City wants your input on Barrie’s future

With major growth continuing, the City of Barrie wants to know what your vision is through the next 20 years.

The city is creating a new Official Plan (OP) and wants residents to share their input throughout the process. Expected to take 18 months, the project will go through six different phases before it’s completed.

“Barrie is on the cusp of major growth and we need to think ahead,” said Andrea Bourrie, planning and building services director. “The Official Plan project is an opportunity to, collectively, build a vision for Barrie’s future. Our city is already an amazing place to call home, let’s build on that together.”

The OP is a master plan that will set a vision of what Barrie will be in the next 20 years and guides development for the future. The complex document will integrate provincial legislation and policies with public opinion and all city elements, such as infrastructure, land-use, culture, transportation and natural heritage.

The project builds upon previous undertakings that included intensification workshops and the Essa/Bradford corridor study that were completed in the spring of 2018. Feedback gathered during this phase will become the basis for further engagement during phase two of the project, which is set to begin in 2019.

To learn more about the project and share your priorities, residents can visit buildingbarrie.ca/OP1 to follow the project and complete the quick poll. They can also participate in the interactive workshop on Nov. 28 at the city hall rotunda (70 Collier St), from 6-8 p.m. It’s open to everyone and registration is not required.

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