#Barrie – Feb 15 2023 – Development

#Barrie #Development – Rezoning on the agenda for hundreds of new homes in south end

Public meeting will be held/ Developer wants to build 204 single-detached residential units and 49 townhouses on McKay Road West near Veterans Drive

rezoning needed to build hundreds of single-family homes and dozens of townhouses in south Barrie.

Developer Watersand Construction wants to build 204 single-detached residential units and 49 townhouses at 301 McKay Rd. W., property where an elementary school and a city recreation centre are also planned.

The city’s capital forecast has the land purchase in 2026 for the Salem recreation centre/library, with construction between 2029 and 2031.

The recreation centre is forecast to cost $107.8 million, while the library portion is forecast at $18.9 million.

This irregularly shaped, 75-acre parcel of land is located on the south side of McKay Road West, between Veterans Drive and County Road 27. The property is a vacant parcel within the former Innisfil land and comprises the westerly portion of the overall Watersand Subdivision land.

The application is to rezone this property from agricultural general use to neighbourhood residential, environmental protection, educational institution with special provisions and neighbourhood mixed-use. This rezoning request is being reviewed concurrently with an application for a draft plan of subdivision.

A neighbourhood meeting was not held for this project due to the limited number of properties within its 240-metre circulation radius. The majority of surrounding property owners are party to the Salem Secondary Plan Landowners Group and have either received draft plan approval for plans of subdivision or are in the process of obtaining approvals.

A staff report to the city’s affordability committee is anticipated during the second quarter of 2023 for consideration of the proposed rezoning application.

If the rezoning is approved by Barrie council, city planning staff could issue approval for the concurrent draft plan of subdivision application.

Subsequent applications for site-plan control for the recreation and elementary school blocks would also be required to facilitate the development.

Source: Barrie Today

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