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Guiding Growth in the Simcoe Area

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Guiding Growth in the Simcoe Area

Ministry of Infrastructure

The Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe focuses growth in the Simcoe area where it can best be accommodated, in order to avoid the negative impacts that come with unmanaged growth.

One of the ways to focus growth is to direct it to existing urban areas or nodes that have:

    • A mix of uses (residential, employment, industrial)
    • Full municipal water and sewer services
    • The greatest potential for enhanced transit services, accommodating intensification and the development of a complete community.

The six urban nodes in the proposed amendment are in Alliston, Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Midland together with Penetanguishene, and Orillia.

While most of the Simcoe area's growth will be directed to the urban nodes, the entire Simcoe area is growing and communities will need to plan to accommodate this growth in a way that is suitable to their size, use and service level.  The proposed amendment provides all of the communities in Simcoe with population and employment growth forecasts that they can use to plan for their growth.

The Government of Ontario has and will continue to support and invest in all of Simcoe's communities. Since 2003, the provincial share of infrastructure investments in the Simcoe area, including recent federal-provincial and stimulus investments, total about $240 million spread out over more than 200 projects in 20 different communities.

Municipality

Total Projects

Total Provincial Investments

Adjala-Tosorontio

                   12

        $3,487,158

Barrie

                   35

      $74,763,255

Bradford West Gwillimbury

                   10

      $21,302,938

Christian Island 30

                     1

          $100,000

Clearview

                     9

       $5,557,949

Collingwood

                   13

       $5,637,839

Essa

                     7

       $5,854,637

Innisfil

                   13

       $8,392,728

Midland

                   13

       $8,109,174

New Tecumseth

                     9

       $6,183,258

Orillia

                   25

     $19,018,726

Oro-Medonte

                     6

     $18,084,580

Penetanguishene

                     9

       $9,782,556

Ramara

                   10

       $5,759,697

Simcoe

                     5

     $18,776,619

Severn

                   10

       $7,256,747

Springwater

                     9

       $6,339,123

Tay

                     8

       $5,938,767

Tiny

                     9

       $4,570,283

Wasaga Beach

                   14

       $7,690,522

Simcoe County Total

                 227

    $242,606,559

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe requires municipalities to plan for future employment in a way that optimizes the infrastructure for goods movement.  The proposed amendment identifies Innisfil Heights and lands centred around Highways 40/88 in Bradford West Gwillimbury as strategic industrial employment areas to make optimal use of the Highway 400 corridor, and to create the opportunity for investment in manufacturing.

Similarly, the amendment proposes economic employment districts to support significant local employment. Lake Simcoe Regional Airport along Highway 12 in Oro-Medonte, and the Rama Road Corridor in Ramara have been identified as economic employment districts.

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Tell Us What You Think 

The Government of Ontario 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.  Interested parties and individuals can contribute their feedback by email, fax or in writing by January 31, 2011.

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

Download or visit www.placestogrow.ca for a copy of the document. You can also call 1-866-479-9781. Toronto area residents can call 416-325-1210.

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