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Historic Waste Sites

The City of Barrie, like many other older towns and cities, deposited waste in non-engineered sites, referred to as “Historic Waste Sites.” In Barrie, there are four sites that were used from 1947 to 1965 along Bunker’s Creek and three that were used from 1960 to 1963 on Dyment’s Creek.

The Historic Waste Sites and their associated assessment areas were first identified in the City’s Official Plan in 1985, but have been known to be in existence well before that date. The Waste Disposal Assessment area boundaries were refined based on recent studies to ensure that future development in the area of the Historic Waste Sites will be managed in keeping with the need to protect public safety. The assessment area originally identified more than 20 years ago is largely unchanged, however, the recent studies showed that some properties could be removed and other properties needed to be included within this D4 Assessment area.

D-4 Study

The Province of Ontario requires all municipalities to ensure that a D-4 Study is conducted in the vicinity of old waste disposal sites. A D-4 Study is a study that is completed to determine if there are any impacts to persons and/or property due to development near a waste disposal site which could include the presence of landfill gas.  The D‑4 Study assesses the potential impact of the landfill gas.

Landowners within the assessment area are only required to conduct a D-4 Study on their property if they are planning any construction which would require a planning application or building permit.

Testing/Monitoring on City-owned land

Testing and monitoring has been completed on and around the Historic Waste Sites, on City‑owned land. The studies have indicated that risk of exposure of methane gas to residents in the area around the sites is low. The studies conducted by the City to further define the waste disposal assessment areas are available on this page.

The City studies support a change to the existing assessment boundary for which development D-4 Studies are required.  The updated assessment boundaries have been approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Open House

The City of Barrie held an Open House information meeting on June 27, 2017 at the City of Barrie Rotunda, 70 Collier Street, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Qualified professionals from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and the City’s Consultant, Golder Associates Ltd., were at the Open House to answer questions from the public. All property owners who are impacted received a letter in the mail inviting them to this Open House.

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