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Audrey Green is giving the city a green gift.

She is handing over almost 20 acres of land on the south side of Tiffin Street, west of Ferndale Drive — a mix of wetlands and a level forested area — to Barrie.

Councillors gave initial approval to the gift earlier this week.

This land is part of the Bear Creek Wetlands, is situated within Barrie’s wellhead protection area and has been identified by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) as provincially significant wetlands.

Green says she wants to give this land to the city because it has little value to her, is an on-going expense to own and she doesn’t want to leave the financial burden to her family.

The 2012 property tax bill for this land is $331.23.

In 1994, the landowner applied to rezone this land to general industrial use from environmental protection, but the application was withdrawn because agreement on how much could be developed for industrial use could not be reached with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.

What would the city do with this land?

While there are no plans to add more wells to the city’s system, this land is located within an active ground water aquifer area.

It could therefore be a potential site for a future city ground source drinking water well.

Whenever receiving land, the city does need to do an environmental investigation of it. Gives this land’s relative proximity to industry, there could be contamination.

An environmental site assessment would cost about $6,000.

barrie.news@sunmedia.ca

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