Proposed New Community Improvement Plan (2020CIP) Legislative Public Meeting, Monday, November 2, 2020, 6 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday October 13, 2020

Provincial legislation enables municipalities to adopt a Community Improvement Plan (CIP). A CIP offers financial incentive programs to the private sector to stimulate investment in projects that support local community renewal objectives and strategies.

The incentives help offset a portion of project costs related to redevelopment, reuse and rehabilitation of the built environment, and brownfield remediation.

The City has had a CIP in place since 2004, and which was reviewed and revised in 2015. However, community renewal objectives and strategies are evolving, and the City has completed a further review of the CIP to ensure it remains relevant and responsive to changing dynamics. The current review focuses on program relevance, priority and criteria; alignment with corporate strategic plan objectives; long term sustainability; and maximizing value.

This review has culminated in the preparation of a proposed new Community Improvement Plan for the City, herein referenced as the 2020CIP. The 2020CIP provides financial incentive programs for properties within the City’s urban area boundaries.

The proposed 2020CIP will be available for review and comment as of October 13, 2020 and may be found at www.stcatharines.ca/CIPupdate as well as at the Planning and Building Services Department, City Hall. Due to COVID-19 protocols, public access to City Hall is currently only available by appointment via https://booking.stcatharines.ca.

Legislated Public Meeting
City Council is hosting a Legislated Public Meeting on November 2, 2020 to receive input and comment on the proposed new 2020CIP, after which Council will consider approval of the new Plan.

Details of the Legislated Public Meeting are as follows:
Date: Monday, November 2, 2020
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Robertson Theatre, 250 St. Paul Street (southeast corner of St. Paul St. and Carlisle St.)
Due to COVID-19 protocols, this meeting will be a hybrid meeting, affording both in-person and electronic participation. Please note that in-person participation will be limited and strictly regulated.

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Council for information on how to access and participate in the meeting, and how to request and make a delegation before Council.

Written submissions should be made by noon on the Thursday before the public meeting by mailing or delivering them to:

City of St. Catharines Legal and Clerk Services/City’s Clerks Division, City Hall, 50 Church Street, P.O. Box 3012, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 7C2. Refer to File No: 60.32.39.

Email submissions may also be made by noon the day of the public meeting and directed to clerks@stcatharines.ca

Both oral and written comments and recommendations received will be taken into account by City Council in making a decision on the subject matter.

Important Public Meeting Information
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written or email submissions to Council for the Corporation of the City of St. Catharines before the proposed 2020CIP is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of Council of the City of St. Catharines to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT).

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to Council for the Corporation of the City of St. Catharines before the proposed 2020CIP is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Corporation of the City of St. Catharines with respect to the proposed 2020CIP, you must make a written request to the City Clerk at the address noted above.

Contact
For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, please contact Bruce Bellows, Senior Planner, Planning and Building Services Department at 905-688-5601, ext. 1706, via email at bbellows@stcatharines.ca or the City’s TTY number (text telephone) at 905-688-4TTY (4889)

Bonnie Nistico-Dunk, City Clerk

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