The Orbit: It's GO Time!

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The Town of Innisfil is developing a GO Station to connect our communities to others, but like most projects, we are dreaming BIG. We want to create a space that is forward-thinking, sustainable, yet practical. A space that will meld a transit hub with other community assets; a space that provides valued programs and services to our growing community, but maintains the green spaces and natural landscapes that make us Innisfil; and a space that centralizes access to transportation and services so that people do not have to leave the area to do so. Think about: mobility, transit links, innovative streets and architecture, social interaction, employment opportunities, health and wellness, a cohesive center, natural landscapes, public Wi-Fi, and state-of-the-art technology.

Your Voice

A survey was made available on this webpage from November 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020. We’ve reviewed all 490 responses and are currently hard at work creating a draft design that reflects what Innisfil residents wanted to see in the most balanced way. See what your fellow residents said.

What’s Next?

An important staff report about the Innisfil Mobility Orbit went before Innisfil Council on October 14, 2020. This report introduced a draft Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) for Council. An MZO is an important tool Town staff is recommending we use to build a new GO station in our community as soon as possible. This will help ensure our Town has a solid economic recovery following COVID-19 and that residents have more transit and housing options. Following this meeting, Council recommended that the deadline for public feedback be extended to October 26. If you didn't have a chance to watch the Council meeting on October 14, you can watch a recording here!

The final MZO report will be brought to Council on November 04, 2020 and will address the feedback that we have heard from residents so far. If you wish to address Council about this topic please email our Clerk’s Office at clerks@innisfil.ca. Please be advised that due to COVID-19, all our Council, Planning, and Committee Meetings are being held virtually at this time.

Ask a Planner: The Orbit Virtual Open House

Thank you to those who participated in the Ask a Planner: The Orbit virtual open house event. For those who were unable to tune in, a recording has been made available online via innisfil.ca/youtube. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to get notifications about all our YouTube live events!

Next Steps

We are now in the process of creating an FAQ based on the questions that were asked at the event, as well as the questions that were emailed to orbit@innisfil.ca, and submitted in the open forum below. Please note that questions from the Ask a Planner event will also be included in the staff report going to Council on November 04. This report will also be made available on this page under "Important Links".

Have a question for us? Submit one below!

You can submit general questions under the Q&A tab. We also have opened a forum for the public to discuss the staff report that went to Council on October 14, 2020. The deadline for feedback has been extended until October 26. Alternatively, you can submit questions or comments to orbit@innisfil.ca.

The Town of Innisfil is developing a GO Station to connect our communities to others, but like most projects, we are dreaming BIG. We want to create a space that is forward-thinking, sustainable, yet practical. A space that will meld a transit hub with other community assets; a space that provides valued programs and services to our growing community, but maintains the green spaces and natural landscapes that make us Innisfil; and a space that centralizes access to transportation and services so that people do not have to leave the area to do so. Think about: mobility, transit links, innovative streets and architecture, social interaction, employment opportunities, health and wellness, a cohesive center, natural landscapes, public Wi-Fi, and state-of-the-art technology.

Your Voice

A survey was made available on this webpage from November 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020. We’ve reviewed all 490 responses and are currently hard at work creating a draft design that reflects what Innisfil residents wanted to see in the most balanced way. See what your fellow residents said.

What’s Next?

An important staff report about the Innisfil Mobility Orbit went before Innisfil Council on October 14, 2020. This report introduced a draft Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) for Council. An MZO is an important tool Town staff is recommending we use to build a new GO station in our community as soon as possible. This will help ensure our Town has a solid economic recovery following COVID-19 and that residents have more transit and housing options. Following this meeting, Council recommended that the deadline for public feedback be extended to October 26. If you didn't have a chance to watch the Council meeting on October 14, you can watch a recording here!

The final MZO report will be brought to Council on November 04, 2020 and will address the feedback that we have heard from residents so far. If you wish to address Council about this topic please email our Clerk’s Office at clerks@innisfil.ca. Please be advised that due to COVID-19, all our Council, Planning, and Committee Meetings are being held virtually at this time.

Ask a Planner: The Orbit Virtual Open House

Thank you to those who participated in the Ask a Planner: The Orbit virtual open house event. For those who were unable to tune in, a recording has been made available online via innisfil.ca/youtube. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to get notifications about all our YouTube live events!

Next Steps

We are now in the process of creating an FAQ based on the questions that were asked at the event, as well as the questions that were emailed to orbit@innisfil.ca, and submitted in the open forum below. Please note that questions from the Ask a Planner event will also be included in the staff report going to Council on November 04. This report will also be made available on this page under "Important Links".

Have a question for us? Submit one below!

You can submit general questions under the Q&A tab. We also have opened a forum for the public to discuss the staff report that went to Council on October 14, 2020. The deadline for feedback has been extended until October 26. Alternatively, you can submit questions or comments to orbit@innisfil.ca.

  • Innisfil Mobility Orbit News Release - October 15, 2020

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    15 Oct 2020

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 15, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL LOOKS TO ADVANCE THE ORBIT TRANSIT HUB

    Innisfil, ON – Planning for Innisfil’s future Transit Hub, the Orbit, continues as a Staff Report was presented before Council on October 14, 2020. Included in the report is a draft Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO), an important tool Town staff is recommending that facilitates building a new proposed GO station in the community as soon as possible. If the province were to issue an MZO, at the request of the Town, the MZO could expedite the planning process and help get shovels in the ground faster, secure private investment, and support local priorities and economic recovery as the province emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “This critical infrastructure will connect our growing community to others, and requesting an MZO will help bring this forward-thinking transit hub to life sooner,” said Tim Cane, Director of Growth at the Town of Innisfil. “The Orbit aligns with provincial initiatives to build transit infrastructure, increase attainable housing supply, and make communities more resilient.”

    A virtual Open House – Ask a Planner: The Orbit – is scheduled for October 19 at 6:30 p.m. on the Town’s YouTube channel as a chance for residents to discuss the details of the proposed MZO request and ask questions. Innisfil community members are invited to review the draft MZO and provide feedback on the dedicated project page at getinvolvedinnisfil.ca/go or by email to orbit@innisfil.ca by end of day October 26, 2020 (please note that while October 19 was previously set as the deadline for submitting comments, last night Council asked for this timeline to be extended to allow the public more time to send input).

    The draft MZO includes guidelines for how the land immediately surrounding the proposed Transit Hub (i.e. land within 425 metres of the proposed GO station) can be used, including for spaces like retail, business, residential, affordable housing, recreation and more. The lands outside this area will be addressed in the future through a Secondary Plan, where the Town will once again look for input from the community.

    Staff anticipate reporting back to Council on November 4, 2020 with a finalized MZO recommendation based on feedback received from Council and stakeholders over the next few weeks. If you wish to speak before Council on this matter, please email clerksoffice@innisfil.ca

    Background

    Last year, Partisans—a Toronto-based architecture studio—was awarded the contract to create the vision for the Orbit. The lead developer for the area, Cortel Group, has decided to move forward with the ambitious vision that will see the new Transit Hub and Orbit community built around the area of 6th Line and east of 20th Sideroad. The Innisfil Transit Hub and surrounding residential, employment and community uses will incorporate the design principles of sustainability, placemaking and culture, technology, and economics.

    Leading up to the release of the draft MZO, a number of steps and stakeholder meetings have occurred, including: a resident survey in 2019, proposed station design team meetings, collaboration with the Province, County of Simcoe and Metrolinx, engagement with the resident focus group, and a Council Workshop in May 2020. Learn more about the project at innisfil.ca/orbit and getinvolvedinnisfil.ca/go.

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    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca




  • Council Approves Concept Design for Transit Hub

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    21 Jul 2020
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    On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Council made the decision to endorse the concept design for the Innisfil GO Station and Orbit. To watch a recording of the Special Council Meeting, click here.

    Curious about what the space will look like?

  • Innisfil Mobility Orbit Media Release - July 16, 2020

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    21 Jul 2020

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    July 16, 2020


    COUNCIL ADVANCES THE ORBIT AND INNISFIL TRANSIT HUB DESIGN CONCEPT


    Innisfil, ON – Last night, Innisfil Council approved concept plans for the new Innisfil Transit Hub and immediate surrounding area.

    “Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19, we are not slowing down and this Council has taken an important step in making sure that the Transit Hub is ready for Innisfil residents to use as soon as possible,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “This Transit Hub will be critically-important post-COVID, not just for our economic recovery – but for decades to come.”

    The Innisfil Transit Hub and surrounding residential, employment and community uses will incorporate the following design principles:

    Sustainability – Improved water quality measures, innovative alternative building requirements and many transportation options to reduce the carbon footprint of the Orbit and the wider community.

    Placemaking & Culture – Including destinations and spaces that are high-quality for socializing and reinforcing sense of community.

    Technology – The Town of Innisfil has been recognized globally for using new technologies (Innisfil Transit, accepting cryptocurrency for taxes) and this will continue to be embraced through the Transit Hub, in particular, thinking ahead about smart city concepts and emerging technologies.

    Economics – The construction of the Transit Hub design concept, if approved, will be funded by the development community and not by taxpayers. The Town is committed to the Orbit community including affordable and attainable housing, together with employment opportunities to create an exciting start-up community of small, medium and even large businesses.


    The surrounding development will encourage responsible growth, allowing the population to increase while keeping Innisfil’s features (existing neighbourhoods, rural landscape) considered unique and important by residents. The Orbit is designed to be oriented around sustainability and prioritize public transit and walkability over dependence on cars.


    “What we are looking at is an extraordinary opportunity to not just build another development, but a community that will be sustainable, full of culture, technologically-advanced and provide an economic boost for Innisfil,” said Tim Cane, Innisfil Director of Growth. “With Council’s important endorsement we have taken another significant step forward to bring this transit hub to life.”


    Last year, Partisans – a Toronto-based architecture studio – was awarded the contract to create the vision for the Orbit. The lead developer for the area, Cortel Group, have decided to move forward with the ambitious vision that will see the new Transit Hub, if approved, and Orbit community built around the area of the 6th Line and east of 20th Sideroad.


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    Photos Attached – Council approves the concept design concept plans for the Innisfil Transit Hub and surrounding area by PARTISANS. Images of Transit Hub design concept above and underground created by PARTISANS.




    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca