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Township of Oro-Medonte: Braestone Development

Municipal Profile

Oro-Medonte is a rural community located between the cities of Barrie and Orillia, and has more than 20,000 full-time residents. Covering 61,000 hectares of land in the heart of Simcoe County, the Township is highlighted by a picturesque landscape of prominent rolling hills and nearly 40 kilometres of Lake Simcoe shoreline.

Project Name and Description

Braestone, Horseshoe Valley's Country Estate Community

Braestone Estate Community is a development of 229 residential homes located in Oro-Medonte’s Horseshoe Valley on 556 acres that cover a range of terrain, from high crests to low valleys, and to paddocks to nature preserve.

The municipality ‘thought out of the box’ in terms of streetlights and ‘mixed use’ for the property, and worked with the developers to understand their perspective, providing flexibility on the standards from the Township.

Additional trails sections were sited to compliment the Township’s existing trail system, and the developers went beyond the required 5% parkland dedication amount per the Planning Act and will be providing Oro-Medonte with a recreational asset; Starfall Park.

Development Components

Starfall Park will be accessible to all residents of Oro-Medonte, as it was donated in addition to the 5% requirement. The park will adhere to International Dark Sky Lighting Standards, minimizing light pollution to ensure high-quality night sky views. Starfall will also contain a series of informational inscribed stones to educate park users on astronomy and constellations.

Other components of the development include an extensive trail system which traverses throughout the diverse landscapes of the development. The development also provides opportunities for community relationship-building through an active Sugar Shack and a pumpkin patch. The connection to nature as well as local food is emphasized, with Braestone having its own Braestone Farm with 108 acres dedicated to horses, a fruit orchard, berry patch, apiary, as well a 275 acre nature preserve that runs through and around the development property. Overall, 60% of the land at Braestone will be preserved in a natural state, including pine and sugar maple forests, streams, and wetlands.

Further information on the sustainability-related features of the development can be accessed below:

In 2016, Braestone was named Best New Home Community of the Year by the Canadian Home Builders Association.

Site Plan

Master Plan

Project Contact (Staff)

Andria Leigh

Director, Development Services

E: aleigh@oro-medonte.ca

P: 705.487.2171 x. 2123

Date of Implementation

2015, with building on-going

List of Project Partners

  • Builder: Georgian International, Barrie
  • Architect: William Hicks, Hicks Partners
  • Landscape Architect: Envision-Tatham, Inc.

List of Key Stakeholders

  • Community members/residents
  • Developers
  • Township Council and staff

Drivers/Champion

What was your municipalities’ main reason for moving this project forward?

The development features multiple environmental and sustainability components, and offers a living option for those that value the areas' natural assets. Supporting the development connects to five (5) of the Township’s Strategic Plan's overarching goals including: (1) Quality of Life, (2) Safe and Healthy Community, (3) Service Excellence, (4) Sustainability, and (5) Financial Stewardship.

Municipal Contact Information

Township of Oro-Medonte

148 Line 7 South

Oro-Medonte, ON

L0L 2E0

P: 705.487.2171

Document Link or Attachment

Proud Heritage, Exciting Future, 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

Type of Case Study

☐Education and Outreach

☒Policy Adjustment or Development

☐Partnerships & Collaboration

☐Enforcements & Incentives

☐Implementation of Programs & Services

☐Facilities & Infrastructure Improvements

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3246 Line 9 North
Oro-Medonte, Ontario, L0L 2E0