Intensification about how and where to develop, as Barrie grows under provincial direction: City planners

by John Devine

“When you put all the technical aspects into intensification, in the end what you really get is a lifestyle. Intensification creates a different lifestyle–different places for us to work, different places for us to live, and it really is changing the face of Barrie.” – Michelle Banfield 

A rendition of what Essa and Burton might look like under intensification
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When it comes to intensification in the City of Barrie, it’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of where, when and how.
Barrie is designated as a place to grow under the province’s A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which set growth and density targets for identified regions like Barrie, Brantford, Guelph, Hamilton, and other municipalities.
“Municipalities in the greater Golden Horseshoe growth plan are required to plan to meet those targets. But it’s not just about meeting those targets. It’s about where and how we should grow. It’s about how we need appropriate infrastructure to support the growth,” Andrea Miller, general manager of infrastructure and growth management, told councillors recently during a presentation at city hall to review the City’s approach to intensification.
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.
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