Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area

The “made in Simcoe” amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, came into effect on January 19, 2012.  The development and implementation of Amendment 1 has and continues to be a shared effort among those who are interested in and concerned with the future of the region.  This is part of the Ontario government’s plan to protect the environment while creating jobs, attracting new investment and strengthening the economy in the Simcoe region.

Highway 400 is the Simcoe area’s most significant goods movement corridor and a key link in the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s transportation network.  The Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area, located along this highway, offers high potential to support the creation of high quality jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Determining the boundary and uses permitted in this employment area provides communities with planning certainty, supports local decision-making, unlocks planned projects and creates investment opportunities.

The details below are the result of extensive consultation on Proposed Amendment 1 with the affected municipalities, stakeholders, and other interested communities.  The Provincial Development Facilitator played a key role in helping to advise on how best to implement the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, in the Simcoe area.

Under the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, the Minister of Infrastructure has the authority to establish the boundaries and permitted uses of the economic employment districts.  Municipalities may request the Minister to consider a review of the boundary or the permitted uses by providing a detailed and complete written rationale outlining why the review is necessary. Should a request be made the Minister may further consult with affected municipalities, stakeholders and other interested communities.

By continuing to implement a shared vision for growth in Simcoe, the Province will help to ensure that the Simcoe area and the rest of the Greater Golden Horseshoe remain great places to live, work, play and invest in, long into the future.



The Location, Boundary of and Details Regarding the Permitted Uses in the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, (“Growth Plan”) was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 which took effect on June 16, 2006. Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan for the Simcoe Sub-area was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 and came into effect on January 19, 2012.

This report contains the location, boundary of, permitted uses and details regarding employment-supportive uses, and lot sizes in the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area, issued by the Minister of Infrastructure on February 4, 2013 pursuant to policy 6.4.2 of the Growth Plan.

The Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area is identified and defined in the Growth Plan. For a copy of the Growth Plan or additional information, please contact the Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Infrastructure toll-free at 1-866-479-9781, email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at www.placestogrow.ca.

Map Delineating the Location, Boundary of and Specific Areas within the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area:
Map Delineating the Location

 

Permitted Uses, Details Regarding Employment-Supportive Uses and Lot Sizes within the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area:

  1. Permitted uses in the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area will be limited to manufacturing, warehousing, assembly, processing, research facilities and outdoor storage uses that depend on access to, and the efficient movement of goods on, Highway 400; and employment-supportive uses. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted in the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area as set out in the definition of Strategic Settlement Employment Area in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

  2. Employment-supportive uses in the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area will be limited to commercial and highway commercial uses, office, tourist and recreational uses that are accessory to a permitted use, which are compatible with permitted uses, or serve the permitted uses.

  3. The Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area will be planned to ensure the availability of large lots that support the permitted uses that depend upon the efficient movement of goods and access to Highway 400.

  4. Employment-supportive uses will occupy no more than 25 per cent of the total area of the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area.

  5. Where employment-supportive uses are permitted in the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area, they will be planned to be compact in design and limited in scale to maintain the primary function and character of the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area, and will be developed concurrently with the development of the permitted uses they support.

  6. The following are select definitions from the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006:

    • Strategic Settlement Employment Areas: to be planned and protected for employment uses that require large lots of land and depend upon efficient movement of goods and access to Highway 400. These are not settlement areas*. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted.

      * Settlement Areas are defined in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

      Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area: location set out in Schedule 8. The Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4.

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