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Innovate North

What is “Innovate North”? 

The Municipality of North Middlesex, with the help of Re:public Urbanism, is undertaking the development of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP). A CIP is a powerful tool that can be used by a municipality to facilitate the (re)development, rehabilitation, or revitalization of selected areas to achieve a community’s goals for improvement. This project is being called “Innovate North” to capture the community’s desire to explore more innovative options for community improvement, in alignment with the general vision, mission, and goals for the community outlined in the North Middlesex 2018-2028 Strategic Plan. This page is dedicated to providing information and news related to “Innovate North” throughout the life of the project, so we encourage you to check back here often to stay up-to-date and involved!

What exactly is a CIP?

A CIP is a powerful tool that can be used by a municipality to facilitate the (re)development, rehabilitation, or revitalization of selected areas to achieve a community’s goals for improvement. Depending on the community, these could be: increasing commercial activity on a main street; promoting (re)development of vacant, underutilized, or former industrial lands; or even generally improving the economic landscape for targeted sectors throughout the entire municipality. These goals are generally achieved through encouraging physical improvement projects on private and public lands that will benefit specific areas or even the entire community.

Most CIPs today provide a selection of financial incentive programs specially tailored to encourage property or building owners to undertake improvement projects that are aligned with the goals and vision of the plan. These programs typically offer grants to assist with costs associated with façade improvements, new signage, landscaping, or even professional studies, permits, or fees. Without a CIP, municipalities are generally prohibited from offering financial assistance to the private sector in any way; a CIP therefore provides unique and innovative opportunities for the municipality to help out the community. 

For a more in-depth overview of the community improvement plans and the types of financial incentives that they may offer, please refer to the Community Improvement Plan Primer prepared by Re:public Urbanism in 2019 for the County of Middlesex:

County of Middlesex - Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Primer

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How to Participate and Who to Contact

A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE will be held on MAY 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM to provide more information to the public as well as allow for feedback and questions on the draft community improvement plan and community improvement plan by-law. If you would like to participate in the open house, please provide your name and phone number to the Municipality by email to mikeb@northmiddlesex.on.ca or by phone to 519-294-6244 ext.220 by no later than 4:30 PM on May 11, 2021.

 

A VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING will be held on MAY 19, 2021 at 6:00 PM to allow the public to make formal written and/or oral submissions on the draft community improvement plan and community improvement plan by-law, prior to Council consideration. If you would like to participate in the public meeting, please provide your name and phone number to the Municipality by email to mikeb@northmiddlesex.on.ca or by phone to 519-294-6244 ext.220 by no later than 4:30 PM on May 18, 2021.

To register for the May 19th, 2021 (6:00 pm) Public Meeting, please register at:

When: May 19, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: North Middlesex Meeting of Council (May 19th, 2021, 6:00 pm))

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9P6q8cUDQd2ADnK7oS5Krw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

 

ANY PERSON MAY ATTEND THE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE AND/OR PUBLIC MEETING AND MAKE WRITTEN OR VERBAL REPRESENTATION EITHER IN SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION OF THE PLAN. For more information about this matter, including instructions for making a submission or information on appeal rights, contact Mike Barnier, Director of Economic Development and Community Services, by phone at 519-294-6244 ext.220 or email at mikeb@northmiddlesex.on.ca.

 

 

Should you have any questions or wish to receive more information on “Innovate North”, please do not hesitate to contact:

Mike Barnier, Director of Economic Development and Community Services
Municipality of North Middlesex
229 Parkhill Main Street
Parkhill, ON N0M 2K0
519-294-6244 ext. 220
mikeb@northmiddlesex.on.ca