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Community Improvement Plans and Financial Incentives

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 and subject to the requirements of the respective Community Improvement Plan.

overview picture of WellandThis Gateway Community Improvement Plan (CIP) provides financial incentives to property owners who revitalize, strengthen and diversify the economy in Welland by promoting private sector investment, development, redevelopment and construction activity on employment lands in the Gateway Community Improvement Project Area. The Project Area in the City of Welland includes all employment lands within the Urban Area and includes Strategic Locations for Investment as illustrated in the Gateway CIP document. In partnership with the Niagara Region, three Incentive Programs are available through the Gateway CIP: the Tax Increment Based Grant Program, the Development Charge Grant Program and Planning Application Fee Grant Program. For further details and information, please refer to the CIP at the link below. The Program Guide and the Applications will be available shortly.

Brownfield CIP graphicBrownfields are abandoned, vacant, derelict, or underutilized lands with an active potential for redevelopment which is complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination. Welland's Brownfield Community Improvement Plan (CIP) provides a framework of financial incentive programs, strategies and actions to encourage and promote remediation and redevelopment of Brownfield properties within the defined project area. Redeveloped Brownfield sites add value to the community with combined social, environmental and economic benefits. Please see the links below for the Brownfield CIP, Incentive Programs and Applications.

downtown improvement design pictureWelland’s Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster CIP promotes revitalization, reinforces Downtown as a mixed use, transit supportive area, and encourages uses in the Health and Wellness Cluster that strengthen Welland's health and wellness resources. The CIP includes a Public Realm Improvement Plan which identifies opportunities to improve the overall image and sense of community within the Project Area. Several financial incentive programs designed to stimulate private sector investment activity in the revitalization and redevelopment of the Project Area are also included. Please see the links below for the Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster CIP, General Program Requirements, Program Guides and Application for the financial incentive programs.

To find out more, contact:

The City of Welland
Infrastructure and Development Services
Planning Division
60 East Main Street
Welland, Ontario L3B 3X4

Telephone: (905) 735-1700 ext. 2251 or 2257
Fax: (905) 735-8772
Email: devserv@welland.ca