also provides an opportunity to include a range and mix of housing which includes affordable and market-rate housing types.
For examples, please review the Zoning Frameworks, and Urban Design & Sustainable Development Guidelines for the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans.
Finished in December 2016, the Salem Secondary Plan & Hewitt’s Secondary Plan guide the development for the annexation area west and east of Huronia Road (respectively).
These plans set the vision and expectations for building out the annexed lands in a coordinated and community minded manner, and using innovative built forms to create complete neighbourhoods. The growth management process has identified opportunities and constraints for development, the extent and sensitivity of the existing natural, social, cultural and economic environment in the study area, and mitigation measures for any impacts to the environment.
The plans are in accordance with the framework established through Provincial policy including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. They reflect the City’s Official Plan, Council’s Guiding Principles for Future Plans and the results of all the associated background and master plan studies.
Infrastructure Master Plans
Infrastructure Master Plans have been prepared for the entire City, including the annexed lands. They include Phases 1 and 2 of the Environmental Assessment Process; Phase 1 is the Problem/Opportunity phase wherein the City identifies the high-level issues that the Master Plans are to address. Phase 2 includes assessing alternatives and identifying the preferred alternative. Master Plans provide guidance on many infrastructure projects required for the successful development of the annexed lands.
This plan provides guidance on stormwater and drainage management by developing and evaluating various stormwater management and servicing strategies. It recommends the preferred approach for the secondary plan areas.
It allows future development to meet the objectives of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and addresses, monitors and documents phosphorus reduction at existing stormwater management ponds. The plan also identifies the drainage and stormwater management requirements of the Study Area, provides recommendations for preliminary servicing options included in the secondary planning process, and finalizes the preliminary drainage and stormwater management concept for the secondary plan.
This plan looks at the trunk collection system required to convey the wastewater from the annexed area to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.
It identifies and evaluates the phased wastewater collection system requirements of the Study Area, and provides preliminary servicing alternatives for the draft secondary planning option. It finalizes the preliminary wastewater collection system concept for the preferred secondary plan alternative and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan policies for the greenfield development within the annexed lands.
This plan identifies and evaluates the wastewater treatment and biosolids management requirements of the Study Area, and provides recommendations for wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids management alternative solutions included in the secondary planning process. It also finalizes the recommended wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids management alternative solutions to meet the projected growth and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan policies.
This plan addresses expansion of the City of Barrie water storage and distribution system to serve the demands of greenfield development in the annexed area.
It identifies and evaluates the water storage and distribution requirements of the Study Area and provides recommendations for preliminary servicing options included in the secondary planning process. It finalizes the preliminary water storage and distribution system concept for the preferred secondary plan alternative and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment studies and the policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.
This plan identifies the water supply requirements of the Study Area, and provides recommendations for preliminary servicing options included in the secondary planning process. It also finalizes the water supply requirements and phasing for the projected growth and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment studies and the policies of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.
The Multi-Modal Active Transportation (MMAT) Master Plan addresses the policies of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the transportation network needs forecasted for the period 2011 – 2031. It provides recommendations for system alternatives included in the secondary planning process, which minimizes travel demand and automobile-dependence by supporting walking, cycling and transit use and the inclusion of Active Transportation polices. It also finalizes the MMAT System for the preferred secondary plan alternative and addresses the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class EnKvironmental Assessment studies.
The Infrastructure Implementation Plan (IIP) is our community road map that outlines how and when we’re going to service the secondary plan lands to accommodate expected growth. It allows the City to ensure land use, infrastructure and financial planning remain woven together for successful community growth.
The IIP serves as a framework to plan out all of the infrastructure needs for the next 20 years through the capital planning process. This ensures we know what we need and when we need it so growth stays coordinated.
Moving ahead, this plan is subject to regular review through the capital planning process and as such, could change as development evolves.
The Cultural Heritage Assessment identifies and evaluates the existing built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes in the annexed area and presents general approaches to their conservation. Built heritage resources include buildings, structures, monuments, installations or the remains of such features that are of historical significance and identified as important to the community (i.e. farmhouses, barns, schools, churches). Cultural heritage landscapes are geographical areas of heritage significance that have been modified by human activities and are valued by the community (i.e. cemeteries, parks, gardens, main streets, heritage conservation districts).
The Archaeological Assessment identifies the known archaeological resources in the annexed area (i.e. artifacts, First Nations sites) and includes recommended actions to mitigate any adverse effects of future development.
The Agriculture Land Assessment identifies the agricultural character and resources in the annexed area as well as off-site features (i.e. barns, livestock operations). It also assesses the impacts of future development on agriculture and proposes measures to address them.
The Natural Heritage assessment identifies the natural heritage system, the hydrological system and the natural hazards in the annexed area. This will form the basis for the establishment, protection and enhancement of a Natural Heritage System for the annexed lands that connects with the system in other areas of the City, as well as neighbouring communities. As part of this process, implementation approaches have been considered.
Growth must pay for growth — this is a Council principle for managing growth in the annexed lands. The Financial Policy Review and Impact Assessment has been completed to ensure the City’s financial policies can support growth in a sustainable fashion. It includes a financial evaluation of the various land use options for the secondary plans and an assessment of projected capital and operating costs associated with implementing City-wide growth plans to 2031.
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