A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool that allows a municipality to direct funds and implement policy initiatives toward a specifically defined project area. Section 28 of the Planning Act gives municipalities that have enabling policies in their official plans, the ability to prepare Community Improvement Plans. The Community Improvement Plans are intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and/or stimulate development. Once implemented, the plan allows municipalities to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to assist in the rehabilitation of lands and/or buildings within the defined Community Improvement Project Area.
The Downtown CIP offers exterior facade, interior and accessibility improvements in the form of grants and/or interest free loans.
The Brownfield CIP offers incentives to reuse, rehabilitate and redevelopment brownfields for commercial, industrial, multi-residential and institutional uses throughout the Town.