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Hundreds of condos proposed near Barrie South GO on Yonge St.

'These developments are changing the fabric within this area of the city in alignment with the city’s planning and intensification directives,' says developer's planning consultant

Do eight storeys of residential condos and ground-floor commercial uses fit on a Yonge Street property of 1.35 acres?

That’s what Barrie councillors will ultimately have to decide.

A public meeting was held Tuesday evening on Tran Group’s rezoning application for 667, 669, 673 and 675 Yonge St., needed for this proposed development near Ashford and Madelaine drives.

“This development is one of many that are focused on the Yonge Street corridor within proximity to the Barrie South GO Station,” said Karla Tamayo of Innovative Planning Solutions, speaking for Tran Group.

“These developments are changing the fabric within this area of the city in alignment with the city’s planning and intensification directives," she added. 

This development would have 227 residential condo units and two levels of underground parking.

Coun. Sergio Morales, who represents this part of Barrie, had a question about the parking, which would total 311 parking spaces.

“My one question, kind of concern, is there is a lot of parking. This is on an intensification corridor,” he said. “Is there a specific reason why a proposal that’s basically transit-supported density on an intensification corridor coming into the city has the level of parking that you would expect, almost of lower-density, built-form developments?”

Tamayo explained 227 of the parking spaces are required for residents, 32 are required for commercial users and 52 for visitors, or other uses as needed, such as electric vehicle charging stations. 

Located south of Montgomery Street and north of Ashford Drive, this property is four lots with an existing single-detached home on each one. The land is also located directly on a Barrie Transit line and surrounded by a mix of residential and commercial uses.

The rezoning application is from residential single-detached dwelling, first density (R1) to mixed-use corridor with special provisions (MU2, SP), which include an increase in the maximum side-yard setbacks and a reduction of the minimum coverage for commercial uses and minimum setbacks for an underground parking garage.

A public meeting is one of the first stages in Barrie’s planning process. 

The rezoning application now goes to planning staff, which will produce a report for Barrie councillors, sitting as planning committee, and is expected late this year or in early 2023.

Should city council approve the proposed rezoning, a subsequent application for site plan approval would be required.

No residents spoke at Tuesday’s public meeting, in person or online.