Simcoe Area Vision Balances Sustainable Growth, Job Creation And Environmental Protection
The Simcoe area is growing. By 2031, the population is forecast to be 667,000 people. In order to ensure that growth and development enhance quality of life in the area, the proposed strategy, Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth identifies key urban areas for growth and future strategic employment areas. Barrie is designated as the area's primary urban centre, with additional urban growth principally targeted to Orillia, Collingwood, Alliston, and Bradford where more vibrant communities with a greater range of options for living, working and getting around will be created. In addition, strategic employment areas on Highway 400 and Highway 11 economic districts are also identified in the proposed strategy to spur future economic opportunities in the area.
Conceptual Urban Structure for the Simcoe Area
The strategy also proposes population allocations for all communities in the Simcoe area, to ensure that growth is focused in those communities where it can best be accommodated.
In June 2006, the Province issued a new and substantive plan to better manage growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Growth Plan sets out a 25-year vision and integrated policies to curb urban sprawl and create livable neighbourhoods and communities, while protecting valuable natural areas and water resources.
Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth builds on the award-winning Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. It proposes a strategy for the Simcoe area including Simcoe County, the City of Barrie and the City of Orillia and provides direction on managing the rapid growth that is occurring in this complex area governed by multiple municipal governments.
Amy Tang, MEI Minister's Office, 416-327-6747
Eric Pelletier, MEI Communications Branch, 416-325-1810