By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry is holding a public meeting to gather feedback on a county-wide improvement plan.
CIP recipient The Town Vintner in North Dundas.
Counties council is looking to engage SDG residents and local municipalities in various incentive programs for re-development projects across the region.
The meeting will be held April 22 at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building located at 26 Pitt Street in Cornwall.
Counties council will discuss the benefits of Community Improvements Plans, commonly referred to as CIPs, which stimulate private investment by providing financial assistance to local businesses for the revitalization and redevelopment of their community.
CIP’s are prepared by local municipalities under Section 28 of the Planning Act and are aimed at improving older, more established areas of a municipality, including “Brownfields.”
CIPs provide a number of incentive programs, including grants and temporary property tax assistance, aimed at stimulating private commercial, industrial and residential redevelopment projects.
“County involvement in Community Improvement Plans are a great way for our two orders of government to work together to provide incentives for businesses in SDG to grow, providing additional job opportunities for local residents and increasing the assessment base”, said T.J. Simpson, the County’s CAO.
To date, the Township of South Stormont and the Township of North Dundas have prepared CIP’s, with potential for remaining local municipalities to participate as well.
The main benefit of County involvement is to augment the amount of incentive available to local municipalities, and to work with businesses to create greater opportunities for economic growth.
“County participation in local CIP incentive programs is a win-win for everyone: the local municipality, the County, landowners, developers, residents, and taxpayers,” said County Planner Michael Otis.