Public feedback welcomed on Draft Two of the City's Official Plan

(Barrie, ON) The City of Barrie has releaseddraft two of the City's new Official Plan and welcomes public feedback and engagement over the next month.   

“We have been consulting with our community since the fall of 2018 and we have built the new Official Plan on the feedback we've heard so far," notes Andrea Miller, RPP, General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management. “This new Official Plan is intended to direct new growth and development to areas served well by public transit and in a manner that can enhance our natural environment and built heritage, and recognizes the transition to our existing neighbourhoods."

Based on the feedback received, the City has prepared the second draft of the new Official Plan. This update includes proposed changes to the Settlement Area boundary, as well as phasing to accommodate for both people and job growth into 2051.

The City is now welcoming feedback on draft two of the Official Plan.

“We encourage residents to look at this next draft of the Plan and share their comments—we want to ensure we get this right," says Michelle Banfield, RPP, Director of Development Services. “Look at your neighbourhood, your favourite city spaces, your transportation routes, and then look at the draft Official Plan and see if the policy structure matches your vision for our city."

Here's how residents can get involved:

Open House (virtual) on May 19, 4 to 8 p.m.

City staff will present the draft new Official Plan to the public and give an opportunity to ask questions. There will be presentations at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Q & A sessions and opportunities for interactive public engagement.

Public Meeting (virtual) on June 2 at 6 p.m.

The second draft of the new Official Plan will be presented to the Planning Committee. Members of the public can make comments. If you wish to provide comments at the meeting, register in advance by emailingcityclerks@barrie.ca or calling 705-739-4220 x5500 before June 2.

How to submit feedback:

By email

Submit your comments in writing tonew.barrieop@barrie.ca no later than June 2. Please include your name, contact information and full address.

By mail

Submit your comments in writing by mail to the Development Services Department, City of Barrie, City Hall, 70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5.

All comments must be submitted in writing by June 2, 2021, or can be made verbally at the Public Meeting. After the public consultation is complete, staff will make any necessary updates to the document and prepare the new Official Plan for release in fall 2021.

Residents are invited to visitbuildingbarrie.ca/OfficialPlan to review draft two of the Official Plan and learn more about how they can provide feedback and register for both the Open House and the Public Meeting.

Background

By the year 2051, as per the Province's direction, Barrie's population is expected to double to 298,000 people. Built on input from residents, businesses and City Council, the new Official Plan will provide a roadmap to Barrie's future and will direct how and where Barrie will grow over the next 30 years.

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Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578
melanie.rumley@barrie.ca