What is a Community Improvement Plan?
A Community Improvement Plan or CIP is a planning tool permitted under Section 28 of the Ontario Planning Act. CIPs also include financial incentives, which are legislated under Section 365.1 of the Municipal Act.
CIPs can provide several benefits for a community, including:
Stimulation of private sector investment in targeted areas through grants and loans from the City;
Promotion of revitalization and place-making to attract tourism, business investment and economic development opportunities;
Development of affordable housing;
Promotion of brownfield cleanup and redevelopment;
Enhancement of streetscapes and building façades; and
Effective use of community infrastructure.
Incentives are available in the form of grants and incremental tax incentives for a number of business improvement and housing development areas for private property owners. There are three CIPs in effect for the City of Kenora: