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Feb 29

Barrie's population to hit 253,000 by 2041

BARRIE - Barrie has not only grown, but will continue to grow. Figures released by the city's planning department show not only a population of 154,283 people now that will increase to 210,000 by 2031 – but a Barrie of 253,000 residents by 2041. Places to Grow, the 2006 Growth Plan...
Jun 29

Barrie jumps up the best places to live list

BARRIE - To rise in the ranks, Barrie numbers had to drop like a stone thrown from the tip of the Spirit Catcher. Barrie's landslide drop in the national MoneySense Best Places to Live 2015 ranking places it in the top 50 cities to live in Canada. From a dismal showing in 2014 when Barrie...
Apr 30

Barrie part of bigger 'engine': economist

BARRIE - Barrie is an important gear in the Ontario engine expected to drive Canada's economy in the coming years, a city business audience heard Thursday morning. Both Warren Jestin, Scotiabank's chief economist, and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman told a Liberty North crowd that the landscape...
Apr 17

Premier unveils plan for expanded service to Barrie

BARRIE - Premier Kathleen Wynne hopped off a southbound GO train at the Barrie South station shortly after 9 a.m., Friday. As it was almost two hours after the last train usually leaves for all points south, Wynne took the 10-minute ride through Barrie to show what future train service will feel...
Mar 16

MoneySense report shows Barrie ranks No. 3 for real estate

BARRIE - To the right buyer, every old bungalow is new again. The Best Deals in Real Estate 2015 MoneySense report ranking cities across the country rated Barrie as the third best place to buy a home in Canada. "We're seeing a lot of buyer demand with people downsizing from the city...
Mar 13

Massive North Barrie Crossing development moving forward despite financial setbacks

BARRIE - What's helping drive the $42-million road project near Barrie's Duckworth/Cundles corner is a commercial/residential project in the works for nearly a decade. North Barrie Crossing could be worth nearly $100 million when its condos, grocery store, movie cinema, pharmacy, fitness...
Mar 12

Study shatters Barrie's commuter-town myth

BARRIE - Barrie and Simcoe County are not bedrooms for the GTA, a new labour market study reveals. That's just one of several common myths the study debunks. Despite what you see on Hwy. 400 each morning, as cars fill the southbound lanes for hours, the reality is more people...
Mar 11

10-year plan for better transit

BARRIE - Metrolinx is building a second track on part of GO Transit's Barrie corridor to bring better transit to the region.  It's part of a 10-year plan. Grading and signal improvements are already underway on a six-kilometre stretch of the line between the York University and...
Mar 10

Infrastructure key to 2015 Barrie budget

BARRIE - This year's city budget is all about building up Barrie. City council gave final approval Monday to an operating/capital budget which increases property taxes by 3.2% for homeowners. But of that total, 1% is for repairing and building infrastructure - the roads, pipes and equipment...
Jul 10

Cabela's opening at Barrie's Park Place a sign of things to come

BARRIE - A pointed opening ceremony today for the newest major tenant at Park Place celebrates another chapter in the south-end shopping and dining destination. The grand opening of the 70,000 square-foot Cabela's - an outdoor enthusiast's dream - will include a ribbon cutting using an...
May 23

Former Innisfil land's growth mapped out

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...
May 7

A look at how the initial plan for Park Place in Barrie changed

BARRIE - Park Place isn't as advertised Not yet, anyway. Maybe not ever. Almost a dozen years ago Park Place was spun to Barrie as a shopping mecca, a retail village, a lifestyle centre - something so unique and attractive that shoppers couldn't resist its lures. Today, it's...
Feb 24

Barrie looking at new affordable housing strategy

BARRIE - The door is opening to a new affordable housing strategy in Barrie. On Monday city councillors will consider a motion to circulate a draft strategy to the public, stakeholders and housing agencies for comment before an open house and public meeting are held. The strategy's focus...
Jan 9

Barrie's $25-million Lakeshore Drive plan switching into high gear

BARRIE - Long-planned and long anticipated, the $25.7-million relocation of Barrie's Lakeshore Drive back to the old CN Rail line is making real headway this year. This will not only create an additional 10 acres of parkland along the waterfront, but add separate walking and riding paths,...
Jan 6

Newcomers to Barrie say quality of life good

BARRIE - While the FORUM Research survey suggests a general level of satisfaction with how the City of Barrie is being run, two newcomers are happy to be calling the city home. After moving here from the Greater Toronto Area, they have mostly praise for Barrie's quality of life. Patricia...
Nov 22

City development strategy until 2031

BARRIE - Barrie councillors are pushing ahead with a $3.1-billion, 20-year growth and infrastructure renewal plan. On Wednesday, councillors gave initial approval to master plans and a fiscal impact analysis designed to accommodate a city of 210,000 people and 101,000 jobs by 2031...
Sep 9

Waterfront development draws fire at meeting

BARRIE - Harmony Village drew a crowd Monday, just maybe not the audience it wanted. People filled the Council Chamber at Barrie City Hall for a marathon public meeting on a rezoning application for the huge, proposed residential/retail-plus development near the waterfront. With five towers...
Jun 21

Tremendous boom in Barrie in 1980s

BARRIE - How high is high enough in Barrie’s core? On Monday, city councillors will consider scheduling a public meeting to consider new policies on the design of tall buildings in the Urban Growth Centre, which takes in most of Ward 2. Buildings as high as 15 storeys are allowed there...
May 30

Designing cities for better health: If you build it, they will walk

BARRIE - Barrie, a small city on the edge of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, might not strike many as a hotbed of urban design trends. But a new community planned for the city will incorporate arguably the most sweeping urban planning trend in North America. Harmony Village, which will comprise1,200...
Apr 23

The 'new urbanism' a tough sell in Barrie

BARRIE - Barrie is hardly the first place you would go to see the new urbanism that is sweeping North American cities. The bedroom community of 140,000 an hour’s drive up the 400 highway from Toronto is about as suburban as you can get, with vast tracts of subdivisions, malls and business...
Mar 5

Open House in Barrie To Look At Annexed Innisfil Land

BARRIE - Barrie’s future will unfold Wednesday night. A three-hour open house will take place on the former Innisfil land secondary plans and city-wide infrastructure master plans, at Liberty North. “‘This is not only the planning document that will generate the plans for...
Feb 25

Orillia a Top-10 Investment City

ORILLIA - The City of Orillia can hold its own. For the first time, the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) — a Western Canada- based research organization — has given Orillia a standalone score in its rankings of top investment cities in Ontario. The Sunshine City has scored...
Nov 23

Simcoe County 10-year Affordable Housing Strategy

BARRIE - Simcoe County is taking steps to make affordable housing more accessible after a consultation group was hired to collect data about the growing concern. Barrie residents arrived Tuesday afternoon at Barrie’s City Hall Rotunda, where OrgCode Consulting representatives presented...
Aug 2

Barrie Unveils Waterfront Plan

BARRIE - Barrie's waterfront sparkles – but it could be even more of a jewel as Barrie plans how to make the most of it over the next two decades, says Barrie's parks planning manager Walter Fischer. He unveiled a concept plan last week, which suggests relocating the Sea Cadets...