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City Council - Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 7:30pm – ACTION REQUESTED

Updated: Jan 5

The "homelessness" bylaws are being pushed through at this meeting. Visit https://www.engagebarrie.org/post/concerned-about-new-homelessness-bylaws-contact-your-councillor-here for help contacting your Councillor about this motion.


Please note Bill 67, which prohibits giving away items including necessities of life or even *literature* within a public park, plus Bill 68, which changes City Bylaws to prevent food, clothing, or shelter from being given out on City property or "to assist with sleeping or protection from the elements" – and makes anyone doing so a criminal under the Provincial Offences Act, with fines up to $100,000.


We also note that these Bills were NOT published on the Legistar when the Agenda was first published, but only appeared late Sunday night.




🧑‍⚖️🤴 Swearing in of Honourary Student Mayor

  • Hope from Seasons Centre for Grieving Children – Hope Around Town Initiative


📜📜 Confirmation of the Minutes


🏆🏅 Awards and Recognitions


🏒🥅 Barrie Colts U14A Hockey Team

  • Congratulations to the Barrie Minor Hockey Association (BMHA) Barrie Colts U14A Hockey Team on winning the Ontario Minor Hockey Championship

🏒🥅 Barrie Colts U15AA Hockey Team

  • Congratulations to the Barrie Minor Hockey Association (BMHA) Barrie Colts U15AA Hockey Team on winning the Ontario Minor Hockey Championship and All Ontario Championship


🗣🎙 Deputations


🛣️🏙️ Bradford Street Corridor Study Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Wards 2 & 8)

🫂💵 2023 Community Benefits Charges Strategy and Bylaw

💵🏗️ 2023 Development Charge Background Study and Bylaw


💸⚖️ Tax Applications

  • Nil


📝📄 General Committee Report

Section A (Reports Received)

🏛️🛝 Infrastructure and Community Investment Committee

💵🧑‍⚖️ Finance and Responsible Governance Committee

Section B (Consent Agenda)

🚍🚊 Barrie Transit's New Network

🌳👟 Facilities, Parks and Recreation Asset Management Plan

🫴💵 Council Fundraising Policy

🛝💗 Community Projects Fund and Update to the Council Expense Policy

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12059826&GUID=2BB468BB-205F-4A04-BA37-04D55B3B9E7F

  • Recommending approval of the project submission and approval process outlined in the report, as well as the revised Council Expense Policy

  • Approval process recommendations:

    • the community project should be in the councillor's ward

    • funds can be used for projects such as improvements to playgrounds and playcourts, art installations, traffic calming, and initiatives that have a longevity to them, such as tree planting or community gardens; funds can go to multiple projects as long as they don't go over the $25,000 budget; funded projects must align with Council's Strategic Priorities

    • funds can not be used for items or office expenses covered under the Council Expense Policy, donations to organizations, or any item that would be considered bonussing under the Municipal Act

    • a project submission form would have to be submitted to the clerk, detailing the project, alignment to strategic priorities, benefits to the ward, etc. – these would be sent to the executive management team to provide costing, potential project timing, etc., then presented to Finance and Good Governance Committee for consideration and final approval; any changes once approved would have to go through Council approval

    • project submissions deadline is March 30 2025, with completion and unveiling completed by December 2025

    • projects should be vetted through a Reference Committee

  • Council Expense Policy

    • remuneration and expenses paid to members of Council must be done in a way that conforms to the Municipal Act reporting requirements

    • there needs to be a clear distinction between what the Community Project Fund and the Councillor Expense Accounts are used for

    • there needs to be more specific wording to the policy to identify what is an eligible expense

    • to keep in line with the new Lobbyist Registry, members need to seek a written opinion from the Integrity Commissioner if they are working with individuals on ward events who may be on the Registry

    • education dollars can be allocated towards education opportunities that support members of Council in their role on Council

🤐📬 Confidential Correspondence – Potential Land Disposition Matter - Dunlop Street East Area

  • Staff to undertake the directions provided in the in camera session of the meeting, concerning the confidential potential land disposition matter - Dunlop St. E. area

✈️🎪 Attendance at Mosaic - A Festival of Cultures 2023 in Regina Saskatchewan

  • This item states that Councillor Nigussie already attended this festival, and used his Councillor expense account to cover it, and this motion is to support this opportunity

  • This has definitely raised some eyebrows, as from the wording of the item, it appears they're seeking approval for his attendance and expenses after he's already attended and expensed the festival – highly problematic, from an accountability and transparency standpoint, as well as fiscal responsibility

🤐🧑‍💻 Confidential Solicitor-Client Advice Matter – City Projects

  • Staff to undertake the directions provided in the in camera session of the meeting, concerning the confidential solicitor-client advice matter - City Projects

🏙️🌆 Zoning Bylaw Amendment - 1012 Yonge Street (Ward 9)

  • Staff Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12081192&GUID=5536D3FE-8622-4DD4-8D1F-ECCF22CF330E

  • Approve the Zoning Bylaw Amendment from "Agricultural General" (AG) and "Neighbourhood Residential Multiple" (RM3) to "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) and "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Pseical Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX)

  • Special Provisions:

    • the lands zoned "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) and "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) will be considered one property, collectively, for purposes of calculating residential density and general floor space index

    • the lands zoned "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) and "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) will be developed generally in accordance with the Conceptual Site Plan attached, as it relates to building height, placement and setbacks, location & configuration of ameity areas, and location & configuration of landscape strips, drive aisles and parking areas

    • the lot line abutting Yonge St. will be considered the front lot line in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone

    • reduce minimum exterior side yard setback of 0.5m to a daylight triangle in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone (1.5m required)

    • reduce minimum exterior side yard setback to 1m for underground parking structures in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone (1.5m required)

    • minimum setback requirements for an underground parking structure in sections 4.6.5.2 and 14.6.3 will not apply to daylight triangles in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone (minimum front & exterior side yard setbacks of 0m & 1.5m required)

    • increase maximum lot frontage & lot flankage to 70% with buildings within 5m of the front & exterior side lot lines in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone (max 50% permitted)

    • buildings exceeding 3 storeys will include 3m step-backs above the 3rd storey along a facade that abuts a public street in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone

    • buildings exceeding 3 storeys will include 3m step-backs above the 3rd storey along a rear facade that directly abuts a private laneway or drive aisle in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone

    • decrease minimum street level floor height to 4m for ground floor commercial uses in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-XXX H-XXX) zone (min. 4.5m required)

    • landscape planters may encroach a maximum of 1.3m into a required exterior side yard setback, adjacent to a daylight triangle, in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone

    • minimum setback requirements for an underground parking structure in sections 4.6.5.2 and 14.6.3 will not apply to daylight triangles in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone (minimum front & exterior side yard setbacks of 0m & 1.5m required)

    • increase maximum lot frontage & lot flankage to 90% with buildings within 5m of the front & exterior side lot lines in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone (max 50% permitted)

    • reduce minimum rear yard setback to 1m in "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone (min. 5m required)

    • landscape planters may encroach a maximum of 1m into a required exterior side yard setback, adjacent to a daylight triangle, in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone

    • buildings exceeding 4 storeys will include 3m step-backs above the 3rd storey along a facade that abuts a public street in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone

    • buildings exceeding 4 storeys will include 3m step-backs above the 3rd storey along a rear facade that directly abuts a private laneway or drive aisle in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone

    • buildings exceeding 3 storeys fronting on to Moberly Drive will include a 3m step-back above the 3rd storey along the front facade in the "Neighbourhood Mixed Use - Special Provision, Hold" (NMU SP-YYY H-XXX) zone

  • The Holding Provision (H-XXX) will be removed from the site-specific zoning once the municipal water & sanitary services, stormwater management facilities and transportation infrastructure required for the development of the lands are available and fully operational

🪧📛 Municipal Street Naming for Streets in the Sandy Creek Estates Inc. Draft Plan of Subdivision (Ward 10)

🏢🧓 Zoning Bylaw Amendment - 54 & 76 Ross Street, 61 Wellington St. W. and 150 Toronto Street (Victoria Village) (Ward 2)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12081198&GUID=1AA2B7AA-D45F-477F-9392-32BD9B76D6AA

  • Rezone the lands from "Residential Multiple Dwelling Second Density" (RM2) and "Institutional Special Provision" (I SP-299) to "Institutional Special Provision" (I SP-XXX)

  • Special Provisions:

    • reduce minimum front yard setback (Wellington St.) to 3-5m (7m required)

    • reduce minimum exterior side yard setback (Toronto St.) to 3-5m (7m required)

    • reduce minimum & maximum rear yard setback (Ross Street) to 3m (7m required)

    • require minimum building height of 10m (3 storeys) and maximum building height of 24m (5 storeys) for 'Building B' adjacent to the Wellington St. & Toronto St. frontages

    • require minimum building height of 10m (3 storeys) along entire Toronto St. frontage, except 'Building B', and maximum building height of 27m (6 storeys) within 20m of the Toronto St. frontage

    • require minimum building height of 10m (3 storeys) along entire Ross St. frontage, and maximum building height of 36m (8 storeys) within 20m of the Ross St. frontage

    • buildings exceeding 3 storeys (except 'Building B') will include a 3m step-back above the 3rd storey along a facade that abuts a public street in the 'Institutional Special Provision' zone

    • maximum building height of 39.5m permitted

    • increase maximum lot coverage to 45% (35% permitted)

    • reduce minimum landscape open space to 25% (35% required)

    • allow additional low rise residential uses, consisting of block/cluster/stacked townhouses, small and large boarding lodging and rooming houses in conjunction with assisted living facilities and a walk-up apartment

    • lands zoned 'Institutional Special Provision' will be considered one lot for purposes of zoning interpretation & implementation

💰📊 2024 Business Plan and Budget Directions

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12081199&GUID=450D5B59-E3C8-4011-8409-D68AEFDFD03B

  • Direct staff to prepare the 2024 Business Plan and Budget for City Services, incorporating the Budget Development Guidelines and including the Infrastructure Investment Fund increase of 2%

  • Direct staff to prepare the 2024 Business Plan and tax rate supported Budget by increasing the Reinvestment Reserve to $2.9M to help offset tax supported cost pressures

  • Send a letter to the following service partners that requires their budget submission to include appropriate level of details and explanations to allow Council to make more informed decisions:

    • Barrie Police Service

    • County of Simcoe

    • Barrie Public Library

    • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

    • Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

    • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

  • Direct staff to prepare the 2024 Business Plan for rate-supported services that includes:

    • recommendations for changes to user fees that reflect the full cost of providing the program or service

    • contributions to reserves that are consistent with the Financial Policies Framework, reflecting the anticipated current & future commitments against the reserves

  • Any significant impacts to the 2024 will be presented for consideration, including:

    • new investments and changes in level of service

    • changes in staff complement levels

    • user fees that are added, removed, or increased/decreased by 5% or more

  • Prepare a 10-year Capital Plan that includes a one-year capital budget, a 4-year forecast, and a 5-year capital outlook, addressing both growth and renewal of infrastructure, with consideration to the maintenance fo the City's AA+ credit rating and fiscal health

  • Use the 2024 Budget Development Schedule to develop the 2024 Business Plan for Council's review and approval of the City Services portion of the tax rate no later than December 2023, and Service Partner budget approval in late January 2024

🚫🅿️ Rodney Street No Parking Anytime

💧⚡️ Water Operations Branch Dedicated Locator Model Agreement

🤝🏷️ Surplussing of City Owned Property - Portion of 694 Mapleview Drive East (Ward 9)

🤝🏷️ Surplussing of City Owned Property - Untravelled Portion of East Street (Ward 2)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12081180&GUID=5A3E7157-6C5D-4914-AF3F-79972E50A3A2

  • Declare the property surplus

  • Offer the property for sale first to the abutting property owners at 156 Clapperton St. & 95 Drury Lane at fair market value

  • If the abutting owners do not purchase the property, it will be listed with a real estate brokerage and advertised for sale by a realtor

  • Permit the purchaser to include the property in a pre-consultation, Sit Plan Control application and/or Zoning Bylaw Amendment application as required to facilitate future development

🏫🤝 Use of School Facilities

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12081202&GUID=2C2009E7-243A-42BD-A5C6-0A58A9823550

  • Make Reciprocal Agreements with the Simcoe County District School Board and Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board for use of School and City facilities, to increase their use for programming that supports health and well-being

  • Add funding up to $27,3000 to the Recreation and Culture Services 2023 budget and up to $42,600 in the department's 2024 base budget, funded from the Reinvestment Reserve, to allow for a pilot program to provide additional after-school activities

🧹🗑️ Invitation to Present to Council - Clean Up Barrie

  • Invite Clean Up Barrie to provide a presentation to Council about its operations and possible expansion of its outreach

Section C

🤐🏷️ Confidential Property Acquisition Matter - Mapleview Drive

  • Purchase 845 Mapleview Drive East, within the Hewitt's Gate East Subdivision from owners Chrisdawn Construction Inc. and Pratt Development Inc.

  • Increase the budget for BFES Station 6 New Building Development, and grant the CAO approval to adjust the budget further if required

Section D

🫂💵 2023 Community Benefits Charges Strategy and Bylaw

Section E

🌊⛱️ Waterfront Strategic Plan Update

Section F

🛣️🏙️ Bradford Street Corridor Study Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Wards 2 & 8)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12081195&GUID=473D8267-4994-4459-B9EE-709131920B46

  • Receive the Environmental Assessment

  • Approve and adopt the recommended design solution for corridor protection, and direct staff to acquire land conveyances identified

  • Direct staff to ouse access management practices, where appropriate, when assessing Planning Act approvals on the Bradford Street corridor

  • Direct staff to conclude the Environmental Assessment and publish a Notice of Completion

  • Since implementation is not happening until after 2031, staff are directed to complete a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Addendum at that time, to assess in-effect transportation and land use policies, and complete refinements to the recommended design solution to mitigate impacts

  • Staff to complete an in-service safety review for the Tiffin St. & Bradford St. intersection to assess opportunities for interim safety improvements

Section G

🚫🅿️ General Provision – Parking Prohibited Around Traffic Calming

Section H

💵🏗️ 2023 Development Charge Background Study and Bylaw

📝📄 General Committee Report

  • Report, June 21: not available (happening earlier same day)


⏸️⏯️ Deferred Business

  • Nil


Direct Motions

  • Nil


🧑‍🏫📑 Presentations

  • Nil


📜📜 Bylaws


Bill 066 – 70 Pioneer Trail

‼️‼️ Bill 067 – Amending Bylaw re: Use of City Parks ‼️‼️

  • Replace Bylaw 2019-059, Section 10.12.0.0.0 with: "No person shall display, set up, sell or offer for sale or provide any good, product, service, item, activity or literature within a public park whether an exchange or funds has taken place or not unless authorized to do so."

  • Add the following to Section 10.12.1.0.0: "Notwithstanding section 10.12.0.0.0.no person shall give away, exchange or otherwise provide at no charge, items, products, samples of items or products, or any other similar item including but not limited to food, clothing, tents, tarps or other similar item used as a shelter, to assist with sleeping or protection from the elements to members of the public from any public park unless authorized to do so."

  • Add the following to Section 10.32.0.0.0: "No person shall use a tent or sunshade within a public park unless such tent or sunshade is solely supported by no more than one pole and having no more than one wall or side or unless authorized to do so."

  • Replace Section 11.6.0.0.0 with: "For the purpose of this section, sections 10.0.0.0.0 thru to 10.32.0.0.0 (General Provisions) shall also apply to Waterfront Parks.”

  • Delete Section 11.16.1.0.0

  • Replace Section 12.3.0.0.0 with: "For the purpose of this section, sections 10.0.0.0.0 thru to 10.32.0.0.0 (General Provisions) shall also apply to Dog Off Leash Recreational Areas."

  • Replace 13.2.0.0.0 with: "For the purpose of this section, sections 10.0.0.0.0 thru to 10.32.0.0.0 (General Provisions) shall also apply to Meridian Place / Memorial Square.”

  • https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12101767&GUID=245912A3-E19F-410D-B383-F7F695B572B8

‼️‼️ Bill 068 – Amending Bylaw re: Use of Public Property ‼️‼️

  • Replace Bylaw 2004-142, Section 6 with "No person shall sell, offer for sale, or provide due to or through the exchange of funds, any product, service or items from any City property, unless authorized by the City."

  • Replace Section 7 with "No person shall give away, exchange or otherwise provide at no charge, items, products, samples of items or products, or any other similar item including but not limited to food, clothing, tents, tarps or other similar item used as a shelter, to assist with sleeping or protection from the elements to members of the public from any City property, unless authorized by the City."

  • Replace Section 20 with:

    • "20. The provisions of this by-law shall be enforced by a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, Police Officer, Peace Officer, or other individual duly appointed for the purpose of enforcing this by-law.

    • 20.1 No person shall obstruct, hinder, or otherwise interfere with a Property Standards Officer, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, Provincial Offences Officer, Police Officer, or other duly appointed individual in the lawful carrying out of their duties and responsibilities under the provisions of this by-law."

  • Replace Section 21 with:

    • "21. Every person who contravenes any provision of this By-law is guilty of an offence under the provisions of the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O 1990, c P.33, as amended, and is liable on conviction to a penalty not exceeding $5,000, exclusive of costs, subject to the provisions of the Act.

    • 21.1 Every person who contravenes any of the provisions of this By-law, or who obstructs or attempts to obstruct an officer or an employee or agent of the City in carrying out his or her duties under this By-law is guilty of an offence and is liable, upon conviction to a maximum fine as established pursuant to the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O., 1990, c.P.33."

    • 21.2 Every person who contravenes any provision of this By-law, and every director or officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in the contravention of this By-law by the corporation, is guilty of an offence under the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended.

    • 21.3 Every person who contravenes the provisions of any section of this By-law, and every director or officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in the contravention of this By-law by the corporation, is guilty of an offence under the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended and is liable on conviction to a penalty where the minimum fine shall not exceed $500 and a maximum fine shall not exceed $100,000 exclusive of costs under the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended.

    • 21.4 For the purpose of continuous offences, every person who contravenes any provision of this By-law, and every director or officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in the contravention of this By-law by the corporation, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a penalty not exceeding $10,000 per day or part thereof, exclusive of costs, under the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended. 7 By-law 2011-107 The Corporation of the City of Barrie Office Consolidation Yard Maintenance By-law

    • 21.5 For the purpose of multiple offences, every person who contravenes any provision of this By-law, and every director or officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in the contravention of this By-law by the corporation, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a penalty not exceeding $10,000 per offence, exclusive of costs under the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended.

    • 21.6 Notwithstanding Section 21.5, and in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended, the total of all fines for the continuous offences or multiple offences is not limited to $100,000."

    • https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12101768&GUID=7864FAE8-6835-4360-9236-B483F82A0504

Bill 069 – Part Lot Control, 53-45 Harvest Crescent (odd only)

Bill 070 – Part Lot Control, 55-65 Harvest Crescent (odd only)

Bill 071 – Zoning Bylaw Amendment - 1012 Yonge St.

Bill 072 – Zoning Bylaw Amendment - 54 & 76 Ross Street, 150 Toronto Street, 61 Wellington Street West

Bill 073 – Bear Creek Ridge Stage 1 – Alaskan Heights, Olympic Gate, Koda Street, Brown Bear Street, Kodiak Terrace and Andean Lane

Bill 074 – Traffic Bylaw Amendment

Bill 075 – Business In the Parks Program

Bill 076 – Community Benefits Charges Strategy and Bylaw

Bill 077 – Development Charge Background Study and Bylaw

Bill 078 – Confirmation Bylaw














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