Barrie residents had an opportunity on Wednesday to meet with City planning officials to get information about the process to create a new official plan.
The ‘Continuing the Conversation: A New Official Plan and Zoning By-law’ document, known as the 3 Pillars, was made available to the public. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan and process.
Members of the public are welcome to come to this drop-in style engagement opportunity to talk with City Planning staff and provide some feedback on the Big Questions being posed in the 3 Pillars paper. Feedback can also be provided here. Click here to read the full OP document.
Residents of Barrie are being asked their opinions as the City begins a process of creating a new Official Plan (OP), anticipated to take 18 months and go through six phases.
“Barrie is on the cusp of major growth and we need to think ahead. The Official Plan Project is an opportunity to collectively build a vision for Barrie’s future,” explains Andrea Bourrie, Director of Planning and Building Services. “Our city is already an amazing place to call home – let’s build on that together.”
The OP is the city’s overarching master plan that sets a vision of what Barrie will be in the next 20 years and guides development for that future. It’s a complex document integrating provincial legislation and policies with public opinion and all elements of the city (i.e. land-use, infrastructure, transportation, natural heritage and culture), states a City release.
The project builds upon previous engagement from the intensification workshops and Essa/Bradford Corridor study that were completed in spring 2018. Feedback gathered in this phase will become the basis for further engagement during phase two of the project which will begin in early 2019.
Residents are encouraged to learn more about the project and share their priorities for Barrie’s future:
• Visit buildingbarrie.ca/OP1 to follow the project and complete the quick poll
• Participate in the interactive workshop on Wednesday, Nov. from 6 – 8 p.m. at the City Hall Rotunda (70 Collier Street). It’s open to everyone and registration is not required.
For more information on how the City is preparing for growth, visit buildingbarrie.ca and join the conversation.