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  1. Speed reduction on Little Ave

    Add speed bumps on Little Ave to slow the speeders down. This is an area with MANY children playing or even walking/bike riding with family. I would like to suggest two speed bumps: one between Fairview and Bayview on Little and the other between Bayview and Huronia also on Little. I have heard countless stories and been witness to far too many close calls & accidents in these areas. We need to keep our children and families safe.

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    The City has launched a new interactive tool for residents to suggest locations in Barrie where they would like to see speed cushions installed: https://bit.ly/BarrieSpeedCushions

    Residents can use this application to submit a location, or “like” a location already submitted, for the City to consider putting a speed cushion in 2021. The City will collect submissions until November 13, 2020.

    The submissions received from the public will be shared with Members of Council in January 2021 to help councillors decide where speed bumps should be placed in each ward in 2021.

    Visit www.barrie.ca/traffic to learn more about the City’s traffic calming methods.

  2. Ban 3rd suites in back yards

    Investors are building a third suite on many of the smaller homes on the property which is essentially a second smaller one or two bedroom home on the same lot in the backyard. These units were approved by Doug Ford for all of Ontario essentially to provide affordable housing. However, these units are anything but affordable. The increase in population density for an already density high area will put the old infrastructure under stress which affects all current housing in the area. Second suites had been restricted to the "as needed" areas surrounding the college but those restriction have been…

    4 votes
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  3. Prioritize Walkability Along Bradford Street

    As new developments sprout up along Bradford street, we have the opportunity to grow downtown and to encourage the kind of diversity and inclusivity that Barrie is so proud of.
    By requiring developers to create live edges along the street, with small-scale retail, and priority for pedestians and cyclists we can create room for small businesses to flourish and ensure that the people who live in the surrounding communities are included in barries future prosperity.

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    In 2021, the City will be undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the Bradford Street corridor focused on the development of short and long term plans to enhance the public realm through streetscape improvements and active transportation infrastructure.

    Also in 2021, City staff will be presenting an updated Official Plan to Council for approval, as well as City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines for endorsement. These documents are focused on creating a healthy community, and provide policies that will produce a vibrant, mixed-use Urban Growth Centre that provides flexibility for a wide range and diversity of uses, building types, streetscapes and open spaces.

    Stay tuned!

  4. Free parking for all beaches and downtown.

    What we need is free parking for all of down town and the beach area. Now is the time to seize on the opportunity with so many of our neighbors turning to protective measures. We can scoop all of their tourist revenue which means LOWER property taxes and it shows that we are serious about being a great spout to work and play. Driving our economy forward. Yea I get there is a minority of Karen’s who always whine about “out of towners”. However their use of the word “out of tower” shows in itself their prejudice and their lack…

    28 votes
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    Drivers can park in downtown Barrie for free until September 8, 2020. The suspension of paid downtown parking is one of the many actions outlined in Barrie’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Action Plan.

    Free parking supports the Downtown Economic Recovery Plan by providing incentive for customers to access downtown businesses, and provides financial relief for downtown owners, staff, and customers.

    To view the plan please visit https://investbarrie.ca/covid-19-support .

    Visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownParking for parking options.

  5. Disallow anonymous trolls on this site.

    Anyone that isn't willing to put their name behind a suggestion here doesn't deserve to participate in a civic action of this kind. Trolling this site lowers the quality of debate and add little value to policy makers ability to glean facts here. Plus, you may be a fake or multiple account user. Stop hiding. Get real.

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  6. Diversity

    On Barrie.ca website, click on Living. On the photo carousel the second photo shows 4 kids that I am sure makes a lot of Barrie's residents feel like they don't belong here. Please show diversity in the photos that you use on barrie.ca. If every one in Barrie was white-skin with blue-eyes maybe it would have been fine to see just that in the photos of our city's website. But that's not the case anymore. Barrie is a lot more diverse now.

    8 votes
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  7. Install pickle ball nets asap!

    We need outdoor exercise in Covid so having more pickle ball courts and installing nets earlier than normal would be great.

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  8. Build a makerspace

    We need creative outlets like woodworking and craft design. Learning and sharing ideas with each other in a space that allows for individual activity (1 person at each space is great social distancing). Space to try new things, or explore new technologies. Toronto has them, Hamilton has them

    3 votes
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  9. Consider using covered carts (similar to those that the County is currently rolling out) for garbage and recycling).

    The current blue/grey bins frequently blow around in the wind causing recycling to be scattered across yards and streets. The wheeled carts are also easier to move for both residents and collection staff.

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  10. shopping carts

    I see a lot of shopping carts on the side of the roads on sidewalks my suggestion is that if a bylaw or police officer see someone pushing a shopping cart on street or sidewalk should stop and charge the person for theft

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  11. Slow internet needs attention!

    Please improve the poor internet service within Barrie.

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  12. create "Beach booking" online service

    Create online service to book spot on the beach (for example 10' x 10'). System will record the reservation, generate parking ticket and take garbage deposit. At the end if place was left tidy - return deposit and rate the customer. Customers with the higher rate will receive discounts for future reservations.

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  13. 5 votes
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  14. Clear the snow around the bike racks

    I live in Barrie, and currently don't own a car, so my main forms of transportation are walking and biking. I used to do this during spring, summer, and fall, and primarily take the bus in the winter, but with the cutbacks to Barrie Transit, I've been continuing to ride my bike this winter, and I've noticed others doing the same. I really appreciate that there are plenty of bike racks around Barrie, so that cyclists can feel safe locking their bikes before going into stores, et cetera, but most of these bike racks are buried in snow in the…

    3 votes
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  15. Increase the frequency on Barrie Transit’s Route 2

    The city has recently brought back the regular service of the Barrie Transit routes 1, 6, 8, and 100. However, they failed to see one bus that is either always busy, or is always late. 2B is late to the bus terminal almost every single day from 12pm- 5pm. I have to leave my house 30 minutes earlier to take another bus because I know if I try to take the 2B to work, I will be late. Also, it doesn’t help that once the bus reaches the terminal, even if it’s 20 minutes late, the bus driver still needs…

    5 votes
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  16. Indoor Skatepark in The Maple Grove area

    The kids in our area are growing up and the parks are boring to them. This school year we have seen school class broken windows. The school board has put up video cameras to try to catch them on camera. Let's try to keep these bored kids out of the criminal system and give them a chance to change. An indoor skatepark and if kids can't afford it, they can work for the their membership.
    JN

    3 votes
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  17. No parking on side streets to many cars who wants to see these cars or trucks parked day in and out,

    Barrie should have no parking all year round on side roads. Some of these homes have 3 or more cars it is getting ridiculous. Who wants to see trucks and cars parked in front of our homes. They should start paying permit fees.we cannot even get out of driveways,
    Something needs to be done.

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  18. that the City investigate an alternative way of treating waste

    On CBCNN on November 25, there was an article on an alternative way to handle waste. A Nova Scotia company turns trash into fuel.
    See: Sustane Technologies Inc., Chester, Nova Scotia.

    We'd have to build a bigger plant but the technology would save our landfill needs.

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  19. Speed Bumps on Letitia

    I am a resident on Letitia street between Anne and Sunnidale Road. It could just be my opinion but I feel that many vehicles go well over the speed limit. This section of Letitia st is only residential with no businesses or stops signs. People turning onto Letitia Street from Anne accelerate quickly and continue gaining speed as they head towards Sunnidale.

    I know that Kozlov street has speed bumps put in during the Spring and Summer months to slow down traffic as it is used as a by-pass instead of Bayfield street.

    I feel that Letitia St is used…

    7 votes
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    The City has launched a new interactive tool for residents to suggest locations in Barrie where they would like to see speed cushions installed: https://bit.ly/BarrieSpeedCushions

    Residents can use this application to submit a location, or “like” a location already submitted, for the City to consider putting a speed cushion in 2021. The City will collect submissions until November 13, 2020.

    The submissions received from the public will be shared with Members of Council in January 2021 to help councillors decide where speed bumps should be placed in each ward in 2021.

    Visit www.barrie.ca/traffic to learn more about the City’s traffic calming methods.

  20. Anti white privilage law

    In a climate of #blm and #defundthepolice. We need an anti white privilage law. A w3hite privilege are not just a privileged person. They’re very dangerous to our community. Draining our resources and put our law enforcement in harms way, where situations escalate. Our police should not be attending neighborhood disputes, noise complaints, people whining about out of towners leaving trash, speeders, renters and what goes on in their properties and the list goes on and on. While clog up our emergency lines, real calls go unanswered. A fine attached to a frivolous call is what is needed. Any time…

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