Urbanization Approaching Reality

On Wednesday, December 6, Council formally received a proposal for an eight-story condo with street-front retail. The development is proposed for the north side of Innisfil Beach Road, adjacent to Alcona Home Hardware and west of the corner plaza.

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Development Proposal – 828 Innisfil Beach Road

The building would consist of eight floors and 80 residential units. Designed as an adult building for ‘seniors’ aged 55+, the condo units would consist of one and two bedroom layouts. The ground floor would provide a total of about 5,000 square feet of retail space along the street. Parking is situated behind the building in a lot with a landscaped perimeter. In a unique approach to snow management, a snow melter would be utilized to remove accumulations.

In some ways, watching the planning process play out in Innisfil is the municipal equivalent of watching paint dry. The final report of the Inspiring Innisfil Official Plan was released in February 2011. It advocated for an “urban core”. The design guidelines proposed multi-storey zoning in an Innisfil Beach Road commercial zone with retail situated at the street. More than six years later we are just beginning to see this concept take shape. Two other buildings are reaching completion near Adullam Ave., and a multi-storey rental building is expected to receive approval for the south side of Innisfil Beach Rd at the 25th Sideroad.

This development addresses several needs. It provides local accommodation for an aging population (a neighbor has reluctantly moved to Barrie recently); it fills a gap in the streetscape with more convenient local retail and encourages more activity (social and economic) on the street. The condo proposal has been working its way through the planning and approval process since May of 2016 and reached a final proposal of zoning bylaw amendments in November this year. The building proposal was received as ‘information only’. The development will require Council approval of some zoning bylaw amendments concerning height (8 instead of 7 stories) and small changes to setbacks. The developer’s plan comes back to Council for consideration in the spring.

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828 Innisfil Beach Road ZBA & OPA Presentation

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8 thoughts on “Urbanization Approaching Reality

  1. Town reports can tell you anything that they want to. They cannot guarantee tenants that can afford to sustain the long haul to potential profitability. The major builder/developers began assembling tracts of land, years ago, with the forethought towards the future. Remember though, that they have the financial resources to wait until they feel that is safe to fulfill their desire to develop their properties.
    These are not “Mom and Pop” developers.
    In my “unprofessional” opinion, Innisfil is still at risk for the immediate future. Time will tell.

    • I don’t know what you are referring to as risk. Our built environment takes shape through the direction of provincial, county and municipal planning guidelines. The result is something we have to live with for a lifetime. So it’s important to understand those planning and zoning documents. The purpose of this blog is to give residents some insight into what’s coming and why. Chronic negativity doesn’t add anything to the process of trying to build a better town.

      • I apologise for expressing my thoughts. I did not mean to offend anyone by my negativity.
        Happy Holidays!

      • Readers views are always welcome. I’m not offended, just frustrated. A hint of some suggested alternative solutions would be great! Still don’t get the reference to risk.

  2. eight floors; eighty units PLUS potential ground level commercial, with all adjacent surface parking!
    just visual the number of vehicles involved.
    this would be ideal parking for visitors to Innisfil Beach, a short walk down the road.
    another example of joker planning.
    did I say “developers are controlling Innisfil?
    just my opinion.

    • I don’t think that a parking lot at the rear of a residential building could be treated as a public space. Typically, condo residents own a designated parking space and there is some form of secure access. The real joke is the long stretches of empty lots along our ‘commercial core’ and the exorbitant rents charged for the scattered out-dated spaces that exist.

      • Along with parking for the potential residents, there would also have to provisions for the expected retail customers. In Barrie, as with most sizeable condominiums, there is a gate house, with a security guard, to maintain access. This, of course, adds to the monthly maintenance expenses.
        Empty out-dated spaces along the “commercial core”, probably relates to what the owners have paid for the property. They would have to generate enough income to cover the costs of owning property in Innisfil, (mortgage, taxes, utilities, maintenance, etc.) and also allow themselves to retain a certain profit.
        As time goes on, it will become more apparent that Innisfil may not be a wise choice to invest in.

      • I think it’s more likely that (mostly out of town) speculators are holding on to idle properties along Innisfil Beach Rd. A serious investor would want to have some income rather than zero, or would be making real plans to maximize the commercial potential of a property. The economic potential and the obstacles are documented in town reports.

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