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Community Improvement Plan

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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. 

Background

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.