Updated: Aug 15
a new provincial tool for expediting priority developments, a summary of the Strong Mayors Legislation, nominations open for the Barrie Arts Awards, registration open for fall recreation programs, and more
📑📊 Staff Memos
🏗️🏘️ Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator (CIHA)
Memorandum: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217218&GUID=D6CC0FF5-38A8-4E5C-8544-E4D241FA9314 from M. Banfield, Director of Development Services
The province has introduced this tool to allow municipalities to specifically request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issue a zoning order.
A CIHA can be used to regulate use of land to permit certain types of development – the municipality is responsible for providing public notice, undertaking consultation, and ensuring the order is made available to the public.
A CIHA can be used to expedite priority developments, including community infrastructure, any type of housing, development associated with transportation infrastructure, buildings that would facilitate employment and economic development, and mixed use development
🏊⛔️ City Beach Season Closure
Memorandum: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217200&GUID=D140EB86-F0A6-4A9D-87DD-9FE904B9B286 from K. Ellis, Acting Manager of Recreation and Culture Programs
Waterfront Lifeguards will be officially off duty for the season as of August 20 at Johnson's Beach and September 1 at Centennial Beach
The swim buoy lines and accessibility mat will be removed for the season during the week of September 4
📜💪 Strong Mayors Legislation
Memorandum: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217221&GUID=24C58ABB-D7B4-4567-BA33-426499FFEED9 from W. Cooke, City Clerk / Director of Legislative and Court Services
An overview of the Strong Mayors Legislation that came into effect on July 1, 2023.
👥📃 Committee Agendas
🎭🏆 Barrie Arts Awards
Media Release, July 25: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217209&GUID=313093B3-342A-43AC-B3D9-9F6669B85A2C "Nominations open for Barrie Arts Awards"
Nominations are open until September 4, to honour individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts sector, with winners celebrated at the annual gala in November
This year's categories: Most Promising Youth, Artists Beyond Barriers, Excellence in the Arts, Emerging Artist, Contribution to the Community, Business Champion
For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/artsawards
💰🚍 Family Reunification Funding
Media Release, July 26: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217201&GUID=D2A429C9-5FC0-4624-A85B-E33BDD815FB3 "City provides $20,000 to Elizabeth Fry Society and John Howard Society for family reunification"
The City has delivered $10,000 to each of the Elizabeth Fry Society and John Howard Society, to pay for transportation costs for vulnerable persons to other cities, towns and provinces to reunite with families or support groups.
📉🦹 Barrie Area has Lowest Violent Crime in Canada
Media Release, August 3: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217210&GUID=1412B746-D8E6-4215-9A04-0CAE3559F97F "Barrie area ranks lowest in Canada for violent crimes"
According to a Statistics Canada report, the Barrie area has been recognized as the country's lowest on the Violent Crime Severity Index, which measures both volume and severity of crimes.
🚧🛣️ Road Construction Projects
Media Release, August 4: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217214&GUID=DA5CE61B-027A-4629-A218-88B02C5FE275 "Road construction projects continue across Barrie, Residents reminded to plan ahead and use detour routes"
Updates on the major road construction projects currently happening around the city
For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/roadwork
✍️⛹️ Registration for Fall Recreation Programs
Media Release, August 10: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217219&GUID=E8A62144-D1C9-42E4-841F-76E092DA6A88 "Registration opens August 15 for fall recreation programs"
🚑🎁 Donation of Decommissioned Ambulance
Correspondence from City of Ottawa to Association of Municipalities, July 18: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217217&GUID=561AEC72-F584-473B-9C17-1825846CF9AC
The City of Ottawa is donating a decommissioned ambulance to St. John Ambulance, and one to the Embassy of Ukraine
🏘️🧑⚖️ Short Term Rental Controls
Correspondence from Town of Erie, July 26: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12217215&GUID=4954CA4B-CCB7-4B4A-A0AD-99949250119A
Fort Erie has resolved to ask the province to establish a regulatory framework requiring digital platforms such as AirBNB and VRBO to require owners using the platforms to comply with municipal planning and licensing regulations, and prevent advertising of properties that aren't registered with the relevant municipality.
They are also asking the province to work with municipalities to address situations in which long-term housing stock has been lost to corporate ownership of short-term rental properties.
⏳➕ Late Additions
⚽️🧑🎨 Recreation Fall Programming
Memorandum: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12223086&GUID=22B65404-81D5-4B4F-A95D-5D0015BE09F4, from K. Ellis, Acting Manager of Recreation and Culture Programs
Fall programming, starting September 23, with registration beginning August 15
For more information on recPASS options and registration and drop-in schedules, visit play.barrie.ca