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General Committee – Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 7pm

finalizing the 2024 property taxes and BIA levy, changing the zoning of 3 city-owned properties, changing the terms of the International Relations Committee


Meeting Location: Council Chambers



🧑‍⚖️🫅 Student Mayor(s)


📜🫅  Comments by Outgoing Student Mayor

  • Emma Miller, St. Joseph's Catholic High School



🗣️🏙️ Public Meetings

  • Nil



🧑‍🏫📑 Presentations


🗑️♻️ Waste Collection Changes



⏸️⏯️ Deferred Business

  • Nil



📝📑 Reports of Reference, Advisory or Special Committees


💵🧑‍⚖️ Finance and Responsible Governance Committee


📜📋 International Relations Committee Terms of Reference

  • Delete the current objectives for the 2022 2026 IRC Terms of Reference and replace with the following:

  • Economic Objectives for consideration:  https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12752281&GUID=A28271FF-7023-4C89-9005-B5B3A39B481C

  • Trade Promotion - increase bilateral trade between sister cities

  • Business Networking - facilitate networking opportunities for local businesses

  • Business Ambassadors supporting Invest Barrie - promote Barrie in international networks

  • Education and Workforce Development - create a well-educated, skilled and adaptable workforce that can contribute to the economic growth, innovation and sustainability for both regions

✍️📮 Correspondence to International Sister Cities / Partnerships

  • send the correspondence approved February 6 to the City's international sister cities/ partnerships to advise of the new objectives and initiatives of the Committee (correspondence not provided to public)

🤝🏢 Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) - International Work Exchange Grant (IWEG)

  • The International Relations Committee in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) supports the Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) International Work Grant exchange program between 2024 to 2028

  • The Harrogate BID will work with the Barrie BIA to advance the business exchange and learning program

  • The BIA will be asked to develop the logistics of the program with the IRC supporting areas of the program on a case-by-case basis

💰📊 2023 Investment Management Annual Report

📋✅ Strategic Plan KPIs



📑🗂 Staff Reports


🧑‍🚒🚒 Provincial Trench Rescue Team

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12820234&GUID=3C1A3944-79CB-4C04-B9E5-5DD848FA2D50

  • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Province for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) to be designated as a Provincial Technical Rescue (Trench Rescue) team to aid and support the Province's Mutual Aid Plan, with following terms & conditions:

    • BFES would be part of an Advisory Committee made up of members of all participating members of the Trench Rescue Teams and the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM)

    • BFES would provide training and equipment necessary to provide the appropriate level of service and interoperability with other teams, as determined by that Advisory Committee

    • BFES would have a team of up to 16 emergency responders, with the knowledge and capacity to respond to complex natural or human-caused trench rescue incidents at a Technician level

    • OFM to reimburse costs for transportation, accommodations or meals associated with scheduled exercises or training

    • BFES to submit an annual application outlining training, specialized equipment or exercises it requires for potential reimbursement with an annual maximum of $100,000, subject to discretion of OFM

    • BFES to make best efforts to deploy a Rapid Assessment Team of min.2 qualified personnel, no more than 2 hours from notification of deployment by OFM

    • OFM responsible for acting as liaison and providing coordination between the Team and municipality where the incident has occurred

    • BFES reimbursed for costs associated with the OFM's decision to activate the team

  • Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute similar MoU's with the Province for BFES to aid and support the Mutual Aid Plan, should the Province wish to extend to other technical rescue disciplines, subject to satisfaction of Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Services and Director of Legal Services


🌾🧑‍🌾 Temporary Agriculture Use - 15 Harvie Road (Ward 7)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12824257&GUID=18771C39-1C26-4686-A74D-5B1C080C8EB4

  • Approve the 3-year extension of the temporary use bylaw to permit agriculture, with the following special provisions:

    • agricultural activities are limited to field crops in an open field

    • a 30m naturalized buffer must be provided around Lover's Creek and Whiskey Creek

    • access to the site for farming purposes is restricted to the entrance at Harvie Road

    • best management practices must be applied in use of fertilizer and pesticides

    • activities related to the Bryne Drive Extension will take precedence over the temporary use bylaw on the portions of the land identified for roadway construction


🏙️🌆 City-Initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application - 50 Worsley Street (Ward 2)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12823162&GUID=257AD962-20EC-4AA4-85B1-4D9D8F37C39F

  • Rezone the property from 'Central Area Commercial Second Density (C1-2)' to 'Central Area Commercial Second Density with Special Provisions and Hold (C1-2)(SP-XXX)(H-YYY)'

  • Special Provisions:

    • maximum height:

      • 11m / 3 storeys for a base building

      • 20m / 6 storeys for a mid-section of a building

      • 110m / 36 storeys for a tower

    • minimum height of first storey of a building is 4.5m

    • minimum setbacks for base building

      • 0m from north lot line

      • 0m from west lot line

      • 3m from east lot line

      • 0m from south lot line

    • minimum setbacks and step-backs for a mid-section building:

      • 3m setback from north, west and south lot lines

      • 6m setback from east lot line

      • 1.5m step-back from all exterior walls of the base building

    • minimum setbacks and step-backs for a tower:

      • 40m setback from north lot line

      • 3m setback from west and south lot lines

      • 6m setback from east lot line

      • 1.5m step-back from all exterior walls of the base building

    • maximum floor plate size of 950 sq.m required for the 13th storey and above of a building

    • maximum gross floor area 45,440 sq.m

    • minimum 1,600 sq.m of commercial use

    • vehicle access only from Clapperton St., maximum of one vehicle access permitted

    • minimum parking ratio of 0.6 spaces per residential unit (including visitor parking)

  • Holding Provision to be applied to the site, removed when the following policies and technical requirements have been addressed:

    • Section 2.3.2 (d) ii) and Section 6.4.2 e) iii) of the Official Plan [Affordable Housing]

    • Section 2.6.3.3 (d) of the Official Plan [Building Height]

    • Submission of a Transportation Impact Study and Parking Study providing functional justification for any proposed parking ratio below 0.7 parking spaces per dwelling unit

  • All other sections, standards and clauses of the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw to apply

  • Legal & Development Services to explore options for addressing parking equilibrium policies from Official Plan through any future purchase and sale process for the subject lands


🏙️🌆 City-Initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application - 48 Dean Avenue (Ward 9)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12823209&GUID=ACB247EE-728B-4BE7-ACEA-00E84BD91B98

  • Rezone the property from 'Shopping Centre Commercial with Special Provisions (C3)(SP-161)' to 'Residential Apartment Dwelling, Second Density-1 with Special Provisions and Hold (RA2-1)(SP-XXX)(H-YYY)

  • Special Provisions:

    • maximum height of 36m, contained within a 45-degree angular plane from centreline of the Dean Avenue right-of-way

    • minimum side yard setback 3m

    • maximum lot coverage of 57%

    • maximum gross floor area 209%

    • minimum parking 0.8 spaces per unit

    • maximum parking 1.55 spaces per unit

  • Holding Provision to be applied to the site, removed when the following policies and technical requirements have been addressed:

    • Section 6.4.2 e) iii) and iv) of the Official Plan [Affordable Housing]

    • All other sections, standards and clauses of the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw to apply


🏙️🌆 City-Initiated Zoning Bylaw - 29 & 35 Sperling Drive (Ward 3)

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12823276&GUID=E1D0C377-2C01-4CF6-A19D-99C798CF9662

  • Rezone from 'Highway Industrial (HI)' to 'Residential Apartment Dwelling Second Density-2 with Special Provisions, Hold (RA2-2)(SP-659)(H-163)

  • Special Provisions:

    • decrease front yard setback to 5m (RA2-2 specifies 7m)

    • increase maximum lot coverage to 52% (RA2-2 specifies 35%)

    • increase gross floor area to 265% (RA2-2 specifies 200%)

    • decrease parking standard to 0.87 spaces per residential unit (standard is 1.5)

  • All other sections, standards and clauses of the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw to apply

  • Holding Provision to be applied to the site, removed when following complete:

    • owner/applicant undertakes and agrees to satisfy the requirements of a Certificate of Property Use and/or Record of Site Condition accepted by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks under the Environmental Protection Act prior to any site works or issuance of a Building Permit

    • owner/applicant satisfies the requirements of a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment prior to approval of a Site Plan Application

    • Section 6.4.2 e) iii) of the Official Plan [Affordable Housing]


🚶🚸 Pedestrian Crossing Analysis - Mapleton Avenue and Hurst Drive (Wards 6 & 10)


💸🏙️ 2024 Downtown Barrie BIA Levy (Ward 2)


💸🌆 2024 Tax Ratios

  • Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=12820215&GUID=21C410B0-49D9-42F1-B7AF-59157A502C56

  • Set the tax ratios for 2024

  • Maintain two sub-classes for Farmland Awaiting Development, with Phase I receiving a 25% discount from the residential tax rate, and Phase II a 0% discount

  • Continue existing Rebates for Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations, giving a tax rate of 40% of the current year's taxes, applicable only to the leased space occupied by the organization, with eligible organizations continuing to submit an annual application with evidence of taxes paid


🚫🪧 Request for Exemption from Sign Bylaw - 201 Fairview Road (Ward 8)



💡🗣️ Items of Discussion

  • Nil



📥🔄 Circulation List Referrals

  • Nil



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