The City of Barrie is holding an in-person Town Hall about the Official Plan and the recent modifications from the provincial government. The meeting will include a presentation by Planning staff and an opportunity for members of the public to address City Council. The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube.
Registration is not required but is preferred for those wishing to speak by emailing OfficialPlan@barrie.ca.
The Official Plan is a general policy document that establishes a long-range planning blueprint for land uses and resource management within the municipality. The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved the City of Barrie's new Official Plan, with 73 modifications, on April 11, 2023 (see the Minister’s full posted notice). The 73 modifications to the Official Plan policies and maps were made to address provincial policy direction related to land use compatibility, source water protection, and government priorities related to housing and streamlining the development process, among other matters, including site specific changes.
On October 23, the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra announced that he would be reviewing the changes to official plans made by the previous minister. The Minister provided impacted municipalities 45 days to submit changes and updates to those plans to the ministry.
You can also submit feedback in writing by emailing OfficialPlan@Barrie.ca by Thursday, November 23 at 4:30pm.
Mayor Nuttall will gather all public feedback as well as comments from councillors and submit them in a letter to Minister Calandra by December 7, 2023.