Where to GO?

Metrolinx has created an online page for comments on a proposal to build a GO station in Innisfil  (Metrolinx Engage). I added my cynical two cents and Rick Vanderlinde, of the Innisfil Journal, was kind enough to quote me in his newspaper article: “You would think they would build it where most of the ridership lives. That would be Alcona.” I went on to facetiously suggest that the Barrie South station could be moved to Alcona. I only wrote that because we were told a while back that Alcona was “too close” to Barrie to rate a station. And yet, Barrie can have 2 stations, Newmarket gets 3 and Innisfil gets zip. What’s the lesson here? The one that sprawls the most gets the most. That’s my point.

I have a feeling that a future GO station is destined for the 6th Line. The area was designated as the “South Alcona Urban Policy Area” in 2011 and has been part of the Sleeping Lion development plan for several years. It is as close as a GO station will get to support ridership in the “Primary Settlement Area”. The Innisfil Master Transportation Plan (August 2013) puts it this way:  Continue reading

Focusing on Place – Innisfil Heights

I left off discussing Our Place, the official plan process, by quoting the Project for Pubic Spaces: “When you focus on place, you do everything differently”. That doesn’t mean that previous plans aren’t rolling right along. One of them is the long-standing plan to extend water and sewer utilities to Innisfil Heights, the area east and west of Highway 400, which is designated as ‘employment lands’. The rationale has always been that businesses attracted to this area will reduce the need for many residents to commute to jobs beyond Innisfil.

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Water & Wastewater – Presentation to Town of Innisfil Council

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Public Meeting: Hwy 400 Transportation Juggernaut

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The public is invited to an “informal drop-in” session to review the approved plan, “identified in 2004”, for massive “improvements” to Highway 400 between Highway 89 and Highway 11 north of Barrie.

This public information session (the first of two) is being held at the Holiday Inn, Fairview Rd, Barrie on Tuesday November 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The planned highway improvements include:   Continue reading

Public Meeting – Innisfil Beach Road Widening

Simcoe County is proceeding with a plan to widen Innisfil Beach Road (County Rd 21) from 2 lanes to 4 lanes over a distance of 11 kilometres. It would extend from Highway 27  (County Rd. 27) at Thornton to the 20th Sideroad (County Rd 39) at Alcona.

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A public information meeting is being held at the Innisfil Town Hall on Tuesday, May 13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Residents will be able to review the proposed “design concept alternatives” and provide their comments and opinions on the project. Continue reading

Bus Transit – Will Innisfil Get Onboard?

Just six faces showed up at a recent public meeting called to inform residents about a bus transit proposal for Innisfil. If you missed it, like I did, you can click to view the Slide Presentation (2013 09 12 Public Transit Open House). And you can let the Town know what you want by completing the Transit Survey (available online to October 11, or print a paper version).

A possible Innisfil-Barrie route would link Innisfil neighbourhoods with Continue reading

Where Do You Want to Go? How Do You Want to Get There?

The Town of Innisfil is asking for ideas and comments from Innisfil residents concerning a Transportation Master Plan. A short survey of about a dozen questions is now available online to allow residents to express their preferences for types of transportation, potential destinations and routes. Click on Transportation Master Plan Survey to add your views and share your ideas.

An engineering consultant has been retained at a budgeted cost of $200,000 to prepare a Master Transportation Plan “to review present and future transportation requirements for the current and planned Official Plan populations”.  It is expected to:

  • assess the vehicular and pedestrian traffic requirements for the Official Plan populations and Official Plan Amendment #1 populations
  • be utilized as a background planning document for the next Development Charges Study update
  • include a needs assessment for sensitive areas
  • guide the development of the Town’s long-term transportation network including roads, sidewalks, trails and other transportation options
  • Supports the Town’s desire to develop a sustainable transportation system with protection for future transit opportunities

Work on the Plan is scheduled to begin now with an environmental assessment and will continue to the end of the year.