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Circulation List for February 7, 2024

Updated: Feb 9

answering questions about the Affordable Housing Strategy, digital Transit Fares, celebrating Black History Month




๐Ÿ“‘๐Ÿ“Š Staff Memos


๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿš— Anne Street North and Hanmer Street West All-Way Stop Investigation


๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ“Š Streamline Development Approvals Fund (SDAF)


๐Ÿค๐Ÿท๏ธ Confidential Financial Information re: Fairview Road

  • Memorandum from K. Jylha, Manager of Taxation and Revenue and C. Smith, Senior management of Accounting and Revenue, "concerning financial information supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board, which, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization"


๐Ÿ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ™๏ธ Affordable Housing Strategy

  • Memorandum: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12635400&GUID=606498AB-2EAC-4DE3-B982-9E33D16B4997 from J. Roberts, Manager of Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis

  • follow-up to questions asked and additional information requested during the January 10 General Committee Meeting about the Affordable Housing Strategy

  • Causation of Affordability Crisis:

    • Demand and Population Growth

    • Limited Housing Supply

    • Speculation and Investment

    • Development Costs and Regulations

    • Interest Rates, Inflation and Mortgage Stress Tests

    • Income Inequality

    • Rising Construction Costs

    • Rental Market Challenges

    • Government Policies

  • County Waitlist Stats

    • 2802 Rent Geared to Income units (45% / 1265 in Barrie)

    • Barrie also has 1,073 affordable housing units (County- and non-profit-owned)

    • County's waitlist for social housing includes 4877 households (61% / 2996 households in Barrie)

    • waitlist is growing โ€“ supply not meeting demand for low-income housing

    • waitlists not necessarily accurate in gauging housing needs:

      • incomplete information

      • diverse needs and preferences

      • regional variations

      • changing circumstances

      • supply constraints

  • Georgian College Seniors Home Sharing Program

    • SpacesShared partnership launched in spring 2023, connecting students with homeowners who have an available room

    • building momentum and connections

    • currently 35 active host accounts with 19 available rooms posted on the site, and 9 student/host matches living together (and growing)

  • Georgian College Housing Strategy

    • currently being undertaken by EY Canada, preliminary information expected in February, final Housing Strategy to be delivered in April


๐Ÿš๐Ÿชช Barrie Transit - UPass Extension


๐Ÿš๐Ÿ“ฑ Barrie Transit Mobile Fare Application Launch



๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ“ƒ Committee Agendas


๐Ÿšธ๐Ÿงฏ Community Safety Committee


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ณ International Relations Committee


๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Finance and Responsible Governance Committee



โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ“จ Correspondence


๐Ÿ“†๐Ÿคธ I Love Gymnastics Week


๐Ÿ“†๐Ÿซ€ Wear Red Canada Day


๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿฆฑ๐Ÿ“š Celebrate Black History Month in Barrie


๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿšง Bayview Drive Transportation Upgrades



โณโž• Late Additions


๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ˆ Tourism Growth Program


๐Ÿš—โš ๏ธ Road Safety


๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ“‰ Social and Economic Prosperity Review


๐Ÿš‰๐Ÿš† Reliable and Accessible Public Rail Transit - CN Rail

  • Correspondence from the City of Brantford, February 2: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12648148&GUID=D8553B6A-1257-4E92-8AD4-31632C58E645

  • the City of Brantford is calling on the Federal government to provide VIA and Metrolinx with priority right of way over freight rail lines, and to direct CN Rail to work positively and cooperatively with municipal and provincial governments in the processing of land development applications, and the prompt and timely enforcement of municipal property standards


๐Ÿชฆโ†”๏ธ Cemetery Transfers

  • Correspondence from the Municipality of Calvin, January 30: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12648149&GUID=63A6B45B-A95A-4DB0-83FA-F37EBC00405F

  • Calvin Township is calling on the Province to be the default owner and operator of a cemetery when it is abandoned, provide annual funding to municipalities to assist with the maintenance of inactive and active cemeteries, provide free training opportunities for municipalities regarding cemetery administration, and investigate and support the design of universal cemetery software for use by municipal cemetery operators


๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš’ Forest Firefighting

  • Correspondence from the Municipality of Calvin, January 30: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12648150&GUID=D2D66A8E-4DC3-4314-AA7D-28EAA3207D1B

  • Calvin Township is calling on the Federal government to commit additional funds for cost sharing of provincial firefighting and to consider the development of a national strategy of firefighting; and to consider the measures necessary for acquiring a national fleet of Canadian-made waterbombers, with home bases strategically located to best serve and respond to the needs of rural communities, and a national fire administration to better coordinate and manage forest fire efforts across the country; and to introduce a program similar to the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program which was ended in 2013; it also calls on the Province to step up the on-the-ground firefighting capability and water bomber acquisitions in Ontario


๐Ÿš๐Ÿ–๏ธ Waterfront Downtown Shuttle





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