Stormwater Climate Action Fund

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On Thursday, October 14, the City of Barrie held the second public information meeting to discuss the potential development of a stormwater climate action fund. Watch the recording of the meeting, download the presentation and take a quick survey to provide your feedback.

Climate change will increase rainfall intensities that can lead to costly flooding, increased erosion and negative impacts on natural waterbodies. The City is building community resilience to the risks of climate change and the Stormwater Climate Action Fund is part of those efforts.

Ontario Regulation 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure requires Asset Management Plans that include information about:

  • the levels of service that municipalities propose to provide
  • the activities required to meet those levels of service
  • a strategy to fund activities

The Stormwater Climate Action Fund would serve as a dedicated fund for stormwater assets and associated stormwater management within Barrie.

Stormwater Management & Assets

Stormwater management involves controlling the quantity and quality of runoff that results from rainfall or melted snow that runs off our roofs, driveways and roads rather than soaking into the ground. The City's stormwater management system includes manholes, catch basins, storm sewers, stormwater management ponds, creeks and more—all requiring a funding source to maintain and upgrade (as required).

The City's Stormwater Asset Management Plan outlines measures to support a fully functioning storm sewer system to protect private property, public safety, infrastructure and the natural environment.

Funding Required to Bridge the Gap

Historically, the City has been underspending on stormwater and, even with projected increases, the City is not keeping up with identified needs. The Stormwater Climate Action Fund aims to bridge the gap.

Recommended Funding Model

A Stormwater Funding Study was completed in 2019. The study estimated funding needs, recommended a funding model, and proposed an implementation strategy. A stormwater rate based on impervious area was recommended.

An impervious area is a hard surface such as concrete, asphalt or rooftops that do not absorb water. Water runs off the impervious surface, collects pollutants, and flows into our local creeks and Lake Simcoe. In undeveloped areas, stormwater soaks into the ground and slowly flows into aquifers and waterways. In developed areas, impervious surfaces prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground.

Currently Barrie’s stormwater program is funded through municipal taxes. The current proposal is to move stormwater funding from the taxes to a new funding model—which is something many municipalities have done. This new model will be based on average impervious area for a given residential property type (i.e. detached homes vs. condominiums) and measured impervious areas for non-residential properties (e.g. commercial, institutional and industrial).

Seeking Feedback

Between 2021 and 2023 the City will be seeking feedback by:

  • Actively soliciting feedback from staff, Council and the community on the recommended funding option;
  • Confirming the desired stormwater funding model details; and
  • Supporting the implementation of a new desired funding model (if approved).

Get Involved!

  • Questions, comments or concerns about this study? Please share them with the Project Team in the form below or in the Q&A section.

  • Virtual Public Information Meetings were held on June 3, 2021 and on October 14, 2021. Watch the recordings in the Videos section on the right hand side of this page.

  • Stormwater Fund Advisory Group meetings will be held as part of this project, during which the Project Team and key stakeholders will discuss opportunities, concerns, needs, issues and risks related to the project. Key stakeholders have been identified and contacted directly in order to participate.

On Thursday, October 14, the City of Barrie held the second public information meeting to discuss the potential development of a stormwater climate action fund. Watch the recording of the meeting, download the presentation and take a quick survey to provide your feedback.

Climate change will increase rainfall intensities that can lead to costly flooding, increased erosion and negative impacts on natural waterbodies. The City is building community resilience to the risks of climate change and the Stormwater Climate Action Fund is part of those efforts.

Ontario Regulation 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure requires Asset Management Plans that include information about:

  • the levels of service that municipalities propose to provide
  • the activities required to meet those levels of service
  • a strategy to fund activities

The Stormwater Climate Action Fund would serve as a dedicated fund for stormwater assets and associated stormwater management within Barrie.

Stormwater Management & Assets

Stormwater management involves controlling the quantity and quality of runoff that results from rainfall or melted snow that runs off our roofs, driveways and roads rather than soaking into the ground. The City's stormwater management system includes manholes, catch basins, storm sewers, stormwater management ponds, creeks and more—all requiring a funding source to maintain and upgrade (as required).

The City's Stormwater Asset Management Plan outlines measures to support a fully functioning storm sewer system to protect private property, public safety, infrastructure and the natural environment.

Funding Required to Bridge the Gap

Historically, the City has been underspending on stormwater and, even with projected increases, the City is not keeping up with identified needs. The Stormwater Climate Action Fund aims to bridge the gap.

Recommended Funding Model

A Stormwater Funding Study was completed in 2019. The study estimated funding needs, recommended a funding model, and proposed an implementation strategy. A stormwater rate based on impervious area was recommended.

An impervious area is a hard surface such as concrete, asphalt or rooftops that do not absorb water. Water runs off the impervious surface, collects pollutants, and flows into our local creeks and Lake Simcoe. In undeveloped areas, stormwater soaks into the ground and slowly flows into aquifers and waterways. In developed areas, impervious surfaces prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground.

Currently Barrie’s stormwater program is funded through municipal taxes. The current proposal is to move stormwater funding from the taxes to a new funding model—which is something many municipalities have done. This new model will be based on average impervious area for a given residential property type (i.e. detached homes vs. condominiums) and measured impervious areas for non-residential properties (e.g. commercial, institutional and industrial).

Seeking Feedback

Between 2021 and 2023 the City will be seeking feedback by:

  • Actively soliciting feedback from staff, Council and the community on the recommended funding option;
  • Confirming the desired stormwater funding model details; and
  • Supporting the implementation of a new desired funding model (if approved).

Get Involved!

  • Questions, comments or concerns about this study? Please share them with the Project Team in the form below or in the Q&A section.

  • Virtual Public Information Meetings were held on June 3, 2021 and on October 14, 2021. Watch the recordings in the Videos section on the right hand side of this page.

  • Stormwater Fund Advisory Group meetings will be held as part of this project, during which the Project Team and key stakeholders will discuss opportunities, concerns, needs, issues and risks related to the project. Key stakeholders have been identified and contacted directly in order to participate.
  • We want to hear your ideas, suggestions, and opinions! This survey asks about the recommended funding model and the credit and rebate program. Your feedback will be considered in the development of a final recommendation that will be presented to Council.

    Before you complete the survey, please review the materials that were presented at Virtual Public Information Meeting #2 on October 14, 2021.  

    Your participation in this survey is voluntary. All individual responses will be kept confidential. Non-identifiable summaries of responses may be developed and shared publicly.

    This survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open until October 28, 2021.   

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to hear your ideas, suggestions, and opinions! This survey asks about stormwater issues, priorities, and the recommended user fee. Your feedback will be considered in the development of a final recommendation that will be presented to Council.

    Before you complete the survey, please review the materials that were presented at Virtual Public Information Meeting #1 on June 3, 2021.  

    Your participation in this survey is voluntary. All individual responses will be kept confidential. Non-identifiable summaries of responses may be developed and shared publicly.

    This survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open until June 18, 2021.

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