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Comment Matrix and Tracked-Changes Version of the Official Plan Released

Following the latest round of consultation on Draft Two of the Official Plan, which included an Open House on May 19, 2021, and a Public Meeting on June 2, 2021, the City has captured all suggestions in a comment matrix and created an updated working version of the Official Plan.

Find your comments in the matrix, read the City’s responses and review the working version of the Official Plan for changes.

The City is also providing an updated version of the City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines, which help to implement the vision of the Official Plan. While City staff will be developing these more, we want to show you what we’ve been working on.

Thank you to everyone who shared their comments and feedback – you have helped to shape the future of Barrie!

Read the latest documents:

Official Plan maps, appendices and other related documents can also be found in the "Official Plan and Related Documents" section on the right-hand side of this page.


Next steps

Join the Official Plan Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 19

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

This special town-hall style meeting will give the public another chance to address Council on the Official Plan. This meeting is your chance to learn about the latest changes, to ask questions and to provide some final feedback on the draft Official Plan. Currently, City staff intend to seek adoption of the Official Plan by Council before the end of the year.

Register to attend or provide comments at the Town Hall.

Just prior to the Town Hall on October 19, the Director of Development Services, Michelle Banfield, will be giving an update on the new Official Plan at Planning Committee. You can watch the presentation, which will begin at approximately 7 p.m., live through the City's YouTube channel.


Public engagement on City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines coming in early 2022
For the next phase of work on the Urban Design Guidelines, the City will be working to:

  • Highlight key themes and design topics
  • Make the document even more consistent with the Official Plan
  • Develop high-level area specific guidelines (e.g., for major transit station areas)
  • Be clear and eliminate any duplication
  • Develop illustrative graphics to clearly communicate key elements of the guidelines

As the City further develops the guidelines, there will be public engagement on the Urban Design Guidelines in the early part of 2022. More details on the public engagement will be shared on this project page as they become available.

Approvals
In late fall/early winter 2021, City staff will return to Council to seek initial 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.

Open House Key Topics
The following were 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: The process behind development of 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.


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.

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

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.


Comment Matrix and Tracked-Changes Version of the Official Plan Released

Following the latest round of consultation on Draft Two of the Official Plan, which included an Open House on May 19, 2021, and a Public Meeting on June 2, 2021, the City has captured all suggestions in a comment matrix and created an updated working version of the Official Plan.

Find your comments in the matrix, read the City’s responses and review the working version of the Official Plan for changes.

The City is also providing an updated version of the City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines, which help to implement the vision of the Official Plan. While City staff will be developing these more, we want to show you what we’ve been working on.

Thank you to everyone who shared their comments and feedback – you have helped to shape the future of Barrie!

Read the latest documents:

Official Plan maps, appendices and other related documents can also be found in the "Official Plan and Related Documents" section on the right-hand side of this page.


Next steps

Join the Official Plan Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 19

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

This special town-hall style meeting will give the public another chance to address Council on the Official Plan. This meeting is your chance to learn about the latest changes, to ask questions and to provide some final feedback on the draft Official Plan. Currently, City staff intend to seek adoption of the Official Plan by Council before the end of the year.

Register to attend or provide comments at the Town Hall.

Just prior to the Town Hall on October 19, the Director of Development Services, Michelle Banfield, will be giving an update on the new Official Plan at Planning Committee. You can watch the presentation, which will begin at approximately 7 p.m., live through the City's YouTube channel.


Public engagement on City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines coming in early 2022
For the next phase of work on the Urban Design Guidelines, the City will be working to:

  • Highlight key themes and design topics
  • Make the document even more consistent with the Official Plan
  • Develop high-level area specific guidelines (e.g., for major transit station areas)
  • Be clear and eliminate any duplication
  • Develop illustrative graphics to clearly communicate key elements of the guidelines

As the City further develops the guidelines, there will be public engagement on the Urban Design Guidelines in the early part of 2022. More details on the public engagement will be shared on this project page as they become available.

Approvals
In late fall/early winter 2021, City staff will return to Council to seek initial 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.

Open House Key Topics
The following were 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: The process behind development of 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.


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.

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

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.
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