City of Barrie's New Official Plan

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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.

View the Draft New Official Plan

View the Draft City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines

Official Plan maps and appendices 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.

90 Day Public Consultation Period

Now that the Draft New Official Plan and City Wide Urban Design Guidelines have been released, there will be a 90-day public consultation period (ending December 22, 2020) for residents, developers, community organizations, and other stakeholders to provide written feedback to the Official Plan Project Team.

How To Provide Feedback

The 90 day public consultation period is an opportunity for you to get involved in planning the future of Barrie by finding out as much as you can about the proposed Official Plan and thinking about how the plan might affect you, your property and your community,

You can provide feedback on any of the key themes that are of interest to you by:

City of Barrie
Attn: Kathy Suggitt
City Hall, 70 Collier Street
P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone may offer written feedback on the Draft New Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines until December 22, 2020. Comments and opinions submitted, including the originator’s name and address, will become part of the public record and may be viewed by the general public, published in a Council or Committee Report and/or be included in the Council agenda and minutes.

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.

We encourage you to explore and learn more about the key themes that are of interest to you.





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. Learn more how the OP supports an Urban & Complete 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. Learn more how the OP supports an Attractive City.
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. Learn more how the OP supports a Connected & Mobile City.

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. Learn more how the OP supports a Resilient City.


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. Learn more how the OP supports a Prosperous City.
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. Learn more how the OP supports a Cultural City.

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.

View the Draft New Official Plan

View the Draft City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines

Official Plan maps and appendices 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.

90 Day Public Consultation Period

Now that the Draft New Official Plan and City Wide Urban Design Guidelines have been released, there will be a 90-day public consultation period (ending December 22, 2020) for residents, developers, community organizations, and other stakeholders to provide written feedback to the Official Plan Project Team.

How To Provide Feedback

The 90 day public consultation period is an opportunity for you to get involved in planning the future of Barrie by finding out as much as you can about the proposed Official Plan and thinking about how the plan might affect you, your property and your community,

You can provide feedback on any of the key themes that are of interest to you by:

City of Barrie
Attn: Kathy Suggitt
City Hall, 70 Collier Street
P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone may offer written feedback on the Draft New Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines until December 22, 2020. Comments and opinions submitted, including the originator’s name and address, will become part of the public record and may be viewed by the general public, published in a Council or Committee Report and/or be included in the Council agenda and minutes.

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.

We encourage you to explore and learn more about the key themes that are of interest to you.





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. Learn more how the OP supports an Urban & Complete 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. Learn more how the OP supports an Attractive City.
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. Learn more how the OP supports a Connected & Mobile City.

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. Learn more how the OP supports a Resilient City.


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. Learn more how the OP supports a Prosperous City.
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. Learn more how the OP supports a Cultural City.
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    Note: Anyone may offer written feedback on the Draft New Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines until December 22, 2020. Comments and opinions submitted, including the originator’s name and address, will become part of the public record and may be viewed by the general public, published in a Council or Committee Report and/or be included in the Council agenda and minutes. 

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    NOTE: Anyone may offer written feedback on the Draft New Official Plan and Draft City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines until December 22, 2020. Comments and opinions submitted, including the originator’s name and address, will become part of the public record and may be viewed by the general public, published in a Council or Committee Report and/or be included in the Council agenda and minutes.

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