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Community Improvement Plan
Community Improvement Plan

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning and economic development tool that sets out a framework to assist in community revitalization and aims to achieve economic, community planning and urban development goals. Community Improvement Plans provide many community benefits by:

  • Stimulating private sector investment in the community through grants and loans from the Municipality;
  • Promoting revitalization and place-making to attract tourism, business investment and economic development opportunities;
  • Developing affordable housing;
  • Promoting brownfield cleanup and redevelopment;
  • Enhancing streetscapes and building facades;
  • Encouraging the effective use of community infrastructure.

Applications are currently being accepted on an ongoing basis. Businesses and property owners considering participation in the CIP are encouraged to review the full program details linked below. All applicants are required to meet with Municipal staff for a pre-application meeting, with the exception of applicants to the Municipal Development Charges Reimbursement Grant and the COVID-19 Business Retrofit Grant. 

 Community Improvement Plan Document

Community Improvement Plan

For more information or to book a pre-application consultation please contact ecdev@greyhighlands.ca.

Application

Application

For more information or to book a pre-application consultation please contact ecdev@greyhighlands.ca.

Municipal Residential Development Charges Reimbursement Grant (Section 4.5)

Purpose

To foster new home construction projects in Grey Highlands through a temporary (12-month) CIP component. This component intake will be open between January 1 – December 31, 2020 and will provide an opportunity for residents and developers to apply for the reimbursement of development charges associated with the construction of a residential dwelling unit up to a maximum size of 2,000 sq. ft (finished space).

The Residential Municipal Development Charges Reimbursement Grant is only eligible for the following services:

  • Administrative Studies o Recreation Services
  • Library Services
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Waste Diversion Services
  • Public Works and Transportation Services
  • Water and Wastewater Services Development Charges are not eligible for this grant.

The maximum amount payable for this grant is $4,000 for each application.

The maximum allocated budget for Residential Municipal Development Charges Reimbursement Grant shall not exceed the amount as determined by Council.

Council has authorized a maximum of $400,000 to be allocated to this grant component.

 

Eligible Costs

  • The Residential Municipal Development Charges Reimbursement Grant is only eligible for the following services:
    • Administrative Studies
    • Recreation Services
    • Library Services
    • Fire and Emergency Services
    • Waste Diversion Services
    • Public Works and Transportation Services
  • Developers may apply for a maximum of 20 Municipal Development Charges Reimbursement Grants for any one phase of development.

 

Program Details

  • Water and Wastewater Services Development Charges are not eligible for this grant.
  • The maximum amount payable for this grant is $4,000 per application.
  • Development charges will still be imposed upon submission of an application for a building permit; however, the builder may apply for a Residential Municipal Development Charges Reimbursement Grant at the same time the permit is submitted.
  • Due to the unique and temporary nature of this project component, a pre-application meeting with the multidisciplinary staff team will not be required.

 

Payment of Grant

  • The grant will be paid through a reimbursement of development charges after the residential dwelling has been deemed substantially completed by the Municipality's Chief Building Official, or their delegate.
  • Applications for building permits must be received within the 12-month period from the start date of this program (January 1, 2020) and construction must be substantially completed no later than 18 months from the permit date.
  • Determination of substantial completion will be made by the Chief Building Official or qualified designate, and any deficiencies will be communicated to the applicant for remedy prior to disbursement of monies; the grant is intended to act as a rebate for development charges.
  • As this CIP component is exclusively for the development of new home construction, it cannot be combined with any other CIP grant element.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • All general eligibility criteria outlined in Section 9 apply. For clarity, this shall mean that the project must comply with all Municipal bylaws, policies, standards, guidelines and Official Plan and zoning, as well as any applicable Provincial, Federal or government agency requirements (e.g., conservation authority).
  • Application submission shall be in accordance with the application submission requirements under Section 9. For clarity, this shall typically include submission of a site plan or drawings to demonstrate the type of dwelling and number of units to be constructed.
 COVID-19 Business Retrofit Grant and Application (Section 4.10)

COVID-19 Business Retrofit Grant Application

Purpose

The COVID-19 Business Retrofit Grant is intended to assist consumer-facing businesses create a safer workspace through the installation of physical barriers, floor markings, and other physical enhancements. This grant is not meant to augment the purchase of personal protective equipment and other consumable products such as masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves.

 

Eligible Costs

  • Installation of physical barriers;
  • Semi-permanent floor distance markers;
  • Hand washing and sanitation stations;
  • Changes to interior layout to accommodate physical distancing;
  • The creation of exterior spaces to accommodate waiting patrons;
  • New or updated signage to reflect COVID-19 related changes in operations.

 

Program Details

  • The maximum amount of the grant is $500 or 75% of eligible costs, whichever is less.
  • This grant is only available to commercial establishments (owners and lessees); home-based businesses are not eligible.
  • This grant may be combined with other Community Improvement Plan commercial elements, except for the Tax Increment Equivalent Grant, which exists as a stand-alone incentive.

 

Payment of the Grant

  • The grant will be paid as a single payment upon completion of the improvements, to the satisfaction of the Plan’s Administrator.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts for eligible costs incurred before payment is issued. 

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • All general eligibility criteria outlined in Section 9 apply. For clarity, this shall mean that the project must comply with all Municipal bylaws, policies, standards, guidelines and Official Plan and zoning, as well as any applicable Provincial, Federal or government agency requirements (e.g., conservation authority).
  • Applications shall be submitted directly to the Department of Economic and Community Development (ecdev@greyhighlands.ca), where they will be vetted for eligibility and then provided to Council for review on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Due to the unique nature of this grant component, applicants will not be subject to a pre-application meeting with members of the multi-disciplinary review team.
  • Applicants may request financial assistance for projects retroactive to March 26, 2020.
  • The maximum budget allocation for the COVID-19 Business Retrofit Grant is $20,000.
  • Applications will be received on a first-come, first-served basis.

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