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Community Improvement Plan

Ward St CIP concept


Meaghan Larocque
Economic Development Coordinator

T: 705-292-9507 ext 239
Email Meaghan

Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

A CIP is a planning and economic development framework that includes public realm improvement projects and financial incentive programs designed to stimulate private sector investment and building rehabilitation and development. CIPs can assist residents, business owners, and investors to plan for the revitalization, redevelopment and stabilization of their neighbourhoods. A CIP also enables the Township to provide financial incentives to private landowners for improvements to lands, buildings, signs, landscaping and other works. 


In 2012, the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield retained RCI Consulting in association with GSP Group Inc. to prepare a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for its commercial core areas in the Villages of Bridgenorth and Lakefield and the Hamlets of Ennismore and Young's Point. The consulting team worked closely with a project steering committee that included senior Township staff, County staff, the Reeve, and representatives from the four communities. In addition to the guidance provided by the steering committee, the preparation of the CIP was informed and guided by an extensive program of community consultation and oversight from Township Council.

Since then, the CIP has undergone a 5 year review, which involved:

  • Reviewing the results of the existing incentive programs to determine uptake, effectiveness and any needed refinements;
  • Determining if any critical needs are not being met by the existing programs;
  • Identifying gaps or issues with regard to existing program content and administration;
  • Reviewing the existing Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) and areas outside of the current CIPA; and
  • Proposing incentive program revisions and additions and a revised CIPA as needed to address critical needs and gaps.

Buckhorn CIP

In the Spring of 2015, the Township of Selwyn and the Municipality of Trent Lakes engaged MHBC Planning Limited to compete a joint Community Improvement Plan for the Hamlet of Buckhorn.

The adopted 2016 Buckhorn CIP is for the commercial core area in the Hamlet of Buckhorn. The Municipality of Trent Lakes has adopted the same CIP guidelines on the opposite side of the bridge to pursue a cohesive approach to Buckhorn's beautfication. The guidelines within the final CIP document are meant to assist and foster enhancements of buildings, properties, streets and keep with the overall desired vision and character of each area identified.