Community Improvement Plan

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What is a Community Improvement Plan

The Town is undertaking a study to prepare a new Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for attainable housing as well as refresh another separate existing CIP. A CIP is a planning and economic development tool that municipalities may use to facilitate broad community revitalization goals through grants or loans to private property owners and tenants. This Project will consider opportunities for the Town to administer grants or loans to encourage private sector investment in attainable housing. It will also consider opportunities to update to the existing Commercial Core CIP in light of recent economic challenges due to the Pandemic.

Does the Town already have a Community Improvement Plan?

In 2011, the Town of The Blue Mountains completed a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for its three commercial core areas (Thornbury, Clarksburg, and Craigleith). To view the 2011 CIP, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=1196. The consulting team hired at the time worked closely with the Town that helped guide the preparation of the CIP. The CIP was also informed and guided by an extensive program of community consultation, as well as oversight from Town Council. The purpose of the CIP was the following:

  1. Identify the physical, economic, and other strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in relation to the revitalization and redevelopment of the three commercial core areas in the Town;
  2. Articulate a general vision for the Thornbury, Clarksburg and Craigleith commercial core areas;
  3. Define an appropriate community improvement project areas;
  4. Specify a planning, design and sustainability strategy that contains recommended public realm improvements and revisions to policy and regulatory documents, and design guidelines that can be used to guide infill development, façade improvement, streetscape design, and greenfield development in a sustainable manner; and,
  5. Develop a toolbox of incentive programs that can be offered by the Town to directly stimulate private sector investment in the revitalization and redevelopment of the three commercial core areas.

Community Survey

Engaging community residents and business owners is critical to ensuring that the CIP reflects the community’s aspirations for the Town. As an initial first step, the Town invited all members of the community and business owners to complete a survey. The survey was used to inform the preparation of the CIP and was the first of several opportunities for engagement and participation in the project. The survey closed on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Virtual Open House

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, a virtual (online) Public Open House was held as Town staff and the Town’s consultant, WSP, facilitated a workshop to engage participants. The knowledge and information shared during the Public Open House assisted in further developing the draft CIPs.

Virtual Public Meeting

A statutory Public Meeting (virtual) took place on November 2, 2020. The public meeting provided an opportunity to provide comments on the draft Attainable Housing CIP and any proposed updates to the existing Commercial Core Areas CIP.

Town Decision Making Process

Two CIPs have been recommended for the Town. Specifically, these are the Housing Within Reach Community Improvement Plan and the Town Wide Revitalization Community Improvement Plan. These CIPs will be presented to the Committee of the Whole to provide an overview of the programs and next steps. Once considered by the Committee of the Whole, Council could make a decision on the CIPs as early as December 14, 2020. Comments on the CIP documents can be received by Council at any time prior to making a decision. However, as always, the earlier comments are provided, the better equipped the Project Team will be to address those comments.

To view the most recent Staff Report presented during the December 1, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting, please visit: Community Improvement Plans - Recommendation Report.

Extended Public Consultation Period

Council has extended the consultation period for the Community Improvement Plan project. Comments from the public regarding the latest versions of Community Improvement Plans will be received up to 1:00pm on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Following this extended consultation period, the CIP Project Team will review the comments received and will make any appropriate refinements that need to be made to the Community Improvement Plans. It is anticipated that final revised versions of the Housing Within Reach CIP and the Town Wide Revitalization CIP will be presented to Council for adoption on January 11, 2021.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the CIP’s, please feel free to email CIP@thebluemountains.ca with a copy to Robert.rappolt@wsp.com

Updates to the Community Improvement Plans

Following input received during the Extended Public Consultation Period, the Housing Within Reach CIP, the Town Wide Revitalization CIP, and the CIP Project Background & Approach Report have been updated. Updates have been made to address comments received. It should also be noted that development charges have been removed from the Municipal Fees Grant Equivalent Program in the Town Wide Revitalization CIP as they are not considered municipal fees (i.e. planning fees, permit fees, etc.). A separate Development Charge Equivalent Grant Program remains in the Housing Within Reach CIP.

Town Council will be considering the updated Community Improvement Plans for adoption at the January 11, 2021 Council Meeting. A link to the agenda, staff report and associated attachments is provided here: https://pub-bluemountains.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=1323

Questions or Comments?

For further information regarding this project, please email Nathan Westendorp, Director of Planning & Development Services, at cip@thebluemountains.ca


What is a Community Improvement Plan

The Town is undertaking a study to prepare a new Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for attainable housing as well as refresh another separate existing CIP. A CIP is a planning and economic development tool that municipalities may use to facilitate broad community revitalization goals through grants or loans to private property owners and tenants. This Project will consider opportunities for the Town to administer grants or loans to encourage private sector investment in attainable housing. It will also consider opportunities to update to the existing Commercial Core CIP in light of recent economic challenges due to the Pandemic.

Does the Town already have a Community Improvement Plan?

In 2011, the Town of The Blue Mountains completed a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for its three commercial core areas (Thornbury, Clarksburg, and Craigleith). To view the 2011 CIP, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=1196. The consulting team hired at the time worked closely with the Town that helped guide the preparation of the CIP. The CIP was also informed and guided by an extensive program of community consultation, as well as oversight from Town Council. The purpose of the CIP was the following:

  1. Identify the physical, economic, and other strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in relation to the revitalization and redevelopment of the three commercial core areas in the Town;
  2. Articulate a general vision for the Thornbury, Clarksburg and Craigleith commercial core areas;
  3. Define an appropriate community improvement project areas;
  4. Specify a planning, design and sustainability strategy that contains recommended public realm improvements and revisions to policy and regulatory documents, and design guidelines that can be used to guide infill development, façade improvement, streetscape design, and greenfield development in a sustainable manner; and,
  5. Develop a toolbox of incentive programs that can be offered by the Town to directly stimulate private sector investment in the revitalization and redevelopment of the three commercial core areas.

Community Survey

Engaging community residents and business owners is critical to ensuring that the CIP reflects the community’s aspirations for the Town. As an initial first step, the Town invited all members of the community and business owners to complete a survey. The survey was used to inform the preparation of the CIP and was the first of several opportunities for engagement and participation in the project. The survey closed on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Virtual Open House

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, a virtual (online) Public Open House was held as Town staff and the Town’s consultant, WSP, facilitated a workshop to engage participants. The knowledge and information shared during the Public Open House assisted in further developing the draft CIPs.

Virtual Public Meeting

A statutory Public Meeting (virtual) took place on November 2, 2020. The public meeting provided an opportunity to provide comments on the draft Attainable Housing CIP and any proposed updates to the existing Commercial Core Areas CIP.

Town Decision Making Process

Two CIPs have been recommended for the Town. Specifically, these are the Housing Within Reach Community Improvement Plan and the Town Wide Revitalization Community Improvement Plan. These CIPs will be presented to the Committee of the Whole to provide an overview of the programs and next steps. Once considered by the Committee of the Whole, Council could make a decision on the CIPs as early as December 14, 2020. Comments on the CIP documents can be received by Council at any time prior to making a decision. However, as always, the earlier comments are provided, the better equipped the Project Team will be to address those comments.

To view the most recent Staff Report presented during the December 1, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting, please visit: Community Improvement Plans - Recommendation Report.

Extended Public Consultation Period

Council has extended the consultation period for the Community Improvement Plan project. Comments from the public regarding the latest versions of Community Improvement Plans will be received up to 1:00pm on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Following this extended consultation period, the CIP Project Team will review the comments received and will make any appropriate refinements that need to be made to the Community Improvement Plans. It is anticipated that final revised versions of the Housing Within Reach CIP and the Town Wide Revitalization CIP will be presented to Council for adoption on January 11, 2021.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the CIP’s, please feel free to email CIP@thebluemountains.ca with a copy to Robert.rappolt@wsp.com

Updates to the Community Improvement Plans

Following input received during the Extended Public Consultation Period, the Housing Within Reach CIP, the Town Wide Revitalization CIP, and the CIP Project Background & Approach Report have been updated. Updates have been made to address comments received. It should also be noted that development charges have been removed from the Municipal Fees Grant Equivalent Program in the Town Wide Revitalization CIP as they are not considered municipal fees (i.e. planning fees, permit fees, etc.). A separate Development Charge Equivalent Grant Program remains in the Housing Within Reach CIP.

Town Council will be considering the updated Community Improvement Plans for adoption at the January 11, 2021 Council Meeting. A link to the agenda, staff report and associated attachments is provided here: https://pub-bluemountains.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=1323

Questions or Comments?

For further information regarding this project, please email Nathan Westendorp, Director of Planning & Development Services, at cip@thebluemountains.ca