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The Orbit: Innovative Urban Planning Will Make Innisfil a Town of the Future

February 14, 2020

With a population of just under 40,000, the charming town of Innisfil doesn’t usually make national news headlines. That’s your first sign that The Orbit in Innisfil is something really special.

It’s an urban planning vision to preserve Innisfil’s rural charm, while also building for tomorrow. It’s a bold vision that seems poised to make Innisfil a true town of the future.

The Town of Innisfil encapsulates this vision in the phrase “Rural Re-Imagined”. According to their website, the town envisions “… a community where our small town and rural lifestyle are enhanced by the benefits of urban living.”

The Orbit goes against the trend of suburban sprawl seen across the GTA by proposing a new way to grow. It will be a transit and pedestrian-friendly district built around 6th line, east of 20th sideroad. That’s right in the heart of our Belle Aire Shores community! It’s all centred upon a new GO Transit station, slated to open in 2022, but this is just the beginning.

In essence, The Orbit is all about encouraging higher-density in a new downtown, while preserving surrounding natural spaces. The end result will be a vibrant new hub with benefits for everyone. It’s more than just a new place to house the growing population. The Orbit will also create the space to bring more retail, restaurants, recreation and lifestyle amenities. “The Council was very clear that we wanted to protect our agricultural and green space,” Innisfil’s chief administrative officer Jason Reynar said in an interview on Yahoo News.

The Town also aims to draw more traditional and non-traditional industries and local entrepreneurs to The Orbit. The hope is that, by encouraging a local business hub, residents will be able to find employment closer to home.

The final question you might be asking is, why is it called The Orbit? The name is inspired by the circular design for the entire urban hub. It is a stark contrast to the typical grid format used in many development projects. This layout will further help The Orbit to stand out as a neighbourhood that is truly one-of-a-kind. You can learn more about The Orbit at Innisfil.ca/orbit.