Plans for the new lands

Next week is a milestone in the planning for our new lands in the annexation area.  We will be holding a public openhouse and interactive workshop on the land use options (how much of what kind of development, and where), at the MacLaren Art Centre, at 7pm.  All are welcome, more details are here.

In earlier posts about the new TD operations centre I had lots of comments about the need to limit additional retail development in Barrie, and focus on industrial and commercial, as well as slower residential growth.  I agree with this – the pace of suburban residential growth in the options is less than half the pace in the late 1990s, when Barrie was growing the fastest.  Employment (industrial/office) lands have been identified and prioritized, and retail growth is limited to neighbourhood plazas and stores.

Come and out and be part of this workshop if you’re interested in how we will grow as a city!


About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.

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