What is a Community Improvement Plan
- A Community Improvement Plan is a tool that allows a municipality to direct funds and implements policy initiatives towards a specifically defined project area. It is intented to encourage property owners to improve the appearance of their lands and buildings in accordance with guidelines adopted by Council.
- Once implemented, the plan allows municipalities to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to assist in the rehabilitation of lands and/or buildings within the defined Community Improvement Project Area (Laurier Street core area)
Why is a Community Improvement Plan a good tool?
- Community Improvement Plans (CIP) are being developed to address growth management challenges, intensification, energy efficiency, mixed-use and transit/bicyle oriented development, accessibility, and the emerging needs of an aging baby-boom generation. Some municipalities are using community improvement plans as an incentive for encouraging development that meets recognized environmental standards, such as LEED, while others use them to attract certain kinds of employment uses.