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.
  • We have posted a link to a collection of all of the feedback we have received since the beginning of October 2020. It is located to the right-hand side of this page, under "Important Links". You can also view it here.
  • We have also created an FAQ that summarizes the main themes that we heard in the open forum, at the Ask A Planner: The Orbit Virtual Open House, and via orbit@innisfil.ca.
  • A memorandum (memo) to Council was released for the November 4, 2020 meeting. This memo brings forward a proposed MZO that reflects all of the comments that we've heard since October 7, 2020. You can view the memorandum under "Documents".

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 was brought to Council on November 4, 2020, and addressed the feedback that we have heard from residents so far. You can view the recording on the Town's YouTube page. A memo was also submitted to Council on November 4, 2020, regarding the MZO and this document is available under "Important Links" on the right-hand side of this page.

On August 9, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced that a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) has been made to designate lands on the 6the Line for the Town of Innisfil’s future Orbit transit hub. The MZO and corresponding map can be found in the "Documents" tab on the right side of this page.

The MZO includes guidelines for how the land immediately surrounding the transit station (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, as well as protection of key environmental features, including woodlands and wetlands. The lands outside of this area will be addressed in the future through a Secondary Plan, where the Town will once again look for input from the community later this year.

An Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) notice has been posted to establish a timeframe for permit and compensation agreement under the Convservation Authorities Act for the Orbit MZO lands. The public comment period closed on September 6, 2021.

Have a question for us? Submit one below!

You can submit general questions under the Q&A tab. Alternatively, you can email 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.
  • We have posted a link to a collection of all of the feedback we have received since the beginning of October 2020. It is located to the right-hand side of this page, under "Important Links". You can also view it here.
  • We have also created an FAQ that summarizes the main themes that we heard in the open forum, at the Ask A Planner: The Orbit Virtual Open House, and via orbit@innisfil.ca.
  • A memorandum (memo) to Council was released for the November 4, 2020 meeting. This memo brings forward a proposed MZO that reflects all of the comments that we've heard since October 7, 2020. You can view the memorandum under "Documents".

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 was brought to Council on November 4, 2020, and addressed the feedback that we have heard from residents so far. You can view the recording on the Town's YouTube page. A memo was also submitted to Council on November 4, 2020, regarding the MZO and this document is available under "Important Links" on the right-hand side of this page.

On August 9, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced that a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) has been made to designate lands on the 6the Line for the Town of Innisfil’s future Orbit transit hub. The MZO and corresponding map can be found in the "Documents" tab on the right side of this page.

The MZO includes guidelines for how the land immediately surrounding the transit station (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, as well as protection of key environmental features, including woodlands and wetlands. The lands outside of this area will be addressed in the future through a Secondary Plan, where the Town will once again look for input from the community later this year.

An Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) notice has been posted to establish a timeframe for permit and compensation agreement under the Convservation Authorities Act for the Orbit MZO lands. The public comment period closed on September 6, 2021.

Have a question for us? Submit one below!

You can submit general questions under the Q&A tab. Alternatively, you can email orbit@innisfil.ca.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to know how you would use the future Innisfil GO Station and what else you would like to see as part of that development. Survey closes January 31st. 

    Go Station Survey
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