What Are Your Priorities?

11 months ago
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

The Town is committed to making Innisfil a better place for you to live, work, and play. Striking the right balance between delivering day-to-day services and expanding upon new initiatives is a challenge. 
What are your top 3 priorities, and why are they important to you? Refer to but do not limit yourself to, the following categories.

- Health and Wellness Services
- Transportation Options
- Employment Opportunities
- Public Safety and Safer Neighbourhoods
- Replacement of Roads and Buildings
- Recreational Programs
- Youth Participation
- Expanded Businesses
- Local Entertainment and Culture

Consultation has concluded

  • MaryKaczor 11 months ago
    I care only about Cookstown. I’ve zero interest in being part of “Innisfil” If it’s not in walking distance of the four corners of Cookstown, than it’s of no use to me or my family. The main drag of Cookstown is dangerous, there are too many people living here now & driving through town with no thought to the safety of others. I do not like tacky subdivisions being built with no thought to how they fit with the rest of the town. Or single houses being built on lots that are completely out of place with the neighborhood for that matter. We do not need any more people moving here. The crime has gone up in this town (Cookstown) dramatically since all these ugly houses were built. We need a light at Foodland in town (Cookstown) and a light at the post office. It seems to me that residents of Cookstown are not listened to & we don’t get what we need, it’s costantly fluffed off as someone else’s problem/fault. We are very tired of hearing these responses here. Also FYI I do not shop or visit other areas of “Innisfil” we shop in Alliston because it’s closer. It’s my opinion that being part of “Innisfil” is useless for Cookstown.
  • KerriLoucks 11 months ago
    Roads! There is so much delevopement but it is getting to be impossible to get in or out of Alcona. When I moved here it was a 35 min drive to my job in Newmarket, now with increased volume and lights it takes 45 min on a good day. Widen 20th side road, Yonge St so people can get north and south.
  • SSL over 1 year ago
    1) Road Safety:Sidewalks within walking distance of all schools. For example, too many students from Nantyr and Lake Simcoe are walking on the shoulder of the 7th line (that is also in major need of repair).Also- reduce the speed limit in residential neighbourhoods, especially around schools. Consider installing some speed bumps? 2) Health Care:Hire a Crisis Worker/Social Worker to work with South Simcoe Police maybe? Innisfil needs their own social services and health care resources, given that it's divided by two LHINs. The clinic is a great start, but much more is needed.Also- What about a LifeLabs? 3) Bylaw Enforcement: Especially at Innisfil Beach Park
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    • Trish over 1 year ago
      Bylaw enforcement as well at Leonard’s Beach. Lots of parking there for residents and rarely ever any residents stickers are displayed. Then so many people parking on the road when it’s very clearly marked “no parking”..Sidewalks would be beneficial also for Goodfellow and Holy Cross students that could be walking past Rose Lane on the 25th. It would be nice to have the opportunity to walk children safely to the 10th!
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      • Prent 12 months ago
        Bylaw enforcement at Sunnybrae school is desperately needed. At morning bell and afternoon. People park where they are not suppose to and kids literally dodge cars as they walk accross the street. It is very unsafe!
  • EPW over 1 year ago
    Would love some splash pads and/or parks within the new developments near no frills. So many houses need green space and activities for the kids that are walking distance for tiny feet. Widen innisfil beach road before traffic gets worse from residential development. More resturants and shopping to stay local rather than travelling to barrie.
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    • Sasha10 over 1 year ago
      Agree with splash pad
    • Trish over 1 year ago
      The only splash pad in Innisfil is located in Cookstown. There is a large population in the Alcona area who would definitely use a splash pad locally appose to having to travel to Cookstown, Barrie even Angus. A Splashpad located by No Frills or somewhere off IBR would be amazing. I definitely wouldn’t agree with one being put at an already overcrowded Beach. This may give RESIDENTS more opportunities to use it during the weekend rather than trying to use our beach when it’s inundated with city folk. I’ve been wanting a splash pad for so long!!!
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      • Admin Commented Johnny Keogh, Communications Lead about 1 year ago
        Thanks for the feedback! Good news - we do have plans to build a splash pad in Alcona, beside the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library. It's still in the design phase but it is confirmed. You can read more about it here:https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/8747610-alcona-splash-pad-still-in-design-phase-in-innisfil/
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        • EPW about 1 year ago
          Thanks. I’ve heard this has been the “plan” for a couple of years now. But we need them within the new subdivisions.
        • Prent 12 months ago
          What happened to the splash pad that was promised in Stroud when the new developer started building? I heard the money is there, but there are no plans yet. Why not?
  • Emily about 1 year ago
    As of most of our Innisfil population is aging quickly I strongly believe we need more retirements homes and elderly focussed aid in our town. We also need to attract more industries to create more employment for our residents. Lastly, building a North and South ramp off of McKay and the 400 would alleviate traffic congestion on Innisfil Road and Mapleview.
  • Dzav about 1 year ago
    Innisfil can definitely be the envy of many. This town does need development but it desperately needs employment opportunities. Not just minimum wage jobs but career building opportunities. The close proximity to both Barrie and the GTA with the 400 highway should be an advantage for this town to attract good paying jobs. Bradford is already developing and hopefully will attract industries and companies that would attract employment from our town.
  • Bmazz about 1 year ago
    We need more employment opportunities and more development on some of the empty land space in Alcona.
  • kimken2018 about 1 year ago
    Bringing business to the 400 lands is a big thing in this town but downtown Alcona on IBR is badly in need of updating and beautifying. Let's get rid of the rundown houses between Shopper's and Home Hardware. What is happening with the land to the east beside Home Hardware. Also the west beside Rod's Esso has had a future mall sign for at least 20 years. Litter is another issue, can we not have more garbage/recycling bins set through the town eg. 7th Line south side outside subdivision walkway, St John's Road, some along 25 SR, Jans Blvd between Webster past Nantyr Shores. etc. etc Bylaw enforcement is very lax with this issue. My son wrote down the vehicle plate # and model of a vehicle he saw dump some bags, when I reported it to the town they said how do we know if the person was the pwner of the vehicle, WHO CARES!! Fine the owner and if they loaned their car out they can worry about getting their money back from the offender
  • jaytea about 1 year ago
    Bylaw enforcement, road maintenance & repair, economic transperancy.
  • Dtracy over 1 year ago
    Expanded business, which will create employment opportunities but which also means we need to invest in the infrastructure in our commercial lands. Transportation options including a Go train stop in Innisfil would be beneficial.
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  • Michael about 1 year ago
    I would like to see action taken to make Alcona a quaint town. All I see are pizza places, variety stores and strip plazas. There does not seem to be much thought given to adding business variety. Alcona has no identity. The town does not even bother to put up Christmas lights. There is a lot of garbage dumping going on too. I would like to see Innisfil Beach regulated in some manner for mainly resident use. Get some good food vendors in there for sure as well as some good rental water activities. I think that maybe residents avoid the beach on the weekends because it is so crowded with out-of-towners. My wife and I use the Innisfil Beach park daily. It's great for a walk but we never go down on weekends in the summer because of the crowding. Lastly the town needs to get serious with regulating the illegal signs that pop up everywhere. There are signs on stop signs, street lights, on all corners of intersections, not to mention developer signs that run up and down the 7th line and IBR as well as the 20th. There is no regulation and businesses free to throw up their signs wherever they want. This town looks junky.
  • Cheryl over 1 year ago
    Attract business, first priority for me is to have places to work & shop, and receive services, like home & car repairs etc.Repair the infastructure or whatever is causing all the power problems.Keep Lake Simcoe healthy.
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    • Brige07 about 1 year ago
      Yes, there are frequent power outages. They aren't reported, or acknowledged on the hydro site. The inconsistent power is a big issue.
  • S Mcgee over 1 year ago
    I have lived in Innisfil for 31 years, and we have come such a long way from then. I actually miss what we had before, but time changes everything. All the growth has changed the landscape of our town, and with it, it has brought both good and bad. I applaud the township on our Uber system which I use weekly to get to the Y. I feel that the outlet mall should be considered a hub, as there are a lot of students who work there. When my kids where teens we spent all our time driving them everywhere. The Y has also been such a great addition, and we will soon have a medical building. These are all great things! For me, I feel that with all the growth that is heading our way, Jobs are such an important need. Not minimum wage jobs, but jobs that can support a family. My husband has been commuting 30 years, but now there is so much more traffic, and its harder and harder to get back and forth. With the growth its just going to get worse. For the young families who are now making Innisfil home and the future families, we really need more industry.
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    • Brige07 about 1 year ago
      Really agree! Uber was an innovative idea! Also, kids need jobs that they can get to independently and parents need jobs that can support a family without being stuck in traffic for 3 hours. Great points!
  • lboudreau over 1 year ago
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    • Richard Ireland over 1 year ago
      Over the next 2 years, IBR is scheduled to be widened to 5 lanes from the 20th sideroad to Yonge Street. Now is the time to make sure bicycle lanes are included in the plan. It would be great if bicyclists could safely ride from town to the Y or, medical centre.
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      • Brige07 about 1 year ago
        Very true! It would be great for teenagers to be able to get around and to jobs without parents needing to drive them always.
  • walters_emily over 1 year ago
    Health and wellness services. It's ridiculous that we have 20 pizza places, but nowhere that has lab services/x-ray capabilities. Another priority, as a previous poster mentioned, is dealing with the repair/updating of hydro infrasfructure so that we can have reliable service. Lastly, I believe that bringing a wider variety of businesses to town.
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    • JHHunt over 1 year ago
      Will the new Medical building by the Recreation Centre have Xray and Lab facilities?
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      • MJH over 1 year ago
        It will have all of these according to newspaper reports.
    • Brige07 about 1 year ago
      I agree! I went to the walkin waited an hour to register and was immediately sent to emergency because there was a chance I had broken something and they couldn't check. We do have a lot of pizza places though. Wow.
  • Thutchins over 1 year ago
    Clean beaches - so much garbage on the beaches, maybe a machine that drags the sand of trash, beach patrol for people littering Public safety - I live in the crossroads and it seems like we need more nightly patrolling Health and wellness - we need to have a more centralised health facility with the option of a Sat clinic
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    • Trish over 1 year ago
      Leonard’s Beach ALWAYS has overflow garbage in and beside garbage cans on the weekends. It would be nice to see them emptied on the weekends appose to being on Tuesday when we usually see them emptied...
    • Brige07 about 1 year ago
      Cleanliness in all natural spaces in Alcona and high traffic beaches is a problem. There is a lot of pet waste lying around, a lot of yard waste being dumped in narural spaces near neighbourhoods and there is a lot of litter around schools. I would like to see by law enforcement ticketing people for littering, especially in tourist spots. We don't need people from another city coming into Innisfil to make a mess and we need to let them know. Any money received from that could go to more staff to change garbage more frequently and/or school awareness to help students realize the affect they are having on their neighbourhood.
  • TRut over 1 year ago
    Traffic/Roads - - - - - There's some definete road improvements needed down the 7th line. The entire IBR / 20 intersection needs to be totally gutted and redone. Businesses - - - - - More business needs to come to innisfil. The government and politics MUST stop sending people to the end of the world to get to their jobs. More commuting = more traffic, more traffic = more pollution, plus with the never ending gas price hikes people won't even be able to afford to commute. Health and wellness - - - - - Do we even have a walk in clinic within walking distance yet? (maybe one in the new building?). - - - and how about lowering the property taxes here lol - - - Sidenote: this forum could use some better formattinhttp://imgur.com/I1PTQwd
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    • MJH over 1 year ago
      There is a walk in clinic temporarily located in the Town offices. It's been open for a while now. You can check on line for times.
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      • TRut over 1 year ago
        Within walking distance
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        • MJH over 1 year ago
          Within walking distance of...Stroud, Cookstown, Lefroy, Gilford, Belle Ewart or Alcona? Innisfil is geographically a very large Town.
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          • Trish over 1 year ago
            It’d be nice to have a WALK-in in Alcona for sure seeing as how it has a larger population. Also with retirement communities being located here/Sandy Cove. I can’t see it ever coming to smaller areas like Bell Ewart, Gilford etc. Maybe Stroud? It’s obvious we need more clinics in our area but it’ll never happen. So more in the larger populated areas would make sense. The Town Office one is a step closer but could be open for more hours... I went at 608pm this week. It opened at 6pm and there were at least 20ppl already there ahead of me..
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            • MJH over 1 year ago
              The walk in clinic at Town Hall is a temporary location. Construction on the new facility is either underway or will begin soon. The local newspaper reports often on the progress.
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              • Trish over 1 year ago
                In that, I hope they would continue to share updates and progress with their FB page. Always up to date on that, especially with today’s day and age. Another great way to reach out to residents appose to the paper which is often recycled or burned before opening !
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                • MJH over 1 year ago
                  I didn't mean to hit thumbs down. That said, it's a shame that residents don't at least open the paper for local news. Not too many things in life are free anymore. FB isn't the only source for news anymore.
        • Brige07 about 1 year ago
          Making Alcona more walkable helps improve traffic and accessibility to local business, tourism, property value and the environment. Walkability is huge in general!
  • Sasha10 over 1 year ago
    The 9th line around the area of Goodfellow needs sidewalks so parents have a safe place to walk while they drop off their small kids
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    • jesserocha over 1 year ago
      Agree
    • Trish over 1 year ago
      Totally agree. I also strongly believe the sidewalks on the 25th should continue past Rose Lane and go to 10th. It may be a long walk for some but it would be nice to have the opportunity in general. It is unsafe to be walking on the shoulder of the 25th when walking North of Rose. So many people live on Chestnut, the 10th and the subdivision off the 10th. We could all benefit from sidewalks past Rose!!!
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      • Sasha10 over 1 year ago
        I agree. If Chestnut is the cut off for walkers to Goodfellow then the walkers should have a safe place to walk.
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        • Brige07 about 1 year ago
          There needs to be safe walk ways year round to all schools within walking distance! Alcona Glen has some great cat walks to make the walk easy in fall and spring, but aren't maintained year round. That forces more parents to drive in the winter and we all know the traffic chaos that is Alcona Glen.
  • mike patel about 1 year ago
    I rquest to the town we need Go staion on 6th line, Need some bigger and visible street sign on 5th and 6th line/20th side road and also need a Hospital somewhere in Town.
  • Monique over 1 year ago
    I would to see the expansion of the water and sewers up the 6th line. I realize that this is a costly investment in infrastructure, but definitely an valuable investment to our community. I do not believe there is a good return on investment to bring the water main to Innisfil Heights without a proper plan in place.Firstly, metro-links has a potential expansion with study under was. This will assist in help solidify the deal. Also this help to create jobs within our community and the ability for commuters to save valuable time.Secondly, I have heard rumor that a potential hospital site is located around 6th line. This is great for local job creation and much needed social services. When I moved here, I never realized the importance of a close hospital. A 30 minute drive to Barrie could mean life or death to some.Thirdly, the city if worried about being able to pay back cost, but if they design a "industrial park" close by the expansion this would help with cost. Also sustainable job creation and value to our city. With the current Ontario party they are committed to bring back industry to Ontario. There may be some type of municipal incentive.Good Luck, this seems like a difficult task.
  • Carolina over 1 year ago
    I'm not entirely happy that the Town has gotten itself involved into areas that are rightly the business of other levels of government, e.g. healthcare. I would like to see the Town focus on the priorities that are within its actual jurisdiction, such as maintaining Town-owned infrastructure.
  • Shrk217 over 1 year ago
    Transit for all of Innisfil. Busses not Uber.Go train stop.Fix 7th line from one end to the other with sidewalks.
  • JRaaph over 1 year ago
    Completely re-do the 7th line. No sugar coating!Street lights along IBR. Beautify Alcona. Give it a small quaint town feel.
  • 46 years over 1 year ago
    Expanded business/employment opportunities.Dollar/patron rationalization for the need for 4 library branches ( Churchill )Public safety - replace South Simcoe Police with OPP.
  • Blee over 1 year ago
    There are two obvious areas where innisfil can improve 1. Parks and 2. Road construction1. Parks: my family moved from Bradford to innisfil 5 years ago and the difference between the two Towns is remarkable. In Bradford new subdivisions are constructed with communal parklands as a focal point, including: splash pads, new parks, washrooms, active transportation, and fitness amenities, all of which are connected as part of a trailway system. These intertwine around SWM ponds and natural areas to provide full communities where people can congregate and socialize. In west alcona the new subdivisions have no new parks and rely upon existing parks which are extremely dated and substandard.2. Road construction: for a Town building houses at an unprecedented rate in its history, the road construction is way behind. A few examples :- intersection of IBR and Yonge has undersized lanes, no NB right turn lane, and creates dangerous levels of conflict with the gas station entrance. When can an intersection upgrade be expected? - Yonge street and Line 7 the NB right turn lane is way undersized and creates a dangerous situation particularly in the winter when traffic slows on the downhill for vehicles entering Line 7. Why can't the two-lane design from Line 6 be carried to Line 7?- Sideroad 20 and IBR intersection should be realigned and have a traffic light installed. To have vehicles pass other on the shoulder, stop on the railway and create backups on the single lane into Town is not efficient design standards. Is this in the plan? - Line 7 between Yonge Street and Webster is in horrible condition, including massive potholes and periodic flooding in the spring or during storms. As a collector road into a growing subdivision, this is unacceptable. Is line 7 planned for a rehab?
  • MJH over 1 year ago
    We've been in Stroud for 30 years. I hope the Town has a plan in place to prevent further annexation by Barrie. I feel very strongly that the high schshould be included as an Uber hub point. If a student wants to participate in before or after school activities, there is no safe way for students from Stroud to get there. The same situation applies to kids missing the bus or having to leave school early for any reason. This is a big safety concern for this part of the community & it's time the students are recognized & no longer ignored.
  • anthonygolden over 1 year ago
    Economic growth is probably near the top for me. With that will come more income through revenue sources, while offering more services to residents. From there, we can continuously improve our infrastructure. I have noticed the efforts made for active transportation and our park at IBR - well done!
  • JHHunt over 1 year ago
    Improvement of basic road maintenance. Innisfil Beach Road East to the lake... you can barely see the road lines and bicycle lines in the daylight, at night it is impossible