BARRIE - The groundwork for Barrie's new growth is being laid.
City councillors have given initial approval to the growth management update for the former Innisfil land, an agreement with property owners there on infrastructure implementation and secondary plan approvals, and setting aside $250,000 for potential legal costs.
"It's an unprecedented level of co-operation and an unprecedented result," said Mayor Jeff Lehman on Wednesday, noting tens of thousands of hours of work has gone into the plans.
Coun. John Brassard said it's the result of three and a half years of work.
"I'm not hearing much by way of complaint from the development community; there are some concerns from individual landowners, with phasing and infrastructure," he said. "But it's very difficult to find fault with the plan in front of us."
Brassard noted that one-third of the former Innisfil land is to have a natural heritage designation.
"That will serve our residents well," he said.
The plans are designed to accommodate a city of 210,000 people and 101,000 jobs by 2031. New communities will be interconnected, offering a wide range of housing types with easy access to transit and green spaces. Future employment land is to be protected.
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