City of Barrie's New Official Plan

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The 90-Day Public Consultation period has concluded. Thank you for providing your valuable feedback. 

One City, One Vision, One Plan.

Update:
The next step in development of the City's new Official Plan is the consideration of community feedback received during the public consultation period (gathered in fall and early winter 2020). Staff anticipate that draft two of the Official Plan will be released for another round of public consultation in May 2021. A statutory Open House, followed by a Statutory Public Meeting, is also anticipated to occur in May 2021.

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

Update: The 90-Day Public Consultation Period has concluded.

Thank you for your continued interest in the City’s New Official Plan. The 90-Day Public Consultation Period officially concluded on Wednesday, December 22. Over the 90 days, staff received valuable feedback on the Draft Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines from a variety of stakeholders including; Barrie residents and business owners, developers, land owner groups, and community organizations.

As staff continue to do a comprehensive review of all submitted feedback, we would like to highlight some of the popular comment topics that were submitted. A reminder that this public review period was the first opportunity to provide feedback on the draft documents and there will be a further public consultation period in 2021.


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.

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.

Update:
The next step in development of the City's new Official Plan is the consideration of community feedback received during the public consultation period (gathered in fall and early winter 2020). Staff anticipate that draft two of the Official Plan will be released for another round of public consultation in May 2021. A statutory Open House, followed by a Statutory Public Meeting, is also anticipated to occur in May 2021.

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

Update: The 90-Day Public Consultation Period has concluded.

Thank you for your continued interest in the City’s New Official Plan. The 90-Day Public Consultation Period officially concluded on Wednesday, December 22. Over the 90 days, staff received valuable feedback on the Draft Official Plan and City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines from a variety of stakeholders including; Barrie residents and business owners, developers, land owner groups, and community organizations.

As staff continue to do a comprehensive review of all submitted feedback, we would like to highlight some of the popular comment topics that were submitted. A reminder that this public review period was the first opportunity to provide feedback on the draft documents and there will be a further public consultation period in 2021.


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.

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.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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