City’s new official plan ready for review and comment, seeks to set growth direction for next 20 years

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The City’s draft of the new official plan and city-wide urban design guidelines are now available for a 90-day review and comment period.
“The Official Plan is a foundational document that sets out the high-level community structure to help manage the direction of city growth over the next 20 years and beyond,” explains Andrea Miller, General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management.
“This project is the culmination of extensive community engagement, policy direction from Council, and ongoing technical work by staff in many departments.”
Accompanying the release of the draft plan, is the design guidelines document.
Together, these documents will establish a new policy framework needed for the continued planning of Barrie as a complete community. They will also introduce a level of policy direction to ensure residents, businesses, and the City share an aligned vision for Barrie’s future.
“The new policy documents provide a clear set of expectations and bring more certainty for both the community and those who want to invest and develop in Barrie,” adds Miller.
In accordance with the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, the City is welcoming feedback on the draft plan and design guidelines throughout the next 90 days.
“Staff will continue public engagement efforts over the next 90 days, and we look forward to receiving community input as we get ready to finalize the documents,” says Michelle Banfield, Director of Development Services.
Following the 90-day public consultation period, staff will make any necessary updates to the documents and prepare the draft plan for further consultation at the statutory public open house and public meeting scheduled for spring 2021.
Residents are invited to visit to review the documents and learn how they can provide their feedback.