Barrie’s new Official Plan and urban design guidelines expected in Spring 2021

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A draft of Barrie’s new Official Plan and city-wide urban design guidelines were released in October 2020 for review.

“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,” said 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 a design guidelines document.

Together, the documents will establish a new policy framework needed for the continued planning of Barrie as a complete community.

“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.

Following a 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.

Visit buildingbarrie.ca/OfficialPlan to review the documents.