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Consultation on Draft Two is now closed.
Feedback on Draft Two of the Official Plan was open from May 6 to June 2, 2021. Thank you to everyone who shared their comments and feedback. All written and verbal comments will be recorded and responded to in the final recommendation report.

The following are some of the key topics that were discussed at the Open House event on May 19, 2021:

  • Affordable housing: How the City determines what’s considered affordable, and how Barrie developed the 10% city-wide target.
  • Walkability: How the City plans to encourage walkability and active transportation.
  • Fostering diversity: How the City plans to foster diversity.
  • Intensification policies: How the City is strategically planning for intensification to accommodate Barrie’s growing population.
  • Employment Areas: How the City will promote Employment Areas to attract investment and jobs to Barrie, the rationale behind different types of employment lands, and how historical changes to Employment Areas factor into the new draft Official Plan.
  • Environmental protection: When the City's Green Development Standards are expected to be put into place, and how we’re planning for transitions between Natural Heritage properties and employment areas.
  • City processes: What the process is behind the City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines and how protected these guidelines will be from being overturned, and plans for Zoning By-law updates that would encourage less auto-centric areas.

    Next steps:
    Comments and feedback received at the Public Meeting are currently being reviewed for consideration as part of the final New Official Plan. When the City releases the next draft of the Official Plan this fall, it will be accompanied by a comment matrix that highlights how comments were incorporated and considered. The City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines will be released around the same time.

    In fall 2021, City staff will return to Council to seek adoption of the new Official Plan. The Plan also has to be presented to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for consideration for approval.


Attend the Open House or Public Meeting to learn more and ask questions

One City, One Vision, One Plan.

The City is embarking on planning for our future and creating a new Official Plan in Barrie. The updated Official Plan will improve our city by embracing leading practices, forward-thinking approaches and community priorities. This will help us effectively take advantage of the current opportunities we have while adopting new methods to enhance the great quality of life that we all enjoy.

The New Official Plan will provide clarity of the urban structure needed for better planning of a complete community, provide certainty for investment, and introduce a level of policy direction that ensures residents, businesses, and the City share an aligned vision for Barrie's future.

The City of Barrie is undergoing a significant transformation as it matures into a vibrant medium-sized city, and high quality design of streets, public spaces, and buildings will help reinforce the modern, energetic, and prosperous image that the community and Council wish to portray for Barrie. The City of Barrie’s City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines consolidate and build on existing urban design standards and policies, and are intended to set a high standard for urban design applicable throughout Barrie.

The Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines work together to address matters of compatibility as the city intensifies and sets a high standard for urban design of new development and re-development.

Draft Two of the City's new Official Plan

Official Plan Maps and Appendixes (Draft Two)

The City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines will be released in summer 2021 for public feedback.

Official Plan maps, appendices and other related documents can be found in the Official Plan Related Documents section of the project page.

To learn more about the Official Plan, check out the FAQ section.

Draft Two consultation open until June 2

Over the 90 days of public consultation for the draft Official Plan that was done in fall 2020, the City received valuable feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including Barrie residents and business owners, developers, landowner groups and community organizations.

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

Draft Two is an evolution from Draft One. This means the language, policies, and mapping should all be familiar, but have evolved to be more concise, clear, and comprehensive.

How to attend the virtual events

We encourage you to look at Draft Two of the Official Plan and share your feedback, as we want to ensure we get this right. Look at your neighbourhood, your favourite city spaces, your transportation routes—and see if the policy structure matches your vision for our City. Here are the ways you can learn more about the Official Plan and share your thoughts:

Open House (virtual) on May 19, 4 to 8 p.m.
The purpose of the Open House is to present the draft new Official Plan to the public and give an opportunity to ask questions. The first of two presentations will be given at 4 p.m., followed by a Q & A session with staff. The second presentation will be given at 6 p.m. and will be followed by another Q & A session. The public is welcome to attend either presentation and Q & A session.

View the Open House presentation.

Public Meeting (virtual) on June 2 at 6 p.m.
The purpose of the Public Meeting is for staff to present the draft new Official Plan and give the public an opportunity to make comments regarding the draft new Official Plan. The public has the opportunity to provide comments at the Public Meeting by registering in advance.

View the Public Meeting (Planning Committee Meeting) from June 2.

How to submit comments for the public meeting
The public was invited to submit comments in writing by email or by mail, or to share their feedback at the public meeting. The June 2 deadline for comments has now passed.

Share Your Favourite Barrie Pictures

Share pictures of your favourite places in Barrie through the #PictureBarrie Photo Gallery for the opportunity to have your image featured in Barrie's new Official Plan.

Key Themes of Barrie's New Official Plan

In November 2019, City Council approved the land use policy directions proposed by Planning Staff. The land use policy directions are based off the series of discussion papers released in April 2019 and community feedback collected during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Official Plan Project. Council directed that the approved land use policy directions serve as the key themes of Barrie’s new Official Plan.



Urban & Complete City: Enhancing Barrie's urban structure with the development of mixed use buildings and providing more affordable housing options. Offering more opportunity for places to live, work, shop, and connect within the City.


Attractive City: Striving for design excellence in the built form and public realm to create an attractive community. Offering opportunity for residents to enjoy public spaces year round and encourage active streets.
Connected & Mobile City: Making active transportation a priority to move people throughout Barrie. The City's approach to transportation will be adaptable to future trends in technology and be less reliant on automobile travel.

Waterfront & Green City: Continuing to recognize the Waterfront as the focal point of the City and explore ways to interconnect Downtown Barrie to the Waterfront. Protect, enhance, and restore the natural heritage system for future generations. Learn more how the OP supports a Waterfront & Green City.


Resilient City: Making Barrie resilient to the effects of climate change by working with other agencies to understand and respond to future environmental trends. Designing buildings and a community that provides spaces, services, and infrastructure that meets the needs of residents through all stages of life.


Prosperous City: Barrie will be a premiere destination for business investment and will support a broad range of diverse careers. The City will continue to focus on economic diversity for the community, so that all residents are able to pursue local employment in an economy that can withstand changes in economic conditions and global competition.
Cultural City: Enhancing civic pride through public art, preservation of historic buildings, and programming public spaces. Developing a strategy to protect and celebrate the history of Barrie.

Consultation on Draft Two is now closed.
Feedback on Draft Two of the Official Plan was open from May 6 to June 2, 2021. Thank you to everyone who shared their comments and feedback. All written and verbal comments will be recorded and responded to in the final recommendation report.

The following are some of the key topics that were discussed at the Open House event on May 19, 2021:

  • Affordable housing: How the City determines what’s considered affordable, and how Barrie developed the 10% city-wide target.
  • Walkability: How the City plans to encourage walkability and active transportation.
  • Fostering diversity: How the City plans to foster diversity.
  • Intensification policies: How the City is strategically planning for intensification to accommodate Barrie’s growing population.
  • Employment Areas: How the City will promote Employment Areas to attract investment and jobs to Barrie, the rationale behind different types of employment lands, and how historical changes to Employment Areas factor into the new draft Official Plan.
  • Environmental protection: When the City's Green Development Standards are expected to be put into place, and how we’re planning for transitions between Natural Heritage properties and employment areas.
  • City processes: What the process is behind the City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines and how protected these guidelines will be from being overturned, and plans for Zoning By-law updates that would encourage less auto-centric areas.

    Next steps:
    Comments and feedback received at the Public Meeting are currently being reviewed for consideration as part of the final New Official Plan. When the City releases the next draft of the Official Plan this fall, it will be accompanied by a comment matrix that highlights how comments were incorporated and considered. The City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines will be released around the same time.

    In fall 2021, City staff will return to Council to seek adoption of the new Official Plan. The Plan also has to be presented to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for consideration for approval.


Attend the Open House or Public Meeting to learn more and ask questions

One City, One Vision, One Plan.

The City is embarking on planning for our future and creating a new Official Plan in Barrie. The updated Official Plan will improve our city by embracing leading practices, forward-thinking approaches and community priorities. This will help us effectively take advantage of the current opportunities we have while adopting new methods to enhance the great quality of life that we all enjoy.

The New Official Plan will provide clarity of the urban structure needed for better planning of a complete community, provide certainty for investment, and introduce a level of policy direction that ensures residents, businesses, and the City share an aligned vision for Barrie's future.

The City of Barrie is undergoing a significant transformation as it matures into a vibrant medium-sized city, and high quality design of streets, public spaces, and buildings will help reinforce the modern, energetic, and prosperous image that the community and Council wish to portray for Barrie. The City of Barrie’s City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines consolidate and build on existing urban design standards and policies, and are intended to set a high standard for urban design applicable throughout Barrie.

The Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines work together to address matters of compatibility as the city intensifies and sets a high standard for urban design of new development and re-development.

Draft Two of the City's new Official Plan

Official Plan Maps and Appendixes (Draft Two)

The City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines will be released in summer 2021 for public feedback.

Official Plan maps, appendices and other related documents can be found in the Official Plan Related Documents section of the project page.

To learn more about the Official Plan, check out the FAQ section.

Draft Two consultation open until June 2

Over the 90 days of public consultation for the draft Official Plan that was done in fall 2020, the City received valuable feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including Barrie residents and business owners, developers, landowner groups and community organizations.

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

Draft Two is an evolution from Draft One. This means the language, policies, and mapping should all be familiar, but have evolved to be more concise, clear, and comprehensive.

How to attend the virtual events

We encourage you to look at Draft Two of the Official Plan and share your feedback, as we want to ensure we get this right. Look at your neighbourhood, your favourite city spaces, your transportation routes—and see if the policy structure matches your vision for our City. Here are the ways you can learn more about the Official Plan and share your thoughts:

Open House (virtual) on May 19, 4 to 8 p.m.
The purpose of the Open House is to present the draft new Official Plan to the public and give an opportunity to ask questions. The first of two presentations will be given at 4 p.m., followed by a Q & A session with staff. The second presentation will be given at 6 p.m. and will be followed by another Q & A session. The public is welcome to attend either presentation and Q & A session.

View the Open House presentation.

Public Meeting (virtual) on June 2 at 6 p.m.
The purpose of the Public Meeting is for staff to present the draft new Official Plan and give the public an opportunity to make comments regarding the draft new Official Plan. The public has the opportunity to provide comments at the Public Meeting by registering in advance.

View the Public Meeting (Planning Committee Meeting) from June 2.

How to submit comments for the public meeting
The public was invited to submit comments in writing by email or by mail, or to share their feedback at the public meeting. The June 2 deadline for comments has now passed.

Share Your Favourite Barrie Pictures

Share pictures of your favourite places in Barrie through the #PictureBarrie Photo Gallery for the opportunity to have your image featured in Barrie's new Official Plan.

Key Themes of Barrie's New Official Plan

In November 2019, City Council approved the land use policy directions proposed by Planning Staff. The land use policy directions are based off the series of discussion papers released in April 2019 and community feedback collected during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Official Plan Project. Council directed that the approved land use policy directions serve as the key themes of Barrie’s new Official Plan.



Urban & Complete City: Enhancing Barrie's urban structure with the development of mixed use buildings and providing more affordable housing options. Offering more opportunity for places to live, work, shop, and connect within the City.


Attractive City: Striving for design excellence in the built form and public realm to create an attractive community. Offering opportunity for residents to enjoy public spaces year round and encourage active streets.
Connected & Mobile City: Making active transportation a priority to move people throughout Barrie. The City's approach to transportation will be adaptable to future trends in technology and be less reliant on automobile travel.

Waterfront & Green City: Continuing to recognize the Waterfront as the focal point of the City and explore ways to interconnect Downtown Barrie to the Waterfront. Protect, enhance, and restore the natural heritage system for future generations. Learn more how the OP supports a Waterfront & Green City.


Resilient City: Making Barrie resilient to the effects of climate change by working with other agencies to understand and respond to future environmental trends. Designing buildings and a community that provides spaces, services, and infrastructure that meets the needs of residents through all stages of life.


Prosperous City: Barrie will be a premiere destination for business investment and will support a broad range of diverse careers. The City will continue to focus on economic diversity for the community, so that all residents are able to pursue local employment in an economy that can withstand changes in economic conditions and global competition.
Cultural City: Enhancing civic pride through public art, preservation of historic buildings, and programming public spaces. Developing a strategy to protect and celebrate the history of Barrie.