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PROPOSED AMENDMENT 1
to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

October 2010

An amendment and implementation tools for the Simcoe Sub-area




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What is in this document?

Introduction

  • The Introduction explains why the Minister of Infrastructure is proposing an amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 (the Growth Plan), what this document contains, and how to read it.

Proposed Amendment

  • The next section contains the Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan, which is to be read as if it were part of the Growth Plan.
  • It is recommended that this document be read with the Growth Plan since there are definitions and policies from the Growth Plan referenced throughout. Visit www.placestogrow.ca to download a copy.

Implementation

  • This section contains actions required to implement the Proposed Amendment in the Simcoe Sub-area including the size, location and other policies of the proposed employment areas and districts; proposed alternative intensification and density targets; proposed approach to transition; and the proposed timeline to bring official plans into conformity with the Growth Plan, as amended.

Seeking Feedback

  • This final section contains details for submitting feedback.

Introduction

The Province's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 (the Growth Plan) sets out a vision and policies to better manage growth, to plan for complete communities, and to protect the natural environment.

The Simcoe Sub-area - comprised of the County of Simcoe and the cities of Barrie and Orillia - is facing intense growth and development pressures. It contains important environmental assets for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including portions of the Lake Simcoe watershed. In response to these pressures, and building on the Growth Plan, the Province released the discussion paper, Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth (the Vision), in June 2009 for public review and comment. The paper established a vision for sustainable growth in the Simcoe Sub-area to help manage growth, boost job creation and improve quality of life, all while curbing sprawl and protecting the natural environment and agricultural land.

The Vision paper identified six next steps needed to guide growth and development in the Simcoe Sub-area. The Proposed Amendment is the third of these steps to be undertaken, as outlined below:

  • Resolution of the Barrie-Innisfil boundary issue through introduction of legislation to adjust the municipal boundary.

  • Finalization and implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

  • Preparation of a Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan, for the Simcoe Sub-area.

  • Municipal adoption of official plan amendments that conform with the Growth Plan.

  • Undertaking a Simcoe area infrastructure plan, including a strategy for water and wastewater in the Simcoe area that includes mechanisms for coordinating service delivery.

  • Undertaking an area transportation study that conforms with the Growth Plan.


The Ministry of Infrastructure (the Ministry) received submissions from a broad range of interested stakeholders including municipalities, landowners and developers, the environmental sector, the agricultural sector, and residents. The Ministry reviewed and considered the submissions and comments received on the Vision in the development of Proposed Amendment 1 (2010) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 (the Proposed Amendment).

The servicing strategy and transportation study for Simcoe are still to be completed, and will be informed by any amendment to the Growth Plan. These studies will give priority to optimizing existing infrastructure in order to accommodate forecasted growth in a coordinated, sustainable and cost-effective manner. It should be noted that the Growth Plan does not delineate all necessary infrastructure to accommodate growth. Any proposals to expand existing, or develop new, infrastructure identified through these studies will be subject to all necessary approvals.

The Proposed Amendment has been prepared under the Places to Grow Act, 2005. It provides more specific direction to the Simcoe Sub-area on the objectives, policies, and targets of the Growth Plan. It also builds on other key government initiatives, including the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, 2009, the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 (PPS) and the Barrie-Innisfil Boundary Adjustment Act, 2009.

The Proposed Amendment focuses on four key areas for ensuring sustainable long-term growth in the Simcoe Sub-area:

  • Identifying urban nodes that are the focus for growth and intensification to help curb sprawl;
  • Allocating population and employment growth to support these nodes and other serviced settlement areas;
  • Outlining a process for assessing land needs to meet the growth forecasts to 2031 and manage the supply of land available for development; and
  • Identifying focused, limited use, strategic employment areas to optimize the Highway 400 corridor and create the opportunity for investment in manufacturing jobs.

The Minister of Infrastructure (the Minister) is releasing the Proposed Amendment pursuant to the Places to Grow Act, 2005 for consultation and will consider all submissions and comments received. If the Minister concurs, the Proposed Amendment will be modified, if necessary, to address submissions received, and submitted for approval to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, in accordance with the Places to Grow Act, 2005. If approved, the Amendment would become part of the Growth Plan.

Also included in this document are a number of proposed actions that may be issued to implement the Amendment, if approved. These include -

  • the proposed size, location, and other policies regarding strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts, that may be issued by the Minister
  • proposed alternative intensification targets and density targets for designated greenfield area that may be issued by the Minister
  • possible transition provisions that may be set out in a regulation made by the Minister
  • a proposed timeframe, set by the Minister, for municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area to bring official plans into conformity with the Amendment, if approved.

These actions are outlined in the section following the Proposed Amendment, and the Ministry is also seeking your feedback on these proposed actions.

Your feedback on the actions proposed in this document is greatly appreciated. Information about how to get involved and how to provide your comments can be found in the Seeking Feedback section at the end of this document. Please send your comments and feedback on the document by January 31, 2011.


6 Simcoe Sub-area

6.1 Context

This page is the start of the Proposed Amendment. Text boxes in this section are for explanatory purposes, and would not form part of the Amendment if approved.


The Simcoe Sub-area is comprised of the County of Simcoe and the cities of Barrie and Orillia. This chapter provides more detailed direction on how this Plan's vision will be achieved in the Simcoe Sub-area.

The policies in this chapter direct a significant portion of growth within the Simcoe Sub-area to communities where development can be most effectively serviced, and where growth improves the range of opportunities for people to live, work, and play in their communities, with a particular emphasis on urban nodes. The City of Barrie is the primary urban node. Downtown Barrie is the only urban growth centre in the Simcoe Sub-area. All municipalities will play an important role in ensuring that future growth is planned for and managed in an effective and sustainable manner that conforms with this Plan.

Ensuring an appropriate supply of land for employment and residential growth, and making the best use of existing infrastructure is also important to the prosperity of the Simcoe Sub-area. This chapter identifies specific employment areas that will enable municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area to benefit from existing and future economic opportunities. By providing further direction on where growth is to occur in the Simcoe Sub-area, it also establishes a foundation for municipalities to align infrastructure investments with growth management, optimize the use of existing and new infrastructure, coordinate water and wastewater services, and promote green infrastructure and other innovative technologies.

It is recognized that population and employment growth can bring significant benefits to the Simcoe Sub-area. In order to enhance the quality of life for existing and future generations, municipalities will need to manage growth in an environmentally sustainable manner. This chapter also outlines a policy framework to manage the existing land supply and future land needs in keeping with this Plan.

A more livable, compact, complete urban structure and communities with good design and urban form will support the achievement of economic and environmental benefits. Through effective growth management, municipalities will help mitigate the environmental impacts of growth and protect the many natural areas in the Simcoe Sub-area, while providing amenities for the residents and visitors to this area from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and beyond.

6.2 Growth Forecasts

  1. The population and employment forecasts contained in Schedule 7 will be used for planning and managing growth in the Simcoe Sub-area. Notwithstanding policy 5.4.2.2(a), lower-tier municipalities shall use the population and employment forecasts contained in Schedule 7.
  2. The forecasts in Schedule 7 include employment located in the strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts.
  3. The Minister of Infrastructure will review the forecasts contained in Schedule 7 at least every five years in consultation with the municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area and may revise the forecasts.

Policy 5.4.2.2(a) of the Growth Plan provides direction for upper-tier municipalities to allocate growth forecasts to lower-tier municipalities.

6.3 Managing Growth

6.3.1 Urban Nodes

  1. Urban nodes for the Simcoe Sub-area are identified in Schedule 8.
  2. Municipalities with urban nodes will, in their official plans and other supporting documents -
    1. identify the urban nodes
    2. identify and plan for intensification areas within the urban nodes
    3. contribute to creating complete communities within urban nodes
    4. ensure the development of high quality urban form and public open spaces within urban nodes with site design and urban design standards that create attractive and vibrant places that support walking and cycling for everyday activities and are transit-supportive.
  3. The applicable urban nodes will be identified in the official plan of the County of Simcoe.
  4. The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the Town of New Tecumseth will direct a significant portion of population and employment growth forecasted in Schedule 7 to the applicable urban nodes. Bradford West Gwillimbury, in planning to meet its employment growth forecasts, may direct appropriate employment to the Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area.

6.3.2 Land Needs Analysis

The analysis undertaken by the County in policy 6.3.2 requires the County and lower-tier municipalities in the County to apply all the policies of the Growth Plan, including those in policies 2.2.2 Managing Growth and 2.2.3 General Intensification.

  1. The County of Simcoe, in consultation with the lower-tier municipalities in the County, will determine the amount of land within each lower-tier municipality in the County that is needed to -
    1. accommodate the forecasts in Schedule 7 in accordance with the policies of this Plan
    2. achieve the intensification targets and density targets as identified by the Minister for the lower-tier municipalities in the County in accordance with policy 6.5.4
    3. meet needs for a time horizon not exceeding 20 years.
  2. The County of Simcoe, in consultation with the lower-tier municipalities in the County, will determine in settlement areas and rural areas the lands currently designated for growth, or lands with approved zoning or with draft or final approved plans of subdivision that are not yet built on, that are in excess of what is needed in accordance with policy 6.3.2.1.

6.3.3 Settlement Areas

  1. The County of Simcoe, in consultation with the lower-tier municipalities in the County, will delineate in its official plan within each settlement area with lands in excess of what is needed in accordance with policy 6.3.2.2 an interim settlement area boundary that -
    1. is no larger than the lands needed to satisfy policy 6.3.2.1
    2. is contiguous with and includes lands that are currently built on
    3. maximizes the use of transit infrastructure, transportation corridors, and water and wastewater systems to accommodate growth in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner
    4. makes efficient and effective use of existing community infrastructure
    5. contributes to the development of a complete community.

  2. Delineation of an interim settlement area boundary is an opportunity for a municipality to reassess and prioritize future growth for the next 20 years within its settlement areas, in keeping with the policies of the Growth Plan.


  3. Municipalities will delineate each interim settlement area boundary, determined in accordance with policy 6.3.3.1, in their official plans and other supporting documents.
  4. The designated greenfield area that is not within the interim settlement area boundary will be excluded from the area considered for the measurement of the density target for designated greenfield area, and measurement of the density targets as identified by the Minister in accordance with policy 6.5.4.
  5. The County of Simcoe and the lower-tier municipalities in the County will develop and implement, through their official plans and other supporting documents, a strategy and policies to phase future development of the lands within a settlement area boundary that are not within an interim settlement area boundary. The strategy and policies will set out -
    1. that official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, applications for consent to sever or plan of subdivision that would allow further development of the lands, will not be approved until the lands are included in the interim settlement area boundary
    2. appropriate tools to achieve policy 6.3.3.4(a) including holding by-laws in accordance with Section 36 of the Planning Act and providing for lapsing of plans of subdivision in accordance with Section 51 of the Planning Act.
  6. The County of Simcoe and a lower-tier municipality in the County may only expand an interim settlement area boundary through a municipal comprehensive review, and in accordance with policy 6.3.2. Any expansion may not extend the interim settlement area boundary beyond the settlement area boundary.
  7. The County of Simcoe and a lower-tier municipality in the County may only consider a settlement area boundary expansion once all interim settlement area boundaries within that lower-tier municipality are equal to the applicable settlement area boundaries within that lower-tier municipality.
  8. For the purpose of consideration of a settlement area boundary expansion, policies 2.2.8.2(a)(i) and 2.2.8.2(i) of this Plan do not apply.

  9. Policies 2.2.8.2(a)(i) and 2.2.8.2(i) of the Growth Plan provide for consideration of regional market area and a population:employment ratio, in determining need for a settlement area expansion. This Proposed Amendment allocates forecasts to area municipalities, and therefore precludes these considerations.

  10. Policy 6.3.3 applies to urban nodes in the County of Simcoe in addition to policy 6.3.1.

6.4 Employment Lands

  1. The Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area, the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area, the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district and the Rama Road economic employment district are identified in Schedule 8.
  2. The Minister of Infrastructure, in consultation with other Ministers of the Crown, and affected municipalities and stakeholders, will determine the location and boundaries of strategic industrial employment areas and may establish as appropriate the following:
    1. Permitted uses, and the mix and percentage of certain uses;
    2. Permitted uses for specific areas within the strategic industrial employment areas;
    3. Lot sizes;
    4. Environmental protection areas; and
    5. Any additional policies and definitions that apply to these areas.

  3. Existing uses on lands in the strategic industrial employment areas or economic employment districts that do not conform to the policies of any amend­ment would continue to exist. But if the use ceased or was changed significantly, any decision regarding the change in use required under the Planning Act would need to conform to this amendment, if approved.

  4. The Minister of Infrastructure, in consultation with other Ministers of the Crown, and affected municipalities and stakeholders, will determine the location and boundaries and establish as appropriate the uses permitted in the economic employment districts.
  5. The County of Simcoe and affected lower-tier municipalities will delineate the strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts, as determined by the Minister of Infrastructure, in their official plans.
  6. The County of Simcoe and affected lower-tier municipalities will develop and implement official plan policies for the strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts to implement the matters determined by the Minister of Infrastructure in accordance with policy 6.4.2 and 6.4.3, as applicable.
  7. Although not settlement areas, the strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts are considered designated greenfield area for the purposes of policies 2.2.7.2, 2.2.7.3, and 2.2.7.5 of this Plan and policy 6.3.2 of this Chapter.
  8. For lands within strategic industrial employment areas and the economic employment districts the municipality can identify the natural heritage systems, features, and areas for protection.

6.5 Implementation

  1. The policies of Chapter 6 apply only to the Simcoe Sub-area.
  2. The policies in this Plan continue to apply to the Simcoe Sub-area as modified by Chapter 6.
  3. For the Simcoe Sub-area, where there is a conflict between policies in Chapter 6 and the remainder of this Plan, the policies in Chapter 6 prevail.
  4. Notwithstanding policies 5.4.2.2(b) and 5.4.2.2(c), the Minister of Infrastructure will identify for the County of Simcoe and the lower-tier municipalities in the County intensification targets to achieve the intensification target, and identify density targets to achieve the density target for designated greenfield area.


Definitions

The intent is for the definitions to be amended into the Definition section of the Growth Plan, which would be re-named Chapter 7, if amended. Definitions for italicized terms that are not included in this list can be found in the Growth Plan.

Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area
Location set out in Schedule 8. The Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4.

Economic employment districts
To be planned and protected for locally significant employment uses. These are not settlement areas. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted.

Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area
Location set out in Schedule 8. The Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4.

Interim settlement area boundary
That part of the settlement area required to accommodate growth in accordance with policy 6.3.3.1.

Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district
Location set out in Schedule 8. The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4.

Municipalities with urban nodes
City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Town of Collingwood, Town of Midland, Town of New Tecumseth, and Town of Penetanguishene.

Rama Road economic employment district
Location set out in Schedule 8. The Rama Road economic employment district boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4.

Simcoe Sub-area
The geographic area of Simcoe within the Greater Golden Horseshoe consisting of the County of Simcoe, the City of Barrie and the City of Orillia.

Strategic industrial employment areas
To be planned and protected for employment uses that require large lots of land and depend upon efficient movement of goods and access to Highway 400. These are not settlement areas. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted.

Urban nodes
Locations set out in Schedule 8. Urban nodes are the settlement areas of the City of Barrie, the City of Orillia, the Town of Collingwood, the Town of Midland together with the Town of Penetanguishene, and the settlement areas of the communities of Alliston in the Town of New Tecumseth and Bradford in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.


SCHEDULE 7

Distribution of Population and Employment for the City of Barrie, City of Orillia and County of Simcoe to 2031

Distribution of Population and Employment
for the City of Barrie, City of Orillia and County of Simcoe to 2031

POPULATION EMPLOYMENT
City of Barrie 210,000 101,000
City of Orillia 41,000 21,000
Township of Adjala-Tosorontio 13,000 1,800
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury 50,500 18,000
Township of Clearview 19,700 5,100
Town of Collingwood 33,400 13,500
Township of Essa 21,500 9,000
Town of Innisfil 56,000 13,100
Town of Midland 22,500 13,800
Town of New Tecumseth 56,000 26,500
Township of Oro-Medonte 27,000 6,000
Town of Penetanguishene 11,000 6,000
Township of Ramara 13,000 2,200
Township of Severn 17,000 4,400
Township of Springwater 24,000 5,600
Township of Tay 11,400 1,800
Township of Tiny 12,500 1,700
Town of Wasaga Beach 27,500 3,500
TOTAL SIMCOE SUB-AREA 667,000 254,000

Schedule 8

Simcoe Sub-area

Map showing the Simcoe Sub-area. The Simcoe Sub-area includes the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie and City of Orillia. The map conceptually shows seven primary settlement areas, which are, the Town of Collingwood, Alliston, Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene, City of Barrie, Bradford, Alcona and City of Orillia. The map also conceptually shows the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area, Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Economic Employment District and the Rama Road Economic Employment District.


Implementation

How to read this section

This Implementation section would not form part of the text of any amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

This section sets out other proposed actions to implement the Amendment, if approved.


This section includes a number of proposed actions that are necessary to implement the Amendment, if approved. These include -

  • the proposed size, location and other policies regarding strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts that may be issued by the Minister
  • proposed alternative density and intensification targets, that may be issued by the Minister
  • possible transition provisions that may be set out in a regulation that may be made by the Minister
  • a proposed timeframe, set by the Minister, for municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area to bring official plans into conformity with the Amendment, if approved.

The Ministry of Infrastructure welcomes your feedback on these actions.

Proposed size, location and other policies regarding strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts

Definitions of italicized terms in this section can be found in the Growth Plan, Proposed Amendment or in this section.

This section contains the proposed text, additional policies and maps that may be issued by the Minister to implement the Amendment, if approved.

Policies 6.4.2 and 6.4.3 of the Proposed Amendment provide that the Minister may determine the location, boundaries, and other requirements for planning strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts.

The Minister proposes to set out the following regarding the strategic industrial employment areas and economic employment districts.

Innisfil Heights Strategic Industrial Employment Area

  1. Permitted uses in the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area will be limited to manufacturing, warehousing, assembly, processing, research facilities and outdoor storage uses that depend on access to, and the efficient movement of goods on, Highway 400; and employment-supportive uses. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted in the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area.
  2. Employment-supportive uses in the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area will be limited to commercial and highway commercial uses, office, tourist and recreational uses that are accessory to a permitted use, which are compatible with permitted uses, or serve the permitted uses.
  3. The Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area will be planned to ensure the availability of large lots that support the permitted uses that depend upon the efficient movement of goods and access to Highway 400.
  4. Employment-supportive uses will occupy no more than 25 per cent of the total area of the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area.
  5. Where employment-supportive uses are permitted in the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area, they will be planned to be compact in design and limited in scale to maintain the primary function and character of the Innisfil Heights strategic industrial employment area, and will be developed concurrently with the development of the permitted uses they support.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Industrial Employment Area

How to read this section:

The permitted uses are consistent with those approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in its decision issued August 7, 2009 and apply to Areas A, B, C and D set out in Minister's Zoning Orders filed December 7, 2009 by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Areas A, B, C and D are shown in Figure 2.


  1. The Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area is further subdivided into four Areas: A, B, C and D, as identified in Figure 2.
  2. The combined Areas B and C will be planned to include fourteen, 8ha minimum, lots and two, 20ha minimum, lots.
  3. The uses in Areas B and C will be allowed as follows:
    1. Employment-supportive uses in Area B will be permitted to a maximum of 8.5 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
    2. Employment-supportive uses in Area C will be permitted to a maximum of 2.8 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
    3. Office uses in the combined Areas B and C will be permitted to a maximum of 5.7 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
    4. Employment uses in the combined Areas B and C will be permitted to a minimum of 83 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
  4. Employment-supportive uses will be planned to be compact in design and limited in scale to maintain the primary function and character of the Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area.
  5. Area A
    1. Permitted uses: Manufacturing, assembly, fabrication and processing of mechanical equipment, and warehousing. Ancillary uses: retail sales, cafeteria/restaurant, day care facility, equipment servicing areas, outdoor display of machinery, outdoor storage, test yard (sandbox/sandpit) for testing equipment, training facilities, administration office and parking.
  6. Area B
    1. Permitted employment uses: Distribution centre, food processing, manufacturing, research facility including laboratory, warehouse, and training facility. Data centre if total gross floor area is less than 10,000 m2. Ancillary office. Ancillary retail sales with a maximum of 10 per cent of the gross floor area of the total gross floor area of the building or structure.
    2. Permitted office uses: To a maximum gross floor area of 10,000 m2.
    3. Permitted employment-supportive uses: Automobile service station, bank, convenience store, day care facility, fitness centre, food store to a maximum gross floor area of 600 m2 (the maximum aggregate gross floor area of all food stores shall not exceed 1,200 m2), hotel (including ancillary banquet and convention facilities) to a maximum gross floor area of 8,000 m2, machinery and equipment sales and rental, personal service shop, restaurant, retail establishment (to a maximum gross floor area of 3,500 m2 per retail establishment), service shop and private training centre.
    4. Other permitted uses: Existing uses, parks and open space, and public uses.
  7. Area C
    1. Permitted employment uses: Distribution centre, food processing, manufacturing, outdoor storage as an accessory use, research facility including laboratory, warehouse, and training facility. Data centre if total gross floor area is less than 7,500m2. Ancillary office. Ancillary retail sales with a maximum of 10 per cent of the gross floor area of the total gross floor area of the building or structure.
    2. Permitted office uses: To a maximum gross floor area of 7,500 m2.
    3. Permitted employment supportive uses: Automobile service station, bank, convenience store, day care facility, fitness centre, machinery and equipment sales and rental, personal service shop, restaurant, service shop and private training centre.
    4. Other permitted uses: Parks and open space and public uses.
  8. Area D
    1. Permitted uses: Agricultural uses, agricultural-related uses and secondary uses, single dwelling, home occupation, seasonal farm product sales outlet and existing uses.
  9. Environmental Protection Area
    1. Permitted uses: Conservation and management of plants and wildlife; flood and erosion control; open space and walking, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails. Open space and walking, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails are not permitted in Area D.
  10. Definitions of these terms apply to the Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic industrial employment area

    Agricultural uses: means the growing of crops, including nursery and horticultural crops; raising of livestock; raising of other animals for food, fur or fibre, including poultry and fish; aquaculture; apiaries; agro-forestry; maple syrup production; and associated on-farm buildings and structures, including accommodation for full-time farm labour when the size and nature of the operation requires additional employment. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)

    Agricultural-related uses: means those farm-related commercial and farm-related industrial uses that are small scale and directly related to the farm operation and are required in close proximity to the farm operation. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)

    Ancillary: means a use incidental, subordinate and exclusively devoted to the principal use of the lot and buildings thereon, located on the same lot.

    Data Centre: shall mean premises used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems, and may generally include redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices. Office uses are limited to those permitted by the definition of ancillary office use.

    Laboratory: means a building, or part thereof, used for scientific, medical and/‌or dental testing, experimentation and/or research.

    Machinery and Equipment Sales and Rental: means premises in which industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment are offered or kept for sale, rent, lease, or hire.

    Office: shall mean premises that, in the ordinary course of business, provide services directly to uses, or for the management, design and/or creation of the uses, which are permitted within industrial areas such as business or professional services including but not limited to management, architectural, engineering, town planning, land surveying, industrial design and/or interior design services and other professional services.

    Private Training Centre: means a building or place where training in trade skills or other employment related skills is provided for compensation.

    Public Use: means uses that are owned or leased by a public authority for community, recreational, administrative, educational, health care, protection, utility or other governmental purposes, and includes accessory uses to public use.

    Research Facility: means a building or part of a building in which are located facilities for scientific research, investigation, testing, experimentation and product development including a laboratory.

    Retail Establishment: means a building or place where goods or materials are sold or kept for sale to the general public.

    Service Shop: means premises for the servicing, repairing or renting of machinery, equipment, articles, goods or materials but shall not include any form of vehicles or boats.

    Secondary Uses: means uses secondary to the principal use of the property, including but not limited to, home occupations, home industries, and uses that produce value-added agricultural products from the farm operation on the property. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)

    Training Facility: means a building or campus operated by a college, university or similar institution which provides postsecondary school training focused on supporting industrial operations permitted as Employment Uses by re-training and education in trades, apprenticeships, or other similar skills development.


Economic Employment Districts

  1. Permitted uses in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district are limited to airport facilities and accessory uses, airport-related manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, processing, fabrication, storage and warehousing, research establishments, wholesaling establishments and office uses. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district.
  2. Permitted uses in the Rama Road economic employment district are limited to tourism-related and recreational uses that accommodate large area commercial activities that are destinations or serve the needs of visitors. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted in the Rama Road economic employment district.

Note that Figures 1 to 4 on the following pages are shown at different scales.


Figure 1

Proposed Boundary of Innisfil Heights Strategic Industrial Employment Area

Map showing proposed boundary of Innisfil Heights Strategic Industrial Employment Area. The area is in the vicinity of Highway 400 between 7 Line and 9 Line.


Figure 2

Proposed Boundary of Area and Delineation of Sub-areas for Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Industrial Employment Area

Map showing proposed boundary of area and delineation of sub-areas for Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Industrial Employment Area. The area is in the vicinity of Highway 400 between Line 5 and Line 9. Area A is in the vicinity of east of Highway 400 and north of Line 5. Area B is in the Vicinity of Highway 400 and County Road 88. Area C is in the vicinity of Highway 400 north of Area B and in the vicinity of Highway 400 between Line 5 and Area B. Area D is in the vicinity of Highway 400 between area B and Line 9. Environmental Protection Area is located throughout the Employment Area. Note that these boundaries are the same as those used for the purposes of Zoning Orders (O. Regs. 464/09, 465/09 and 466/09) made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


Figure 3

Proposed Boundary of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Economic Employment District

Map showing proposed boundary of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Economic Employment District. The area is in the vicinity of Sideroad 15 & 16 West, 5 Line North, Highway 11 and 8 Line North.


Figure 4

Proposed Boundary of Rama Road Economic Employment District

Map showing proposed boundary of Rama Road Economic Employment District. The area is in the vicinity of Rama Road north of Atherley Road and south of Mara Rama Boundary Road.


Proposed Alternative Intensification Targets and Density Targets for Designated Greenfield Area

This section contains a proposed alternative minimum intensification target and density target for designated greenfield area which may be permitted in the County of Simcoe, if the amendment is approved. In addition, proposed alternative intensification targets and density targets for designated greenfield area are set out for lower-tier municipalities within the County.

Policy 2.2.3.4 of the Growth Plan provides the Minister with the ability to permit an alternative minimum intensification target and policy 2.2.7.5 provides the Minister with the ability to permit an alternative minimum density target for designated greenfield area for the County of Simcoe. Policy 6.5.4 of the Proposed Amendment provides the Minister with the ability to identify intensification targets and density targets for the lower-tier municipalities within the County of Simcoe to achieve the minimum intensification target and density target for designated greenfield area.

TABLE 1
Proposed Alternative Targets
Municipality Proposed Alternative
Intensification Target
Proposed Alternative
Density Target*
County of Simcoe (average) 33% 41
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury 40% 50
Town of Collingwood 40% 50
Town of Midland 40% 50
Town of New Tecumseth 40% 50
Town of Penetanguishene 40% 50
Township of Adjala-Tosorontio 20% 32
Township of Clearview 20% 32
Township of Essa 20% 32
Town of Innisfil 40% 50
Township of Oro-Medonte 20% 32
Township of Ramara 20% 32
Township of Severn 20% 32
Township of Springwater 20% 32
Township of Tay 20% 32
Township of Tiny 20% 32
Town of Wasaga Beach 20% 32

* minimum density target measured at residents and jobs combined per hectare, as per policy 2.2.7.2 of the Growth Plan.

Effective Date and Transition

This section contains a discussion of transitional matters related to implementation of the Amendment, if approved. A regulation, O. Reg 311/06 as amended, was made in June 2006 by the Minister pursuant to section 19 of the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to address transitional matters.

The effective date of any amendment would be the date specified in the order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council as set out in section 10 of the Places to Grow Act, 2005.

Any application commenced, but where no decision has been made prior to the effective date of any amendment, would be subject to the policies of the Growth Plan, as amended. This is subject to any applicable regulation regarding transitional matters.

The proposal is to amend the existing regulation, O. Reg 311/06, to provide for transition of minor matters, while ensuring the effective implementation of the Amendment, if approved. It is proposed that any regulation be made to come into effect on the same date as any amendment.

Official Plan Conformity

Under section 12 of the Places to Grow Act, 2005, the official plan of a municipality or planning authority must be brought into conformity with a growth plan, or a growth plan amendment as the case may be, within three years of the growth plan, or amendment, coming into effect. Section 12(3) gives the Minister the ability to set an alternate date for conformity.

The Minister will consider setting an alternate date of less than 3 years for the official plans of the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie, City of Orillia and the lower-tier municipalities within the County of Simcoe to be brought into conformity with the Amendment, if approved. This alternate timing will ensure conformity occurs with the Amendment, if approved, as quickly as possible.

Seeking Feedback

The Ministry is committed to ongoing public and stakeholder engagement. Your feedback is greatly appreciated to help ensure that your questions and concerns are considered as the Government moves forward on this initiative. Please tell us what you think. For more information on the consultation process, please visit www.placestogrow.ca.

Please send your comments and feedback by January 31, 2011 to:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Infrastructure
777 Bay Street, 4th Floor, Suite 425
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2E5

Fax: 416-325-7403
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For more information, including how to receive a printed copy, please call 1-866-479-9781. Toronto area residents can call 416-325-1210.

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