The Town of Innisfil is preparing a response to the province’s Proposed Amendment 1 (2010) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. The Amendment addresses growth within the Simcoe Sub-area and directly affects the future of Innisfil. The Town is holding a public Open House on Monday, January 10 from 4 pm to 8 pm to gather comment and opinion from citizens.
It seems that the folks who follow this blog are the type who would be interested in this opportunity and should attend to learn more about growth projections, the planning process and the proposed plans for Simcoe County including Innisfil. This is your chance to express your opinions and assess the Town’s perspective. The proposed Amendment deals with specific issues:
Urban Growth Nodes
The proposed amendment identifies ‘urban nodes’ that will be the focus for growth and intensification to help curb urban sprawl. They are the cities of Barrie and Orillia, and Alliston, Bradford, Collingwood, Midland and Penetanguishene. Innisfil is excluded as an urban node.
Projected Population and Employment
Innisfil is assigned a projected population of 56,000 and employment of 13,100 for the year 2031, a twenty-year planning cycle.
Land Needs Analysis
The amendment requires the County, working in consultation with member municipalities, to determine the amount of land needed to meet the growth forecast and to also identify lands that are designated for growth or with approved zoning that may be in excess of what is needed.
Municipalities must designate an ‘interim settlement area boundary’ that is no larger than the lands needed to meet the 20 year growth forecast. “A 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 …”
Strategic Employment Areas
The Amendment includes recognition of strategic employment areas in the Highway 400 corridor. These are at Innisfil Heights and Bradford. The proposed employment area in Innisfil includes the land on the west side of Highway 400 to the 5th side road and north from the 7th to the 9th line.
“Permitted uses in Innisfil Heights will be limited to manufacturing, warehousing, assembly, processing, research facilities and outdoor storage that depend on access to, and efficient movement of goods on highway 400; and employment-supportive uses. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted.”
The Town of Innisfil will submit its response to the province by January 31. For more information, see Places to Grow, Amendment 1