Zoning By-law Education and Consultation

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The first phase of this consultation has concluded. 

Background

The City of Barrie is in the process of creating a new comprehensive Zoning By-Law, which will be designed to implement the vision and policies of Barrie’s recently adopted Official Plan.

In April 2021, Dillon Consulting put together a technical brief that summarized the key areas to form the basis of the new comprehensive Zoning By-law. The brief summarized feedback from a workshop held with City staff on January 8, 2021 and an advisory committee meeting on March 15, 2021. Since then, City staff have brought forward additional considerations of what should be included in the comprehensive Zoning By-law.

Why does the Zoning By-Law matter to me?

Residents should be interested in this process as it may affect them in the following ways:

  • This is a key document the helps implement Barrie’s new Official Plan.
  • A Zoning By-Law controls the use of land in our community; it tells us how land may be used, where buildings and other structures can be located, the types and form of buildings that are permitted, and how those buildings can be used.
  • It tells you what you are allowed to do with your property (in your neighbourhood), like widening your driveway, adding an addition to your home, and requirements for fences, landscaping, parking, etc.

This is the first new Zoning By-Law for Barrie in 13 years (and previous updates were just that – updates/minor tweaking). The City realizes that some land use planning best practices have changed, and that we also have new concerns that we need to respond to today.

There are many ways to approach a Zoning By-law, and the City hopes to ensure we land on a document that is user-friendly for residents and the wider development community.

Quick Take documents

These documents will help you get a better understanding of the various parts of a Zoning By-Law and what they mean:

  1. Neighbourhoods
  2. Community Hubs
  3. Employment Areas
  4. Parking
  5. Urban Growth Centre, Waterfront and Allandale GO Major Transit Station Area
  6. Form-Based Zoning and Urban Design

Public Education and Information Meetings

Phase 1 (now complete) built upon previous work, to help clarify what belongs in the Zoning By-law and the approach the City should take in the creation of the new document. The Quick Take documents above outline what City Planning staff believe are the core components of the new Zoning By-Law, as well as present a new approach to zoning in Barrie.

The City is offering a public education campaign for residents about zoning, and what a zoning By-Law can (and can’t) do. This public education campaign will take place this fall and there were Public Information Centre (PIC) meetings in November. These meetings were open to all Barrie residents to attend.

Virtual PIC meeting
A virtual Public Information Centre meeting was held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The presentation (PDF) from this meeting is saved in the "Documents" section on the right-hand side of this page.

In-person PIC meeting
The in-person Public Information Centre meeting was held on Thursday, November 10, 2022, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive in Barrie.

These meetings were a chance to learn more about the existing Zoning By-law and potential updates.

Next Steps

Now that the PIC meetings are complete, a first draft of the new Zoning By-law document will be developed. In winter 2023, the City will welcome public consultation and engagement on the first draft. We want to hear what you like about the draft, and what you want to see changed.

Background

The City of Barrie is in the process of creating a new comprehensive Zoning By-Law, which will be designed to implement the vision and policies of Barrie’s recently adopted Official Plan.

In April 2021, Dillon Consulting put together a technical brief that summarized the key areas to form the basis of the new comprehensive Zoning By-law. The brief summarized feedback from a workshop held with City staff on January 8, 2021 and an advisory committee meeting on March 15, 2021. Since then, City staff have brought forward additional considerations of what should be included in the comprehensive Zoning By-law.

Why does the Zoning By-Law matter to me?

Residents should be interested in this process as it may affect them in the following ways:

  • This is a key document the helps implement Barrie’s new Official Plan.
  • A Zoning By-Law controls the use of land in our community; it tells us how land may be used, where buildings and other structures can be located, the types and form of buildings that are permitted, and how those buildings can be used.
  • It tells you what you are allowed to do with your property (in your neighbourhood), like widening your driveway, adding an addition to your home, and requirements for fences, landscaping, parking, etc.

This is the first new Zoning By-Law for Barrie in 13 years (and previous updates were just that – updates/minor tweaking). The City realizes that some land use planning best practices have changed, and that we also have new concerns that we need to respond to today.

There are many ways to approach a Zoning By-law, and the City hopes to ensure we land on a document that is user-friendly for residents and the wider development community.

Quick Take documents

These documents will help you get a better understanding of the various parts of a Zoning By-Law and what they mean:

  1. Neighbourhoods
  2. Community Hubs
  3. Employment Areas
  4. Parking
  5. Urban Growth Centre, Waterfront and Allandale GO Major Transit Station Area
  6. Form-Based Zoning and Urban Design

Public Education and Information Meetings

Phase 1 (now complete) built upon previous work, to help clarify what belongs in the Zoning By-law and the approach the City should take in the creation of the new document. The Quick Take documents above outline what City Planning staff believe are the core components of the new Zoning By-Law, as well as present a new approach to zoning in Barrie.

The City is offering a public education campaign for residents about zoning, and what a zoning By-Law can (and can’t) do. This public education campaign will take place this fall and there were Public Information Centre (PIC) meetings in November. These meetings were open to all Barrie residents to attend.

Virtual PIC meeting
A virtual Public Information Centre meeting was held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The presentation (PDF) from this meeting is saved in the "Documents" section on the right-hand side of this page.

In-person PIC meeting
The in-person Public Information Centre meeting was held on Thursday, November 10, 2022, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive in Barrie.

These meetings were a chance to learn more about the existing Zoning By-law and potential updates.

Next Steps

Now that the PIC meetings are complete, a first draft of the new Zoning By-law document will be developed. In winter 2023, the City will welcome public consultation and engagement on the first draft. We want to hear what you like about the draft, and what you want to see changed.

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