Waterfront Strategic Plan

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The City of Barrie is undertaking an update to its 2015 Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan (excluding the marina portion of the plan), and wants to hear from local stakeholders and members of the public.

The project team, consisting of City staff and a consultant, has started the research and background information phase by consulting with internal stakeholders in various City departments. Additional external stakeholder meetings will include the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, the City's Accessibility Advisory Committee, and local Indigenous groups.

Community Consultation Phases and How to Get Involved

Public Information Centre #1: March 24
The first Public Information Centre (PIC) meeting and presentation took place on Thursday, March 24, 2022, as a Zoom interactive discussion with a focus on a visioning session. As part of this PIC meeting, there are three surveys that members of the public can complete. The surveys closed on April 11.


Public Information Centre #2: June 22
A second virtual PIC meeting and presentation took place on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. These meetings were open to all members of the public and there were two time options available.

Next steps

A survey will be released in fall 2022 to gather public input on the updated Strategic Plan proposed content and recommendations.

Following the survey, the project will move into final report stage and a staff report on the final Waterfront Strategic Plan will go to Barrie City Council in early 2023.


Related project currently underway: Barrie Wayfinding Strategy
The City is also currently undertaking a public consultation to improve the city’s wayfinding signage system. Wayfinding is the signage and similar directional tools that help you identify where you are, find what you are looking for, and confirm you have arrived at your desired destination. This project involves developing a wayfinding system that will direct visitors and locals using all forms of transportation to the downtown Barrie area and its attractions, including public parking, institutions and parks, as well as to help them navigate through the downtown and waterfront to easily find specific destinations. Find out more about this project.

The City of Barrie is undertaking an update to its 2015 Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan (excluding the marina portion of the plan), and wants to hear from local stakeholders and members of the public.

The project team, consisting of City staff and a consultant, has started the research and background information phase by consulting with internal stakeholders in various City departments. Additional external stakeholder meetings will include the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, the City's Accessibility Advisory Committee, and local Indigenous groups.

Community Consultation Phases and How to Get Involved

Public Information Centre #1: March 24
The first Public Information Centre (PIC) meeting and presentation took place on Thursday, March 24, 2022, as a Zoom interactive discussion with a focus on a visioning session. As part of this PIC meeting, there are three surveys that members of the public can complete. The surveys closed on April 11.


Public Information Centre #2: June 22
A second virtual PIC meeting and presentation took place on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. These meetings were open to all members of the public and there were two time options available.

Next steps

A survey will be released in fall 2022 to gather public input on the updated Strategic Plan proposed content and recommendations.

Following the survey, the project will move into final report stage and a staff report on the final Waterfront Strategic Plan will go to Barrie City Council in early 2023.


Related project currently underway: Barrie Wayfinding Strategy
The City is also currently undertaking a public consultation to improve the city’s wayfinding signage system. Wayfinding is the signage and similar directional tools that help you identify where you are, find what you are looking for, and confirm you have arrived at your desired destination. This project involves developing a wayfinding system that will direct visitors and locals using all forms of transportation to the downtown Barrie area and its attractions, including public parking, institutions and parks, as well as to help them navigate through the downtown and waterfront to easily find specific destinations. Find out more about this project.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Barrie is working towards an updated strategy for our waterfront. The City wants to hear your input, local knowledge, and aspirations to work towards a waterfront that serves all community members! 

    Please complete by survey before April 11, 2022. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Barrie wants to better understand how you use (or would like to use) the waterfront. If you visit, live nearby, or are interested in the waterfront area, we want to hear from you. This Gains and Pains survey contains four questions about what works (Gains), and what doesn’t (Pains), both today (Now) and in the future (Next). Your input will help identify ideas and amenities to guide the Waterfront Strategic Plan.

    Please complete by survey before April 11, 2022.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    What are your priorities for the future waterfront? Rate the different items listed below based on whether you do or do not value them. If something else is important to you, share your idea at the end of the survey.

    Please complete by survey before April 11, 2022.


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Page last updated: 23 Jun 2022, 12:12 PM