As Barrie grows ‘up’ instead of ‘out’ the face of the city continues to change

A rendition of what Essa and Burton might look like under intensification
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With Barrie designated as one of the province’s place to grow communities, this city on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay is under intensification orders that will see it literally grow up over the coming decades.
It’s changing the face of this city, which only had a population of about 50,000 as recently as 30 years ago. According to the City’s Fast Facts, 141,434 called Barrie home in 2016.
Under the provincial growth plan, Barrie is forecast to grow by an additional 107,000 people by 2041, bringing the number of people calling Barrie home to a forecast of 253,000. The city is also supposed to have another 53,900 jobs to employ all those newcomers. It means more intensification within existing boundaries and high-rise developments, as the city grows up rather than out.
The City’s master plans and official plan all tie into those growth and density targets, and also support the timing and cost of the development and the infrastructure needed to support growth.  It’s not going to happen all at once, but it’s not an abstract concept being delayed until later. Intensification is happening now.
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