“A community improvement plan is an economic development tool,” said Jennifer LaForest, municipal senior planner, during the township council’s May 14 teleconference session.
LaForest told council that a well-designed community improvement plan (CIP) would help present and future councils and township administration develop incentive programs to attract new investment and development to the municipality, encourage reinvestment in built-up areas, and help maintain the community atmosphere residents value.
Township council gave administration direction in March this year to devise terms of reference for a CIP along with a contract for review and approval. The proposed CIP process would have two parts. The first would focus on mapping and background studies while the second involved public consultation, including group workshops and a general open house information and feedback session.
The 2020 municipal budget included $20,000 allocated for a CIP process. J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd., an Ottawa consultant firm, won the contract with a bid of $15,698, not including HST.
Council approved both the contract and the bylaw authorizing the CIP project.